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Pole Vaulting, Diving, Triathlon, Surfing...Oh My!

(Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Kimura Photo I don’t play a varsity sport, which is totally acceptable at the Academy; after all I’m going to college to gain a degree in civil engineering, not to be recruited to play sports professionally. My freshman and sophomore year, I did pole vaulting with the indoor and outdoor track and field team, and diving with the swimming and diving team. Being on a team at the Academy helped me leave the Academy for sports games and make many great friendships.

 

Going into my junior year, I decided to focus more on school, which led me to do a sport with a smaller time commitment; triathlon. Triathlon has a short season: from the first day we get back from summer break until early October. It is a club sport at the Academy, which means there are fewer game days and the practices are much more flexible. This season I competed in the Cranberry TriFest in Lakeville, Massachusetts and the Buzzard’s Bay race in Cape Cod. There is a large and growing triathlon community here and an assortment of competition, including students from other colleges.

 

This fall I had a plan to balance triathlon with surfing. I decided to buy a surfboard this year and was fully committed to going out. Although all of the breaks are in Rhode Island, at least half an hour drive away, it’s definitely been worth it. And with warm days dwindling away, I may need to take out my booties and hood soon. Overall though, just being out on the water with some adrenaline flowing and a change of scenery can be really refreshing and therapeutic.

 

Lastly, I decided to do my third marathon this fall. My two best friends, a handful of other cadets, and I drove down to Washington, D.C. to run the Marine Corps Marathon. The first 13 miles were a blast; the signs supporters come up with are hilarious. From “don’t trust a fart after mile 10” to “if only the government ran as well as you,” they kept me smiling for most of the way. During the second 13 miles, I was so thankful for Skye and Vicky who kept me motivated to keep up the pace and finish strong. We finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes, which I am ecstatic about.

 

More about Amy.

 

Summer Ocean Racing and Washington Adventures

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Chamberlin Photo Offshore sailors have the option to apply for a seven-week intense summer ocean racing (SOR) program during Phase I of the summer. I chose to apply after learning about all the leadership opportunities that are associated with the program. My onboard collateral duty was commissary! The big events that we participated in were SUNY Maritime Safety at Sea Seminar; a trip to Annapolis; the Maryland to Newport race, and Block Island Race Week. In the beginning of the program, everyone wasn’t very close, but when the program ended, no one wanted to leave. This is similar to the fleet because the Coast Guard is a family and is looking out for you.

 

After SOR, I went to United States Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment for four weeks to work alongside the enlisted in Ilwaco, Washington. I had never been to the Pacific Northwest before going this summer. Not only was the station well set up and responsive to many cases, but the environment surrounding Cape D was incredible. Another cadet was at the station with me, and we went hiking (in the Ape Caves of Mount St. Helens!), shopping, and exploring around the neighboring towns. Sector Columbia River hosted multiple cadets in the area and offered us a tour of the sector, USCGC Fur and USCGC Alert. We also got to fly in a helicopter one of the last days we were at the station. One of my most memorable experiences, but not my favorite, was getting pepper sprayed. I never want to go through that pain again…

 

After my time at Station Cape Disappointment, I went on three weeks of leave, which included spending time with my family and high school friends, flying back out to the west coast to visit my uncles, and going to Boston!

 

All in all, this summer was the best summer I have ever had. The academic year at the Coast Guard Academy is very intense and stressful, but the summer training programs make everything worth it!

 

If you have any questions about the summer, or Academy life, please feel free to email me at Amy.M.Chamberlin@uscga.edu. Have a great day!

 

More about Amy.

 

The First Full Month

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Farlow Photo September started off with a long weekend for Labor Day (yay!). I took the train to Washington D.C. to spend some time with my grandparents. We toured the Capitol building and all the big monuments and memorials as well as Arlington National Cemetery. It was a great way to spend the first long weekend of my 3/c year. Upon returning to school on Monday, I felt as though I never left and began preparing for the short, but busy, week ahead. We had a uniform inspection, an unexpected power outage due to a storm, and our first regimental drill of the season.

 

The next two weekends, I played a couple of rugby matches, one against the University of New Haven and one against the University of Vermont. On the 18th after morning the colors, there was a small service honoring the 70th birthday of the Air Force that I attended. Before I knew it Parents’ Weekend had arrived. I had a non-traditional Parents’ Weekend this year. It overlapped with my dad’s 30th reunion at West Point so I could join my family in New York for that instead of them coming to visit me here.

 

The temperature is finally dropping and fall is officially here! Go Bears!

 

More about Francesca.

 

Jump In! The Water’s Fine!

(Athletics, Class of 2018, Civil Engineering) Permanent link
Kokomoor Photo Sometimes it is hard to just jump right in. Especially in an institution where the options in front of you are so expansive and offer such different opportunities, it is easy to find oneself overwhelmed and timid. Yet, if I have learned anything at this Academy, it is that the more you throw yourself out into the chaos, the more you will get out of your cadet career.

 

As a 1/c cadet and Civil Engineer major starting my fourth and final year at the Academy, I am finding myself reflecting on everything that I have taken part in and everything that has made me the person that I am today. I am a swimmer for the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team and a Captain for the 2017-2018 season. Swimming has truly shaped the type of cadet that I have become. I have developed a stronger work ethic and grown as a teammate and more importantly, as a shipmate.

 

Swimming for me is a release. It allows me to temporarily escape the mechanics of life in Chase Hall and share in something wonderful with people who love my sport just as much as I do. Everyone here has to have that one thing; an outlet to explore the possibilities afforded to us as cadets at one of the greatest military institutes in the world. For others it is band, rugby, Glee, or if you want to throw a few punches it’s boxing! But for everyone there is a common element: you have to just jump in! You have to get involved and you can never be scared to try something new and fail a few times before finding your bearing.

 

More about Jacklyn.

 

Winter Recap

(Academics, Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Silliman Photo So, I am currently in Annapolis training with the sailing team on our spring training trip. Seeing the immense size of the Naval Academy certainly makes us comprehend how different the Coast Guard Academy really is. Being in Annapolis for the first time and seeing the large, Greco-Roman buildings of the Naval Academy certainly was a culture shock for me in comparing it to the small New England Coast Guard Academy campus with its federal-style architecture. I still would not want to be anywhere else.

 

At the end of winter break after a trip to the U.K. with my family, I flew to San Antonio to attend a conference among other Catholic college students called SEEK. We were part of a group of over 13,000 students including some from other service academies. It was truly a life changing experience, and with the spring semester ready to meet me with the end of the conference, I wish the conference never ended.

 

With the season pass I had to Killington, I took to the slopes for Martin Luther King weekend with a group of 15 cadets, and it was a blast. After that I only managed to get in another three days on my pass, those times going to Sunapee with my family. It was a great season over all, and with the increased liberty of 2/c year, next year will be even better.

 

The sailing team hit the water for the first time last week and we are now well under way for the spring season. The team is a little smaller now, but hopefully we will all get some good racing in.

 

One of my favorite classes this semester has been Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design. This has introduced me to all the crazy machines of the Academy’s power lab, which has enabled me to begin building a contraption known as a finger engine. I cannot wait to see the finished project.

 

The school year is slowly making its way toward the end. This summer will be a lot different from the last one, but it will be fun in its own ways. I just hope its gets warm a little faster this year.

 

More about Derek.