Jeez, where did time go?! I have already made it to nearly the end of my second semester second class year, and with about one month to go I have so much to look forward to in the next month and the summer to come. Coming up in the next month we have Ring Dance, finals, summer assignments, and the Derby. I will reflect on some of these things in the months to come but as for now I’ll tell you a little about each. Ring Dance is the second class formal in which the great Class of 2015 finally receives our class rings that we ordered months ago. There are a couple of traditions that go along with it, however, and I am not familiar with them right now, so I’ll have to tell you about them later. Finals are pretty self-explanatory; we take them at the end of every semester and this set is just another step closer to graduating (*knock on wood* - I am fairly superstitious about it). When I say the Derby I am talking about the Kentucky Derby, and for those that don’t know what I am talking about it is proclaimed as “the best two minutes in sports.” Look it up and educate yourself about it. I will be going home to Louisville, Kentucky (the best city in the U.S.) and attending this event!
Now onto the summer! This summer I will be going to two different Coast Guard units to learn and absorb as much information as I can to help prepare myself for my future career in the fleet (*knock on wood* - once again, superstitious). For the first six weeks of my summer, I will be headed to Port Angeles, Washington to be spending my time on CGC Active, a 210-foot cutter. I will be taking a look at the engineering side of the cutter and will hopefully grab some qualifications while I am at it. Although this was not my first choice for the summer, I am getting sent to the west coast, which I am pretty stoked about. I was hoping for more of a 378 or 418-foot cutter, however, I have a few friends going there so I can just get their insight on how it went. For the second half of my summer (the last five weeks, that is) I will be going to KODIAK, ALASKA. YES! I could not be any more excited about this. On top of that, I will be working underneath the facilities engineer to gain some knowledge of how civil engineering is implemented in the Coast Guard. This is a civil engineering internship, which is another reason why I am so stoked to go; civil engineering really has become a passion of mine since I started to get into my core classes last semester and this semester. Additionally, this is why I became the president of civil engineering here at the Academy.
Finally, I will most likely not be going home for summer leave. I plan to spend three weeks backpacking through Europe with a friend. He has not decided if he is going to stay the entire three weeks, so if he leaves early I may come back to spend a little time at home or just continue the adventure by myself. Really that is about all I have planned for the next couple months but I will continue to update you on how things are going.
If you have any questions, like seriously any questions at all, please please please feel free to email me. And if you have any suggestions of what to do in Port Angeles or Kodiak this summer I’d be down to hear those as well. Here’s the email address: Spencer.M.Zwenger@USCGA.edu.
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