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  • Hirst September 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 First Impressions Academics Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Before coming here I knew the academics would be difficult While I accepted this fact a small part of me believed it would be just like high school Well I guessed wrong Unlike a typical college the professors here assign homework and grade it for correctness If you can imagine this adds a significant amount of time to homework as the answers ought to be correct On top of that added difficulty I usually have at least three subjects of work every night It s a lot of homework something I didn t really expect Every week I have the great intentions of getting ahead but when the weekend rolls around the last thing I want to do is homework I say all this not to complain but to inform you of my first impressions

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3548 (2016-02-15)
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  • Leading Ourselves, Leading Others - Keeley August 2015
    a proficiency cruise This is just a trip for the cutter to ensure that its crew knows what they are doing and how to properly drive the ship before it goes out on a long patrol From there I attended a one week leadership program called Rocky Mountain High a Christian program consisting of hiking camping rock climbing and whitewater rafting in Colorado Finally I made my way onto the 270 CGC Tahoma where I am as I write this The Tahoma is currently underway but I am not allowed to say where I ll just say that it has taken me to a place I have never been before and have greatly enjoyed It s definitely been a busy summer bouncing from place to place The main lessons I am taking away however are not simply what to expect on a Coast Guard cutter Rather I ve learned many valuable lessons on how to enter the real world after hanging out with ensigns as they arrived at their new units I was able to help many of them move into their apartments get settled and figure out how to check into their units Many issues arose that I would have never thought to prepare for I have seen everything from not being able to prove that you receive a paycheck from the Coast Guard to checking into your apartment when your roommate hasn t submitted their paperwork and has essentially locked you out to regular insurance issues The Academy may prepare us to lead others but we also have to be ready to lead ourselves and to face stressful situations with courage and ease My former shipmates all handled themselves very well when if it were me I would have been quite panicky One ensign was told on her

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65110 (2016-02-15)
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  • Midterm Update - Keeley November 2013
    End of the first semester and still going strong The cross country season is coming to an end with only two meets left Everyone s times are dropping which is very exciting but I cannot wait for the winter to come which will mean skiing almost every weekend Whether I go with the ski and snowboard club or my sponsor parents I will find my way up to a mountain Halloween was very fun however 4 c year was still more fun just because of the carry on trick or treating on the hill and running through the barracks This year I still went to the dinner but had a project due the next day so didn t get to experience much of the excitement One interesting thing I am seeing this year as opposed to last is the openness of my classmates admitting that they are thinking about disenrolling Last year no one talked about it even if they thought about doing so The difference is that this year no one is really watching us and we do not have a great amount of responsibility compared to the juniors and seniors We are on our own and given more freedom to really see behind the scenes and sometimes we don t like what we see The military aspects can get tiring and tedious and the idea of being at a regular college appeals to us Despite the large number of people that have considered leaving not many actually do There are many reasons for this Some people realize that they shouldn t let the little details get to them because they are here for a greater purpose Others realize that they would still be stressed with work or chores at other schools and recognize that they are in such

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5553 (2016-02-15)
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  • A New Beginning - Keeley August 2013
    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 A New Beginning The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts The first person to ma am me did so coming out of the head and walked quickly by as I was looking for my room after leave This person had no idea that they christened me as a 3 c and made me stop and think about how I really wasn t a follower anymore I now have people who look up to me for no reason other than that I have been here for a year Many of the 4 c are even older than me The first night back was impossible to get to sleep because you could hear the 4 c greeting cleaning or just running around and knew that it wasn t you anymore Being thrown into a position of power even if it s just a little bit is head spinning for the first time I had no idea of what kind of 3 c I would be and am still trying to figure out the line between a good leader and a relaxed friend I want to be stern with the things that I want them to take seriously but also want to dispel a lot of fears and miscommunications or misunderstandings I m still figuring it out because it s only the fourth day back but so far so good The 4 c are all working so hard and I love that I can tell them to relax in some situations rather than having to tell them to be more serious We have our first Formal Room and Wing tomorrow and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5174 (2016-02-15)
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  • Third Class Summer - Keeley 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 Third Class Summer The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts There are only 13 more days of school to do including weekends Although the end is in sight this last push will be a tough one due to final exams and packing out We re all in a trance right now trying to get as much as we can done or at least I am This summer I will be going on CGC Eagle for the first five weeks of my summer called first phase and then I will be at station Point Judith Rhode Island for the next six weeks called second phase I had asked for both of these assignments so I am pretty excited for the summer Eagle first phase will be going to St Martin Aruba Guantanamo Bay and finally St Petersburg Florida The only concern is that it will be extremely hot especially while we are all wearing ODUs A large majority of my class will be on first phase as well so the journey should be relatively cramped but this will definitely force us all to get to know each other much better As third classes which we will all become in May class of 2016 will get to wear civilian clothes while on liberty in port a huge excitement This is the summer where we really learn what it is like out

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4881 (2016-02-15)
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  • Keeley March 2013
    into gear after the holidays are over and classes begin again However do not let this shine a negative light on Academy life Many people say that they don t agree with or even think the Dark Ages exist Coming back from winter break means seeing all of your close friends at the Academy again and when you form such close bonds with everyone especially during Swab Summer your classmates become those fun cousins you can t wait to see again Also classes do not start right away after coming back I really like this about the Academy although I m not sure if other colleges do it too The week after coming back from winter break is called MAP week and is an orientation week where cadets get their books take the PFE talk with their advisors among other things This is not a very stressful week and allows you to prepare everything and catch up with your classmates Finally the beginning of second semester may be a pain but it is nice to know that it is the last kick before summer assignments I cannot decide whether or not I believe in the Dark Ages but they certainly were not as hard to get through as some people led me to believe This was also partly because as a 4 c Boards were coming up and when the entire class passes it receives carry on and some 3 c privileges Knowing that this reward was just around the corner pushed me to study hard and suck up whatever negativity I had We still have yet to all pass Boards but there is only a small percentage of our class that is still trying and most of them just got unlucky on the set of questions they were given

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4779 (2016-02-15)
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  • Keeley February 2013
    I am lazy although I may procrastinate a little I kept meaning to write an entry but found myself without enough time That is a key thing you learn to do when you come here managing your time However this does not simply mean make sure you do your homework before going to hang out with friends This means being able to pick and choose what is most important and to let other things go For example I set aside a small homework assignment to study for a large exam last night Luckily that homework assignment was never collected My point is that in order to excel at a busy place like this you need to get your priorities straight It becomes necessary to accept the fact that you have to give up a real social life in order to accomplish all that is expected of you However I do not want anyone to think that coming to the Academy is undoable It is very manageable even during the dark ages the period between winter and spring break What needs to be remembered is the reason you decided to come here Every cadet has earned their position to be here and should never feel sorry for him or herself when their load gets big and times get tough We are being trained to deal with stressful situations in an environment where you can make mistakes However the mistakes you make should never be repeated if possible I came here not knowing why other than the great opportunity job security and financial stability However I am beginning to enjoy this crazy process for what it s worth This semester I am taking two history courses whereas last semester I was not enrolled in any I am learning more about the history

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4003 (2016-02-15)
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  • Keeley October 2012
    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 Where to Begin Overcoming Challenges Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Let s see where to begin So when you first begin the school year everything is hectic and you feel overwhelmed with obligations that no one is keeping track of but you You have to deal with your doctor appointments and running to get sized for and pick up your uniforms You have clocks and duty and comp chomp and much more that you don t understand the point of By the fourth week of the year the craziness dies down as you begin to get into a routine This is the point where I was enjoying myself I felt like an adult finally on my own dealing with my own money and buying my own food I felt extremely proud of what I had accomplished by that point because I had never had time to think of how far I d come Now however it is a different story Like every good thing in life the routine got old and boring Going through the motions with little sleep and a heavy but manageable workload started to take a toll on me as I counted down the days until the next leave literally because during clocks where we have to say the days to go until leave I am not saying that my life here has lost its appeal in any way I don t want to use a cliché but life here is one giant and bipolar roller coaster My roommate and I barge into our room

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3590 (2016-02-15)
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