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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 Good Things Just for Fun Class of 2013 Permanent link All Posts Eating sleeping not signing out every time you leave your house these are all good things that I enjoyed over my few weeks of Christmas leave I was anxious to see the California sky however hazy it is I ve found that I have grown quite attached to it after eighteen years As I flew home on planes that seem to get smaller each time I thought about everything and everyone I was leaving behind in Connecticut and I remember thinking how lost I would be if that part of my life was gone Once people find out I attend the Academy that is about all our conversations entail Where this was irritating last leave I find that I now enjoy speaking about life at USCGA and what we do Still I always feel as though I am

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 Labor Day Weekend Just for Fun Class of 2013 Permanent link All Posts 1 September 2009 We have just concluded our first week of classes and I think most cadets are already looking forward to this Labor Day Weekend I do admit that I was excited to find my classes interesting and more pertinent to my major I am looking forward to many discussions and debates and questioning the opinions of my fellow classmates The set up of these classes are what I would imagine any other civilian college to be we sit in a circle and have more latitude to speak our minds on a topic Labor Day Weekend One of the aspects that I am still getting used to about the Academy is the close proximity to so many fun places It is exciting to be able to take a train into Boston New York City or anywhere else exciting on the East Coast For Labor Day my friends and I went into Boston and walked around the entire city It s one of the things

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 Packing In Overcoming Challenges Class of 2013 Permanent link All Posts 25 August 2009 Here I sit at my computer re familiarizing myself with each key and preparing myself for the outrageous amounts of emails that no doubt await me I will then undertake the daunting task of putting my room into some kind of order and complete what we call the packing in process which is where the Corps of Cadets unpack their things and properly stow them As I walk through the p ways of Chase Hall I can see rows of trunks Tupperware and anything that can possibly hold items Despite these familiar images that recall a welcome nostalgia it is with great trepidation that I begin this new semester I am a 3 c now with all of the brand new responsibilities and privileges that accompany this position However instead of allowing my fear to consume my every thought I

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 On Our Toes The Cadet Experience Class of 2013 Permanent link All Posts I am sitting here at 0013 or 12 13 for all of you civilians out there It is Friday July 25th and the day I depart USCGA for the airport and my summer leave Words really cannot describe my excitement at the prospect of a summer at home As a third class my summer has been significantly different from that of a Swab and 4 c I have found that as time goes on at the Academy life will only get better theoretically I am anxious about the new year beginning in a month and all of the responsibilities that will be delegated to me as a 3 c and mentor to the 4 c This is an opportunity for roughly 480 cadets 4 c and 3 c to learn from each other and succeed together We must work as a team a life lesson I have learned since coming to the Academy I feel that I have learned a tremendous amount this summer to the point of information overload but then again they say your first year here is like taking a drink from a FIREHOSE I feel this adequately describes the majority of our experiences it just keeps all of us on our toes I guess I have

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    considered similar to an official qualification board but instead of a qualification to handle equipment or to stand a particular duty it is to ensure that we are ready and qualified to become 3 c Boards consume the entire corps of cadets We all work together with the shared goal of teaching the 4 c as much as possible about 49 pages of quality Coast Guard knowledge This test consisting of ten questions administered by those curious upperclassmen mentioned at the beginning of this entry give the questions and handle the scoring The uneasy 3 c asserts that they have seen to the training of the 4 c and escort us in The USCGA is the only service academy that has a comprehensive test of this sort It is a culmination of all of the information we have learned throughout the year as well as all of the indoc we memorized over swab summer As a 4 c I was initially a little frustrated with the extra work this test created in addition to the academic load However after completing this test and watching the entire forth class successfully finish their boards and earn Wardroom carry on didn t I mention that No more playing with our food because we can t look at where we re stabbing our fork The feeling of accomplishment is well worth the effort I say this even after I failed to pass my first boards test The 4 c were offered four tries to correctly answer 8 questions out of 10 We did this after the third opportunity We are now one step closer to attaining the position of mighty 3 c Our next obstacle to overcome is what is known as the Bitter End and has been titled The Guardian Challenge Our company guideons have created six events for the 4 c to work together to complete They have adapted the challenges from our Guardian Ethos as established by Admiral Allen The goal of completing this task is full carry on for the 4 c This is only possibly one of the biggest privileges the 4 c have to earn of the year As we earn these privileges the upperclassmen may also begin to earn theirs as well Our Regimental Staff has said that the mood of the corps rests on the performance of the 4 c and this is simply another example Stand by for more details on the Guardian Challenge April 23 2009 CARRY ON Those two words firmly asserted by Captain Fitzgerald our Commandant of Cadets last Friday brought glistening tears of bliss to every single 4 c standing on the Academy s parade field They made miracles a reality for us the sun shone brighter the wind whispered more gently and the grass grew greener What exactly does carry on mean for roughly 260 4 c cadets at the Coast Guard Academy It means we can look around talk to each other listen to music out loud watch movies

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    for me a 4 c this is generally the process of my mind However things are changing as spring break is finally here I notice that a large part of the 4 c will be spending at least a part of their time off together We make plans to go skiing together invite our new friends to our homes or as many cadets seem to be doing heading out to Florida and the beach We make sure to travel with an Academy buddy and saying goodbye is more difficult There are more people for us to hug the people who don t give hugs feel compelled to actually show that their new friends will be missed I think back to winter leave and notice that the change is subtle and I feel that our new relationships came upon us swiftly So many talented youths literally hopefully the best and most determined in the nation all working their shoulder boards off to make it through this place we call the Coast Guard Academy I ve said this before but I think it s important the people we will know here will be with us throughout our careers They will have helped us through our worst and celebrated with us at our best For our firsties Billet Night has already decided where they will begin to make a name for themselves in the Coast Guard All of Chase Hall welcomed the news how could we ignore the constant playing of the latest classic song I m On a Boat March 15 My first official spring break spring leave of my Academy career is already over The entire corps is now one and a half months away from beginning their summer assignments Yet I am sure our thoughts are still on what we

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 Happy To Be Home Overcoming Challenges Class of 2013 Permanent link All Posts As I sit here contemplating what will become my next cadet journal I am listening to the iPod I just got for my birthday I was surprised at how normal my birthday could be I opened presents the morning I turned 19 ate a huge birthday cake and talked probably too long to all of my friends in my hometown I ordered a present to be sent to my sister two days before my birthday since that s the day of her birthday My goal is for there to be as little distance between my family and myself as possible excluding of course the looming fact that I am indeed over 3 000 miles away from them So it is no wonder that this time is difficult for me I am contemplating what I should say to those of you who could be the future of the Coast Guard but all I can think of is my home and my family In less than six days the corps of cadets will be leaving one home for another Chase Hall will be empty but 900 houses all over the world will have one or maybe a few cadets trying to adjust to yet another new routine for a little while at least Spring break for many if not most college students is about letting lose it is not so different for us cadets except I know that for me as a 4 c letting lose means NOT BRACING UP KEEPING MY EYES IN THE BOAT

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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 World Away from California The Cadet Experience Class of 2013 Permanent link All Posts I believe it s true that we learn something new every day Well this winter break I learned Connecticut is definitely a world away from California on the other side of the country as a matter of fact I spent two Academy free weeks with friends and family and probably slept more in that time than I did the first half of my first semester This however is simply a sign that I need to prioritize my time much more effectively I spent a lot of time talking to my friends about their college experiences the contrasts were both large and small in certain areas For example one friend is at a state college in Southern California paying 700 for an apartment she shares with two other roommates I personally find this to be a bit pricey I m not sure about anyone else All of my friends seem to freak out substantially for their exams so this seems to match most cadets here Winter break is a good chance to recuperate and prepare for another semester still I m timid to admit that I m excited to begin a new semester As we all get ready to work harder than we thought possible I have the added distraction of what is going on at my home in California I try

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