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  • Cadet for a Day Experience - Stowes September 2013
    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 Cadet for a Day Experience Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts For the prospective cadets out there good luck with your application process I hope the advice I gave in my last blog about the application process has been helpful At this time I d like to advocate for a program I believe is the best way to see if you ll like the Coast Guard Academy it is called Cadet for a Day This program offers you the opportunity to come to the Academy meet an academic advisor in person and spend a Thursday afternoon night and Friday morning with a cadet So far this year I have hosted two prospective cadets During their visits they got to go to my golf lesson Leadership and Organizational Behavior class and Physics class Additionally I was able to get them both to practice for the sport they want to play here at the Academy so they could meet the coaches and the cadets on the team Both students thoroughly enjoyed their experience During their visit they were able to see what cadet life is like first hand and get a sense of what we do here every day If your still wondering if the Coast Guard Academy is right for you sign up for the Cadet for a

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5256 (2016-02-15)
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  • Application Advice - Stowes August 2013
    around as part of a recruiting mission At the end of the tour one of the parents asked me So what exactly do they look for on the applications What should my son be doing to get ready to apply These are great questions The application process is very long and comprehensive and I believe there are four general parts to an application the measurable aspects the character multitasking ability and the intangible qualities of an applicant The measurable part of the process is easy to explain First GPA is a baseline measurement for an applicant If you have a good GPA you are more likely to get in If you are applying now and need to raise your GPA a few points try your best this year and send the Academy your report cards progress reports This shows that you can bring your grades up and you aren t slacking during senior year Also it shows hard work and a determination to succeed The second measurable quality of an applicant is test scores SAT ACT According to the USCGA website successful candidates usually scored an 1100 combined Critical Reading Verbal and Math on the SAT or have an ACT Composite of at least 24 If you find yourself slightly above or below these baseline scores I recommend retaking the SAT or ACT You may submit your highest scores on each section and retaking the test usually results in higher scores Having higher than average test scores will serve you well when applying The final measurable quality is the Physical Fitness Examination PFE score I recommend seriously preparing for the PFE It is the same test you take at least nine times at the Academy In addition the PFE carries weight in the application process If you put the time in to prepare and do well it will help you Your character plays a pivotal role in acceptance The Academy is looking for future officers of the Coast Guard and they want officers with good character So how do you demonstrate your character First carefully consider who is writing your recommendations The people that know you the best will be able to speak to your character and show the Academy that you can be the type of officer they are looking for The most important tools you have to convey your character are your essays The essays are challenging They are very broad open ended topics with very few words to convey what you want to say Start writing your essays early and make them unique to your experiences Write multiple drafts and have people review them A great essay can make a huge difference It shows that you have the ability to convey complex ideas in concise statements If you can use your recommendations and essays to effectively show that you belong in the Coast Guard as an officer you have a great advantage Another important quality to show on an application is time management ability The easiest way

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5186 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Summer of Fun and Learning - Stowes July 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 A Summer of Fun and Learning The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Having completed my third class summer training I look back on it with satisfaction and excitement I spent the past 11 weeks almost entirely underway On CGC Decisive a 210 foot cutter out of Pascagoula Mississippi I spent the duration of my five weeks on board in the Gulf of Mexico near southern Texas I had an absolutely amazing experience Previously the longest I had been underway was four days during my time on Eagle over Swab Summer On Decisive I spent 30 days underway During that time I was able to obtain a few qualifications and participate in several ship board operations For qualifications I was able to complete Helm and Lookout Quartermaster of the Watch and I even made significant progress on my Damage Control packet The Helm qualification is driving the ship using a steering wheel since 210 s do not have autopilot In addition the Lookout qualification involves standing watch on top of the cutter looking out for other vessels aircraft signs of danger and wildlife The Quartermaster of the Watch QMOW was my favorite qualification While standing QMOW I was responsible for maintaining the ships logs making announcements answering the phone on the bridge plotting the ship position and offering recommendations for course and speed to the navigator I thoroughly enjoyed standing all of my watches even despite the fact that for the majority of the time underway I stood watch from 4 8 in the morning and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5101 (2016-02-15)
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  • Summer Assignments - Stowes April 2013
    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 Summer Assignments The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts With the end of the semester fast approaching cadets here at the Coast Guard Academy are busier than ever In addition to tests projects and presentations sports clubs and so on we are all getting ready for our summer assignments Summer assignments are training periods designed to get cadets out into the operational Coast Guard Each class has different assignment opportunities and training objectives I am going to focus on what fourth class will be doing this summer Fourth class go out to experience the Coast Guard like a junior enlisted member would We are training to be officers at the Academy but we must first learn what the enlisted members have gone through As a result fourth class go to either a cutter small boat station or sector for six weeks to do the same work a junior enlisted member would The other six weeks of summer training is spent on the Academy training ship Eagle On Eagle we are expected to get some basic training qualifications This summer I will be going to Pascagoula Mississippi on CGC Decisive which is a 210 foot medium endurance cutter that does various Coast Guard missions in the Gulf of Mexico Decisive s basic missions include search and rescue law enforcement and drug and migrant interdiction At this point I don t know exactly what I ll be doing for work or what qualifications I ll be expected to get

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4882 (2016-02-15)
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  • Stowes 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 Carry On The Moment We ve All Been Waiting For The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts At long last the fourth class has passed boards It has taken nearly seven weeks but we ve done it Getting carry on is the second most significant part of our young Coast Guard careers behind taking the oath on Reporting In day Receiving full carry on is like the grand finale to fourth class year We ve worked so hard mentally physically and emotionally to get to this point and it has paid off Now we have a short two weeks until we get to go on our summer assignments in the fleet Carry on changes everything for fourth class We feel more like human beings now We don t have to be braced up in the hallways meaning that no more walking in the middle with eyes in the boat fingers curled and greeting everyone We can just walk normally and talk to whomever we want At meals we no longer have to square We can look at our food And we can talk to other fourth class When going to class we no longer have to march in section and be silent Now we can go to class using all the short cuts we were forbidden from previously and we can talk to each other as we do it

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4827 (2016-02-15)
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  • Stowes March 2013
    to be willing to get involved in Academy clubs sports and service Getting time away from the day to day grind and finding an outlet is crucial to surviving at the Academy without a doubt One of my most memorable experiences here came from my participation on the rugby team This past fall we had an unbelievable season Our first team AND second team went undefeated and we won two playoff games to become the Northeast Division II rugby champions Our championship game was a nail biter There were two minutes left in the game We were up by two points and Norwich our opponent had the ball deep in our territory After a two minute all out fight to the finish the final whistle blew and we were champions It was a truly memorable experience for me because my old high school coach had come to see the game my aunt and immediate family were all there and most importantly I was able to celebrate with all my teammates Another special moment from the fall semester was the Winter Formal The theme of the night was remembering the POWs and their families I was moved by the ceremony and felt a very special connection to our service members still missing The rest of the night was awesome too I had tons of fun dancing talking and hanging out with my classmates I felt a stronger connection with my classmates and it was one of the first times I felt totally relaxed at the Academy From a community service perspective one of my most memorable service projects was an all day youth leadership event held here at the Academy The event was for students from eighth to tenth grade and they participated in a variety of leadership events throughout the day For the first half of the day the kids built bridges catapults and egg drop baskets out of arts and crafts materials It was a good exercise in teamwork and cooperating on a design I had a good time watching and guiding them along the way and I was proud how well some of their projects turned out After the builds we took the kids over to lunch in the wardroom and on a tour of the Academy For the second half of the day the kids discussed various leadership scenarios and participated in a team building objective It was fun and interesting to watch young kids get their first taste of leadership Overall it was an awesome day and I loved working with the kids Finally my most memorable experience at the Academy was my one week on Eagle at the end of Swab Summer I was the last phase of the summer so Swab Summer was over for me and I was able to relax and enjoy my time on board The first day I had duty We were tied up in Newport Rhode Island and I stood on the deck for a few hours talking to

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4780 (2016-02-15)
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  • Stowes March 2013
    2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs A Spring Break to Remember Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts I recently returned from spring break and I had an awesome time this past week I spent my spring break in Florida with my old roommate Nathan Belanger We left after our last military obligation on Friday March 8th We left in the midst of a snowstorm but luckily we got to Florida without a problem I stayed at Nate s house from Friday night to Tuesday and I had a great time meeting his local friends visiting his school fishing and experiencing the local culture On Tuesday morning we woke up early to head down to Orlando We had gotten passes from the Academy s morale and wellness center for three free day passes to Universal studios and Island of Adventure so we rented a hotel room near the parks and went to have a good time On Tuesday evening we decided to relax after a long day of travel so we went down to the pool and the sauna to relax before heading out on the town for some dinner We met up with some fellow fourth class girls from the Academy and we had a fun dinner at a smokehouse in Orlando Wednesday and Thursday Nate two of his friends from Jacksonville the fourth class girls from the Academy and I all went to Universal and Island of Adventure We rode tons of rides and honestly felt like a kid again Overall it was an awesome few days After returning from Orlando I was lucky enough to run physical fitness training for three JROTC units at Nate s old high school It was a very interesting experience with leadership and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4583 (2016-02-15)
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  • Stowes February 2013
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    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3995 (2016-02-15)
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