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  • Kukich April 2013 Video Blog 1
    Reflecting on Our Blessings Administrative Action Returning to My Roots 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 Chart Corrections to Bring to Nautical Science Academics Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts This first video blog is about Fundamentals of Navigation a series of courses I did not realize were part of

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4828 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich March 2013
    cadet blogs YOLO Because This is the Game of Life Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Overcoming Challenges Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts After reading other bloggers posts lately I regrettably have to be the rain cloud the sour milk the rotten egg and every other pessimist cliché because the Academy is not all smiles rainbows and butterflies In fact every day I have at least one moment where I question what I am doing at the Academy why I did not take that Navy ROTC scholarship to a civilian school why I did not decide to take a year off and sail around the world YOLO you only live once is a catch phrase being thrown around in conversation today and it was even suggested jokingly for our Class of 2016 motto This mantra is often the caption of my old friend s photos skydiving or swimming with sharks but at the Academy is a sarcastic reminder of our choice When I talk to my high school friends it seems like there is a whole world that I am missing getting locked out of the dorm sleeping over in a friend s room for the night or going out on Friday night are the experiences I most wish I could share Instead I chose to spend the next four years of my life in a gated guarded bubble carefully following the rules and regulations created by people I have never known that will supposedly better my life in the big picture Cadets often lose sight of the big picture of the entire Game of Life per say The amateur board game starts with the simple decision I made senior year of high school to go to college rather than delve into the work force What the game cannot

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4641 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich March 2013
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    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4590 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich February 2013
    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 Taking Sikorsky s Helicopter Designs to the Assembly Line Academics Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts While field trips in college are rare to come by the few that happen grandly exceed expectations My first academic field trip happened this month with the Engineering Department although the trip was geared toward first class mechanical and electrical engineering cadets a spot opened and I was able to join as a fourth class The all day trip was to the Sikorsky site in Stratford Connecticut about an hour away from the Academy Sikorsky one of the primary helicopter manufacturer s for the U S military is a company under the direction of United Technologies a conglomerate that includes Pratt and Whitney Otis and many other industries As a large group we learned how to design a helicopter in less than an hour how the industry works with the military and civilian agencies to develop real technologies and how great the potential we have as upcoming engineers is for innovation After a lunch break we were divided into smaller sections and toured the plant seeing the assembly processes of thousands of pieces into BlackHawks SeaHawks JayHawks and many other products The assembly line was impressively clean and had many safety measures in place such as the eye protection we were provided on the tour Additionally the current designs led to conversation about future technologies such as the X2 development project which will increase speed maneuverability and environmental conditions for use The company mentioned the potentials

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4587 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich January 2013
    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 Shield Swap The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts In the back half of the Running Light the Academy s indoctrination book there is a Cadet Dictionary While Swab Summer explains the majority of these terms such as slack ally and late rack the Dark Ages have to be experienced rather then read The dictionary defines the period of time from the start of second semester to the end of February as the Dark Ages for the corps where morale is low the days are short and the weather is unreasonably cold There are remedies for this condition however participating in sports attending comedy nights and the ominous 101st night are favorites currently for the class of 2016 It is tradition at the Academy that during the winter darkness second class cadets remind the fourth class of their mission and help them to regain focus in their military studies The fourth class is encouraged to spirit mission or prank their second class role models In the ten days leading up to 101st night I sewed my second class shirts and socks together put sticky notes labeling every item out in his room and decorated with streamers and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3990 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich December 2012
    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 And a Happy New Year Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Room restrictions at the Academy are strict but that doesn t mean fun doesn t dabble into my triple After the formal room and wing inspection December 1st the corps was permitted to decorate inside

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3740 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich December 2012
    to My Roots 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 Vegetarian Alert Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts The Academy like any college is a place to try new things I would not recommend however becoming a vegetarian to be on your list Particularly as a fourth class not looking at your food complicates meal choices except when snacking in your room Dietary restrictions are accommodated by the dining hall or wardroom but it is up to the cadet to vocalize their request My boyfriend a NROTC midshipman at civilian school and I decided to compete against one another to see who could last as a vegetarian longer As a self elected vegetarian I chose to pick and choose at family style meals and head directly to the salad bar at buffet style dinners It was not particularly difficult to adjust to the new diet but ultimately peer

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3734 (2016-02-15)
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  • USCGA Cadet Blogs
    Race School Starts Again Reflecting on Our Blessings Administrative Action Returning to My Roots 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 A Breakfast in Uniform The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts As a local Connecticut cadet I have the opportunity to visit home often at least two times a month While it is a complication not to be able to drive or wear civilian clothing while less than 75 miles of the Academy it is a treat to leave the campus and act more human At home I enjoy blaring music conversing freely with my friends and especially looking at my food Over a recent break my grandfather took me out to a townie breakfast spot for an enjoyable meal and the most surprising thing took place someone anonymously paid for our meal Looking at my meal was unexpected having it paid for was mind boggling My grandfather

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3730 (2016-02-15)
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