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Flying By Fall

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo Life has been nothing short of crazy here at the Coast Guard Academy. The leaves have changed into their vibrant colors of red, orange, and yellow, fall sports have begun to end and winter sports have commenced, and midterms have come and gone. I personally cannot believe how fast this semester is flying by. It seems like the older you are at the Academy, the faster everything seems to go. I remember being a 4/c like it was just the other day and dreaming about the day I would get civilian clothes and Friday night liberty. Now here I am as a 2/c cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy and I love every minute of my crazy cadet life!

 

Joining the women’s soccer team has definitely been the best decision of my Academy career. That’s not to say that I don’t love cross country because at times I do miss it, it’s just that soccer provides so much more of a team atmosphere to me. I love that everyone has to work together for one common goal–to win. If one person is out of tune, it throws the whole team off so teamwork is extremely important. Our team performed well enough this season to get a chance to compete in the NEWMAC tournament as the #7 seed. Unfortunately, we lost our first tournament game against the #2 seed– Springfield College. It was a great game though!

 

Parents’ Weekend was a couple weeks ago and I must say that weekend is always my favorite weekend here at the Academy. The campus is buzzing with proud parents, family members, and loved ones. I love showing my parents what a typical day consists of for me. I think they are always tired by the end of the day from all the walking we have to do and the hours of classes we sit through, which is always amusing to me. This year there was a search and rescue demonstration in the Thames River which featured helicopters and small boats from nearby Coast Guard stations. Most of the parents were very interested in that to see that their sons or daughters could be doing something like that one day. Of course my dad had to throw in his pitch to try to get me into aviation after that. I always tell my parents I belong on the water, but of course anything could happen.

 

Well as always I am never too busy to answer any questions about cadet life or the Coast Guard in general! Email me at Samantha.E.Corcoran@uscga.edu.

 

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A Month of Fun

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo A ton of great events happened this month! It started off with my cousin's wedding, which I was able to go home for. She was a beautiful bride and it was great to see my family. (The sunshine and warm ocean water helped out, too). Parents Weekend occurred this month as well. Although my parents did not come up, I had a great time hanging out with my friends and their parents and I was so grateful and appreciative to be “adopted” by some wonderful parents!

 

I completed my community service hours this month as well by volunteering for the breast cancer 5K walk in Rocky Neck State Park. It was a beautiful fall day and it was great to see so many walkers come out dressed in pink to support a great cause. I helped out with registering individuals who had not done so online. I also marked some of the route with signs to promote awareness.

 

This month was a huge month for my major (Management) because they had three deans from other colleges and universities come to our school for the management major accreditation. The first-class cadets had lunch with the deans and explained what our daily lives are like at the Academy and the classes we enjoy within the major.

 

I just got back from my first meet of the season. I think the team did really well and it was a great start to the season. I dove okay, but more importantly, I calmed my nerves so that is helpful moving on to the next meet.

 

Any questions don’t hesitate to ask! Sara.E.Cantrell@uscga.edu.

 

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Medallions, Colors, and Perfect Water

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo While the Regimental Review for Homecoming Weekend and the football game the following Saturday afternoon have always been mandatory for cadets, this was the first Homecoming at the Academy that meant anything to me. It seemed like everyone was excited to see their older brother or parent that weekend; the alumni parked literally everywhere on campus Friday morning, including outside of our windows in the quad. Classes and trainings continued as scheduled, with one modification for the Medallion Ceremony to be held in the late afternoon.

 

Every year the class celebrating their 50th reunion from the Academy is invited to return, specially for participation in the Medallion Ceremony. The Commandant of the Coast Guard is aided by three cadets, from Delta Company (the best company), in honoring each alumni with a medallion around their neck as their name and highest rank attained is read off by a senior cadet in the gymnasium. Surrounding the alumni, who sit on the court, in the bleachers as a Corps of Cadets is a powerful atmosphere in itself, but not the most personal. For me to feel connected to the events of Homecoming I needed more.

 

This year after assisting the Color Guard present the colors at the Regimental Review and Medallion Ceremony, I headed down to the boathouse for crew practice. Being a Friday and pretty late already around 5 p.m., I decided to go out on the water as soon as possible. Without waiting for my teammates I paddled down to Jacob’s Rock, about 300 meters, in my single rowing shell. Not far from shore I could hear alumni joining the women’s soccer team on the field, saw the lights illuminating the football field, and again, found cars scattered in every possible place around campus. Yet, there I was alone on the water with what felt like no connection to any of those cars or people.

 

Listening to evening colors as the sun set at both the Coast Guard Academy and Naval Sub Base New London on the water rowing back to the dock is always breathtaking. The sounds echo from both sides of the river and on a clear night, the complete silence when the music stops seems to linger just long enough. On this night, however, the puttering burp of an engine filled that silence, along with the brushing of oars other than my own against the dock. Catching the gaze of the five men sitting in a boat across the dock was just what I needed for Homecoming to mean something. The tired looks of men who wrestled with calculus, stood years of midwatch, and had time to start families stared at me, who at twenty was exhausted from a paddle. One of them asked if it was a good row. “Yes, the water was perfect” was my response.

 

At the end of this year’s Homecoming Weekend I chose to reflect on the exchange with an alumni crew who still mustered the energy for a row. There were many reminders that there are thousands who have graduated before us, who wear medallions, and observe colors. Being tired is not a valid excuse not to care. It is a reason to keep searching and eventually, somehow find the perfect water.

 

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It Has Been a Long Time…

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Belanger Photo So it has been a very, very long time since I have written something and a lot of things have changed. First of all, getting the privileges of a second class has probably been the biggest reward yet. I can finally wear civilian clothes and blend in with the citizens of New London. I also started playing rugby for the Academy. The guys on the team are awesome, and it may be considered a very rough sport, but being on the pitch makes all of the Academy stress disappear. We have had a decent season and I am looking forward for the spring season as well. Becoming a second class also means that you fully integrate into your major. Besides one non-major specific class next semester, all of my classes either pertain to the Government major or life in the fleet. I have never been so happy being done with mathematics! My writing has improved and I love writing about the current events in the world. Remember if anyone has any questions let me know, and if you receive the bulletin check out my articles in the December issue!

 

Got a question? Email me Nathan.D.Belanger@uscga.edu!

 

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Hello :)

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo I am just taking a break from writing a paper for Fisheries Biology class and decided that there was no better time to take a moment to let you into my semester. WE HAVE REACHED MIDTERM. It is honestly crazy and very hard for me to grasp this and on top of that, I have just this past weekend finished fall ball for lacrosse with a play day in Massachusetts. Most of my classes are going well, and I have to say I am enjoying myself thoroughly in each of my endeavors as a cadet this year. I have found a good spot in Delta company, and as a member of the regimental planning division, I write the scripts for drill and have also, with my roommate, somehow advanced to seating the VIP guests for regimental drill.

 

I am having a great time on the cheerleading squad although this is the part in the season when the cold becomes just a little much and the wind equally as rough. Luckily, though, we have new running suits for warmth and the cheering has been exciting this year.

 

In terms of my studies, I am very involved in my Marine and Environmental Sciences curriculum, conducting fish trawls on the river, presentations on Thames River fish populations, and discussing the importance of conservation of endangered marine species. It is weird, but I have found that between football, lacrosse, homework and studying, I really haven’t had much free time, but I am happy to say that despite my many weekends spent at the Academy, I have enjoyed the free Sunday evening yoga classes and just relaxing on campus. The fall colors are exceptional and I was lucky enough to get a room with a view of the river.

 

Parents’ Weekend is coming up and I am really looking forward to their visit. We are going to watch the football game and I am excited to show off our spirit with the cheerleaders.

 

GO BEARS, BEAT ENDICOTT!

 

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