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In the Finest Tradition of Procrastination!

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo To all my blog readers, I apologize for my lengthy absence from the cadet blog pages. I’ve decided that I will finally sit down and let you all know what I have been doing. In the finest tradition of procrastination, I am using this blog post as an excuse to not write a paper or take an online test!


March was a very busy month. For some reason, the spring semester here flies by in the blink of an eye. Coast Guard Crew traveled to Clemson, South Carolina for a week of training. We drove down, instead of flying this year; the passenger-side mirror fell off in a toll booth outside Baltimore, and we ended up adding five hours to our trip, waiting at a service station for repairs! Spring break only got better from there: we practiced twice daily, and sometimes three times a day. The water was calm, the weather was warm but not hot, and the rowing was great. At the end of the week, we came back to dreary New London to put what we had practiced into action on the racecourse.


The week after we returned to the Academy, I left for Italy. I received the opportunity to represent the Coast Guard Academy at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law’s Competition for Military Academies in San Remo, Italy! As the only second-class on the team, it was a great honor to work with the firsties and be the face of the Coast Guard to teams from other military academies from around the world. The competition revolved around a simulated conference, where mixed teams (my team consisted of a German air force cadet, a Swiss army captain, and myself.) worked through different scenarios and provided advice to a “commander” about the law of armed conflict. My favorite part of the week was meeting all sorts of new friends and exploring San Remo with them; now I have contacts throughout Europe, Nigeria, and India if I ever vacation there! San Remo had great food, warm temperatures, and lots of sunshine. Of course, when we returned to New London, Connecticut it had none of these things.


My flight from Italy landed in Boston at 2215 last Friday, and we got back to Chase Hall at 0230. I woke up at 0600 for our first regatta against Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Unfortunately, Wesleyan won by fifteen seconds. That won’t be happening again! We are practicing twice as intensely to make sure we race well and rank at the top of our league. As Coach says, “The days when Coast Guard was the whipping boy of our league are over.” Now we have to show everyone that!


There is so much more happening this semester. Ring Dance is coming up quickly: it is the last weekend of April. I don’t know if I can wait until the end of the month to get my class ring! It’ll be a great bonding moment as a class—the end is in sight! We are also competing at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia in early May. This will be the first time we have competed there since the 1970s, and I can’t wait to show the rowing community how resurgent we are! Then there is summer training coming…but that is best left for another post!


If you want to help me procrastinate more, please email me at with your questions, comments, or concerns. Have a great Coast Guard day, readers!



More about Peter.


1/c Summer: Internships and Underway

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Kloo Photo As great as the school year is, a huge part of our education comes during our summers. Each class has a specific summer plan designed to build leadership skills and introduce them into the operational Coast Guard. 4/c summer is Swab Summer, an introduction and boot camp program for incoming cadets. 3/c is your first experience in the fleet where you work as a non-rated enlisted member. 2/c summer you act as a cadre training the incoming cadets as well as practicing your leadership skills on T-boats and the new L-44’s. Finally 1/c summer is back out to the fleet. It allows you to “shop” for a job that you will enjoy as an ensign, as well as getting you familiar with life as a junior officer.


This summer I am going to CGC Willow, which is a 225-foot buoy tender home ported out of Newport, Rhode Island. I am excited to work with the ship’s officers and crew to see what life is like on a black hull, and see if it is something that I want to do once I graduate. The second part of my summer is in Seward, Alaska as an intern at the Alaska Sea Life Center. Here, I will be working with injured seals that need rehabilitation. Once again, I have been lucky to receive an amazing opportunity. This rounds out my summer so that I not only receive professional military training, but also a fantastic academic experience.


I am looking forward to the rest of the semester, and to see what the summer brings. Spring semester always flies, especially with spring training for rowing. After the summer is over, I will be a 1/c cadet and only one year from graduation.


More about Alex.


Service to Country and Humanity

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Sandri Photo It is almost the end of March, and it feels like the end of the school year is just around the corner! The 4/c now have full wardroom carry-on, so it’s nice being able to go down to dinner and act like a normal person. Everyone in the class has now passed boards, so we are anticipating full carry-on to hopefully arrive soon.


On another note…congratulations to the prospective cadets who have received their appointments to the Academy and prep school! At this time last year, I was in the process of deciding which college to attend when my admissions officer said something that caught me by surprise. He told me that the Coast Guard Academy is unlike other schools in that it will recruit but won’t try to convince students to accept their appointments—we have to want it for ourselves. I had never heard a statement like this before, as most colleges do everything they can to entice students to accept, but it helped in putting my options into perspective. The CGA is a special place because at its core is a pure and simple mission: to educate and train leaders in the Coast Guard.


To be blunt, Academy life is challenging. But people don’t primarily come here to have fun, (though that is sometimes part of the equation), or collect a big paycheck. Most of us came here to do our part in making the world just a little bit brighter, through service to country and humanity. When days get rough, I remember that it was my decision to come here, and I am glad that hardship was something the Admissions Office made clear right off the bat. If you are passionate about service and the sea, the Coast Guard Academy is really a terrific place to be, and it was definitely the right choice for me. Good luck in choosing the right college, and as always, feel free to email me with any questions!



More about Eva.