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  • Second Semester: A New Beginning - Ritchie January 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 Second Semester A New Beginning Athletics The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Yesterday was my first day of school for the second semester I and the rest of the Corps of Cadets have been back from winter leave for just over a week now Over leave we had about two and a half weeks to go home and spend time with our families It was a much needed break after a long first semester of college and it was great to get to sleep in my own bed for a few days I spent the last week of leave on my training trip with the swim team in Sarasota Florida It was a wonderful experience and though the training was tough it helped me significantly to prepare for the PFE that I had to take when I got back to the Academy Last week was MAP week which is a week that gives us a chance to make schedule changes meet with advisors attend presentations and readjust to Academy life With the start of second semester comes a lot of changes here at the Academy Everyone begins new classes and switches rooms and roommates Regimental Staff and Company Staff 1 c cadets who lead the corps change as well and 4 c have to memorize all the new names As 4 c we are

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5706 (2016-02-15)
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  • Pride - Ritchie November 2013
    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 Pride Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts I remember the first time I visited the Academy I felt like an outsider wearing civilian clothes I hoped to one day wear the uniform and looked forward to the pride I would feel the first time I put it on We started wearing the full uniform sometime during Swab Summer so honestly I didn t really feel much pride but today I feel it when I am out on the weekends and am thanked for my service or when I am home with my family Seeing my family grandparents cousins aunts and uncles over Thanksgiving leave really reminded me to take pride in being at the Academy Watching their expressions as I told stories about what my daily life is like made me feel invincible It s hard to be proud every day at the Academy because you feel like you re always failing at something You try your hardest

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5626 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Coast Guard Family - Ritchie October 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 The Coast Guard Family Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts The Coast Guard family is something I began to notice about a year ago When I first became interested in the Coast Guard Academy I saw how everyone worked together to not only complete Coast Guard missions but also to support one another on a more personal level It is obvious at the Coast Guard Academy that people care about one another much more than at any other college Here everyone knows each other s name and the support network between professors coaches and mentors is unmatched However I don t think I really understood the depth of the Coast Guard family until the weekend of Homecoming On Homecoming Weekend members of class years in multiples of 5 returned to the Academy There was a lunch with members of the class of 1963 it being their 50 year reunion In an effort to find a table where I wouldn t have to square my meal and could look at my food I found myself sitting beside Captain Bates and his wife He asked me about what I thought of the Academy so far and what had made me

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5620 (2016-02-15)
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  • Finding My Motivation - Ritchie September 2013
    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 Finding My Motivation Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Overcoming Challenges Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts I ve just finished my third week of the school year After a long seven weeks of Swab Summer it was definitely a relief to start classes and not have to brace up anymore except in Chase Hall and formations In academic and athletic buildings 4 c cadets can now talk and walk normally Swab Summer was full of tough challenges and high expectations Though my dad went to an Academy my household was by no means military Because of this I struggled at the beginning of the summer but improved a lot as it went on The cadre were hard on my shipmates and me because they wanted to make us the best followers we could be in order to later become the best leaders We were reminded a few times this summer that once we re all in the fleet our class will be the one s replacing our cadre s class in stations so they train us so they re confident that we can maintain their work ethic efforts and leadership All of the things we had to do this summer had a reason behind them It was awful at the time and there were plenty of times when I just wanted to give up

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5493 (2016-02-15)
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  • Beyond 3/c Summer - Roddy November 2015
    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 Beyond 3 c Summer The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts My last blog detailed my adventures in the operational Coast Guard at Station New York and onboard the Barque Eagle so it only seems fit to continue with a discussion of 3 c year and of 2 c summer Coming back to the Academy after summer leave as a 3 c was surreal After one whole year of doing 4 c duties it was so alien to see other 4 c doing clocks squaring corners and taking out trash You never appreciate how nice it is to have social media be able to walk and talk normally in the hallway and to look at your food until you have gone for a year without doing any of it Being a 3 c was an awesome feeling Once the school year started I found it wasn t just in Chase Hall that life got better after 4 c year For the first time I could actually take classes within my major and while the workload certainly didn t lighten up it became work I really enjoyed Morals and Ethics Principles of American Government and Comparative Politics replaced Calculus and Engineering in my schedule and life become much more fun The most important takeaway I have gotten from 3 c year was that life really does get better after 4 c year you just have to be prepared to endure it After 3 c year came 2 c summer which was so busy I could barely keep track of what

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65398 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Return to Blogging - Roddy September 2015
    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 Return to Blogging Permanent link All Posts After a year hiatus I am pleased to finally return to the world of blogging Last year was a busy time for me and with the many pressures of the Academy I chose to take a break from blogging in order to get my academics and other club participation in order Now that I have finally settled in and found my niche at the Academy I hope to begin updating regularly again and I will give you a brief overview of what I did my 3 c summer picking up from shortly after my last update For my 3 c summer I had the incredible experience of sailing the Caribbean with the Barque Eagle We sailed from New London down to San Juan Puerto Rico then onto Aruba Cozumel Mexico and concluded in Miami Florida It was a busy and tiring six weeks without much sleep while we were at sea but it was wonderful and absolutely worth the effort The port calls were phenomenal and there s no better feeling to be paid for sailing a route most people pay thousands to visit After Eagle I went on my operational assignment to Station New York on Staten Island While I was initially disappointed that I wasn t going to a station famous for search and rescue like Station Monterrey or Station Cape Disappointment nor was I going anywhere that exotic Station New York ended being the best summer I could have asked for While at Station New York I

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65205 (2016-02-15)
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  • Yes, Rifle is a Sport - Roddy March 2014
    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 Yes Rifle is a Sport Athletics Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts First off sorry for the huge span of time with no updates but as fall semester deepened I found myself up to my neck in schoolwork and mandatory assignments and when it came time to prioritize my extracurriculars fell by the wayside On a more positive note I have received more emails than I ever imagined I would from interested applicants and future cadets I ve been doing a pretty good job of responding to all the ones I receive but if a week goes by and you don t get a response from me just resend a message and I ll get back within another Email is the primary form of communication here so without reminders things can get buried pretty quickly On the topic though I ve got a lot of questions about rifle team so I ll take a minute and discuss what the team has meant to me and my experience as a varsity marksman I shot rifle in high school but it was a very different style than the form of competition the Academy participates in so I was practically a walk on The team was supportive and great instructors and I found myself learning at a sprint rather than a crawl Every time I shot I saw marked improvement The people on the team were all great and it became an amazing way to relax and unwind from Chase Hall and academic life I became great friends with everyone and got

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5800 (2016-02-15)
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  • 4/c Roddy Goes to Washington - Roddy October 2013
    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 Fourth Class Roddy Goes to Washington Academics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts This month has been a tough month for everyone Midterms CER s military performance evaluations cadet drama and the unrelenting flood of homework have kept everyone from 4 c to 1 c busy But as 4 c we re also responsible for running trash orderlies doing twice daily clocks taking indoc military knowledge tests and squaring our food and corners on top of everything else so it s not surprising Chase Hall can become a little stressful Fortunately this month I was given my first real opportunity to travel away from Academy outside of liberty when I went to Washington D C to compete in a Model United Nations conference with three other cadets including fellow 4 c and blogger Will Glick The trip proved to be a fantastic time We attended the opening and closing days in uniform and the amount of support and thanks we received from people recognizing the Coast Guard was truly humbling It s also a reminder that we must always be aware of our actions and that we are direct representatives of the Academy and of the entire Coast Guard And while we met many people who understood and appreciated the Coast Guard and its missions we also met many who did not and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5528 (2016-02-15)
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