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All Grown Up

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo So far this semester, I have watched the Class of 2015, my class, lead the Corps of Cadets. It has been a pleasant surprise watching my class lead with maturity. Especially this semester, I am really happy to be a part of the Class of 2015 and seeing a lot of my classmates lead with compassion for others.

 

I remember back in 4/c year, my class was struggling and the command had very mixed feelings about us. However, throughout the years we have really grown and taken to heart the good and bad leadership styles of the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014. I am so happy and impressed with the way my classmates are treating underclassmen. It was very rewarding to hear the 4/c in Alfa Company feel welcomed and accepted by the 1/c after we returned for the start of the academic semester.

 

Also, being a part of the Cadet Honor Board, a panel that reviews honor incidents, I have seen my classmates approach an Honor Board with a stern, but very fair demeanor. During the Honor Board, members of the board address the incident, stating the facts and then questioning the cadets involved in the situation. In the past, I have heard of Cadet Honor Boards going very poorly where members of the board went beyond questioning about the investigation and were more personal and opinionated. I liked being part of the Honor Board and seeing my classmates conduct the Board very objectively. A lot of the questions that were asked were for the purpose of understanding the situation better and have a better grasp of the investigation beyond the facts on paper.

 

It has also been really nice to get to know the underclassmen and really invest in conversations while trying to remember what it was like to be in their shoes. Currently, my company has started a 1/c to 4/c mentoring program where 4/c choose a mentor and make that connection with a specific 1/c. I am very excited to be in the program and be a mentor to a 4/c.

 

I am really glad my class is putting in the effort and making the relationship with the underclassmen. It is nice seeing the Corps of Cadets more unified this semester. I hope this carries through to the next semester and that our leadership style will be a good one to model after.

 

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Halloween at the Coast Guard Academy

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo Hello, readers. It’s been awhile since I’ve written, but this has been my busiest semester yet. While I love some things about Regimental Staff more than others, Halloween 2014 was one of the highlights.

 

My friends and I spent almost two weeks debating amongst the nine of us what costumes we would wear. We finally decided on the Avengers, and all got costumes to dress up for the Corps’ Halloween dinner and the annual trek up the hill to the senior leadership team’s houses. There were many good costumes, awesome photos, and fun times at the corps’ dinner and on the hill. The best part for me was that Captain McCauley, the Commandant of Cadets, got wind of our plans to dress as the Avengers, and dressed up as Nick Fury, the Avengers’ leader. It was quite the surprise—we didn’t expect him to do that at all!

 

Captain “Fury” was one of the many surprises from this semester, and I hope that there are more in the coming months. While I’m counting down to graduation, don’t hesitate to email me with questions at Peter.M.Driscoll@uscga.edu. Until next time…

 

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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.

 

More about Sara.

 

Getting Involved is Fair-ly Easy (Cadet Activities Fair)

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Sherman Photo We have many clubs and activities here at the Coast Guard Academy. And we have a fun way to find out what extracurricular options are available each year: the Cadet Activities Fair! It’s on the Thursday of the first week of school (sorry for the delay…I had some technical difficulties while editing). This video is a fun exposition of that event. Hear about anything you’re interested in?

*Special thanks to artist Har Megiddo for the use of his music in this video.

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Fall Sports, Liberty and Diving

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo I am happy to report that it was another fun and enjoyable month of my senior year! The football game versus Merchant Marine was the best game I have been to at the Academy. The day started with soccer, a freshman scored the winning goal near the end of the game. Volleyball was simultaneously playing and also won. We then sat in the stands and watched the football team bring home the victory! It was such an exciting game with so much passion and emotion. I also went to New York this month to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousin. It is hard being so far from home, but it is really great to have family close to me. They have been an awesome support system throughout my time at the Academy and I am truly grateful to be so close to them. I also went to a Brantley Gilbert concert with my friends, which was a ton of fun and a great night out on liberty!

 

I know it seems like I only talk about my weekend adventures, but I promise I do school work too! The work load has definitely been picking up this last month and with diving added into my schedule my time management skills have been kicking in. The test and papers have started, but I am not feeling overwhelmed. Diving has been great so far, as of last week I have completed all of my dives that I did at the end of last season. This is huge for me and gives me motivation for a great last year! The schedule is packed from here on out and my weekends are about to be consumed with diving meets, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

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