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  • Belanger November 2012
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    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3632 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belanger October 2012
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    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3541 (2016-02-15)
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  • How to Remain Sane During the School Year - Corcoran November 2015
    2012 November 2011 cadet blogs How to Remain Sane During the School Year Academics Athletics Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts I realize it s been quite some time since my last blog entry because 1 c year is flying by with lots of homework and responsibilities It s hard to get everything done I m so glad that I m finally a 1 c cadet but it seems like just yesterday I was a confused and awkward 4 c cadet squaring my meals and bracing up in the passageways It s amazing how far my class has come and how close we are to becoming commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard Anyway I realize there is still about six months left of school but I wanted to use this blog post to give you my Ten Tips to Remaining Sane During the School Year These are things that I ve learned throughout my four years here at the Academy Don t procrastinate get your work done ASAP The sooner the better You ll feel much better without big projects hanging over your head Make time for yourself at least once or twice a week Go get your nails done read a book go for a run whatever you need Just give yourself some me time Big one DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY Obviously doing school work isn t always going to make you happy but make sure your major is one that you enjoy and make sure you want to go to your club or sports practice every day Eat healthy but have a cheat day every now and then Eating healthy will make you feel so much better but ice cream in moderation is good too Make time to work out every

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65293 (2016-02-15)
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  • Enjoying Alaska - Corcoran June 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 Enjoying Alaska Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Greetings from Kodiak Alaska I hope everyone who is reading this is having a great summer whether it is being spent working at school or simply just relaxing I m learning a lot here aboard the USCGC Munro We are now on week seven of being here so it has gotten to the point where it s kind of funny for us to see new people report on board For instance all of the freshly minted ensigns from the Academy who graduated in May are starting to report to their new units and two have reported to Munro already It s kind of funny to us that we can show them around a little and demonstrate to them what we have learned while being here The weather here is very unpredictable For the most part it s cloudy and or foggy However randomly the sun will come out and then other times it will start pouring out of nowhere We have learned to not take the sunny days for granted though When we got back from our patrol fellow cadet blogger Jade Schroeder and I enjoyed fishing for salmon and cooking what we caught by a bonfire near the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65103 (2016-02-15)
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  • Beautiful Kodiak - Corcoran May 2015
    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 Beautiful Kodiak The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts When I heard I was going to be sent to Kodiak Alaska for the summer I won t lie I was anticipating a cold long summer I was not expecting to have all of these unforgettable experiences and stories to tell So far my summer has been great onboard the USCGC Munro which is a 378 foot Hamilton class cutter home ported in Kodiak Prior to arriving in Kodiak I had never been to Alaska I have to admit it is a gorgeous place The mountains are beautiful and I feel like I m constantly looking at a painting not actual nature While in Alaska I have learned a lot about what life will be like as a future Coast Guard junior officer It definitely will have its challenges but I have also found the work to be very rewarding I m excited for my future career and this summer definitely has solidified my decision to become a Deck Watch Officer after I graduate from the Academy I have had time to explore Alaska while I ve been here Unfortunately it has been mostly foggy and overcast or raining since we ve been here but there was one gorgeous sunny day that we spent visiting the beaches of Kodiak The views were outstanding We also hiked what the locals call the easiest trail on

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65014 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Roller Coaster Ride of a Cadet - Corcoran March 2015
    think that the ride is about to end you quickly get twisted into another direction Lately I have felt that my workload has taken me into a million different directions forcing me to try to become more efficient so that I can effectively manage my academics sports military life and social life all while trying to get enough sleep I can t lie and say that I haven t been struggling to find a balance lately but I think that I m finally starting to catch up with everything Spring break was a definite help to everyone s sanity here The weeks before spring break are nicknamed The Dark Ages This is because it is dark most of the time we re awake people are being overloaded with academic work and on top of all of that it s the heart of winter Not to mention we have had an exceptionally long winter this year so I think everyone was ready to head out on spring break and escape into a warm sun filled abyss for a week I was lucky enough to travel to Miami Florida with two of my friends from school and we even took a little mini cruise to the island of Bimini Bahamas for three days I definitely got a lot tanner during our break and was ready to hit the ground running when we came back to school Unfortunately for everyone at the Academy spring break did not start out on the highest note We were notified that two of our shipmates from the Republic of Georgia were involved in a car accident and taken from us in the beginning of our allotted leave It was sad for everyone to hear of the passing of two amazing men but we all knew we had

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6743 (2016-02-15)
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  • Flying By Fall - Corcoran November 2014
    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 Flying By Fall Athletics Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Life has been nothing short of crazy here at the Coast Guard Academy The leaves have changed into their vibrant colors of red orange and yellow fall sports have begun to end and winter sports have commenced and midterms have come and gone I personally cannot believe how fast this semester is flying by It seems like the older you are at the Academy the faster everything seems to go I remember being a 4 c like it was just the other day and dreaming about the day I would get civilian clothes and Friday night liberty Now here I am as a 2 c cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy and I love every minute of my crazy cadet life Joining the women s soccer team has definitely been the best decision of my Academy career That s not to say that I don t love cross country because at times I do miss it it s just that soccer provides so much more of a team atmosphere to me I love that everyone has to work together for one common goal to win If one person is out of tune it throws the whole team off so teamwork is extremely important Our team performed well enough this season to get a chance to compete in the NEWMAC tournament as the 7 seed Unfortunately we lost our first tournament game against the 2 seed Springfield College It was a great game though Parents Weekend was a couple weeks ago

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6243 (2016-02-15)
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  • Back-to-School Blues Following an Incredible Summer - Corcoran September 2014
    do is go to the beach soak up some rays and forget that school even exists for the time being Unfortunately the back to school blues are a very real thing here at the U S Coast Guard Academy The whole corps of cadets is lucky to participate in different summer training schedules every year and we are always upset when our time comes to an end But before I jump into how sad I am that the school year is starting why don t I tell you a little bit about what my 2 c summer had to offer As a 2 c at the Academy everyone is required to be a cadre in some shape or form And before you ask not every cadre is some mean yelling 20 something year old making the incoming freshman do push ups or as we like to call it push deck There are several types of cadre including Swab Summer AIM CGAS Eagle and the best one Waterfront I was lucky to be chosen as a waterfront cadre this summer where I spent my days teaching the swabs anything and everything that had to do with sailing Being a cadre for three weeks was definitely a learning experience not only for the swabs but for the cadre as well However the highlight of my summer came from the Coastal Sail Training Program In this program groups of six to eight cadets and one to two safety officers are assigned a yacht and a port call schedule for about eight days and the cadets are in charge of sailing to each destination every day Not only is this program a learning experience for leadership and followership but it was also so much fun We sailed to places that I have never been

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6123 (2016-02-15)
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