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Graduation is Fast Approaching

(Academics, Athletics, The Cadet Experience) Permanent link
Daghir Photo I am happy to say that the year has picked up to its usual tempo, complete with more homework, less sleep, and more things on my to-do list than I can actually articulate from memory. If there is one thing I have learned between this school and yoga is that all you need to do is take a deep breath and start at the top of the list. This week is a little hectic because it is not only a four day week, but it is in fact spirit week, completely devoted to the football game we have coming up on Saturday: Bears versus the Mariners. Merchant Marine Academy and Coast Guard Academy rivalry is something that is ingrained in us constantly for about the first month of school and then we take a year off and wait to start alllllll over. It should be a fun time, even with the required morale events like our pep rally and actual attendance of the football game.


But enough on required morale, the real excitement stems from the prospect that I will be getting my billet list (the list of all available jobs for me to choose from) sometime very soon, possibly tomorrow! I will then have a little less than a month to put together my top picks, of which I will submit and wait. I will be following the same timeline as OCS for this, so my billet night, the night when I figure out where I am going, will be with the OCS class that will be graduating in November! I will be graduating on December 16th! Something that I also just found out this week…


So in addition to preparing for graduation and figuring out all of the real world aspects of my life that I will be in charge of very soon, I have been staying busy with a plethora of activities. Lacrosse just started this week officially for the fall, and although I will not be playing in the spring, I am looking to get one last season of play in, especially while the weather is nice. My teammates are really an amazing group and since my classmates have graduated, I would say that I feel even closer to my lax girls. We have started practicing every day and working with our lifting coach every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition to lacrosse, I have been doing community service at the New London Homeless Shelter on Wednesday nights, where a group of cadets brings dinner to the people staying at the shelter.


School is a lot of fun, my schedule is nice and not too packed although this is a bit deceiving as I am actually signed up for a lot of extra work in the form of independent studies. I am taking scuba, of which we have completed three in-pool dives and, after one more, we will be venturing out to the open water. For my independent studies, I am doing an analysis of a treaty that we are working on as chair of the Arctic Counsel with Canada. Basically the treaty will make it so that countries will be permitted to conduct Arctic research in other countries’ Economic Exclusive Zones, a practice that is currently being exercised by some and not others. The paper will hopefully be used to outline the Coast Guard’s role in the application of the treaty and also look into similar historic events in which countries in the Arctic worked through treaties even in tense political times, giving us an idea of what to expect. The other study I am completing is a continuation of my summer work with GIS in which I will be finishing my Geographic Response Plans for the sectors New York and Long Island Sound. I like to be busy because it makes the time go that much faster, taking me closer to graduation! Sorry about another lengthy post. GO BEARS!


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Spring Track and Field

(Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Burchill Photo The Academy isn't just all academics and military, thletics plays a big part! I run track and cross country and love my teammates and the sport. From hanging out at meets, to working hard alongside one another everyday, I wouldn't trade these people for the world. They really help you get through the tough times.

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Spring Break Lacrosse Trip 2016: Colorado

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo Hello everyone and happy spring! Today is our second day back at school after spring break, so everyone is trying to adjust back to Academy life, not always the easiest transition. However, this year’s spring break trip was a blast! The men’s lacrosse team traveled to Virginia Beach, and we got to go to Colorado Springs, which was absolutely incredible. No matter where you are in the city you can see these beautiful towering mountains in the background that just take your breath away! And speaking of breath, Colorado Springs is situated at an elevation of almost 7,000 feet and adjusting to the altitude was definitely not easy. We played two games out in Colorado, one against Colorado College and one against Messiah College. Both teams were very good and sprinting at that altitude had us out of breath and exhausted very quickly, but it was a great workout and now that were back, running here is a breeze!


Also while we were out in Colorado we had the opportunity to do some amazing things outside of lacrosse. One morning we convinced our coach to let us wake up before sunrise and hike up to this rock formation outside the city called Pulpit Rock. It was cold and dark when we woke up, but we all ran up the mountainside in excitement. Once we reached the rock formation we were tired and out of breath, but the view was amazing! We climbed all over the rocks while watching the sun rise up over the mountain with a spectacular view of the whole city as well (I have included a few pictures). The other hike we did was through the national historic site, Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods was beautiful! These huge red rock formations dotted the hillsides and visitors can hike and climb throughout the park. We hiked to a rock formation called the Siamese Twins, which was really neat, but my favorite formation was the rock structure called the Kissing Camels named after the two kissing rocks that look like camels. If you ever have a chance to go visit Colorado Springs or the Garden of the Gods, I would definitely recommend it!


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Lax But Not Relax

(Athletics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo January has come and gone and with the arrival of February came the start of spring sports. The women’s lacrosse team started their second varsity season here at the CGA. The first week of practice we got extremely lucky; there was no snow, and we could sport gym shirts and shorts on the practice field. After this past week, our luck ended and the snow has returned but we are still outside practicing in rain or shine (or snow). The first week was tough. We prepared ourselves over the winter with conditioning workouts with the new strength coach, Coach Shakira, and also with individual workouts. But regardless of the preparation, last week left me sore and tired, but also motivated for what the season will bring.


Our first scrimmage is on the 20th of February. We have six practices a week, two hours a day, as do all the other varsity sports at the Academy, and the improvement we see every day on the field and the bonds forming on the team is exciting to be a part of. Once games start after the 20th of February, weekends off will be a thing of the past. We have a game every weekend and on some Wednesdays. What about spring break? We’re off to Colorado to play throughout the week. I am thrilled to head back to Colorado. It will be my first time there since doing a year of civilian college at the University of Colorado in Boulder between 2013 and 2014. I am hoping some old friends may be able to visit and watch me play. While this semester is hectic, being busy helps keep me focused. I find I am more productive in my “free” time when I have a demanding schedule. So far, balancing academics, social life, Glee Club, and lacrosse has been, while frenzied occasionally, a good experience. I am getting the opportunity to do all the activities I love to do, and I feel quite lucky.


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Lax, Lax, Re-Lax

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo Hello everyone and happy snow day! That’s right today is February 8th and here at CGA we had our very first snow day of the 2016 winter season! All excitement aside, it provided for a great extra day to get some homework done and just relax a little bit. Speaking of “lax,” last week marked the beginning of spring sports season for the greatest sport on earth, lacrosse! I am thrilled to be in season again, although conditioning is pretty tough and these days we tend to have to shovel the field before practice... We practice six days a week and have been working on fitness like crazy to prepare for our upcoming games. Although playing a sport is a pretty big time commitment, I love the girls on the team and there’s no other way I would rather spend my afternoons here at the Academy. Playing a sport also gives us a much needed break after the academic day and before starting on homework. Lacrosse also provides some incredible opportunities in terms of team development, leadership lessons, and travel. This spring break we will be going to Colorado to visit the Air Force Academy and play a few games against teams in the area. I am super excited and hope we will have a little bit of time to hike and explore. During one of our recent practices, we had to stop playing so that the President of the country of Georgia could cross our field, along with his escorts and secret service. Believe it or not, the team actually got to take a picture with him! He was such a nice man and even mentioned how he had heard of us and our world famous lacrosse skills. (I am immediately to the right, next to the President in the team picture with him!)


Also, as promised, here is an update on my whale project: so I was very nervous to present to the Mystic Aquarium staff, but I did and they loved it! I explained all of the research that I had done and even provided everyone with an annotated bibliography of the papers I’d read (there were about 10 people in attendance!). The research and development team then asked me if I could come up with some research proposals on my own for ideas I had or the type of work I want to pursue with the whales. So far I am thinking serum cortisol levels in saliva (sounds fun right?). I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the aquarium and I look forward to learning and working more with them in the future, especially the whales! Go books, go bears, go lax! And again please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. Happy snow day!


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