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  • Peer Tutoring - Ritchie September 2014
    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 Peer Tutoring Academics The Cadet Experience Permanent link All Posts Being a 3 c means more involvement and responsibility within the corps It also means a greater number of opportunities Through the past five weeks of being back at the Academy I ve been offered many chances to become more involved in all three fields of cadet life academics athletics and military The clubs and activities fair wasn t rained out this year so I signed up for several clubs there After 4 c year and having become accustomed to Academy life I want to take advantage of more of the opportunities offered here During CAP week I found out that I had been recommended by an English teacher to become a peer tutor Peer tutoring at the Academy is a program where cadets are trained and qualified to help other cadets with academic assignments A peer tutor must attend eight hours of training and can earn an academic grade and credit hour by logging 24 hours of tutoring over a semester Being an English peer tutor comes naturally to me I ve always valued creativity but at a military academy it can be a hard skill to maintain Expressing thoughts through writing and encouraging others to do so is one way I keep in touch with my creative

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6171 (2016-02-15)
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  • Back at the Academy - Ritchie August 2014
    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 Back at the Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts After my summer training program I had three weeks of leave I went home and spent time with my family and high school friends I thought three weeks would be short compared to my 11 week summer program but it was a lot different than any previous summer for me For the past few years I ve had swim practices lifeguarding swim lessons and summer reading projects This year I didn t have to worry about any of that It was weird because all my friends were working on internships or at minimum wage jobs and I had more free time than ever When leave ended it was back to the Academy I thought it was going to be a tough adjustment but it wasn t as bad as I expected I remember last year Cadet Administrative Processing CAP week was really stressful as a 4 c As a 3 c it was a lot easier Now that I can look around the halls talk to people like normal and look at my food it s a completely different experience I spent CAP week attending trainings and welcome back speeches and packing into my new room and company As a 3 c I act as a role model to a 4 c Through the week I helped my 4 c get

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6129 (2016-02-15)
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  • Small Boat Station Life - Ritchie July 2014
    November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Small Boat Station Life The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts For the second half of my summer training program I went to small boat station Ponce de Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach Florida Officers in the Coast Guard don t get stationed at small boat stations so this was the only opportunity I would get to experience one My friend Katie Neubig and I were lucky enough to be stationed together and we had a blast in our six weeks there We earned our Communications Watchstander qualifications in the first two weeks and then spent the next weeks trying to get boat crew sign offs standing watch and helping the crew around the station On Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays we and the crew ran played ultimate Frisbee or surfed in the morning before boat checks The work day went from around 0730 to 1500 Day workers were done after the work day people on duty had to stay at the station all night Katie and I lived on the station but we alternated which of us day worked each day so one of us could technically leave after 1500 Usually we just ended up staying at the station and catching up on sleep though We had our fun on the weekends We had the opportunity to go to Disney World and a NASCAR race For the NASCAR race we were given free tickets and went to participate in the flag unfurling ceremony on July 5 It ended up being rained out but we got to go back the day after in civilian clothes to watch the postponed race since we had

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6121 (2016-02-15)
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  • ’Aruba, Jamaica, Ooh I Wanna Take Ya’ - Ritchie June 2014
    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 Aruba Jamaica Ooh I Wanna Take Ya Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts After San Juan Puerto Rico we sailed to Aruba then Cozumel Mexico and ended in Miami Florida Jamaica wasn t one of our port calls but we were singing the Beach Boys song Kokomo all the way from Puerto Rico to Aruba My parents met me in Puerto Rico They flew down from Pennsylvania and spent a week there to see me and to take a vacation for themselves but mostly to see me I hadn t called home much lately since I was preoccupied with studying during finals week and there s no cell phone reception at sea so it was nice to catch up with them The next day my friends and I explored the fort in San Juan and then went shopping in the area We had three days in each port two of which we had liberty and one of which we gave tours on Eagle The first day in Aruba I volunteered for a community service project repainting an elementary school The hours I got that day count towards my community service requirement for this semester and it was a fun opportunity to leave a mark on a foreign country The second day of liberty I spent with Eva s parents at a resort For dinner Mr Sandri caught a red snapper and we went to a local restaurant called the Old Cunucu house where they prepared the fish as an appetizer for us The food there was delicious In Mexico my friends and I went snorkeling The

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6094 (2016-02-15)
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  • What We Really Did on Eagle - Ritchie May 2014
    2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs What We Really Did on Eagle Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts This summer I had the opportunity to sail through the Caribbean on America s Tall Ship The first five weeks of summer I spent on Eagle with about 150 of my classmates and around 50 permanent crew members That s a lot of people for only 295 feet of ship We got on board the day after the last final and immediately started working We loaded tons of food into the storage areas and then set sail While on Eagle my shipmates and I had to work hard to earn sign offs and qualifications We were given packets at the beginning of the summer with lists of tasks to complete Once we completed a task a person qualified in that area would initial that we d done so far Once we had all the sign offs for a category we could take a board an oral test to earn that qualification We were expected to be helm and lookout and engineering auxiliary qualified by the end of the five weeks On top of these qualifications we had several hours of damage control training and were able to take a written test at the end to earn that qualification Additionally in the first 11 days while we sailed from New London to Puerto Rico we had to memorize the names of all the lines on the ship and parts of a sail We had to pass these two tests to earn liberty in the first port It was easy to get bogged down by the workload and close quarters but

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6084 (2016-02-15)
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  • End of 4/c Year Update - Ritchie April 2014
    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 End of 4 c Year Update Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts As the number of days to go until graduation reaches the 40 s and the temperature outside finally rises above 40 things start to get crazy at the Academy There are more military trainings to prepare each class for the summer providing us with both information for our work in the fleet and warnings to be careful during our time on leave This summer I ll be spending five weeks on Eagle sailing to the Caribbean and six weeks at a small boat station in Florida Every year the upcoming 3 c spend part of their summer training on Eagle and part of the summer at an assignment in the fleet or in summer school These experiences offer us the opportunity to employ what we learned in our 4 c Navigation class throughout the year as well as provide us the opportunity to learn and grow more as future officers The weeks are winding down quickly and I m really looking forward to it At the end of the school year I remember teachers in high school would always try to cram in all the rest of the material they were supposed to cover in a course it made the last few weeks really stressful Here other than finals week 4 c cadets usually have at most two exams per week There are exam periods on Tuesday and Thursday where the officers and professors who teach 4 c courses schedule exams

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5942 (2016-02-15)
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  • From Swim to Water Polo - Ritchie March 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 From Swim to Water Polo Athletics Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts At the end of February swim season finally came to a close Our NEWMAC championships were at WPI on February 20th through 23rd Since I missed school on Thursday and Friday I had a lot of work to catch up on which made the following week exhausting Like any other week though I found ways to get everything done on time Things are always busy and stressful here but if you can learn how to set your priorities and work hard somehow everything will work out When swim season ended I expected to feel relieved but I was actually quite sad I ve swam year round for almost as long as I can remember taking only a few weeks off in April and August Knowing that the varsity season is all that I have anymore and I won t be practicing officially again until September was surprisingly upsetting to me I don t think I ve ever missed swimming as much as I have the past few days As with many swimmers swimming is a love hate relationship for me The season is so long and challenging that many times I wish I had chosen an easier sport but as soon as the season ends I want to go back to practice So the day after NEWMACs I joined the water polo team

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5786 (2016-02-15)
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  • The End of Forth Class Year - Ritchie February 2014
    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 End of Forth Class Year The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts February was a huge month for me and my fellow 4 c This past month we ve been working hard to our first round of exams for the semester as well as boards The month started off with 101st night on February 2 Super Bowl Sunday 101st night is an event that takes place when there are 101 days to go until graduation of the current year where 4 c work to earn the shoulder boards of a 2 c of their choosing Throughout the prior week we had to complete tasks various tasks given to us by our specific 2 c which included two indoctrination questions two physical tasks and two morale or spirit missions On 101st night we were treated practically as swabs as the 3 c and 1 c evacuated the halls and the 2 c tested the 4 c on various information we would need to know for boards My class faced the challenges and earned 100th day privileges for the following day We earned the white shields of the 2 c we had chosen and were allowed to act as 2 c looking at our food talking in the hallways and using sidewalks The only downside was that the 2 c acted as 4 c and could do spirit missions to take revenge on my class After these festivities ended boards began I mentioned boards in my last blog but basically boards is an oral indoctrination test that each 4 c must take and pass to earn privileges This year when an individual passed he

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5774 (2016-02-15)
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