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  • A Winter Wonderland - Glick January 2016
    Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Life as a Junior Officer Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs A Winter Wonderland 2016 Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts The Dark Ages as they are commonly called are upon us Despite the limited daylight I ve been finding things to keep myself entertained during the cold months here at the CGA This Friday night Hotel Company which is charged with Regimental Morale has hired professional comedians to give stand up routines in Leamy Hall The comedians were previously featured on The Tonight Show and America s Got Talent Hockey games basketball games and morale events are myriad and there to give cadets something to do during down time This coming week the Corps of Cadets is heading to a downtown New London theater to watch a private pre screening of the new major motion picture The Finest Hours This should be great a chance to see the first movie about the Coast Guard since The Guardian of which has produced many Aston Kutcher jokes and stereotypes about the Coast Guard Maybe when I tell people

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  • ORCA Explained - Seaman January 2016
    wondering about it There are many classes specific to this major mostly math The major specific classes I have taken so far are Multivariable Calculus Linear Algebra Differential Equations Discrete Math Linear Optimization Probability Theory Networks and Nonlinear Optimization and Computer Modeling Languages And I m currently taking Information Systems Mathematical Statistics and Probability Models I realize that might just sound like a bunch of words but email me if you are interested in knowing what some of those classes are all about and I can go into more depth Aside from the major specific classes there are quite a few general requirements everyone must take throughout the four years Major related courses start your 3 c or sophomore year but a lot of times you can still switch majors during 3 c year because certain programs have a little overlap many of the majors have to take Differential Equations for example Your 4 c or freshman year everyone takes the same classes Calculus 1 and 2 Chemistry 1 and 2 History English etc The purpose of that is to develop well rounded people because as officers even if we are doing engineering jobs the stuff we learned in English will help us in the fleet whether it is writing evaluations or something else In addition it allows you to see your strengths and helps with picking a major that is a good fit for you Your 3 c year is when your classes are tailored to your major and then 2 c year is when you are really taking fun major related classes We also have to take general requirements throughout the four years Those are classes like Physics Navigation Morals and Ethics Criminal Justice Government and Maritime Law Enforcement Everyone has to take Chemistry and Physics because every

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  • On a Mission to Unwind - Bain January 2016
    Based Involvement Just for Fun Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Life as a Junior Officer Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs On a Mission to Unwind Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts It s the beginning of 2016 Happy New Year Consequently that means it s time for another semester Winter leave was great and very important This past fall semester left me drained in my mind and body By heading home I had the opportunity to refresh and recharge Spending time with friends family loved ones and even pets was a welcoming feeling having been gone for so long However nothing was more comforting than sleeping in long past 6 a m If the mission of leave is to unwind I stood a tall watch and manned my rack One could say I was extraordinarily devoted to that duty Unfortunately my watch has come to an end and it s time to return to the Coast Guard Academy With the spring semester about to pick up I m ready Sure being away from home stinks but

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  • A Whale of a Time - Hosley January 2016
    2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs A Whale of a Time Academics Just for Fun Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts Hello everyone and happy New Year We just got back to school for MAP week which is a week of re adjustment to the Academy which includes military and academic trainings I am more than excited to be back and loved seeing all my friends again although the adjustment is never easy Anyhow I worked all winter break on my directed study project which is a literature review for the Mystic Aquarium on stress physiology in marine mammals just a Marine and Environmental Sciences major thing Essentially I have been reading what feels like a million very complicated and sciency papers about endocrinology and stress in whales dolphins and sea lions I can t wait to present my findings to the aquarium in a couple of weeks but I am so so nervous The study has been a bit of added on work this past semester but it is more than worth it I have had the incredible opportunity to visit the aquarium a few times as well as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute out on Cape Cod Additionally my work for the aquarium has allowed

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  • Cheshire Cross Cyclocross Race - Twarog December 2015
    buzzer screamed and we were off in an explosive start I was competing in my first cyclocross race The Cheshire Cross CX Race and the Connecticut Cyclocross Championships Cyclocross is a form of cycling that merges road cycling with mountain biking Racers ride bikes that look a lot like road bikes but have slightly wider tires for more traction on the grass and mud The race took us through a combination of grassy fields sand pits and single track mountain bike paths Throughout the course super steep sections forced you to dismount your bike and sprint up the muddy slopes Each lap was about 2 miles long and took around 8 to 10 minutes depending on your strength For this race in particular the winners did five laps I initially decided to compete in the race in mid October For some time now I ve wanted to do a CX race so I jumped in and signed up for it Normally fourth class cadets don t get to leave the Academy until noon on Saturday but I requested to leave a little early so I could race Generally if you ask to get special liberty like spend Friday or Saturday night away from the Academy and it s related to athletics or family it ll be approved In other words if you want to do a sport that isn t offered by the Academy you can make it happen In the past I ve competed as a road cyclist so this was a pretty dramatic move for me I m used to riding on smooth pavement not rocky sandy rooty muddy tracks With these changes a whole new set of challenges followed I had hop off and on my bike while running to sprint up hills or over logs I had to avoid hitting trees on the steep and windy descents These challenges made the race that much more fun and exciting though Racing hard out of the starting line I managed to work my way up through the crowd into the middle of the pack by the time we hit the narrow trails halfway through the first lap Sprinting up the first hill I was a little surprised when I heard a spectator holding a beer yell Walk your dog ride your bike I couldn t help but laugh a little It turns out cyclocross has a culture where the spectators heckle the riders in good fun By the time the second lap came around I was racing well and feeling great That suddenly changed though About a third of the way through the race I got a flat in my back tire Suddenly it felt like my bike tire was gliding on butter whenever I went through a corner which is not a good feeling when you re passing less than a foot away from trees at 20 miles an hour Immediately I decided just to race through it rather than trying to fix it or drop out

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  • School Starts Again - Dow January 2016
    2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs School Starts Again Academics Athletics Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts With fall semester 2015 in the books and a well deserved winter leave for the corps come and gone it is time once again for school to start Last semester as an engineering 3 c I took Multivariable Calculus Mechanics of Materials both are engineering specific Physics Ships and Maritime Systems Navigation II and Professional Rescuer This semester is not much lighter with Differential Equations Physics II American Government Dynamics Engineering Material Science and Lifetime Sports One great part about the Academy is that although some of the classes are very difficult and really challenge you there are always other students here to lend a helping hand One part that is different than almost any other college is that the first week back is called Mid Year Administrative Processing MAP week and while classes have not started yet this week is one of the most important This week is devoted to moving rooms we switch roommates every semester here as well as attend meetings and trainings for all of the cadets and faculty on order to prepare for the upcoming semester With the start of spring semester I get excited because

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  • Reflecting on Our Blessings - Haerr January 2016
    Academy Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Just for Fun Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Life as a Junior Officer Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Reflecting on Our Blessings Academics Athletics Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts Hey everyone Since my last blog post in September I have finished out the fall semester of my 3 c year and have moved on into the spring semester It s been quite the adventure Cheerleading this past fall semester was exciting as we mastered new stunts and dances and our squad is now starting to cheer for basketball season Civil engineering classes were challenging yet rewarding We had an exciting Mechanics of Materials class and in the lab portion we were able to test the strength of many day to day materials with these hefty machines I also joined the Equestrian Club which provided a great external outlet for me and my friends as we got to go to a stable here in Connecticut to ride some horses This semester the Class of 2018 will be preparing for Cadre Summer Many of us are anticipating being

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  • Returning to My Roots - Corbett December 2015
    May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Returning to My Roots Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts A common perception of military training is that everyone should fit into a mold By the time we graduate we should become the image of military excellence This was a fear that I had before coming to the Academy that I would be stripped of my core identity I can tell you this is just a silly rumor in most cases When I meet someone new one of my first questions is always what s your story To which I typically get a look of confusion followed by I don t have a story Everyone has a story and it is important to realize what it is and hold on to it Your story is what makes you unique it is what makes you the person you are A piece of my story that I always share is my love for art Before becoming an Electrical Engineering major I had taken zero count em zero engineering courses I did however max out the ceramics department s program and the graphic design program and did an independent study in ceramics with a focus on throwing on the wheel So why talk about this Because it is important to know your story and return to it occasionally I lugged my potter s wheel up to the Academy last semester hoping that I would have time to experience something other than the math and military filled days I unfortunately did not get the chance to reach back to that previous

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