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cadet blogs

Preparation and Graduation

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2013) Permanent link
Ward Photo It’s strange to think that it is almost over. I know I will miss this place (or at least the people) when I am at my next unit, but for now I am just really, really excited to be graduating.


I was sitting at dinner, talking with a 2/c cadet about graduating and they asked me if I felt ready to be an Ensign. I said yes. And while that might sound pretentious, if after four years of training to be an officer I was not ready, I think that would be something to worry about.


There is a common misconception that you need to enter this place as an officer. When I first was accepted to the Academy, my greatest fear (aside from the lack of sleep) was that I was not ready to be an officer. My father informed me that you come to the Academy because they see potential for you to become the most junior of junior officers after four years. For those of you who are questioning if the Academy is the place you want to go to and are questioning if you are able to become an officer, remember you don’t enter these gates as an officer. It takes four years, and if you have put in the effort, you are prepared to leave as one.


This phase of my life is ending and I know it has made me into a stronger, more confident person. The kind of person I wanted to be when I reported in. And as strange as it is for it to be ending, it is really exciting to be able to look both back on the past four years, and forward to the many that lie ahead. t


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Two Years Down, Two Years To Go

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo Welp. As I look around at my half-packed up room inside Chase Hall, I can proudly say that I’ve made it through two years of academia at the Coast Guard Academy. In my time here, I’ve accomplished far more than I thought I could prior to arriving here. For instance, I’ve taken 75 credit hours of classes in only four semesters, which is an absurd amount that only service academies can give you the pleasure of taking in such a small amount of time. Although my GPA isn’t exactly where it was in high school (nowhere near it, actually…oops) the transition into collegiate-level academics has proved to be quite the experience, and finally with my foot in the door, I can see some good advancement in my GPA.


Athletically, I couldn’t be more proud of our lacrosse team. We finished a regular season best 10-1, beat Stonehill to get to the PCLL Tournament Final…and then lost to our rivals, Briarcliffe, 9-7. It was one of the most nerve-racking games I’ve ever been a part of. Despite the setback, we were still granted an at-large bid to Nationals, and the team will be heading down to South Carolina next week to play in the MCLA National Tournament!


Militarily, things only got better and better for me as I progressed here. Starting as a 4/c with demerits falling everywhere, I now have three semesters of no demerits, and will be getting my second silver star for military excellence for the past semester. On top of that, my roommate and I were selected as Masters-At-Arms for Echo Company, so we’ll be running our department-specific incoming 4/c as they progress from swab to cadet.


So overall, after two years here, things really have shaped up. Being halfway done with my time here at the Academy is a unnerving thought, as it feels like just a few days ago I was getting screamed at by 1/c Sykes to keep my eyes in the boat. Well, in just a few weeks, I’ll be yelling at some swab myself. 2/c summer is coming quick!


More about Sam.