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  • Moving Up in the World - Corbett April 2014
    when I toss my green shields off and replace them with red shields As my final post I figured I would talk about what I am doing this summer and then as promised more advice for those who want to swear the oath This summer I will be in the operational Coast Guard at Station Milwaukee Wisconsin That will last for five weeks and then I will report aboard Eagle for six weeks If you haven t followed that sort of thing Eagle is going to Canada during the second phase I am looking to go kayaking and white water rafting up there That is the gist of where I will be but let s get to why you re really reading advice for the swab select Here are a few tips First off everything has a purpose The cadre go through extensive training on how to train the incoming 4 c They also have been here for two years and know what life is like at the Academy Listen to them and any advice they offer Second while going through the summer you might be thinking Oh this is awful or Why did I do this but there are 900 cadets here and plenty of classes before us who went through the same if not worse conditions Everyone goes through it and you can get through it too Don t give in The summer is 90 mental and 10 physical It is silly but whether you think you can or you think you can t either way you re right Henry Ford Push ups and sit ups are great and all but that is the easy part If you give in to the mental game and let the cadre break you they will they know how Stay strong and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5982 (2016-02-15)
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  • From a Green Shield to Those Looking to Don One - Corbett March 2014
    shield insignia As a 3 c you don the red shield insignia 4 c year is but four weeks and three finals away from being over 40 days from today if you count like I do So here are my reflections and advice for those twenty eighteen ers who happen to read this When I think of the colors green and red first thing that pops in my mind is a stop light As a 4 c you are constantly moving Its go go go be here be there no stopping You are always being asked to do more and push yourself further That is just how the system works I have squared my meals for nine months Just this week the Class of 2017 was granted carry on at meals Life here moves so fast and just keeps going as a 4 c so you never take the time to stop and think about what you have done It s been nine months of not looking at my meals I had not realized that until I stopped The red shield As I begin to see the end in sight and that red shield closer to my grasp I stop as a red light would tell me to I stop and think of what I have done and where I am going I reflect and am humbled to know that I did something that I honestly cannot believe that I did 2018 you will realize that it s a tough life but every moment is worth it if you stop and appreciate it Problem is I am still green and I am moving too fast and only now in the last few weeks began to realize that stopping and reflecting is what needs to be done to fully appreciate what

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5818 (2016-02-15)
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  • Light Amongst the Darkness - Corbett February 2014
    2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Light Amongst the Darkness Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts There is currently a grudge match at the Academy The dark and cold of winter versus the exasperated cadets who just want to make it to that spring break location This time of the year is commonly referred to as the Dark Ages The upper classmen have warned the 4 c of this depressing time at the Academy all year Now being a part of it I can t help but think why give this time the satisfaction of depressing us all I began to think of happiness and what it means What does it take for someone to be happy here or anywhere What I came up with is that the pursuit of happiness is a lie Now hold on I am not going off the deep end here I am a very cheery person I love my happiness and optimism Here is what struck me though in my many daydreams Why does someone always pursue happiness If you are on a pursuit of happiness doesn t that mean you are currently not happy and your goal in life is to become happy If you follow the pursuit of happiness psychology you are treating a human emotion as an end product of your life plan I have a quote as the background on my phone so I am always reminded of my recently discovered ideology This quote reads Happiness is not a state to arrive at but a manner of traveling Margaret Runbeck Think about that for a second Instead of being on a road to happiness why not be on a journey

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5812 (2016-02-15)
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  • 2736 - Corbett December 2013
    in the gates of the Academy One birthday older 200 family members stronger another Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is right around the corner As I sit here and think of where I have been I reminisce through my memories to think of what to write What glorious words of wisdom do I have to share after my first semester Lucky for my followers I keep a journal labeled Words of Wisdom It is a brown leather bound journal with etchings on it It was a gift for graduating high school along with a carved wooden pen from an aunt and uncle As a graduating senior at the time this was not the ideal gift however I have come to own its importance I only write in the book with that special pen that joined it in the wrapping paper and only special quotes or lines are allowed on its pages When I am feeling down throughout school or life I can look through the book and find a saying that has touched me before and read it again for some inspiration So back to those 2736 hours Life is tough at the Academy That is just the truth I had the pleasure of being home for the holidays I only live outside Philly Being home I saw a lot of the other road the road more travelled I sat with my friends and contemplated on the paths that just a year ago were merely only street signs I can say I am happy with my trail through the dark forest You see out of those 2736 hours I may have slept 600 hours or six hours roughly a night I probably spent 1700 of those hours on school work classes or military obligations You can see there

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5627 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Service Member’s First Veterans Day - Corbett November 2013
    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 Service Member s First Veterans Day Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Every year I would sit in my high school and watch as Veterans Day would come and go My school invited roughly 100 veterans and active duty to talk to the students and eat lunch with them When I accepted my appointment here I thought Maybe one day that ll be me When the invitation to attend this year s events came from an old teacher I responded without delay Next thing you know I am standing in front of a class of sophomores being introduced as Cadet Corbett from the Coast Guard I was worried I would not know what to tell the curious minds that wondered about my presence how just last year I was in the hallways with them that tall senior Standing there talking became easy I talked of what the Coast Guard does and how little I have done physically yet how much I have done emotionally Committing to a service and going through the indoctrination program alone shows

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5569 (2016-02-15)
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  • Rivalry Known? Check! - Corbett September 2013
    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 Rivalry Known Check Athletics Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Hello Everyone For my first post I want to talk about the Secretaries Cup weekend As most of you reading may know there is a slight sort of I guess you could call it a rivalry between the Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine The week leading up to the game is spirit week The 4 c or some like me at least go crazy We yell Go Bears Bear Mania or Da Bears to every upper class we see as to greet them and spread the morale There are different morale activities throughout the week to keep everyone involved and 4 c are encouraged to do spirit mission which are like little pranks on upper class The week definitely gave a lot of buildup of what was to come We heard the rumors of it being crazy at points during the football game Wait though come on we are military schools how crazy could a tiny little rivalry be When the busses pull up some glares started to be thrown The upper class warned us the 4 c to not be too rowdy I just moseyed on along to my water polo match unaware of the potential of this sorry I have been understating this incredibly serious rivalry This was my first water polo match and the stands were full of Coasties Only a few MMA ers showed up Well we ended up winning which showed the potential of the CG water polo team this season

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5480 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Reward - Cruz November 2015
    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 The Reward Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Some days it all just clicks In between the formations mandatory open door study hour and rigorous classes you begin to wonder as a cadet Why am I even here A phrase noticeably just said out loud by every cadet at least once maybe twice a month It is normally followed by a I could totally be doing at right now The sentence is completed with words about something fun and someplace more hospitable However every time I hear this I always think back to a video LCDR Millard showed during English Composition and Speech It was of the commencement address of the USCGA Class of 2013 the new group of ensigns that my class has taken the place of The speech itself was well prepared with stories anecdotes and life lessons all given from a Coastie on the edge of that thin line between Coast Guard cadet and commissioned officer However between all of the jokes and expressions of gratitude one story stood out and hooked me During one of his leave periods he went back to his high school to recruit and speak about the Coast Guard It s a typical thing for cadets to do But during his presentation one of the students asked the question So the Academy s free but

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65488 (2016-02-15)
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  • Celebrating as a Cadet - Culp October 2015
    some of the most entertaining events of the year For Halloween all the cadets throw on whatever goofy costume they can conjure up and we eat dinner together in the wardroom and participate in a costume contest This is followed by the real gem of the evening trick or treating on the hill where the Superintendent and the other Academy leaders live And we re not just talking about Hershey bars cadets receive privileges such as extra liberty late racks a k a sleeping in positions like Commandant of Cadets for a Day and all sorts of other prizes that beat candy corn any time Actually maybe not candy corn but definitely Twizzlers And Tootsie Rolls Thanksgiving is more low key since cadets go on leave for the holiday Many cadets are able to go home to see their families but unfortunately the limited time makes that impossible for others The wardroom serves a Thanksgiving meal for those who are staying at the Academy for some reason perhaps not enough time to travel far distances or for sports Since I wasn t able to go home my 4 c and 3 c year I celebrated Thanksgiving with my sponsor family they were gracious enough to let me stay with them for the entire leave period and even eat all of their mashed potatoes This year I am absolutely thrilled to be going to home for the first time as I qualified for extra time off to recruit potential cadets in my home state of Nebraska The Admissions office gives some cadets permission to miss a couple days of classes prior to Thanksgiving leave as long as they visit high schools to talk about the Academy and try to get students interested I can t wait to see my family again and for even more time than in a usual school year Christmastime at the Academy offers the chance to decorate for the weeks before finals and leave Just as long as you don t wreck anything you can come up with all sorts of creative ways to brighten up your room Last year my roommate and I went crazy covering the walls with wrapping paper and creating a winter wonderland on the deck It was quite festive if I do say so myself There are also some fun events on base my favorite is the Lessons and Carols service The Glee Club performs several Christmas songs at the chapel with each song accompanied by a reading from the Bible The lights are dimmed and the whole congregation holds candles and what a congregation it is I might add It is so wonderful to see the pews filled with so many people it brings a new feeling of life to the quiet chapel In the spring semester cadets are given a weekend off to celebrate Easter in whatever way they choose Again I m not able to go home for this weekend but I have been blessed with loving families that

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65227 (2016-02-15)
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