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Arctic Forum Events

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo As a Government major at the Academy, we are presented with multiple opportunities to attend some unique events. Recently, we had representatives from the Arctic nations convene at the Academy to discuss multilateral relations with respect to the Arctic. I was allowed to sit in on a panel discussion with the representatives to hear how each of these countries is developing policies in the Arctic. If you don’t know, the Arctic is an area of growing importance. Never before has the idea of using Arctic region for trade, tourism, or territory been discussed. But now with the changing environment, the Arctic has new importance. Each country has their own unique challenges facing them. It was extremely interesting to sit in and listen to each representative discuss how their country is impacted by the new opportunities in the Arctic.


The most intriguing idea discussed was the notion of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Arctic. Improving rescue techniques calls for multiple agencies and countries to work together to best develop SAR strategies. I found this discussion so compelling that I have decided to use it as my research paper topic for my Maritime Policy class. As a soon-to-be officer in the Coast Guard, SAR techniques and how we can better them are very interesting and useful for me to think about. Who knows, maybe one day I will be the brains behind these operations! Either way, it is a fascinating topic to explore and consider. Altogether, the events that I participated in with the Arctic nations were an incredible experience that some undergraduate college students can only dream of having!


More about Allie.


Operations Research Capstone Project...Stay Tuned

(Academics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Hirst Photo First semester of senior year is moving at a steady clip. During our senior year, most majors work on a capstone project, which encompasses the entire year’s worth of work. The cadets studying engineering are already well underway with their capstone projects. The majority of my friends are engineers, and they give me a hard time because as an Operations Research major, I haven’t started my project yet. Operations Research just received the capstone slate and we put in a dream sheet of the capstone we would like to work on. Most of the projects are Coast Guard applicable and our work will be put into place to help out the fleet. We have the opportunity to optimize flight scheduling or possibly plan out the best allocation of Coast Guard assets. There are endless opportunities with operations research in the Coast Guard! Most of my capstone work will occur next semester, so expect more information on that to come later! This semester is flying by…I can’t believe it’s already November!


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Contributing to the Coast Guard Mission as an Intern

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo This past summer, I completed an internship at the District 1 offices in Boston, Massachusetts. The project that I was tasked with at the end of the school year was to update three of the Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) for the Hudson River. GRPs are basically oil response plans. Maps of this area had not been updated in many years due to the lack of resources and time. The old maps were black, white, and grey lines with very little information. My job was to create more detailed maps, with booming strategies, marinas, environmentally sensitive data, boat ramps, and possible oil spill sources. On the back of the maps, I included other information on strategies, pictures and important phone numbers.


I began my internship in the middle of June. Two days after arriving, I was sent to Albany, New York to begin collecting data for the GRPs. In addition, I got to tour some oil terminals in the area. I was in Albany about a week then headed back to Boston to start creating the new maps; 16 in total. After completing these, I presented my work to various members at District 1 and had a surprise visit in the middle of my presentation by RADM Fagan and VADM Lee. It was an amazing experience to be able to present my work to these people.


I once again traveled to New York but this time to Poughkeepsie. People from D1, Sector New York and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) all worked with me on boat trips down the river so that we could collect data for the maps. During my internship, I traveled 100 miles of the Hudson River, from Troy to West Point. After the final boat trip, I went back to Boston to finish my internship and plan for working on the project the rest of the school year.


Upon returning to school, I completed maps of the entire Hudson River as a part of a directed study. Since I was back in school, I was unable to take the boat trip of the final leg of the river, but I obtained the data from Sector New York and the NYDEC that they collected. After I was done making the maps of the river, I presented them to the Area Committee, a group that is concerned about oil spill response in the New York area. This committee is comprised of members of NOAA, the police department, Sector New York, the NYDEC, the Hudson River Marina and Boat Club Association, and many others. I have presented the maps to the Area Committee and have received their input. My next job is to make any changes there are to the maps and then have them reviewed again for final approval.


I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this internship and directed study. I learned so much about oil spill response, the Coast Guard’s collaboration with other organizations and all of the work that goes into creating GRPs.


More about Kayla.


How to Remain Sane During the School Year

(Academics, Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo I realize it’s been quite some time since my last blog entry because 1/c year is flying by with lots of homework and responsibilities. It’s hard to get everything done!


I’m so glad that I’m finally a 1/c cadet, but it seems like just yesterday I was a confused and awkward 4/c cadet squaring my meals and bracing up in the passageways. It’s amazing how far my class has come and how close we are to becoming commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard!


Anyway, I realize there is still about six months left of school, but I wanted to use this blog post to give you my Ten Tips to Remaining Sane During the School Year. These are things that I’ve learned throughout my four years here at the Academy.


  1. Don’t procrastinate – get your work done ASAP. The sooner, the better. You’ll feel much better without big projects hanging over your head.
  2. Make time for yourself at least once or twice a week. Go get your nails done, read a book, go for a run…whatever you need. Just give yourself some “me” time.
  3. Big one – DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! Obviously doing school work isn’t always going to make you happy, but make sure your major is one that you enjoy and make sure you want to go to your club or sports practice every day.
  4. Eat healthy, but have a cheat day every now and then. Eating healthy will make you feel so much better but ice cream (in moderation) is good, too!
  5. Make time to work out every day. Even if it’s just a little bit of time, doing something small everyday will raise your endorphins and you will be more productive when you do your work!
  6. Make a to-do list. This will ensure you don’t forget what you have to do and crossing items off the to-do list is one of the best feelings – you’ll feel much more accomplished!
  7. Get the sleep you need. For me, this is seven hours of sleep but it varies for every person. Getting enough sleep will help you be more productive during the day and studies also show that people who don’t get enough sleep gain weight.
  8. Keep your room clean. Cluttered room, cluttered mind. You will feel better looking at an organized desk versus a messy one.
  9. Take pride in your appearance. Make sure your uniform looks good and go out in clothes that you love. If you look good, you’ll feel good!
  10. Get away from school when you can! If you have homework, consider doing it at a coffee shop. Go grab dinner with friends at your favorite restaurant. Go on nature walks. A change of scenery will be good for you, especially when you go to the Academy and see the same colors every day.


More about Samantha.


On the Road Again

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Hello to my diligent blog followers and also the people who randomly come across this page!


I am on my way (via coach bus) to D.C. for a Cyber Security Leadership conference. We just stopped in New Jersey and are now continuing on our journey. It is crazy that: 1. it is already November and 2. that it is almost seventy degrees. The weather has been beautiful and I've been trying to be outside as much as possible. I was so excited to take my coach’s dog on a run this week. I have also been going to yoga a lot thanks to Yoga Club, a club that enables cadets to leave school any day of the week during sports period to go to off-base yoga class. I practice in Mystic and love going! I did a yoga challenge for the month of October and posted a picture each day on Facebook of the designated pose. At first, I thought that my friends would be annoyed but when October ended, everyone was asking me about November! I am doing a movement challenge but I ran out of data...


Anyway! School is going well. Believe it or not, there are only three weeks left in the semester, none of which are full. In my major (Marine and Environmental Sciences), I don't really have one big capstone project but rather a smaller one for each class. For example, I have a project due in Coastal Oceanography, Polar Oceanography, and a research paper due in National Security Policy. It is a lot to juggle.


I am excited about the opportunities I could potential be taking this year. I am applying to participate in the model Arctic Council simulation held in Fairbanks, Alaska! It's during spring break and I will be preparing for the simulation next semester. I think that I am really finding an interest in the Arctic and I can see myself pursuing studies in that region after my bachelors.


Well, we are watching a movie and my phone might die but I just wanted to let you know about my crazy cadet life!


More about Lucy.