Application Tips

David McCullough

I remember starting my application to the Coast Guard Academy, I didn’t really know where to start and knew I would have to make myself stand out to be considered in a highly competitive school. This is some advice for those of you who are starting your applications and feeling the same as I did […]

The Best Things About Connecticut!

Gustava Drew - 2025

I am from Los Angeles, California, and I knew nothing about Connecticut before coming to the United States Coast Guard Academy. Still, here I am in my second year of USCGA, writing about all the lovely things Connecticut offers. First off, Connecticut has snow, which might be a foreign word for some of you, like […]

Me, an International Cadet

Joshua Orbe

Coming here as an International cadet, I did not know what to expect. I had an idea of what I was getting into from my experiences as a cadet back home, but when I arrived, I was still blown away by how different the whole environment was compared to home. I had grown up imagining […]

Learning to Love Both of Your “Homes”

I just got back from Thanksgiving break at my house in Atlanta, Georgia. My parents, grandparents, and family friends all got together for a delicious dinner. I got to pet my German Shepherd, Eliot, and go for a few runs in my neighborhood. I always love getting to go home! This time was a little […]

A Home Away From Home

Joshua Orbe

By November, I began to really feel the rigors of academics. I started longing for a break and it came with my first ever leave in my cadet career, Thanksgiving leave. I spent my first Thanksgiving at my sponsor family’s house. We ate a lovely meal and watched movies in Mystic where we ran into […]

Advice for Applying, BEST Thing about the Academy

This week I asked the underclassmen in my company to share their best advice while it is fresh on their mind. We’re talking about Swab Summer, tips for the application process, the things they’re most looking forward to and MORE!

How to Get Into the U.S. Service Academies

The semester is almost over and we have one more to go before 1/c Edwards joins the fleet. It has been jam-packed with a lot of activities, so far, but who better to share Admissions tips than a cadet who has been through it all? Here are a few application tips from 1/c Edwards!

Why I’m Here and Why I Want to Be

Monty Rickey

Hey guys! First off, it’s crazy to think that only 7 months ago I was eagerly waiting for Swearing-In Day. On and before that day, I was so scared for what was to come. I didn’t sleep for weeks leading up to the day. I had been preparing for Swab Summer since I decided I […]