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  • How Much I' ve Learned, How Much I' ve Changed - Glick June 2014
    of 2017 Permanent link All Posts More than halfway done with 3 c summer I can say that it has been the best summer of my life so far I sailed from the Academy to Puerto Rico through Drake s Passage in the Virgin Islands to Aruba and on to Cozumel Mexico I was part of the navigation team while transiting through Drake s Passage qualified as a Helmsman Lookout received my Damage Control Qualification letter and actually steered Eagle all by myself during a rough night I saw the Milky Way in the middle of nowhere in the South Atlantic traded shoulder boards with a Mexican Navy lieutenant climbed around 500 year old Spanish forts and did all of this with the best of friends Now I am at home awaiting my next cutter USCGC Dependable down the street from my house to get underway in a few days I plan on completing my Quartermaster of the Watch Qualification and Advanced Damage Control Qualification in the next five weeks Ok there are definitely parts of the summer that stink like waking up at 0330 to stand watch cleaning unmentionable parts of bathrooms and barely fitting into my rack on Eagle After having a bad day in the rain standing watch and not getting a whole lot to eat and finally getting to bed on Eagle after being up for over 30 hours with no sleep there s nothing to do but laugh hysterically with the guys in your berthing area at the dumbest stuff and pass out and then do it all again But that s all part of the junior enlisted experience My summer isn t over yet but I already have some big takeaways aside from my qualification letters I am learning what seaman and fireman go

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6007 (2016-02-15)
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  • Last Words: 4/c Year - Glick April 2014
    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 Last Words 4 c Year Academics Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts With finals fast approaching the end of the school year is speeding by It slowed to a snails crawl until yesterday when I went to the clinic to get my typhoid shot required for my summer in the Caribbean Tomorrow night the 4 c will find out our new companies There s only three more days left of school and then finals I m boarding Eagle bound for the Caribbean the day after finals and it is right around the corner I met with my Academic advisor and received my course enrollment form with all of the classes I m taking next semester when I get back Many people say 4 c year is the hardest one at the Academy and while there is a bit of truth to that statement it is not entirely true for me Next semester I am actually taking more credits than this semester and while it will be difficult I am looking forward to the challenge of Calculus II Ships and Maritime Systems and Physics It s going to be rough but I ll get through it On the other hand as a Government major I get to take Principles of American Government in sections with only other rising 3 c Government majors It s going to be great to get to know the other members of my class that I will be spending the most time with in the Government course matrix There are plenty of opportunities here to expand your intellectual horizons both

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5979 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Meaning of Fourth Class Life - Glick March 2014
    been non stop with late nights which usually is not the case for me The last few weeks have been jam packed with a Model UN conference at USMA West Point a band concert at Connecticut College across the street International Ballroom Dance who would have guessed that Cadets Against Sexual Assault trainings and meetings recruiting leave and a community service trip to Key West Florida Of course I need to keep up on my school work to participate in all of these events as well as ensuring that I continue to adhere to military obligations such as trainings my midterm Cadet Evaluation Report community service requirements and division work Somehow it all gets itself all done by 11 30 p m Sometimes I groan but I wouldn t have it any other way I am never bored in New London The beginning of March marks the beginning of regaining privileges as a 4 c For making both the Dean s List for academics and the Commandant of Cadets List for good military performance last semester I am able to take recruiting leave for spring break meaning I get to leave a few days early to visit high schools near my home I look forward to wearing the uniform in my old stomping ground representing America s finest seagoing service Ok I m proud After passing the Coast Guard Indoctrination board commonly known as boards we gained individual privileges such as not having to write notecards when leaving the barracks and playing music out loud As soon as everyone in our respective companies passed we were allowed to reactivate our Facebook accounts Hopefully we will be awarded wardroom carry on the week we return from spring break given everyone else in our class passes that same week Hearing about 2018 already is getting us all very excited I am excited to soon no longer be the lowest on the totem pole and finally put on that one diagonal 3 c stripe It is almost scary how already my old 2016 shipmates will be cadre It feels like just yesterday we were getting yelled at time flies at the Academy when you don t look around However I will miss the funny parts of 4 c culture like the spirit missions Captain Gaines my chemistry lab instructor gave me some pretty inspiring advice the other day He reminded me that I need to make sure I always hold myself accountable automatically ensuring that self responsibility is second nature Soon enough he said there will be a 4 c I will have to help and I will have to worry about both of us After that one day I could very well have many people I am responsible for and potentially assets of the government as well I realized then why I have to and want to do all of the many things I do stretching myself in so many ways as a 4 c Someday I will have to look after

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5795 (2016-02-15)
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  • So Begins the Dark Ages - Glick February 2014
    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 So Begins the Dark Ages Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Traditionally the Dark Ages occur during the Academy from January until spring break in March when the sun hardly comes out the schoolwork gets tough and most of us put on some post PFE pounds as we are generally bored While not impossible to go out on liberty every weekend the snow and ice make it difficult to have a fun time outdoors Like I mentioned earlier as cadets we like to make our own fun when there isn t any to be had During 101st night or the night before 101 days until the first class graduate Chase Hall is thrown back into the Swab Summer mindset We marched swab style to Dimick Auditorium and the second class cadets our former cadre resumed their cadre training roles running us back up to the barracks The campus was once again in chaos with swabs running around Chase Hall doing Incentive Physical Training spewing indoc and doing physical activities with our rifles While it was fun and only lasted a night I m glad it was over in four hours It reminded me that being a swab was hard and how far our class has come since R Day The next day 100th day or 100 days to go until graduation the roles reversed We were granted full carry on wore second class shoulder boards while the second class cadre braced up completed trash orderlies and had their uniforms inspected Speaking of making our own fun I am currently in my company

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5767 (2016-02-15)
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  • Food for Thought - Glick January 2014
    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 Food for Thought Overcoming Challenges Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts With winter break a distant memory I came back to the Academy a day early and was one of few people in Chase Hall Eerie the halls were empty quiet and dark As the corps returns from winter break mid year administrative processing or MAP week sweeps up everyone s time With speeches from Admiral Papp to breakout sessions with junior officers and other cadets this week serves as a time of reflection and preparation as each class is eager to move into the next role 2017 is faced with another semester of academic responsibility and passing boards a rote memorization oral examination on Coast Guard knowledge in order to ultimately become third class cadets Many of us are eager to get the PFE over with while others are more concerned about succeeding academically in the coming weeks Everyone is confronting their own challenges yet we all face the same challenges as a class Our class crest design was unofficially revealed yesterday on paper and it made me realize that I am more than half way done 4 c life Scary stuff Our superintendent RADM Stosz has echoed every presentation this week with the motif Duty Demands Courage There are posters around the Academy with the phrase on it and at first I didn t know what to think about it It seemed like another rhetorical campaign that just made some people warm and fuzzy and had no real meaning But every time it passes through my head it makes a little bit more sense We are tasked with many

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5674 (2016-02-15)
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  • Looking Back, Looking Forward - Glick December 2013
    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 Looking Back Looking Forward Academics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts As the year comes to a close with finals I have a bit of down time to reflect on the past year A year ago I was at a state university waiting to come to the Academy Life was mundane fifteen college credits and not much else to do in New Jersey The first part of this year was a time of anticipation and waiting waiting to start the rest of my life Swab Summer came and went and it was easily the most amazing and challenging period of my life Former cadre and upper class acquaintances kept telling me how Swab Summer was easier than the academic year In some ways it was but in other aspects it was much harder My advice for Swab Summer keep your nose down and stay off of the radar and you ll be fine Many of my old classmates from 2016 are anticipating 2018s arrival as they prepare for cadre summer and as a 4 c I can hardly wait to act normally in Chase Hall This semester was very difficult with many different responsibilities Some days I feel like a part time janitor cleaning up Chase Hall Other days I feel like a busy college student trying to understand kinetic molecular theory and the meaning behind a dense piece of

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5633 (2016-02-15)
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  • Getting Involved to Stay Sane - Glick November 2013
    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 Getting Involved to Stay Sane Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts I recently joined the joint USCGA Conn College Concert band and it s really a lot of fun It s a mix of professional players and students from both schools It allows me to be off base twice a week which is something most underclassmen don t get to do I ve actually found that getting involved in things is almost as important as academics because it keeps me sane This place will make you crazy if all you do is focus on academics For example I was stressed about my last Statics and Engineering Design test and I was torn between going to band or staying in Chase and studying the night before I decided to get off base and go to band and I ended up doing my best work on the last test I m living proof that you will lose your mind if all you do is school They take well rounded applicants and they expect well rounded cadets I feel that getting involved is the key to success and more importantly mental success at the Academy Otherwise November finds me in

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5619 (2016-02-15)
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  • Extracurricular Activities - Glick October 2013
    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 Extracurricular Activities Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts This weekend I traveled to Washington D C with the Model United Nations Team for the National Model United Nations conference It was a unique experience working with students from around the world to come up with solutions to real world global problems It was also the time I was out of uniform and in the public in civilian clothing so it was a strange feeling However we did wear our uniforms on the first and last day of the conferences and many people came up to us and either asked questions or gave their thanks The first building we walked into a Commander spotted us and struck up a conversation and we knew someone in common over the Academy The Coast Guard truly is a tight knit service We took a tour of the U S Capitol before the conference and were prompted to see the actual U S Senate and House Chambers something a lot of people don t have the chance to see 4 c John Roddy another 4 c blogger was also there so you should check out his blog he s really into

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5547 (2016-02-15)
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