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Florida to Haiti

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Culp Photo A little bit delayed, but… I got my billet, and I am going to flight school! I am still dumbfounded at this blessing, but I just cannot wait to see what the next couple of years in flight training has in store for me! Plus there are 12 other fantastic classmates of mine going, so it is going to be a wonderful community of students. Praise the Lord!

 

The whole thing was made even more exciting, though, by an experience that began less than 48 hours after I received my billet. I found myself boarding a plane to spend my spring break on a mission trip in Haiti with some awesome friends from the Academy. We travelled into a mountain village called Cap Rouge, and spent a week preparing the organization’s new missions house, helping the locals with their housework and gardening, immersing ourselves in the Haitian Creole culture, and learning to serve God in a completely new environment.

 

Going to Haiti changed my perspective on serving the Lord in incredible ways. I realized that my view of God’s purpose for the gifts and skills with which He has blessed me was a sort of tunnel vision; there are so many other ways that God could use me to serve Him. I wish every college senior could experience something like this, just to see what it means to be a disciple of God and where we fit in that equation.

 

I think of the end of the gospel of Matthew, where Jesus tasks the apostles with the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20) I absolutely cannot wait for the earthly career I will have in the military, and learning to be an aviator. But, that gospel task is my true career, and who knows how God will shape that one?

 

I am forever thankful for my time in Haiti…a future in service to the Lord is much, much wider than what I envisioned on stage with my first assignment in hand. It’s amazing to watch your understanding of God’s Kingdom expand in one short week.

 

More about Abby.

 

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.

 

CASA and SHARP Summit Conference

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Tousignant Photo I had the opportunity to attend the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Summit at West Point this fall as a Cadets Against Sexual Assault (CASA) representative. This opportunity allowed me to gauge the Academy’s program against the other military academies while also discussing ways that military institutions as a whole can improve on sexual-related issues. The USCGA has a much higher percentage of cadets who are able to take restricted reports from victims than at the U.S. Military Academy. There are approximately 163 interested/ trained cadets with 100% of them being volunteers at the USCGA. In contrast, there are about 36 cadets designated to take restricted reports at the USMA. The Superintendent of West Point stressed the importance of finding the medium between gender avoidance and sexual harassment/assault. The goal of the Superintendent is to have every assault reported. His proposal for accomplishing this is to change the behavior of cadets so that culture changes. This starts with discussing healthy relationships and the dangers of the collegiate “hook-up” culture.

 

At the Coast Guard Academy, CASA members have come together to promote healthy relationships so that our Academy upholds the highest standards of respect for one another. CASA gives several awareness trainings throughout the academic year. This year we have joined the “It’s On Us” campaign to take a pledge as a corps against sexual assault. The past couple years we have had a huge Take Back the Night event in April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) to again bring awareness to this issue and also promote looking out for one another. With regard to sexual assault, I personally feel very safe at this Academy and would choose it above all the other service academies. Throughout my four years here, I have not heard so much as even a sexual slander, and I whole heartedly believe that we are the model institution for gender equality.

 

More about Jackie.

 

2016: The Year in Review

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo This year is one that has been filled with surprises, joys, concerns, and milestones. In January, we began work on preparing for the arrival of the Class of 2020. The spring semester flew by and before we knew it, there were 300 swabs at our doorstep. This summer was excellent, as we trained more swabs than ever with less cadre and resources. This summer I got to see Alaska and the great American west, which was an awesome experience. I went on search and rescue cases, swam with icebergs, and earned my in-port junior officer of the day qualification. This semester I was assigned to the community service logistics division again, and we are in the process of finishing a house for Habitat for Humanity in downtown New London. We are also hoping to sponsor a house in the coming months for the Class of 2018 and beyond to construct.

 

I became very involved in my local United Methodist Church this semester as well. I am taking a 40-week bible study with a group led by our pastor, and I am attending a conference in January for people interested in the ministry. I am also considering pursuing ministry after my commitment to the Coast Guard. One step at a time, however…

 

This semester I also honed my golf game. I spent many hours at the Stonington Country Club golf course, and I found myself a great new hobby to pursue when the weather is fair. Golf is a game where perfection is the standard and effort is the means, but nonetheless I am enjoying my time learning and improving my game.

 

Last month I was selected to serve as the spring Regimental Chief of Staff, which has obstacles of its own that lay ahead. I am looking forward to serving on Regimental Staff again, and graduation will be here before we know it!

 

More about William.

 

A Writer at Heart

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Wheeler Photo I have always loved writing! English and history were always my favorite subjects in high school, the various essays we would be assigned I considered to be a welcomed challenge and overall really fun. I oftentimes wrote for fun in high school, sometimes just recounting the events of the day, other times creating adventure-filled short stories purely for enjoyment. My senior year of high school, I wrote the daily paper for the student body (my first period was journalism and I was the only student in the class, so I had about an hour each day to create and distribute my school’s paper; my school had 95 students in total), so writing well and writing fast were skills I acquired VERY quickly. Once I discovered the Academy had a Cadet Blog Club, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t sign up for the club fast enough. I am eager to begin submitting monthly contributions about the Academy and all it has to offer! I remember being that high school student reading about all of the exciting activities at the Academy in the cadet spotlights on the Academy’s home page, now it feels almost surreal to be writing those articles myself.

 

More about Pat.