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  • Ellis March 2013
    2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs An Extremely Busy and Exciting Month Academics Athletics Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts March has been a stressful month for the fourth class here at the Academy A few weeks ago we began taking out Boards Boards is essentially an oral test We must memorize everything from ranks of enlisted and officers to the meanings of flags to Coast Guard history to light configurations of vessels All of this information is jam packed into a 46 page packet that was given to us right before Christmas leave During the actual Boards the 4 c must answer 10 questions and to pass they must answer 8 correctly Upon passing we earned privileges including being able to write on our whiteboards and play music aloud Once everyone in the class of 2016 passes we earn full carry on Needless to say we are all trying really hard to pass and helping our classmates as well Boards was difficult however now that I have passed I feel extremely satisfied to have completed such a task Also in March sailing season started again This could not make me any happier Life without sailing at the Academy for me was really boring Before spring break I went to two regattas one at University of South Florida and another in Charleston Upon completing these pre season regattas the team and I headed to University of South Florida for our spring break training It was great to get away from the snow in New London and train in sunny Florida After completing training on Thursday two teammates and I sailed in a Lightning type of boat regatta a few minutes away from where training

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  • Ellis February 2013
    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 101st Night and 100th Day Overcoming Challenges Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts It s an exciting time for the 4 c cadets here in Chase Hall We have a lot going on for the next few weeks First of all on February 3rd we participated in 101st night Which by definition means a chance for the 4 c to earn carry on on 100th day It was a rough night but I won t say anymore on that However once we were finished all the 4 c and 2 c from my company Alfa marched back to Chase Hall singing marching cadences just like we did all those months ago during Swab Summer It was nice to reminisce back to Swab Summer and how far the Class of 2016 has come since R Day We have gone through all of Swab Summer together as well as our first semester We have a long road ahead of us but I m proud to be a member of the Class of 2016 Anyway once we successfully completed 101st night we switched roles with the 2 c cadets the next morning On 100th day we talked in the hallways did not brace up did not take the trash out we played music aloud and the best did not have to square corners or our meals It was an awesome day Our second class woke us

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3968 (2016-02-15)
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  • Ellis January 2013
    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 2012 A Year to Remember The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts WELCOME BACK I just got back to the Academy today after a too short winter break The past three and a half weeks went by so quickly Honestly now that I m back it s really hard to remember that I just spent three weeks at home I had a lot of fun I spent time with my family made Christmas cookies went to the All Academies Ball and celebrated the end of an amazing 2012 and the start of 2013 As I reflect back on 2012 I think about all the amazing things I ve done I was accepted to the Academy I graduated high school completed Swab Summer climbed to the top of the mast on USCGC Eagle and finished my first semester at USCGA 2012 will be a year to remember for me But now I m looking forward to getting back to business in my second semester here at the Academy I m looking forward to starting school and beginning to earn back some privileges and finally get on our way

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3746 (2016-02-15)
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  • Ellis November 2012
    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 Crunch Time Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts It s crunch time here at the Academy and it sure is hectic I am getting ready for finals which are only a few weeks away It seems like I have fifty percent of my work due in just these next few weeks I have also been busy keeping up on memorizing meals and keeping my uniform and room looking spiffy Luckily all of the fourth class has earned some privileges that make the added workload and obligations a little bit better We earned running suits which are AMAZING Now we can wear them to dinner instead of our uniforms We have also earned dry cleaning and flip flops We also had a really fun Halloween dinner and trick or treating around Chase Hall We got to dress up and have carry on around Chase which made me feel like an upperclassman for a few hours Here at the Academy it s the little things that are awesome While being busy academically athletically and militarily in addition to the added privileges I look forward to Thanksgiving break and then shortly afterward Christmas leave Thanksgiving will be the first time for many of my classmates to go home since R Day I am lucky that I live so close and can go home

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3664 (2016-02-15)
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  • Ellis October 2012
    Rollin on the River Excited 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 Hurricane Sandy Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts As you all probably know Hurricane Sandy decided to direct her course into New Jersey The eye made landfall about 15 miles from my house where there was 3 to 5 feet of flooding Trees were knocked down and power is out My family and my house are okay but there is a lot of damage On Long Beach Island there was a mandatory evacuation The National Guard and The Coast Guard were out rescuing people all Monday and Tuesday When I called my dad he told me that there were people who did not make it out in time Before coming to the Academy I knew I wanted to help people I wanted to make a difference in someone s life This desire has amplified now that a disaster as

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  • Ellis October 2012
    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 Balancing Life The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts It s that time of year again the leaves are changing and the air is getting chilly These past few weeks have been crazy I cannot believe that I am already halfway through my first semester I have been so busy with sailing and academics and the military stuff that time has almost literally flown by Sailing has been great I ve gone to a regatta every weekend so I ve traveled from St Mary s College of Maryland to Dartmouth I ve had so much fun with the team and I ve learned a lot too We are doing well at the moment the women s team is in 15th in the nation We have a lot of fun planned like dressing up at practice and carving pumpkins We are also working hard since we have our qualifiers soon Academically the Academy has been fairly easy for me However I am always busy doing homework and studying I get a lot of help from my classmates and my teachers everyone is really willing to help here I can t believe that I m halfway through the semester I am already counting down the days to go until Thanksgiving And only a week after that I have Christmas leave It will be nice to have a break it will be my first real break since June Here in Chase Hall everything is going

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  • Ellis September 2012
    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 Life Since Joining The Academy Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts It s crazy to think that only a few months ago I had just graduated high school and was preparing for the day that would change my life forever R Day I was anxiously anticipating that day and once it finally came it was the most nerve racking day of my life Then came the seven weeks of Swab Summer which are a complete blur to me now All the days seemed to blend together we were always moving from reveille in the morning to taps at night Swab Summer was a mental game You just have to keep a positive attitude even when it s really tough in order to succeed Don t dwell on the negative things that occur but learn from them I just kept thinking about why I wanted to come here and I thought about it every day Swab Summer is meant to be challenging but not impossible At the end of Swab Summer I went aboard Eagle It was easily one of the best experiences I have ever had One night I had the 2000 to 2400 watch I was the lookout on the bow We were the only people for miles all I could see

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  • Fast Times on Regimental Staff - Engelhardt August 2015
    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 Fast Times on Regimental Staff Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Hello and greetings I hope this blog finds you well as the summer months start dwindling to a close and preparations begin for autumn As I write this I am back at the Coast Guard Academy preparing for my last fall semester as a member of the Corps of Cadets Since I drove back up to the Academy a little over a week and a half ago I have participated in a whirlwind of activity I was selected in the spring to be a member of the fall Regimental Staff the group of cadets that lead the corps in military activities during a given academic semester As required by my position I reported back to the Academy early to begin preparations for my term as Regimental Communications Officer I am chiefly responsible for conveying any information that needs to be passed on to the corps as an entire body in a professional and timely manner Along with the other members of the Regimental Staff I helped establish a list of goals that we hope to achieve during the semester and laid down the framework of how we will achieve them Additionally we took part in DISC training to understand more about our own personality and that of other members of the Regimental Staff When the corps reported back the real work began Beside the normal duties of

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