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  • Staying Afloat - Roddy September 2013
    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 Staying Afloat Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts During the chaos and rush of Swab Summer I had come to view the academic year as a time of comparable rest and relaxation but now that I m in the thick of first semester I realize I could not have been more wrong Since the school year began I ve found my life is busier than I could ever imagine The Academy is not meant to be easy and as someone who was able to excel through the academics of high school without trying too hard it has all been a bit of a shock I often find myself up to my neck in homework only to see more military obligations and sport commitments pile up on top of it Like anything though it s always the first few weeks that are the hardest and I can already feel myself getting into a better routine Things like ironing shoe shining and weekly evaluations that used to take me an eternity are now second nature and I find myself able to set aside more and more time for academics No matter

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5494 (2016-02-15)
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  • Honing My Leadership Skills - Sakowicz August 2015
    my third time I have been spending time reflecting and remembering my 2 c summer My classmates and I did so many amazing and thrilling things that not only created lasting memories but also helped me hone my leadership skills in preparation for this year I started off the summer with 100th Week when Cape May company commanders came and instructed us in the art of discipline and leadership We learned a lot about mental stress and alternating styles of teaching to get our AIMsters or swabs to learn what we are trying to teach them After that a group of us went to a week of Rules of the Road or ROTR and in that class we learned the rules of boat driving and how to react to dangerous situations The test we took at the end of the week is not only a graduation requirement but is the first step in learning how to drive cutters in the Coast Guard Following ROTR a group of my classmates and I went onto the Academy s T boats to practice and learn basic ship handling skills I was able to command the vessel and pull into and out of a dock work through a man overboard drill and anchor in the Thames River That week really helped me develop my command confidence that I would be using for the rest of the summer Range Week followed ROTR and I was able to get pistol qualified It was really difficult to get used to the pistol but once I did I really enjoyed the time we spent practicing and taking the test Coastal Sail started the Monday after range and it was definitely the best experience I ve had in my time here at the Academy My group was awesome and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65162 (2016-02-15)
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  • Only the Beginning of My Fantastic Journey - Sakowicz August 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 Only the Beginning of My Fantastic Journey The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts This summer has been the most exciting and greatest fun I ever had Finally earning my red shields and being allowed to call myself a third class was only the beginning of my fantastic journey My summer started the day after my last final where I met the CGC Eagle on the New London docks Nothing compares to the feeling of knowing you will spend the next five weeks learning to operate a square rig sailing vessel Over the next five weeks I learned the 200 pins and lines I sat on the bowsprit at 0200 watching dolphins swim through the bioluminescence and climbed to the royals in rough seas I learned how to navigate by the stars turn on the main diesel engine and make baggy wrinkle What I learned on board was amazing and the people I worked with were even better What really made my trip was the port calls three days in Puerto Rico Aruba Cozumel Mexico and a day in Miami The new places and cultures was an eventful break from the hard work on Eagle I really liked my time on board and hope the future sailors have as great a time as I did My second phase was six weeks on the CGC Dauntless The cutter a home port is Gaveston Texas but it was

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6047 (2016-02-15)
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  • Boards and Beyond - Sakowicz February 2014
    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 Boards and Beyond Athletics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Happy new year everyone Coming back was a little hard leaving all my friends at home was sad but I was more than happy to return to my Academy friends Second semester as a fourth class is infinitely better than it was in the fall The main reason Boards Most fourth class are scared it s an oral exam on Coast Guard knowledge learned throughout your fourth class year but privileges come with it as you pass Music out loud and no more notecards it s a 4 c dream Classes this semester are also a lot easier they are a harder level but after a semester here I have better time management skills I need it because I am currently playing water polo this semester It s a club team and a ton of fun my teammates are fantastic and the activity helps me relax after a difficult day Calculus II and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5764 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Semester is Drawing to a Close - Sakowicz November 2013
    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 The Semester is Drawing to a Close Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts What an amazing semester it s hard to believe that it is drawing toward a close so quickly The rapidly changing weather of New London is keeping us vigilant as we near finals changing from jackets to shield the snow in the morning to no jackets as the suns bakes us during afternoon sports I am so proud of my class and all of my friends for pushing through these trying times and keeping their goal in mind That s what we have to do here If a class gets too hard or we re just tired of working we all need to just stop take a deep breath and reevaluate what we are doing In the words of the Chaplain It s supposed to be stressful but it s not impossible Only one week until I get to see my family and it will be nice to have a break from school I will miss my friends

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5579 (2016-02-15)
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  • Having the Time of My Life - Sakowicz September 2013
    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 Having the Time of My Life Academics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts It s almost the end of September and I can hardly believe it I reported in three months ago but it feels like R Day was yesterday CAP week provided a smooth transition from Swab Summer to the academic term It s like our cadre kept trying to tell us you have to hit the ground running This semester I am taking Chemistry I Calculus I Composition and Speech Leaders in U S History Statics Engineering and Design and Swimming All my teachers are great and really help me out when I m struggling My time management has improved drastically over the past month alone My fellow fourth class and I have been having tons of fun running spirit missions and having an all around great attitude Being the smallest class in a very long time our bonds are really strong and we can all depend on

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5495 (2016-02-15)
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  • Pilot Shadow Program Recap - Sandri June 2015
    My Research Projects Academics Athletics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy 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 Pilot Shadow Program Recap The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Last spring three friends and I had an opportunity to spend a weekend at Air Station Cape Cod for the Pilot Shadow Program This program is organized by the Academy s Aviation Division and allows for cadets to experience air station life by hanging out in the barracks and accompanying the crew on flights I had a chance to ride in an HH 65 Dolphin helicopter out of Air Station Atlantic City two summers ago The crew carried out an exciting two aircraft drill The experience was awesome but with R Day on the horizon and having limited knowledge of the Coast Guard I was not considering flight as a possible career path This time around we were able to look at station life as a possible future Some highlights of the trip were flying the fixed

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65064 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Look Back at March (Hogwarts Edition) - March 2015
    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 Look Back at March Hogwarts Edition Academics Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts In the words of Taylor Swift and Rihanna it s a typical Tuesday night and there s three more days til Friday Right now I m holed up in the library writing a research paper and studying for one of my six exams this week but there s a light at the end of the tunnel after our last military obligation LMO this Friday the corps will leave for Spring Break I will be traveling to Peru with the Academy s Catholic group for a service trip and I can t wait It feels like this semester has flown by It started with the Dark Ages of January and February and a completely new 23 credit course load but as the days get longer and weather gets warmer I m re realizing how great the Academy can be The beginning and end of the school year here are my favorites probably because they surround the awesome Academy summers and everything seems a bit shiny and exciting Second semester went by in a heartbeat last year and this year it s doing the same So now on to the important stuff It s often said that the CGA is like Hogwarts Without further ado here s a list of reasons why We have a Room of Requirement a k a the class cages Cadets can store extra belongings and unauthorized room items in the attic of Chase Hall but there are no promises you ll be able to find

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65202 (2016-02-15)
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