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  • USCGA Cadet Blogs
    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 Long Time No Write The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts I just realize that I have not written a blog since 2013 yikes I would love to say that my lack of writing is because I simply forgot however it has been a very busy semester here at the Coast Guard Academy For news in my cadet world I am now an official CGA baseball manager Every cadet needs to receive 2 sports credits every year or disciplinary action is taken and nobody wants that As a result many cadets who do not participate in varsity sports either play a club sport or engage in intramural sports which are between companies Last year I did two varsity sports cross country and indoor track However this year I realized that I do not have the same passion for track as I used to Therefore my best friend and fellow blogger Rheanastasia Doctolero and I decided to become CGA baseball managers because we love the sport and would be able to receive a sports credit for our time commitment to the team So far I would say it was a great decision We have already missed two personnel inspections in the morning due to 0530 a m practices and we even got to miss a field day when every member of the corps of cadets has to help clean Chase Hall because of a Saturday morning practice As you can tell cadets highly value the little things in life while

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5749 (2016-02-15)
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  • Fall-ing into the Swing of Things - Corcoran October 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 Fall ing into the Swing of Things Academics Athletics Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Green leaves are changing to bright red and orange hues the weather is getting cooler and more brisk and the most important part of this season has finally arrived pumpkin coffee at Dunkin Donuts Fall has finally arrived in New England and I could not be any happier However I could definitely do without the copious amounts of papers exams and homework that all of my teachers decided to assign this month Regardless of the workload the autumn season at the United States Coast Guard Academy is a great time for all Sporting events have taken up a lot of the corps of cadets time as there are soccer volleyball football and rugby games and of course the most important sport cross country races With about a month and a half into the school year we have all started to finally settle into the swing of things at the Academy I no longer cringe when I hear a fourth class cadet greeting me as Miss Corcoran Ma am when I pass by them However I still find squaring movements awkward but admit that sometimes it is humorous to watch the fourth class square around objects in the passageways Last weekend was Parents Weekend at the Coast Guard Academy which provided a great deal of morale for the corps I love whenever my parents visit me at school and I know all of the families enjoy being able to see what a day in the life of their cadet

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5317 (2016-02-15)
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  • Summer Break Mode - Corcoran August 2013
    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 Summer Break Mode Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Waxed floors laundry rooms overflowing the sound of Good morning ma am and the ever present smell of Lysol wipes are currently my surroundings time to begin the 2013 fall semester at the U S Coast Guard Academy Although I am physically here my mind however is not I m still in summer break mode The summer of 2013 has been I d say the best summer of my life Although a summer full of training sweating in the Caribbean and driving small boats may not be appeasing to everyone but I had a blast I began my summer spending five weeks aboard USCGC Barque Eagle We spent a lot of our time learning basic damage control such as putting out fires and stopping floods Additionally we stood four hour watches every day that consisted of learning about the engine room steering the boat and standing lookout climbing up the rigging and furling sails and using nautical charts We had four amazing port calls during our phase which included Saint Maarten Aruba Guantanamo Bay and St Petersburg Florida I had a great time during these five weeks and was so grateful for the opportunity the Coast Guard had given me to visit these beautiful places The next six weeks of my summer I spent in Coast Guard Station Coos Bay located in Charleston Oregon This half of my summer went super quick but was so busy and exciting During our time at this small boat

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5204 (2016-02-15)
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  • One Giant Leap for the Class of 2016, One Small Step Back for Some - Corcoran April 2013
    2012 November 2011 cadet blogs One Giant Leap for the Class of 2016 One Small Step Back for Some Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts The sun is shining short sleeved tropical blue uniforms and operational dress uniforms with sleeves rolled up are breaking out flowers are blooming and all due to one simple fact the class of 2016 finally received carry on Okay so spring might have had something to do with most of that but that s beside the point The Academy has never seemed like a brighter place before April 15 2013 at approximately 12 20 in the afternoon That is when it was announced at lunch the fourth class finally can talk to their friends in the passageways walk normally to class eat like human beings and most importantly use social media networking legally again I stress the word legally because while this week was definitely a huge milestone to our class we also had a huge setback as well This setback is all due to the popular social networking application Instagram which allows users to post photos and to comment on and like their friend s photos The setback occurred on the Friday preceding carry on when a guidon the 2 c in charge of training the 4 c found a member of my class s Instagram account Of course she was not the only one who had one I would say at least one third of our class did As soon as everyone found out she had gotten caught we all quickly deleted ours hoping to avoid any further consequences However later that weekend everyone was asked to admit if they posted to Instagram so everyone who had one whether they deleted it or not admitted it As

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4876 (2016-02-15)
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  • Corcoran March 2013
    considered college basketball teams would make it to the top four of my list In fourth place I would put Swab Summer While many cadets would not even consider putting Swab Summer on their list I found our summer training program one which came with great reward when finished Many imperative things were learned over the summer some of which were essential to the Coast Guard while others were lessons important to me In the Coast Guard aspect plenty of indoctrination was learned over the summer which will become essential to our careers in the fleet as junior officers Additionally we were taught how to wear a uniform properly military etiquette and of course we enhanced our physical abilities On the other hand I discovered a lot about myself over the summer as well For the first time I learned what it was like to be away from Slatington Pennsylvania being completely on my own thus teaching me independence from my parents I realized that I am not always going to be the best at everything I do but that does not mean I should give up Instead it means that I have to try twice as hard as I ever did to succeed In third place would be getting to spend a week on USCG Tall Ship Eagle over the summer Throughout Swab Summer I did not really consider myself a part of the U S Coast Guard I simply felt like a swab However it finally hit me on our visit upon Eagle that I was indeed a member of the Coast Guard People looked at me differently when I was in my tropical blue uniform they seemed to hold more of a respect for me which was very new for me Some asked us to take pictures with their children as if we were famous or heroes of some sort It was very interesting despite having a couple people ask me if there was a height requirement for the Coast Guard since I m pretty short and some asking me if there was a minimum age to enlist because they thought I was in the 15 16 year old range Nevertheless it was definitely a great experience overall 101st Night 100th Day would be in a close second place for me While 101st Night which consisted of the fourth class acting like swabs getting asked indoctrination questions and having to do lots of physical activity was very tiring 100th Day was very rewarding During 100th Day the fourth class got to act like the second class for the day This included being able to carry on play music out loud use our whiteboards and even kind of tell the second class who were acting like fourth class what to do It was nice to be able to continue conversations from outside into Chase Hall with our new found carry on This day was an inspiration to all to study for boards so we can get carry on

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4560 (2016-02-15)
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  • Corcoran February 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 February Fun Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Well if we thought we weren t going to get a lot of snow this year we were definitely wrong Winter storm Nemo definitely made its mark on the Academy this past weekend Friday classes were cancelled which excited the Corps of Cadets What we thought would be an extended weekend ended up meaning no Friday night or Saturday liberty for anyone because of the severe weather conditions However we definitely made the most out of the weather We all had a great time enjoying the winter wonderland whether it was making snow angels sledding down the library hill or even throwing snow balls at fellow comrades fun was had among all As a matter of fact Sunday as I was standing my duty in the Cadet Watch Office I observed either NOAA or Officer Candidates also playing in the snow I believe this weekend will be much more fun though as we have a long weekend as President s day allowing us to leave after our last military obligation on Friday and return on Monday because of the holiday I never have enjoyed federal holidays as much as I do at the Coast Guard

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3992 (2016-02-15)
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  • Corcoran January 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 Bittersweet The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Coming back to the Academy after winter leave gave me a very bittersweet feeling While I wanted to come back to school to do something more productive with my time leaving my friends and family was sad We have been kept very occupied with all of our military obligations since our return however because of all of our hard work this week the Corps of Cadets have been granted a long weekend Unfortunately I know people involved in winter sports will all be staying at the Academy due to all of the games and meets tomorrow Personally I have an indoor track and field meet at fifth deck Roland tomorrow I am excited to start my college track career however also very nervous due to an illness I am trying to overcome right now Hopefully I do not come in last I had a wonderful time at home in Pennsylvania over leave I received plenty of rest saw old high school friends and spent a lot of time with my family I realized how quickly time flies by when my brother proposed to his girlfriend on Christmas

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3773 (2016-02-15)
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  • Corcoran December 2012
    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 Holiday Cheer With a Few Finals Thrown In Academics Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Well it is official now exactly one week until I get to go home for almost a whole month of winter break There is something about the holiday season that just makes everyone so much cheerier Personally my favorite parts are Christmas lights family eggnog and buying people presents that make them smile Since the Corps of Cadets are authorized to decorate their rooms for holidays my roommate and I went all out decorating this past weekend In my opinion the main attraction to our room is a purple Christmas tree with a pink sequin tree skirt pink garland and a pink star at the top However the downside to all of this holiday cheer is finals I have a Calculus Chemistry History and Macroeconomics final on Saturday Monday Tuesday and Wednesday respectively I

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3697 (2016-02-15)
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