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  • Thanksgiving - Tress Salvatori November 2013
    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 Thanksgiving Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Hello How are you I hope you are doing great I am very happy because I just had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving surrounded by a lot of good people It was an unbelievable experience I was given the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving in Newport with a captain from the Mexican navy and his family Captain Francisco Figuereo is studying at the Naval War College that is located in Newport My shipmate from Mexico Ninive Pineda Carranza also stayed with us I thanked them a lot because I had an amazing time with them We ate a lot of Mexican food and a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Officers Club on the Navy base and then we went shopping on the famous Black Friday to buy a lot of things On Saturday we went bowling and enjoyed a pepperoni pizza Later that day we drove around Newport and then watched a lot of movies We also visited

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5590 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Support of Family and Friends Tress Salvatori September
    2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs The Support of Family and Friends Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Overcoming Challenges Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Hello again It is almost unbelievable how fast time goes by here at the Academy It is almost Columbus Day which means that we are in the middle of the semester Swab Summer was a challenging experience but the real challenge has just started Being able to manage your time in order to accomplish academics military training sports and personal life in order to be successful is difficult The first months are rough because it is hard to manage your time efficiently to be productive I tried to balance everything at the same time but things were getting a little bit messed up and I was not that productive Then I made the decision to switch my plan First I balance my academics with the military obligations and from there figure out an efficient plan After being comfortable with that I start adding sports and personal life in to my previous plan There are some days of the week that are pretty stressful but there is no better way to reduce stress than to just take a break chill a little bit with my shipmates and then get back to business One the most important things to keep on going successfully at the Academy is family and friends support For me being away from home is not a big deal I have been away from home before the big deal for me is being in a foreign country There were some days when I couldn t find someone to talk to about my feelings and thoughts This may be caused by

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5498 (2016-02-15)
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  • Representing Bears Football - Victory October 2015
    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 Representing Bears Football Athletics Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts It was my dream to attend the Coast Guard Academy and I have absolutely loved my two years thus far After looking at the cadets in the club it became clear to me that the football team was underrepresented Being the starting quarterback for the Bears will allow me to bring a perspective to the program that not many people can On top of my daily school workload I need to manage my time appropriately to prepare for upcoming games I have a constantly busy schedule but I enjoy it and I think that others would like to read about an average day When it came to applying to the Academy it was a no brainer it was my first option by a longshot Unfortunately I was waitlisted and did not find out my fate until a month before R Day If there are any upcoming

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65505 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Summer to Remember - Weeks July 2015
    ports in New England Not to mention all of this was done with my best friends Sounds like fun doesn t it I ll be the first to tell you that I am beyond satisfied with this summer and it isn t even over yet All of these activities are covered in the 2 c summer training program along with Cadre Summer which starts for me in one week I could write a novel about my summer experiences but for the sake of space I ll just write about Coastal Sail and the Cadet Aviation Training Program CATP Coastal Sail is a two week training program for 2 c cadets We are divided into teams of six or seven provided a sailing yacht and safety officers and then sail approximately 280 miles along the coasts of Connecticut Rhode Island and Massachusetts The trip is divided up into nine legs ranging anywhere from 15 to 40 miles We spent each night in a different port some of which were Newport Martha s Vineyard Nantucket and Block Island While underway each cadet had the opportunity to be Watch Captain in charge of the yacht for an entire day This was an incredible experience for me it was like being the Commanding Officer of a Coast Guard cutter As the Watch Captain I decided when to set sail and when to motor and along with my navigator and helmsman successfully navigated the ship from Hyannis to Cuttyhunk Massachusetts Other daily duties included mess cook deckhand and in port Officer of the Deck OOD For the latter half of my transit a thick fog descended on the water reducing visibility to only a few hundred feet This was a stressful time for me but from the knowledge I acquired in ROTR I knew what

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65089 (2016-02-15)
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  • Settling In - Weeks September 2014
    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 Settled In Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts It has been about a month since classes started up but it still feels like CAP week was yesterday That s one thing about this place that never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes Between classes homework swimming water polo hanging out with friends and sleeping there isn t any room for a slow weekday The weekends however are very relaxed Weekends are perfect for sleeping in getting ahead in coursework and just relaxing in general My swim meets and water polo tournaments all fall on the weekends and I get to travel for most of my competitions I just returned from the first water polo tournament of the season in Amherst Massachusetts and it was a blast Our team rode up in a bus spent the night at a hotel and competed in four games We went two and two and ended up with 3rd place in the tournament pretty good for the season opener The swim season officially started

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6262 (2016-02-15)
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  • It Has Been a Long Time… - Belanger October 2014
    About 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 It Has Been a Long Time Athletics Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts So it has been a very very long time since I have written something and a lot of things have changed First of all getting the privileges of a second class has probably been the biggest reward yet I can finally wear civilian clothes and blend in with the citizens of New London I also started playing rugby for the Academy The guys on the team are awesome and it may be considered a very rough sport but being on the pitch makes all of the Academy stress disappear We have had a decent season and I am looking forward for the spring season as well Becoming a second class also means that you fully integrate into your major Besides one non major specific class next semester all of my

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6236 (2016-02-15)
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  • Summer Update - Belanger June 2014
    it has been a while since I wrote a blog So much has happened since my last update First and foremost congratulations to the Class of 2014 They finally made it The class that was my cadre graduated It is entirely too strange to think that I am now only two years away from my commission But something even stranger is the fact this summer I will take on the role as cadre for the incoming Class of 2018 Last year I wrote a blog as a 3 c on how to survive Swab Summer and now I m going to give a few more tips from the cadre perspective 1 Just follow instructions Everything we tell you has a purpose Whether it applies to safety uniform standards etc We will not waste time giving you information that has no point in the matter 2 Sound off WE WANT YOU TO BE LOUD We are going to be loud so please be loud also You may start to lose your voice I did the first day of my Swab Summer but this just means you are using your throat instead of your diaphragm Make the adjustment and continue to be loud 3 Don t give up You can do much more than you think You can always run farther you can always do those extra push ups We have safety measures in place so you do not get hurt If we see you pushing too hard we will stop you Just try with all your might and never say I can t 4 Embrace the Coast Guard Core Values You will learn them on the very first day Do not lie to your cadre Respect yourself your shipmates and your cadre We all will work together one day in the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5993 (2016-02-15)
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  • My Journey to the Academy - Belanger October 2013
    here I am at the Coast Guard Academy Well that is only the short story After looking into colleges in my freshman year of high school I thought I wanted to go to the Naval Academy I grew up surrounded by Navy chiefs my dad was a FC1 Fire Controlman First Class in the Navy and like I said before my cousin was a graduate Funny thing is they all told me to look into the Coast Guard Let me say I instantly fell in love with Coast Guard and later in love with the Academy I visited the campus the summer of my junior year and knew this was the school for me I applied early action and waited Finally my package came in and I got the bad news that I had not been accepted I was crushed Luckily about two weeks prior I had gotten accepted into the university located by my house so I had a fall back Then at the beginning of May I went to the Daytona Beach National Drill Competition and lo and behold there was a little Coast Guard Academy table Even though it was a three day competition my path never crossed with the man running the table The last day we were there I asked the women in the booth next to the Academy s and she said There he is I turned to meet the man who would kick start my dreams of becoming a Coast Guard officer standing there holding a hot dog After talking to him for about an hour with my friends talking me up he told me about the Prep Program at the Academy A week later he called and told me I had been accepted to the Coast Guard Academy Scholars program CGAS for short I was so happy I was able to tell everyone at my high school graduation that I was going to go to the United States Coast Guard Academy July 25th 2011 I reported to the Academy for the CGAS program unfortunately not expecting anything that was going to happen Think of Swab Summer condensed into three weeks now add a 3 1 cadre ratio and just multiply it by 300 This is what I was experiencing I didn t know if I would be able to make it But three weeks later I finished and was flown to the great state of Alabama Now I had never been to Alabama before and let me just say I have never seen so much nothing After the bus picked us up from Birmingham we began the long drive to Marion Military Institute located in Marion Alabama I lost cell service within the hour and I was nervous about what to expect After becoming a cadet of the corps classes soon started and the year took off I had a different experience at Marion than my fellow shipmates I was placed in a company where it was primarily West Point and Air

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5519 (2016-02-15)
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