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  • It Would All Be Worth It - Racz 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 It Would All Be Worth It Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts I will admit it is very strange being back Now that I am 3 c sophomore I am not required to do any of the tasks that the newly appointed 4 c freshmen have It s almost as if all the stress that came with freshmen year has disappeared The upper class were right when they said it would all be worth it I now look forward to spending this year getting to know my fellow classmates and having a little fun in the process This summer was long but quite an experience Following finals I departed to Savannah Georgia for the first five weeks of the summer There I met the CGC Valiant Unfortunately the Valiant was in dry dock so I was unable to get much sea time essentially dry dock means the cutter is getting repaired on land Though I didn t get the underway experience that everyone talks about I did learn a lot about the less glamorous side of the Coast Guard I spent the summer painting sanding and making general repairs to the cutter It was hard work and the days were long but I wouldn t trade the experience for anything I had the opportunity to meet a lot of awesome enlisted members that I hope to work with one day

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6118 (2016-02-15)
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  • 3/c Summer Assignments - Racz June 2014
    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 3 c Summer Assignments The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts The summer following your first year at the Academy is spent serving the Coast Guard in various places Some cadets end up going to small boat stations where they have the chance to learn about small boat operations within the Coast Guard Others like me get sent to a cutter to experience life underway completing different missions I along with one of my classmates was sent to CGC Valiant out of Mayport Florida But due to repairs being done on Valiant I was first sent to Savannah Georgia for the first two weeks of my summer Once there I lived the not so glamorous side of the Coast Guard My first few weeks of my summer assignment were spent painting loading and unloading and making overall repairs to the cutter Though this was not my definition of fun I can definitely say that it was an eye opening experience Going through it I now know the hardships that enlisted members in the Coast Guard go through It is a lot of work but rewarding in the end After two weeks Valiant finally left Savannah and headed out to sea for a short patrol Out

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6001 (2016-02-15)
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  • Nothing I Can' t Handle - Racz April 2014
    October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Nothing I Can t Handle Athletics The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Crew season has officially gotten underway I competed in my first ever collegiate competition in Middletown Connecticut against Wesleyan University Though it was great to be out and competing the race did not go too well We lost by a good amount so it wasn t the best way to start of the spring season My next race was against Brown University in Providence Rhode Island We didn t race their varsity because they are a top Division I school for rowing but we did race against their third and fourth varsity teams We did average in the race but a lot better from the previous week I ve had great experiences so far in my first two races of the season For someone who didn t row in high school I ve had to make big adjustments and adapt very quickly I look forward to my races in the future because I love competing and representing the United States Coast Guard Academy In a month from now I will be heading off to my summer unit in Florida I m nervous but excited at the same time to take the next step in my cadet training During my time at my unit I will be able to experience the role of enlisted personnel in the Coast Guard I will work with the enlisted members in order to complete the jobs that they do in a typical day I am a little nervous to go to my unit but I know that I have the tools necessary to do the best job

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5906 (2016-02-15)
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  • Academy Life Goes By Quick - Racz March 2014
    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 Academy Life Goes By Quick Athletics The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts With the end of spring break came the beginning of the final stretch toward the end of 4 c year It is crazy to look back and see how far I have come It seems like just yesterday that I was walking through the arches on Reporting In Day back in July Everyone tells you that the Academy life goes by quick but I never really comprehended that until now I ve accomplished a lot this year and I can t believe that I will be a third class in a matter of months Toward the end of the month the Class of 2017 passed boards The end of the indoctrination process is a key milestone in the life of a cadet and it has been a huge relief to know that it is all over With the passing of boards comes privileges and of course full carry on The light at the end of the tunnel is within sight and now all we can do is wait Obtaining the privilege of full carry on will make Academy life that much better and enjoyable Crew has been going well My spring break was devoted to a training trip down in Clemson South Carolina The entire week was a great experience and I definitely enjoyed becoming closer with my teammates The typical day went

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5858 (2016-02-15)
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  • Subtle Impacts - Racz October 2013
    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 Subtle Impacts Athletics The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts The government shut down had a profound impact on our nation With our country still trying to put the pieces together I feel as though it is a good time to reflect While other academies felt the full force of the government shut down like MMA the impact on the Coast Guard Academy was more subtle Though the Academy felt a little emptier because of grounds crews and other civilian faculty absent from work daily operations went unhindered for the most part Although I will say the shut down may have affected the 4 c cadets the most One of the many tasks that 4 c are responsible for is cleaning especially involving taking out the trash Due to the shutdown trash bags became nonexistent in the gearheads of Chase Hall It seemed that when the government shut down so did the use of trash bags This caused great disdain throughout the fourth class This meant that instead of just taking out the trash bags to the dumpster we as 4 c had to take the entire trash can out to the dumpster and then clean the now dirty trash can after we were finished This caused a lot of extra work So let s just say I m

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5504 (2016-02-15)
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  • Get the Enjoyment Out of Everything You Can - Racz September 2013
    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 Get the Enjoyment Out of Everything You Can Academics Athletics Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts It s hard to believe that we re already a quarter of a way through the semester It seems like just yesterday I was stepping out of the car on R Day ready to start my cadet career Life is fast paced at the Academy nothing like high school In high school you could get away with taking it easy at times or even slacking off Not the case at the Academy They say the days are long and the weeks are short Days full of back to back classes can be hectic at times and the homework just keeps coming and coming In a way however it s almost a good thing that we have so much to do It keeps me busy and allows me to stay focused on the important things I ve quickly learned that I don t have time for the childish things I used to find amusing If I want to succeed here I need to be on top of my game After a long deliberation with myself I made the decision to join the crew team Having never rowed before I had no idea what I was getting myself in to To my surprise

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5492 (2016-02-15)
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  • What it’s Like - Rex November 2015
    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 What it s Like The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts I want to join the cadet blogging program because it is a great way to give potential applicants and the general public a realistic and personal account of what it s like to be a Coast Guard cadet As a mechanical engineer I do not do very

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65499 (2016-02-15)
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  • Why Blog? - Reynolds October 2015
    Why Blog Athletics Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts My name is Erin Reynolds and I am currently in my third year at the Coast Guard Academy I study Government focusing on public policy I enjoy the major because although I attend a STEM school my heart is in writing In high school I loved my literature art and creative writing classes but I was never very fond of adding up numbers In my major I get the opportunity to take classes such as Advanced Spanish where we get to read Hispanic literature poetry and even watch full length movies We discuss the themes of humanity but it is also just a lot of fun to practice speaking a different language I came to the Academy as a recruit for the softball team I played softball from the age of four until the end of my freshman year in college My position was catcher and I absolutely loved controlling the plays on the field However after my first year I started itching to try out some new opportunities The women on the rugby team constantly talked about what a blast it is to play and I started experiencing a little fear of missing out After a lifetime on the diamond I traded in my softball cleats for a pair of rugby boots having never even seen a game I m still learning the sport but I currently play the position of tighthead prop I love playing a club sport at the Academy because although it keeps me busy it does not dominate my life and it provides me with time to entertain some of my other interests In my limited free time I browse Pinterest and carry out all sorts of arts and crafts projects at

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65500 (2016-02-15)
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