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A Much Needed Spring Break

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo If I could tell you one thing about the Academy, it is that time flies while here as a cadet. It is already the end of March of my sophomore year here and in a few short months I will be training the incoming class of 2018. All of it seems unreal considering the fact that it feels like just yesterday I was a swab.

 

After a couple seemingly long months without leave, a spring break was much needed. This month for spring break I jetted out to Orlando with a couple friends to go to Universal Studios and Disney World. I also have a friend who is interning at Disney this semester, and I got to see him for the first time in a long time. I got to see both Universal Parks and Epcot at Disney, and it was great to finally get some sun, have some fun and catch up with friends.

 

From experience, I know that time really starts to fly after spring break, and second semester ends before you know it. However, coming back from spring break was kind of rough. It was definitely tough to get back into the school grind after such a long lovely break. However, it’s already fourth quarter and final projects are already starting to pop up.

 

For now, I am just anxious for March and April to be over, because I get to go home, and to go to Mexico on vacation with my family in May. I also get to see my brother graduate high school in the first week of June. Going home will be a great way to start the summer, and I absolutely cannot wait to become a cadre and finally be able to train the new swabs like I was trained two summers ago.

 



More about Jade.

 

Awaiting Full Carry-On

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Kuntz Photo The time has come where everyone has now passed their boards and we can now officially look at our food! Wardroom carry-on may not be understood by some of you reading this, but let me tell you, I have never been so excited to eat like a normal person in my life. We still have to be braced up and square back up in the barracks, but day-to-day life and morale among my class is at an all-time high! There are so many things to look forward to that it’s masking the growing anxiousness for full carry-on (to an extent).

 

The other day we got our summer assignments! I will be going to a small boat station after sailing ends this spring and then I’ll spend about six weeks aboard Eagle with some of my classmates! I’ve heard mixed reviews about Eagle – some people love it, some people don’t love it so much, and some people have been pretty impartial. But everyone I’ve talked to has said it was definitely an experience. I mean, when else will I be on a pirate-esque ship with around 100 of my classmates!? Not to mention, some of my best friends at the Academy will be with me and we are determined to make this one of the best summers to date!

 

It hit me the other day how close I’ve gotten to some of the people here. When the Dark Ages struck and we didn’t see the sun for like two weeks, it was the people that made this place bearable. We’re supposed to find out company assignments here too sometime in the near future and it’ll be awesome to see who/where we all get stuck with! Until then, it’s once again back to the books and back on the water!

 

 


More about Savannah.

 

Go Rhea It’s Your Birthday…

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Doctolero Photo February is my favorite month. Not for Valentine’s Day, or the fact that it means only three months left of school. It’s my birthday month! I’m really excited. Gone are the days that I’m called a teenager; I’m finally the big 2-oh! And only one more year until the even bigger milestone. It’s upsetting how miserably cold it is still. In Miami, it would be warming up by now, but instead of getting warmer it feels like it’s getting colder. There are people making snowmen for crying out loud.

 

Not much is new in the world of academics. My classes are still mildly difficult and we still have so many trainings I can’t think straight. God knows how many times I’ve taken that alcohol awareness training, and I can’t even drink.

 

This year Valentine’s Day fell on Presidents Day weekend. My boyfriend flew up and we went to Boston. I had never been before but it will definitely be a place I visit again. We went to a spa, comedy shows, painting, tons of sightseeing, and of course shopping. It was a great weekend and was a much needed vacation. It’s nice to have a break. My dad always told me work for the breaks, and it’s easier when they are so close together. Speaking of breaks, spring break is right around the corner and it’s going to be a good one. I’m spending a week in Myrtle Beach and I can’t wait. Bikinis, sun, and seafood? Count me in.

 

 


More about Rheanastasia.

 

What Makes the Corps Great

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Cadet Beck They don’t call the first half of spring semester “The Dark Ages” for nothing. Between snow, rain, and (my personal favorite) ice pellets constantly falling and below freezing temperatures, there isn’t much to look forward to each day. This week we switched back to short sleeved uniforms, and while the ice storm yesterday made this seem premature, the bright sunshine sparkling on the Thames and temperatures expected to soar to 50 degrees have everyone smiling.

 

In the depths of the Dark Ages, though, there were still small things to keep us all going. The Hedrick Fellow and the Ethics Forum were just a few weeks ago where we heard from some amazing speakers like Justice Antonin Scalia and Mr. Paul Bucha, Medal of Honor recipient. While most college students spend their evenings managing their time however they please, we all rushed from class to practice to dinner then back into uniform for these presenters and we were not disappointed. Following their presentations, I had many conversations with my shipmates about their presentations, all of us were engaged and thinking about what they had to say. A few people commented at how silently 900 cadets could sit and listen, especially to Justice Scalia.

 

Currently we are in Eclipse Week, celebrating diversity and how each of us makes the corps stronger because of our differences. Coach Herman Boone (portrayed by Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans) spoke to us last night to kick off the week. Each speaker we hear from is of such a high caliber, I really feel lucky to be here and am proud to give up hours out of my study time to listen to them.

 

My favorite thing about this place isn’t what makes it like a normal college; it’s what sets it apart. The desire to learn and grow from others and hear about these unique experiences makes my education far richer than I would expect from any other institution.

 

 


More about Laura.

 

Academy Life Goes By Quick

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Racz Photo With the end of spring break came the beginning of the final stretch toward the end of 4/c year. It is crazy to look back and see how far I have come. It seems like just yesterday that I was walking through the arches on Reporting-In Day back in July. Everyone tells you that the Academy life goes by quick, but I never really comprehended that until now. I’ve accomplished a lot this year and I can’t believe that I will be a third class in a matter of months.

 

Toward the end of the month, the Class of 2017 passed boards. The end of the indoctrination process is a key milestone in the life of a cadet and it has been a huge relief to know that it is all over. With the passing of boards comes privileges and, of course, full carry-on. The light at the end of the tunnel is within sight and now all we can do is wait. Obtaining the privilege of full carry-on will make Academy life that much better and enjoyable.

 

Crew has been going well. My spring break was devoted to a training trip down in Clemson, South Carolina. The entire week was a great experience and I definitely enjoyed becoming closer with my teammates. The typical day went something like this: wake up for a morning row, go to lunch in the Clemson University dining hall, relax or nap for a few hours, go out for an afternoon row, eat dinner at the dining hall, go back to the hotel to relax, and then repeat. It was a grueling week, but fun and beneficial nonetheless. I felt that I definitely improved my rowing skill on that trip. I look forward to using what I learned during the week, and apply it to my rowing back at the Academy. As a freshman, I am fortunate enough to have made the varsity boat. It is rare for a freshman to make varsity, but I will do my best to embrace the opportunity. We start races soon, so I look forward to that.

 

If you have any questions about crew, 4/c year, or the Coast Guard Academy in general, always feel free to contact me. Thanks for reading!

 

 


More about Benjamin.