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  • New Roommate Every Semester - Ellis April 2014
    Semester The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Hi everyone When I go home and talk to my friends that go to normal college they are always surprised to hear that I move rooms and have a new roommate every semester This is something we do here to ensure that we can learn to deal with change and other personalities This is good preparation for the fleet since we will be on a boat at sea for possibly months at a time with the same people This semester I am rooming with one of my best friends here Last semester my roommate and I asked to room with each other this semester We hoped we would get it but were not completely sure we would However when the rooming list came out right before Christmas break we saw that we would be living together We were super excited however a little skeptical You see we spend the majority of our day with each other without being roommates We are friends have most of the same classes and are in the same division Before living together we joked that we were going to go crazy being with each other so much Now that we have been living together for three months I ve found that it has worked out really well for each of us Our key to success is being able to understand each other s personality For example I am an introvert so I like to sit quietly doing my homework with my headphones on However my roommate is an extrovert she plays loud music is always talking to others and inviting people over or going to other people s rooms But since we know each other s personalities we have learned when to leave each

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5905 (2016-02-15)
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  • Cool Experiences and Amazing Achievements - Ellis December 2013
    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 Cool Experiences and Amazing Achievements Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Hi everyone So now that 2013 is coming to a close I thought about all the really cool experiences and amazing achievements I have had the past year since I came to the Coast Guard Academy I decided to choose five and share them with you honestly this was really hard to do since there were so many These are in order of occurrence 1 Passing boards and getting carry on was one of the biggest accomplishments I have ever had Boards are an oral exam every fourth class must take There are ten questions usually with multiple parts The questions are based on a boards packet that we are given that is filled with everything from Coast Guard history to flags and their meanings to damage control information In order to pass you must get at least eight out of the 10 questions right Passing boards meant we as a class would be basically done with 4 c year Once everyone passed we earned the privilege to not have to square our corners and meals we were able to use Facebook and watch movies and we wouldn t have to memorize information for clocks This is easily one of my top five choices because it marked the end of my 4 c year 2 My next great accomplishment had to do with sailing In the spring I sailed on the Women s Dinghy Team On the team I

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5634 (2016-02-15)
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  • Family Support - Ellis October 2013
    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 Family Support Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Here at the Academy family is important They are your rock and are ready to support you through all the challenges you face while here For me personally I don t know what I would do with out my family From the day I received my acceptance letter until now they have supported my decision and helped me through the rigors of cadet life As a high school senior my parents drove me up to the Academy and made me at least walk around the campus even though I had told them There is no way I will go to an academy They pushed me to at least look and this encouraged me and soon I fell in love with the idea of becoming a cadet My parents helped me through the application process painstakingly reading my essays to ensure they were perfect And when the application was sent we all longed to hear news On that cold November night when I received the call that I had been accepted I ran around the house screaming and who was right there with me my family They dealt with helping me find those ridiculous motivated socks and the white blue grey shoes and the week before R Day and then they helped me pack all of the items I would need for Swab Summer in one small backpack My family supported me all throughout Swab Summer they constantly sent letters and care packages If I thought I was having a rough day during

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5367 (2016-02-15)
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  • Good Afternoon, Ma’am - Ellis September 2013
    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 Good Afternoon Ma am Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts The first taste I had of being a third class was when I first arrived back at Chase Hall I walked inside the building and I ran into a fourth class Upon seeing me I was greeted Good Afternoon Ma am Little did they know but they turned me from a fourth class to a third class because You re a swab until you see a swab I ve now been back at school for a month and I have to admit it is so much better being a third class I no longer have to square my corners or take the trash out or memorize indoc and just this alone has made my year so much more enjoyable It has also given me a lot more opportunities to do my homework and spend time with my friends Now this might seem like I don t do much of anything now but I have a lot more added responsibilities Firstly I am in charge of two fourth class that I am supposed to guide throughout the semester I have to ensure that they follow the rules and help them militarily or academically Not only do I have this added

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5251 (2016-02-15)
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  • My Time on Eagle - Ellis August 2013
    2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs My Time on Eagle Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts After an awesome 1st phase of summer I flew to Bermuda to get on the USCGC Eagle I was super excited to get on Eagle and do some Coast Guard related work The first day I got on board I was put to work I would act as a side boy greeting important people that would be arriving on board for a reception I soon doubted why I was so excited about going on Eagle I had the next day off and a few of my friends and I went to the beach It was a great way to relax before heading out to sea for two weeks Once underway I had a lot of catching up to do since I arrived two weeks later than the rest of my classmates On Eagle I earned three qualifications One was Helm and Lookout for this I had to learn how to steer the ship and stand as a lookout for the ship as well as all the different lights and day shapes for different ships the 16 distress signals and the commands for steering the ship The next qualification I earned was Sounding and Security for this I was able to check compartments in the ship for fire and flooding For this I had to learn about what was in all of the spaces I would be checking as well as other information about the ship s engine And the final qualification I earned was Damage Control which taught me all about how to fight fires and flooding and how to fix other damage to the ship But it wasn t all hard work on board Eagle

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5154 (2016-02-15)
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  • Already This Summer Has Been an Adventure! - Ellis June 2013
    the semi finals For the next two weeks we trained here at the Academy as well as down in Maryland with St Mary s College and the U S Naval Academy In those two weeks I learned a lot and we all felt we were very prepared for the competition After the two weeks of practice we headed down to Florida hoping to qualify for Nationals We arrived at the site there was little wind and extreme heat It was a stressful two days and we sailed our hardest but we did not qualify The team was upset but we are motivated to try our best and go to Nationals next year After returning to the Academy Christi and I began our Phase I summer assignment ocean racing Ocean racing consists of sailing a J44 Glory in an ocean race and a few buoy races Since both have us had missed two weeks of ocean racing due to practicing for semi finals we had a lot to learn We had a week before the team was going to transit to Annapolis The week flew by and soon we were packing up the boat and leaving New London for Maryland The night before we left everyone on the team was staring at the weather our transit was going to be a rough one There was going to be heavy winds 25 30 knots and 8 10 foot seas The next three days were challenging Within five hours our mainsail ripped and had to be taken down meaning we would have to motor the rest of the way down to Annapolis Most of us were not feeling well and the rocking waves were not helping Eventually we put up a storm sail and our smallest jib in order to help ease the rocking We eventually made it to the Delaware Bay where the seas calmed and it was a much easier transit to Annapolis As we saw the town I was never more excited to see land We stayed in Annapolis for a few days preparing the boat for the Annapolis Newport Race that would begin on Friday June 7th Again we were watching the weather the first tropical storm of the season was supposed to hit Annapolis right when our race was going to begin Just our luck The race committee decided to postpone the start and so we started four hours late We still would sail in tropical storm force winds though We started the race and wind gradually increased During the middle of the night we saw wind speeds over 30 knots We were moving super fast We raced down the Chesapeake with about 40 other sailboats In the middle of the night all you could see were a few lights on their masts By daytime we were out of the Chesapeake and in the ocean There was very little breeze and it was really sunny a welcome change from the stormy night At that point we were 2nd

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4989 (2016-02-15)
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  • Dear Incoming Swabs of the Class of 2017 - Ellis June 2013
    I would be leaving home I m sure most if not all of you are feeling the same things Believe me things will get worse before they get better But I promise all of you can get through it Just think of all the amazing things you can do at the Academy Now that I have a year under my belt here I thought I would give you some tips for surviving Swab Summer So here is basically what you do during the day wake up at 0530 run around and do morning calisthenics for an hour then breakfast then trainings lunch trainings dinner then more trainings and then bed at 2200 Trainings include summer math honor trainings sailing an obstacle course and intercompany sports And then of course there is cadre time where they can do whatever they want with you Yelling My main tip here is to remember that the cadre aren t yelling at you to be mean they are yelling at you to teach you Don t take the yelling personally Everyone is getting yelled at When you get singled out which you will it isn t a big deal Even the best swabs get yelled at IT Physical Stuff Yup it s going to be challenging but anyone can do it You just need to know you can do it Nothing that they make you do will be impossible It has all been done before and the cadre are going to be doing it with you Memorizing Stuff I was possibly the worst person ever at memorizing indoc every week I got yelled at everyday for not knowing it It s ok But really try to learn it because later on in the school year you will need to know it to complete 4 c year There is some fun Since I was there during the Olympics we did our own Swab Summer Olympics We had a lot of inside jokes in my company And my company got really close almost like a family We had a 4th of July dinner and we watched the fireworks which was really fun too And of course you will also be on Eagle for a week at the end of the summer This is a great time to relax a little from the stress of Swab Summer But remember learn all you can while you are on board Eagle The Packing List Don t bring any more than you have to However a few small things you should bring that aren t on the packing list are lighters for burning off frays on uniforms some food band aids and paper envelopes stamps Some tips buy the two in one shampoo conditioner ladies please bring lots of hair gel I mean that you will go through one bottle a week and pack everything in a backpack or some bag you can wear on your back The most important thing I can tell you about the summer is to be

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4973 (2016-02-15)
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  • Proud American - Ellis April 2013
    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 Proud American Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Ask anyone here and they will tell you that yes the Academy is challenging The fourth class here including myself have been working hard since last June Whether we were running everywhere during Swab Summer figuring out how classes are run here studying for Boards and taking the trash out we have been on the move for almost a year To be honest we are tired Tired of doing all these things and stand at the bottom of the food chain We are almost done with our first year and we are excited about summer because it will be our first real opportunity at spending time in the operational Coast Guard And with this excitement and boredom of our duties here at the Academy I think we have all forgotten why we are here I know I did until recently After the tragic event that has recently occurred in Boston I took the time to remember why exactly I came to the Academy It reminded me that I came here to protect the people of the United States I want to make a change in the world I am sure that most of my shipmates feel the same that I do We all joined the Coast Guard to make a difference and to protect the United States This

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