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1/c Capstone Projects

(Academics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Kloo Photo As we approach first class year, people begin to consider capstone projects. These are usually year-long projects that challenge cadets to confront a large-scale, real-world problem while incorporating what they have learned in their previous three years of study. Cadets get to choose, or in many cases, design their own capstone project, which means that you get to devote yourself to something that you are truly passionate about.


There are a wide variety of capstone projects each year, but some of the most interesting are the Coast Guard projects that cadets can choose from. A good friend of mine is a mechanical engineer and he is working on creating a sling and recovery system for a Coast Guard small boat. Undergraduate students rarely get to make things that play such a big role in the real world. Another good example is electrical engineering majors at the Academy are working to improve a dynamic positioning system (DPS). Coast Guard buoy tenders use DPS in order to keep position in variable currents and winds. Another good friend of mine, a management major, is working on a project to determine if the Coast Guard is making the best decisions in allocating money based on geographical location. All of these projects not only help them refine their craft, but can also have a direct and long-term impact on Coast Guard missions.


I am still undecided what I want to do my capstone project on. There are a lot of good options. Right now, we have students working on mustard gas toxicity research as well as diabetes research. Other areas of research include oil spill fingerprinting, which is something that the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab does every day. There are a multitude of opportunities; the hard part is making a decision.



More about Alex.


Anticipation of Summer Adventures

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Ledzian Photo Second semester I am taking less credit hours of class, 20, an easier semester on paper at least. Now three months into the semester I am still trying to match my rhythm from first semester. Boards, school work and track occupy what seems like every waking moment of every day. Spring break was a week of reprieve but once I returned to the Academy it was quickly forgotten. I do miss the warm Florida weather, only to be replaced with freezing conditions in New London. I remember enjoying the cold weather and snow, for about two weeks. Spring seems to be taking its time. The anticipation of summer adventures and an end to a long school year is pervasive. I will be traveling the Caribbean on Eagle and then head up to Station St. Emerald Isle. It is exciting to think of the coming adventures: climbing the rigging on Eagle, visiting foreign ports, and taking out a small boat. It is also easy to get trapped in a bubble and forget about the outside world, but soon I will get to leave to the Academy, for the summer at least.



More about Patrick.


Another Level of Engineering

(Academics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo Engineers taking it to another level post dust explosion...Thankfully the dust in Chase Hall doesn't combust#FMGlobal#RealEngineers


More about Christi.





Women Engineers in Action

(Academics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo Just catapulting your average 2 x 4 projectiles#SocietyOfWomenEngineersTrip#ExploringFMGlobal


More about Sarah.





Time Really Flies

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo #3weekstillcadre#unreal#thirdclassformal #ringdance#lacrosseplayoffs#ICANTWAITFORCIVIES


More about Lucy.





Ring Dance 2014

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo Unbelievable, bittersweet and extraordinary. Incredible night, friends, and shipmates, and an amazing class to be a part of. Two thooousand fifteen, one year to go!


More about Lindsay.





My New Social Skills

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Pourmonir Photo “How are you sir?” ”Good.” “How are you ma’am? “Good” “How are you sir?” “Good” #MyNewSocial Skills#getusedtoit#responsiblity#4/cProbz


More about Keemiya.





Things I Look Forward To

(Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo Hot sun, crashing beach waves, toes in the sand, good food and good times: Can’t wait for my trip to Mexico in one month! Summer hurry up!


More about Jade.





What Awaits Us

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Ritchie Photo Opportunities beyond compare. Though we complain, we know. There’s more to this life than we can see right now, just waiting to be achieved.


More about Sarah.





Too Much Time

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Pourmonir Photo I'm not above making up words just to sound intelligent propertastically. Everyday I genercreate new words. #toomuchtime#studyforfinals?


More about Keemiya.





Big Things Ahead

(Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo I miss blaring country music out the windows of my truck and seeing the mountains in my backyard. Less than a month until I’m Montana bound.


More about Jade.





Hard to Believe

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Ritchie Photo Trying to get a grasp on it all, there are just so many things I’ve done this year that I never could have imagined. Is this reality?


More about Sarah.





Best Swab Summer Advice

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo Always remember, “Nothing you’re asked to do during your Coast Guard career will be something you’re incapable of. You’re here for a reason” Good luck!


More about James.





Story of My Life

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Pourmonir Photo Reveille. Breakfast. Class. Lunch. Class. Crew Practice. Dinner. Homework. Shower. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. #StoryOfMyLife


More about Keemiya.





A Semester Wrap-Up

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo These last few weeks have been so hectic, I am mentally, physically and emotionally drained. I am actually looking forward to finals week.


More about Jade.





Never Let Go

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Ritchie Photo The Coast Guard Academy is something you must earn, not just to get the appointment, but each and every day after. You have to want it for a reason and never let go of it.


More about Sarah.





Commencement Excitement

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Townsend Photo This semester is flying by; I can’t believe there are only a few weeks left until I walk across the stage and graduate. I have never been more excited for the future!


More about Brianna.





Finding Myself as a Leader

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo It’s hard to believe that April is already here. What is even crazier to think about is that I’m a little over a month away from starting my 2/c summer. It seems as if just yesterday I was reporting in as a swab! But two years have quickly passed by and it is my turn to lay the foundation for future Coast Guard officers. When I put it like that, it sounds so crazy – that’s so much responsibility for a 21 year old! But in that same regard, I feel that I am ready. The Academy really makes you grow up and become incredibly mature.


One thing that I have come to appreciate about this place is that it really makes you find yourself. This is something that I didn’t acknowledge or believe until recently; in the past I was always quick to say something along the lines of “we don’t really get the opportunity to express ourselves,” but I don’t agree with that anymore. What I’ve come to realize is that while the military makes you fit a certain prescribed standard, we still have the ability to form our own spin off of it.


This realization hit me once I started thinking about the type of leader I want to be over cadre summer. And for the first time, I found myself having answers to these questions – answers that differ from each and every one of my classmates. Over the course of the past two years when I thought that I was being created from the recipe all military officers are made from, what I was subconsciously doing was creating a list of things I like and dislike, slowly molding my own personal leadership style. Looking back on this past year, I see how I developed as a 3/c and role-model for the 4/c. I am passionate and empathic with a drive to help others no matter what the cost. I am a motivator and morale-booster (or at least I try to be!). Moreover, I am extremely extroverted and get my energy from interacting with people; getting to know them on a more meaningful level. All of these qualities plus many more have made me into the leader I will be over the summer as a Waterfront Cadre.


I am excited to utilize all that I have learned these past two years and really figure out the type of leader I am. As Waterfront 1 Cadre, I will be present on R-Day, which will challenge my softer side as I will need to be stern but down at the waterfront, I can hone my people skills by teaching the swabs how to sail. Altogether, I am excited for what is to come with my time left at the Academy – I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel!



More about Allie.


The Best Word to Describe Cadets: Divergent

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo Veronica Roth’s hit novel Divergent was on the top of my list to read over spring break, but never did I expect to be so captivated by its simple themes. Like many popular reads I quickly saw the parallels between the values of the fictional futuristic society and that of the Academy: intelligence, selflessness, honesty, peace, and bravery are all elements weighted in different ways in our world. I wanted to give a brief humorous anecdote of how each has shaped me as a cadet and shown that living in that fictional world, I could only be a misfit; divergent.


1. Intelligence is the fundamental aspect related to a cadet’s development while at the Academy. Sometimes asking dumb questions has been a reminder of this, such as asking where my sample for material science left in the power lab was. My professor quickly responded, unless you moved it, still in the power lab.


2. Selflessness is in our service’s name and apparent in many circumstances in Chase Hall. For example, switching other people’s laundry in the laundry rooms is a common practice, even if you do not know the cadet. So clearly, dropping my dirty crew clothes off before heading out to another regatta it was assumed I would come back later that day to cleaned spandex. Instead I found a 4/c’s clean laundry in my bag and my laundry gone missing. Selfless service can lead to one pair of black socks.


3. Honesty is one of the three core values we uphold at the Academy but being too direct can often lead me into awkward situations. I accidentally played the song “Turn Down for What” instead of reveille the other morning so every cadet in Chase Hall woke to it. The spirit mission was intentional but unfortunately I let in on the plan, so the responsibility fell directly on me. I could honestly admit that playing the wrong CD was a mistake, but I could not take credit for the mischief. Neither a victim nor a rebel, I fell somewhere in the category of awkward middle cadet…but at least I was honest?


4. Peace can be a good and bad attribute, or else it would not have been included in Roth’s book. Toward the end of March Madness my Connecticut pride showed more than usual and instigated some friction in my hallway. With UCONN winning both men and women’s national championships I am proud to say I won the fight, but it cost some pretty feisty whiteboard arguments in the process of defending my great state.


5. Bravery is the last and arguably the most admirable trait both in fiction and the Academy. I wish I could share some monumental epic right here, but instead I have to say that the courage to try anything can land you in a humiliating place. Due to two shoulder surgeries I have had to push my physical fitness credits back until this semester, where I am taking an eight week personal defense course trying to catch up. My lack of coordination is embarrassing enough, but falling flat on my face in front of a Class of 2017 is probably as humiliating as it gets.


With every embarrassing memory throughout this month have come the development of some traits and the reverse of others. Collectively, fingers crossed, they will help me to become a stronger leader, which Miss Veronica Roth would be proud to call divergent.



More about Sarah.