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  • Life after Swab Summer - Glick September 2013
    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 Life after Swab Summer Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Swab Summer was definitely challenging and we all miss parts of it now that the academic year has started I could go on forever about Swab Summer but I would go way over my word count It was the experience of a lifetime challenging fun trying and tiring The way of life here during the academic year is very different and we re all still adapting to the new routine Having been to a traditional state university for a year I can say firsthand that this education is entirely different it s very hands on and professors really care about your success Here you re not just a number When you come here you are somebody in Chase Hall in the classroom and on the sports field If you want to be a part of a family who wants to see you succeed this is the place for you The academics are very demanding and I m not necessarily your top math guy but that s why I came here to get the best education possible to develop as an officer in the finest seagoing service The culture here is very

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  • Loving Life - Haley September 2013
    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 Loving Life Athletics Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Hey guys During the first week of classes an upperclassman told me that the days here would be long but the weeks would go by fast and the months even faster I ll admit that at first I was skeptical It was only the first day and I had so much work to do Just making it to the end of the day seemed impossible never mind making it through weeks and months But as usual this upperclassman was correct Somehow time has flown by and we re already nearly half way through the semester This past month or so has been awesome The schoolwork is definitely difficult and sometimes overwhelming but as long as I just focus on the task at hand and not stress about the piles of work left to do I keep myself sane I ve found that most cadets here really cherish sports period as a time to relax and recharge their batteries for a night of schoolwork For me cross country practices and meets have definitely been something to look forward to The people on the team are awesome and getting to travel around to different schools around New England to run every weekend is pretty cool And since I m from the area I ve gotten to see a lot of my old teammates and running friends at meets which is sweet I m also pretty lucky that since I live close I ve been able to see my family and visit my

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  • I Love What I Do - Johnson August 2015
    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 I Love What I Do Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts This summer started off with 100th week after which I became a 2 c cadet and then I moved on toward many adventures It s amazing to see how much I ve grown in just a few months more than in any school semester at the Academy From learning how to give commands and drive a small boat to conning the USCGC Barque Eagle as she sailed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean so that the Class of 2019 could develop a love for the sea and its lore our class has come a long way Hopefully the love they develop is as much of the love for Eagle as I have Of all the groovy things I got to do this summer which I definitely wouldn t have done anywhere else my favorite was being Eagle cadre for three weeks I went through the beginning of my summer wondering if I was truly ready to lead people especially on a sailing vessel where if everyone is not doing their part someone could easily lose a part You know what though Everything turned out the exact opposite of what I expected My personal relationships are much stronger than they were before 100th week My self trust and confidence had a great boost by leading teaching and mentoring others and I found that that s where my purpose in life lies to help and mentor other people Now I need

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  • Finding Your Focus - Johnson January 2015
    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 Finding Your Focus Academics Overcoming Challenges Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Another year and another semester and would you look at that I m almost halfway to graduating from the Academy It seems like only yesterday that I was telling my friend in English class during my senior year of high school that I was going to visit the Coast Guard Academy and I really wanted to attend school there It feels like I have accomplished so much in the little time since graduating high school Trust me on this time goes by quickly when you have something you re working your heart out for I know I didn t write much my first semester as a sophomore at the Academy but I can definitely say there wasn t much going on First semester was pretty much me buckling down on school and military performance I had heard advice from senior ranking officers that sophomore year is a great year to pick a focus for example if you didn t work out very much and cadre summer is coming up you should work out to be fit for training the incoming swabs or if you lacked in grades focus on that a bit more because there isn t an overload of responsibility as a 3 c Don t get me wrong there are still responsibilities like being the role model to the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6653 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Start of My Adventure - Johnson September 2014
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  • What a Summer - Krause September 2015
    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 What a Summer Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts As the school year is approaching full swing I can t help but reminisce about my past summer My whole time here I have heard that 2 c summer was the best one the Academy has to offer and they were right This past summer was mainly focused around growing as leaders and transitioning from the follower role we held the first two years at the Academy I was able to have some amazing experiences and learn a lot about myself One highlight of my summer was Cadet Aviation Training Program CATP I was able to really see how awesome the aviation community is and understand the importance of their mission A few of my highlights from that week were getting lifted into a helicopter in a rescue basket flying both a C130 fixed wing and a H60 Dolphin and enjoying the beautiful beaches of Pensacola Only a few short weeks later and I was sworn in as cadre I was Cadre 1 this summer so I was able to oversee R Day and the chaos that ensued when you try to convert 36 high school students into military members in mere hours I absolutely loved my time as cadre and learned so much about what it is like to lead others and work efficiently with your

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65195 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Whirlwind Adventure - Krause August 2014
    May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs A Whirlwind Adventure The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Summer has come to an end and the start to my 3 c academic year is fast approaching Thinking back about the last few months I am amazed at the opportunities I have had I spent first phase at Station San Francisco with another cadet We were immediately welcomed into the crew and everyone there worked tirelessly to help us get our boat crew qualification on the 45 foot response boat medium We were able to participate in search and rescue cases helicopter operations SWAT team training and cruise ship escorts Not only did we have a blast getting to see so many different aspects of the Coast Guards missions but it also made me excited for my future career It instilled in me a great respect for the expertise and dedication among the enlisted The experience was humbling there was so much to learn It was also incredibly motivating as it provided real world perspective on a variety of Coast Guard career options On top of all of that we had so much fun exploring the eclectic city of San Francisco every weekend The second phase of my summer was aboard the Barque Eagle We started in Miami and sailed up the coast through squalls and icebergs to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland One of the highlights of the six week trip was sailing past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to moor up in New York Seeing these iconic sites from the deck of the Eagle was incredible Even though the days afloat were long our division managed to have a lot of fun while learning the different duties aboard Eagle We saw

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  • Powering Through the First Semester - Krause October 2013
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