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  • Stowes February 2013
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  • Stowes January 2013
    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 Service above Self Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Yesterday I spent most of the day working at an indoor track meet at our school Instead of heading out on the long weekend like many of my shipmates I decided to stick around and fulfill my Institutional Service IS hours requirement Every cadet is required to fulfill a minimum two IS hours and six community service CS hours It sounds like a lot to ask when cadets are already working so hard to balance out school work sports other military requirements and a social life as well however I think that interior service and community service can be fun and rewarding It s all about what you make it There are tons of opportunities to fill the CS and IS hours requirement and a lot of them are fun Also they are a great opportunity to meet people Last semester I completed all of my community service on a one Saturday afternoon kayaking up and down the Thames River picking up trash from the islands and beeches The event was called Adventure Clun River Cleanup It was really fun and some of the people I met that day have become my best friends But that s

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  • Anderson 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 Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference Academics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2014 Permanent link All Posts Roughly two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be permitted to attend the Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington D C This was essentially a summit of college level students who had excelled in some facet of academics and received a nomination to attend From there they were successfully selected and accepted the invitation to the conference From what I saw there were almost a thousand people there Their majors spanned from Art to Restaurant Management from Engineering to Medical and from Political Science to Biology The students themselves hailed from well over forty countries and were all brimming with excitement at the opportunity to experience and take part in a major part of American history Of the people I met and interacted with I was the only military academy student so people were naturally curious I spent a lot of time in the networking sessions explaining what I will do after I graduate and even what I am doing now until I graduate And then there were the questions and boy did I answer a multitude of them The questions ranged from What is the Coast Guard Academy to Where does the Coast Guard operate and What made you interested in being in the military I was able to listen to Mary Matalin James Carville Jeb Bush Reverend Jesse Jackson and Professor Jonathan Turley speak I even got to ask a question to Jonathan Turley relating to the thesis that I wrote last year for Constitutional Law Regardless of a person s political orientation I

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  • Anderson November 2012
    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 Opportunities and Service The Cadet Experience Class of 2014 Permanent link All Posts It is definitely the home stretch around here and people are bearing down for the end of the semester The leaves have changed and for the most part fallen yes with the help of a hurricane Winter uniforms are the new thing and first call to colors happens before the end of the work day With many recent changes in cadet life people are definitely ready for a break or two As the semester comes to a close I will not deny that I too am really ready to go home for some much needed rest and relaxation I have qualified for Recruiting Leave and will be heading home a few days early stopping in to talk to both high school students and Admissions Partners and catching up with some friends from before I came to the Academy Throughout the course of the semester I have had the opportunity to do several neat things I attended the Women s Leadership Symposium in Washington D C and got to meet several women in the fleet who have followed career paths similar to what I am looking for I have competed in collegiate pistol matches as well as an Excellence in Competition high power pistol match And finally I have challenged myself academically with courses from two majors and an elective at Connecticut College Upon my return I will be taking several finals as well as practical exams for the EMT

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 2012 Leave CATP Range ROTR T Boats CSTP Prep Cadre Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2014 Permanent link All Posts I started off my summer with three weeks of leave At the end of the last semester I was in immense need of some time to myself I had a great visit with family and friends and returned to the Academy reenergized and refreshed To start off my summer training experience I went to CATP Cadet Aviation Training Program in Elizabeth City North Carolina While I was there I learned a lot about the aviation side of the Coast Guard and got to do some pretty cool stuff This included flights on two different C 130s getting pulled out of the water in a basket and up into a Jayhawk for a duck hoist experience and even driving fire trucks around the runways We also got to know our fellow classmates much better and got some down time to get to know the officers and pilots It was an awesome experience that honestly made me think twice about flight school but as of now I m still not seeing it in my future plans I m not discounting it but at the same time I m also not counting on it Upon my return to the Academy I had range week in which second class cadets were required to qualify marksman on pistol It took me a few days but in the end I managed to qualify therefore causing another

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Yelling To Be Heard Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Class of 2014 Permanent link All Posts For Coast Guard Academy incoming swabs summer is filled with yelling For cadre it is too Eagle Cadre however have a different take on the yelling involved with Swab Summer For us we yell to be heard We yell so that commands are clear and understandable to those on all masts We yell so that safety can be guaranteed We yell as a part of learning to lead Over the course of the past three weeks I have struggled alongside my classmates in learning how to follow the lead of our classmates as well as lead our classmates all while having a division of swabs under us As we reflect on the time we were given we came upon a multitude of successes as well as some things to work on as we continue to sculpt our leadership styles through the next two years at the Academy We realized that when we were underclass there was always a cadet above us telling us what needed to be done When we donned those white shields all of a sudden we became the taskers We became the ones the swabs come to when they don t know what to do We became the ones responsible for knowing where they are what they are doing and ensuring their safety We stepped into the shoes of leaders and took off running At the end of the day when we consider our three weeks in this leadership laboratory we did alright We didn t lose any swabs or allow anyone to get injured and every swab as they were leaving the boat said they had a positive first underway experience We as a cadre team learned to work in a cohesive and effective manner allowing for tasks to be completed nearly seamlessly and in a competent manner We even learned to take control in a variety of situations and use the wealth of information and variety of perspectives to our advantage Showing up for our first phase there was a general confidence amongst the cadre section in our ability to lead We all had a fairly rigid set of boundaries set for how we wanted things to be with our swabs planned to follow our anticipations and we did And it s not that we were unsuccessful the first week but we came to the realization that we weren t the most efficient leaders we could be Only then did we really begin the learning process the process of learning about ourselves our various leadership styles and really how to lead others After our first phase however I think it s safe to say we realized how much we still had to learn As we entered the second week we brainstormed the most efficient manners in which to convey information while allowing safety and an enjoyable

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    extracurricular activities Academically this year I am taking 22 5 credits My schedule contains the following classes Peer Tutoring 1 credit Mechanics of Materials 3 5 credits American Government 3 credits Criminal Justice 3 credits Multivariable Calculus 3 credits Professional Rescuer 2 credits Physics I 4 credits and Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3 credits and Offshore Sail Racing which is simply a placeholder allowing me to have last period off Midterm grades last week were bittersweet although my cumulative GPA dropped a little bit my average is still high enough to earn me a Gold Star having a GPA of over 3 15 The peer tutoring in my schedule requires me to spend 25 hours tutoring over the course of the semester which I am finding to be nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be at the beginning of the semester Originally I didn t think it was going to be doable but surprisingly enough many of the underclassmen have started coming to me when they need help with things and halfway through the semester I have over 20 hours of tutoring Although my schedule says Offshore Sail Racing I am on the Dinghy Sailing team as a heavy crew We travel just about every weekend unless it s a home regatta and last year the team ranked 8th in national championships This year the fall season has been interesting to say the least as almost every regatta has had either no wind or too much wind My parents have come to two different regattas to see me and have been disappointed by the weather not permitting me to sail Also this year I went on the Catholic Labor Day retreat Last year I didn t go but this year because I didn t go home and my parents didn t come up for Labor Day weekend I decided to go on the retreat It was one of the best choices I could have made I got to know some of the new fourth class really well outside of Chase Hall in a non military environment We had a great time strengthening not only our faith but our relationships with other members of the Catholic Club While we were at the retreat center we prayed played games and even got to spend some time with the ex Choir directors Ma and Pa Bowen Finally I got the chance to return to the Naval Justice School as a juror for their closing exercises of a mock trial The trial I sat in on had Coasties arguing both sides as well as the Chief Judge for the Coast Guard judging the mock exercises I learned many things from them and gained valuable insight I love when opportunities such as that arise because it gives me perspective on possible career paths even though I am no longer a government major At the end of last year I switched my major from government to civil engineering Although in my heart I

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    large Christmas celebration at my alma mater high school ringing bells for the Salvation Army with my dad and just being home Being able to drive my truck or the bobcat being able to roll around in the snow in my front yard like an immature child and of course experiencing the joys and warmth that comes with the Christmas season and the presence of family As an aside I received some wonderful presents the most useful and probably my favorite of which came from my aunt was a new kind of chicken noodle soup It s made by Campbell s comes in a package which makes it look like it s freeze dried and all you do is add water Then voila Delicious soup appears By the time I got back in January however I was more than ready I found that I kinda missed the Academy environment the people the routine and most of all not ever being bored As the new term started I got a whole round of new classes teachers and even a new room It s funny actually that my room moved four doors down the hall still pretty much in the middle of nowhere with a beautiful view of the river and my best friend moved into my old room He jokes that this is his second semester living in that room seeing as he would always come to visit me last semester My new roommate and I were roommates over Swab Summer and work well together My classes this semester include Probability and Statistics Statics and Engineering Design SED Chemistry II Leaders in U S History Honors English Principles of Fitness II and Personal Defense and even with all these classes I managed to get free periods unlike last semester I happen to be the only freshman in my Probability and Statistics class which is a little uncomfortable especially when your Company Commander sits right behind you and we have yet to learn about any leaders in Leaders of U S History but besides that I find my classes enjoyable enough I have the same Chemistry teacher I had last semester by request and ended up taking afternoon classes just to have him if I hadn t been picky my schedule would have been stacked to have no afternoon classes any day of the week except Chemistry Lab on Tuesday afternoons Also as the semester started I was pulled from the swim team due to my shoulder injury I played intercompany sports in the interim between swimming and being accepted onto my new team Dinghy Sailing As to Bowling Club West Point stood us up so we rescheduled yet again For Martin Luther King Jr Day I went home with a Ray Henderson to Boston His family took outstanding care of me while I there and extended unrivaled hospitality to me It was a new experience for me actually staying and being in a BIG city for a weekend especially given the

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