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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    Marine and Environmental Sciences ABOUT NATHAN Hey My name is Nathan White and I am currently a 2 c at the U S Coast Guard Academy I am from Fort Mill South Carolina but have lived all over the country during my time before the Coast Guard including Louisiana Georgia and Washington state My mother is a C P A for my local school district and my father is a transportation manager but used to be enlisted in the Coast Guard Through this blogging program I will try to share with you the trials and tribulations but more frequently the rewards of choosing to attend a service academy In high school it was almost expected that I to go to Clemson or University of South Carolina with almost all of my classmates graduate and move on I was never the kid in high school anyone expected to go to a service academy having been a class clown for those years However once I was accepted I knew I could not say no to this opportunity As a twenty year old I have sailed the Mediterranean gone to Monaco Spain and Italy for free led freshman through the rigors of Swab Summer and played college football There are very few of my high school friends at state school that can say that they have done any of those things Currently I am enjoying my 2 c year at the Academy from academics to athletics to military life My major of Marine and Environmental Science has been fascinating as I have started to get into classes which really interest me such as Physical Chemistry and Fish Biology In terms of athletics football has been a huge part of my experience here There is no better or closer group at the Academy and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/cadetblog.aspx?id=1001 (2016-02-14)
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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    neighborhood about 45 minutes northwest of NYC In high school I ran track for four years and played a couple years of soccer Here at the Academy I have tried a smattering of sports During my 4 c year I thought it would be fun to row crew and I labored through my entire freshman year before coming to my senses and quitting I also tried boxing during the fall of my 3 c year Boxing is a great sport in fact the only bad part about boxing is getting punched unfortunately that happens fairly often I finished out the fall season going 1 1 with 1TKO NBD I then joined the Men s Volleyball team in the winter of my 3 c year which was a great decision The season was basically a month long and required the most minimal of commitment to get my sports credit Unfortunately since the Academy has taken away the sports credit form the Men s Volleyball team and since I barely played last season I probably won t join the team this season So what do I do now you ask Well I play intercompany sports it gives me a chance to work on my spring break body As far as academics are concerned I am a Civil Engineering major I really enjoy it and I knew I wanted to study Civil Engineering since my senior year of high school I enjoy applied math and trying to figure out problems and construction so it was an easy decision In addition to engineering I enjoy history and politics In order to satisfy this interest I joined the Academy s Model United Nations MUN team Joining the team was probably one of the best decisions I ever made right up there with coming to the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/cadetblog.aspx?id=1002 (2016-02-14)
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  • Wu Profile
    March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 Cadet Profile Ellie Wu New York NY Class of 2015 Major Management ABOUT ELLIE Hello My name is Ellie Wu I m Taiwanese American from New York City I love to travel and run cross country I grew up going to my local elementary school and local high school so the Academy was definitely outside of the little box I called my life During the college decision process I was looking at a lot of the private colleges but I didn t know what I wanted to major in or what I wanted to do with my life just yet The Coast Guard Academy really attracted me because it gave me a sense of direction and purpose So far I love the Academy It can get challenging but it s so rewarding to be able to end each day feeling accomplished Outside of the Academy I love hiking spontaneous adventures running with dandelions seeds in my hands baking Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies in the wintertime ice skating stargazing if there were any

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/cadetblog.aspx?id=1004 (2016-02-14)
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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    Class of 2014 MARK S PHOTOS MARK S LATEST ENTRIES February 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 March 2011 January 2011 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 April 2010 February 2010 January 2010 November 2009 Cadet Profile Mark Zanowicz Middletown MD Class of 2012 Major Marine and Environmental Sciences ABOUT MARK Hello my name s Mark Zanowicz I m currently a member of the cross country and pistol teams and am majoring in Marine and Environmental Sciences at the Academy I m also a member of Echo Company With the bit of free time we do get here I like to enjoy running reading watching movies and listening to music My favorite authors are H P Lovecraft and Stephen King Movies I enjoy include Donnie Darko and Apocalypse Now but anything sci fi horror war related is worth watching in my book As for music I m basically a complete metalhead I love bands like Death Agalloch Behemoth and many others but I can enjoy a lot of different stuff too After hopefully graduating in 2012 my ambition is to get into flight school My ultimate goal is to fly rotary aircraft ideally Jayhawks somewhere

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  • Zwenger Profile
    August 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 December 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 March 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 Cadet Profile Spencer Zwenger Louisville KY Class of 2015 Major Civil Engineering ABOUT SPENCER Hey my name is Spencer Zwenger and I am one of the many great individuals of the class of 2015 I was born and raised in Louisville Kentucky Yes Kentucky People always ask How did you find out about the Coast Guard Academy when you live in a landlocked state Honestly I just stumbled upon it looking through colleges one day After eyeing nine or ten different colleges and visiting quite a few of those I knew that the Coast Guard Academy was one of my top choices My amazing experience at AIM in the summer of 2010 really solidified my decision to come to this great institution I m here because I want to serve the citizens of the United States and I believe that this humanitarian service will allow me to do so Deciding to join this tight knit family at the Coast Guard Academy has been the best decision I have ever made

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/cadetblog.aspx?id=1007 (2016-02-14)
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  • Yin Profile
    2011 December 2010 October 2010 Cadet Profile Carol Yin Sugar Land TX Class of 2014 Major Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering ABOUT CAROL Hey guys My name is Carol Yin and I was born and raised in Sugar Land Texas so naturally Connecticut is a big change of scenery for me I found out about the Academy the winter of my junior year and have been in love with it ever since There are many challenging times at the Academy but I have never met such a close knit group of friends and peers willing to help Back home I have a five year old mutt named Cocoa and two turtles named Ben and Jerry If you can t tell from my pets names I love cooking baking and trying new foods My favorite kinds of food are Indian and Chinese food I also love the outdoors being with friends reading and travelling I hope to see much of the world including places like Japan New Zealand Bora Bora and Italy I like a wide range of music artists from Regina Spektor to Eminem My favorite TV shows are The Office Entourage Family Guy and The Amazing Race I have

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  • Cadet Life: CTSP Overview
    Sail Training CSTP begins with a two day sailing refresher course on the Academy s Colgate fleet These two days are far more than just sailing basics however teamwork and situational awareness are major outcomes of the training program The first day begins with the sailing coaches delivering a condensed sailing lecture to the cadets The cadet section then breaks up into crews of three or four to each Colgate and learns how to rig the boats from the boat s Safety Officer After a lunch break the crews get underway from the pier and practice various sailing maneuvers on the Thames Each cadet is rotated through the different positions on the boat to gain experience steering under sail and trimming the jib and mainsail After a couple of hours tacking and jibing on the river the basics have been remastered The day begins with cadets holding a Navigation Brief to discuss environmental conditions for the day s transit the point of destination hazards and aids to navigation along the route Here cadets begin to get in the mindset of how wind current and tide can affect various parts of the trip Furthermore in studying the charts cadets pick out specific navigation aids that they expect to see along the way When the boats get underway the cadet skipper runs the show he she decides when and how to maneuver and calls out the commands to do so As the navigation aids are spotted cadets go to the charts and figure out what aid it is Piecing together the navigation picture this way proves to be a valuable introduction to coastal navigation for cadets They begin to gain the big picture in time for the Luders trips both in navigation and sailing fundamentals Sample Trip ports may vary Day 1

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  • Cadet Life: Luder' s Yawl History
    the Coast Guard Academy s fleet is second generation of a 1939 mahogany design commissioned by the U S Naval Academy for midshipman training In 1963 the Navy s wooden yawls were replaced by a fleet of nearly identical fiberglass boats and the Coast Guard Academy ordered 5 Arctic Tern Blue Goose Osprey Shearwater and Stormy Petrel Forty three years later all but one still serves the Academy While the Coast Guard Luders are approaching forty four years of service they still provide a challenging yet stable platform for cadets to sharpen their basic sailing skills A Yawl is a two masted sail boat with the smaller mizzen mast stepped aft of the rudder post With 2560 square feet of sail available in various configurations the Luders yawls can approach 10 knots in the right conditions Upwind the yachts leave something to be desired but when each one weighs over 25 000 pounds some tradeoffs are inevitable Unlike their generous sail area topside inside the yachts are spartan There is one main cabin serving as a galley berthing area navigation center mess deck or lounge depending on the time of day Up forward some space is carved out for a small head There is no stereo television or refrigerator Cadets sleep in sleeping bags and cook on an alcohol stove or when shore power is available the microwave All perishables are stored in an ice chest that needs frequent replenishment Some valuable pieces of modern navigation equipment are the few luxuries on board including paper charts radar and multiple GPS units By sailing without many conveniences emphasis is placed on sailing the yacht and gaining an appreciation for the work needed to operate on the water Widely recognized by locals as the Navy 44 s or the less glamorous Driving

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