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cadet blogs

CrossFit Club

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Wheeler Photo Every cadet is an athlete; that is a simple fact here at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Whether one sails, shoots, runs, or plays any of a number of sports, athleticism is engrained in each and every individual here who wears the cadet anchors. Many varsity sports receive much of the spotlight, but the club sports are the ones with the most variety. One such activity that receives a sports credit is the CrossFit Club. This club consists of cadets who aspire to partake in CrossFit-style lifts and workouts and, eventually, compete in local CrossFit competitions. The bulk of the club are members of a gym approximately one mile from base. It is here where local instructors teach and train cadets on the various forms, techniques, and levels of CrossFit.


When I joined the club as a 4/c cadet, there were only four or five members. The club was tight-knit and most of us ran to and from the gym together every day. Now, the club has expanded to several dozen cadets! This immense rate of growth can be attributed to two things: one, the fact that the club now receives a sports credit and, two, the Club President, 3/c Austin Childs, has taken genuine ownership of the club and continuously seeks to expand its role within the Corps of Cadets. I personally enjoy the CrossFit Club as the workouts are extremely intense, driving us hard over the course of each hour-long session. The comradery within the club is also unparalleled; performing crazy difficult workouts every day is made better by having your best friends alongside you suffering as well! Go CrossFit Club! Go Bears!


More about Pat.


Equestrian Club

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo One of my favorite activities to be involved in here at the Academy is the Equestrian Club. Through the Equestrian Club, cadets here are able to take part in all kinds of equestrian-related activities from trail rides to horse shows.


I have been riding horses ever since I was about 6 years old. During my first years here at the Academy, I was always so busy with classes and military obligations but I was able to get out a few times to the barn to see the horses and even go on a trail ride through the woods. However, now that my schedule has lightened up a bit as a first class cadet, I have had much more time and opportunities to go horseback riding. Through the Equestrian Club, I am able to ride at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Ledyard, Connecticut just ten or so minutes from the Academy. Mystic Valley has a beautiful barn with lots of all different kinds of horses. My instructor at the Hunt Club, Richard, is a fabulous teacher as well. It is so nice to be able to get away from the stress of the Academy for a bit and get to spend time with the horses. Riding is also a great way to get your exercise as well!


Over the winter, I was given the opportunity to lease one of the horses at the barn and I fell in love. Her name is Merry Melody and she is one of the sweetest horses I have ever met. Over winter leave and into this semester I have been so fortunate to be able to ride her almost every day and to take lessons once a week as well. I have seen a huge improvement in my riding and the strength of my legs too. We have been doing a lot of great flat work and even some jumping, too! We are so lucky here at the Academy to have so many wonderful opportunities such as going horseback riding! If anyone has any questions about the clubs here at the Academy or the Equestrian Club, please don’t hesitate to email me.


More about Cece.


Last (Hectic) Fall Semester

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo Today marks the last day of finals and the end to my last fall semester at the United States Coast Guard Academy. As I got to the end of this day, I finally realized that classes were done. I think it hit me so late because life has been so hectic this semester. It has made time fly. I have experienced so much in just these past couple of months. Academically, I started my Capstone project to design a medium icebreaker focused on scientific capability with little insight. Right now we are about to submit an executive summary of everything we have worked on throughout the semester. Working with my Capstone design group has been an eye-opening, challenging, and rewarding experience. Thankfully the people on the team are some of my closest friends at the Academy. We’ve had some late work nights, but I believe we have produced quality work and I’m so grateful for a group that is not only made up of my best friends but also works together well because sometimes that is difficult to find.


Outside of academics, Glee Club has had its usual busy fall schedule. Tonight we are performing at the Lessons and Carols service at the Chapel, which I think is one of the most beautiful performances we do. The candles, Christmas carols, and lighting of the tree afterward all puts me in the holiday spirit. It is a great way to end the fall semester and get excited for winter leave….which, speaking of, reminds me of how excited I am for the break! I plan to go skiing in Maine and Montana, find some good trail running in Florida, read some fun books, and hang out with family and friends. A whole lot of relaxation to ensue! Then come spring semester, I will be working in Golf leadership to create as best an atmosphere as possible for my company as well as finishing up senior year on a high note. There is a lot to look forward to, and I wish a happy winter holiday to everyone out there!


More about Hannah.


Developing Identity and the Coast Guard Family

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2020, Government) Permanent link
Hill Photo So, it is October now – my Dad’s birthday is on Halloween, and so far this Florida girl has yet to transform into an icicle from the cold (miraculous, I know). However, my poor friend from California was shivering on the way back from a Government major dinner with honorable guest Mr. David Guergen who worked under four presidents, one of them being Richard Nixon. He shared his insights on leadership with us and what our country’s future holds – he said we are a tough bunch and there is hope. I have been enjoying my classes this semester and the only math I have is Probability and Statistics! It has been interesting to delve further into the subjects of government, public policy, and current events – trust me, I thought that stuff was boring before, too. Class time consists mostly of my classmates arguing (intelligently) over current controversies. Diversity of opinions is crucial in government, but learning to compromise is even more important. So, yes, this semester has also been filled with plenty of naps, golf and badminton classes. Not to mention, my awesome roommate who is now my “sister,” after our adventures together on USCGC Eagle.


I have also been developing great relationships with the new 4/c, Golf Company, and the corps. The family atmosphere is ubiquitous. Additionally, cheerleading is going well – we are becoming more progressive with the stunts that we raise up into the air and are also getting issued (much needed) new uniforms!! The teamwork and social skills I have developed since my journey began on the Spirit Squad have helped shape my identity in a positive way. So, I will celebrate my Dad’s birthday from the sanctuary of the watch office as Junior Chase Hall Duty Officer on Halloween.




More about Kelly.


Firstie Division Work

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Kimura Photo Every year brings new responsibilities as well as new benefits for cadets. The most obvious rewards come after 3/c year when we are able to wear civilian clothes during liberty hours and we also have ‘shorts’ (unlimited overnights from Saturday to Sunday). From 2/c year to 1/c year, the big ones for me were being able to keep my Prius on base to drive myself around and liberty on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


On the flip side of the upper-class rewards is the division work and new military obligations. As a first class, each month I stand about six Officer of the Day (OOD) watches, which consist of maintaining accountability of the company for the entire day and handling the situation if any dire event occurs. In addition to OOD, 1/c also stand about one or two Regimental Command Duty Officer (RCDO) watches, which require the RCDO to ensure the safety of the corps, brief the Superintendent, and check on the other watch standers.


Finally, the last large responsibility taken on as a 1/c is division work. By senior year, 1/c cadets manage a six to eight-person division composed of 2/c, 3/c, and 4/c. Each division has a unique field of work ranging from morale/community service to planning Parents’ Weekend. This year, I am overseeing the yearbook, known as Tide Rips. Fortunately, I have two divisions to assist in the creation of the yearbook over the course of the year. I plan for this year’s yearbook to focus especially on the individuals of the corps because sometimes being a ‘sea of blue’ makes us overlook how unique the Academy’s cadets are.


If you would like to be a part of the yearbook, we have a new app called “Yearbook Snap” or online at, password “uscga,” which allows anyone (friends, family, and cadets) to upload Academy photos for the 2017-2018 school year. The yearbook team can use photos from that picture bank when creating the various pages, such as Homecoming, sports events, dances, and Parents’ Weekend, etc. The more help the yearbook team has receiving photos of the most memorable moments of the year, the better this year’s yearbook can be!


More about Amy.