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Good-Bye to a Beautiful Woman

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Culp Photo I might have mentioned before that, whenever I’m asked what the best part about the Academy is, my response is automatically the people here. What I want to impress upon all my blog readers, however, is that by “people”, I don’t just mean cadets or active duty Coast Guardsmen. I’ve certainly been touched by and learned much from those people, but there are also people who don’t work inside the Academy or live in the barracks who have changed my life. As we speak, one of the Officer’s Christian Fellowship field leaders, Betsy Teuton, lays in Yale Hospital waiting for the Lord to call her to His Kingdom.

 

Never have I met such a wonderful woman, such a good-hearted person. She always had love to spare, for her cadets and for anybody who walked in and out of her life. Betsy has been fighting cancer for the past few years, with a strength and faith I’ve never seen in anyone else. She’s an inspiration, that’s for sure. If she can face that battle with the courage she has, I know any cadet can get through the challenges of Coast Guard life. Her selflessness is amazing; her spirit and positivity are contagious; and her peace, her faith even as we all say good-bye soars above all fear and sadness.

 

You can only begin to realize how many lives she changed when cadets are arriving in 15-passenger vans and booking train tickets back to New London just to say their farewells. She was like a mother to them, just like she was and still is to me. We remember Betsy as she crosses the bar, and I personally give God thanks and praise for her presence in my life and in the life of the Coast Guard Academy. Good-bye to a beautiful, God-filled woman – she will be missed, but celebrated in our lives from here on out.

 

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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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Saving the Planet, One Can at a Time

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo As the semester comes to a close, I realized I have not written an entry in a while. I have been so busy with tying up loose ends in classes and getting ready for my summer, I forgot to write about it! One of the more exciting items on my to-do list was going to Washington, D.C. on Earth Day to receive an award on behalf of the Sustainability Club. Pretty cool, huh? It was a blast, and I felt pretty legit traveling to the nation’s capitol on official orders.

 

The award was for winning a recycling competition. Basically, the CGA recycled the most aluminum cans per capita out of all the other service academies and in return won $3,500! Another 3/c and I were lucky enough to be asked to go and accept the award for all of our efforts we put into the competition. There was a special presentation at the Pentagon which was awesome – I’ve never been in the Pentagon and it felt pretty official getting escorted around to receive an award!

 

It was a great experience and I’m glad that all the hard work put into this competition paid off. Environmental awareness is something I am extremely passionate about, and being able to have this outlet at the Academy is just another way for me to have fun and be me! As I’ve said a million times before, finding your niche here and making time for the things you love is imperative to being successful and happy.

 

On a different note, this past weekend I had the pleasure of attending 2015’s Ring Dance with one of my 2/c friends. It was a great night – everyone was so happy! All of the second class’ excitement was tangible as they donned their class rings; just one step closer to graduation! It made me excited for my own Ring Dance and look forward to 2/c year in general. I’m so ready to have that second diagonal stripe on my shoulder boards…!

 

So overall, life is great and I couldn’t be happier. Classes are over and I’m ready to take on the summer as a cadre. There are so many things I am looking forward to; however, I am most excited to get my civilian clothing privilege…it’s the little things in life!

 



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Best Night of My Life

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Mason Photo March. What a month! It started out with billet night, which I can safely say was, by far, the BEST NIGHT OF MY ENTIRE LIFE. I am going to Sunny San Diego, California with my boyfriend! We got co-located, which was our main priority, and I get to go back to my home state. I would have been happy with absolutely anywhere Nicko and I were placed together, but I am extra happy that I get to be near my family again in California. We only put two locations on the West Coast (Oregon and San Diego) and San Diego was last on our list of 42 places. Everything else was on the East Coast to stay closer to Nicko’s family, and because there were better options for co-location. I have been away for five years, and I’m ready to be close to home again for a couple years. My little sister lives six hours away in Arizona, and my parents are a 1.5 hour flight plus 3 hour drive away! I am sad that Nicko has to move so far away from his family, though. I know they are going to miss each other so much. They’ve lived 10 minutes down the road for the past three years, so they’ve definitely gotten used to having the whole family around. Especially since his brother also goes to school here with us. It’s definitely a bittersweet situation. However, I’m glad Nicko is going to get to spend more time with my family. I have gotten to know his family very well over the past couple years, and I would love for him to be able to do the same.

 

Ok, enough about that. Let’s talk Haiti! This trip was so much different than my trip last year. Last time there were mostly girls, and this trip had a pretty even mix of guys and girls. And the age range was more spread out, whereas last year most of us were in our 20s. I got to be with Haitian children that I had grown close to last year, and it was so heartwarming to see that they were doing well. I missed them so much! We camped out on top of a remote mountain and helped start the foundation of a new church. We also held clinics and gave out medication to those who needed it. It was so rewarding. I definitely got my share of sun while I shoveled concrete into buckets in the 100-degree weather in no shade! The way they do things over there is so different, and much more physically taxing, but I loved it. We were carrying rocks up from the bottom of the hill, carrying buckets of water from the creek, and mixing dirt in with the water and cement right on the ground. Then we made a daisy chain of people passing rocks and bucket of concrete to fill in the trench where the walls would be placed. It was awesome. We also held Bible studies in the evening with their future pastors and church leaders that were from the ages of 18 to 24. The pastor there said we revolutionized the way their pastors would be teaching for years to come. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than that!

 

I also had my surgery this month. It went well, but I can definitely say it is a challenge to get around the Academy with crutches and one working leg. There are no elevators in my wing of the barracks, so I’ve had to master getting up and down the stairs. Definitely a great workout… The medication they put me on for pain was making me throw up and itch all over, so they gave me meds to combat that. I’ve reached the point where it isn’t working well enough to make it worth it, so I’m just going to grin and bear it and have stopped taking the meds. Plus, it made it very hard to focus in class!

 

Only a couple more months and I’ll have my degree! Let’s just hope that comes with a commission! I guess I’ll know soon enough.

 

 


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Class is my Extracurricular Activity

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Beck Photo Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had quite a few opportunities to participate in different activities offered by clubs and sports. Between Sustainability Club, the Spectrum Council, and crew, every week has something (or somethings) to keep me excited.

 

Most recently, representatives from the food co-operative in town, Fiddleheads, came to speak with the Sustainability Club and brought snacks! We were all fascinated by the co-operative business model and the entrepreneurial spirit of those who started Fiddleheads. Without this small grocer, it could be difficult to find unquestionably healthy foods in the area. Fiddleheads also strives to keep local items on the shelves, a much easier task in the summer but still attainable year-round. I’ve volunteered there in the past and really like the connection to the community I gain by interacting with the store’s patrons.

 

Also recently, the Spectrum Council hosted a panel of gay and transgender service members, active and retired, enlisted and officers. It is so exciting to be a member of the military during this time of transition following the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and being able to openly attend such a panel and see how many proud supporters exist is truly inspiring. A common theme brought up was how the panel felt they were being treated by their peers and subordinates and how they deal with insensitive but culturally popular remarks. The best response came from a Navy lieutenant who gave examples of how humor could be used to keep interactions from getting awkward. I mostly feel pride in the professionalism of my peers that I experience in support of different lifestyles all around us, from sexual preference all the way to religious tolerance.

 

Finally, there’s crew. This season has had its share of windy days that keep us on land, but we make the most of it and work hard to improve fitness and strength. This week we ramp up to championships and I’m really excited to see how we fare. I’ve never rowed before but the intense teamwork and focus are a great change of pace after each academic day.

 

Summer is coming! I’ll be heading to the Fast Response Cutter William Flores in Miami, Florida then switching over to Eagle for the last six weeks of my summer. I’m so excited to be underway and under the sunshine! These last three weeks can’t go by fast enough.

 

 


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