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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry The Cadet Experience Class of 2013 Permanent link All Posts 7 December I grew up in the Central Valley of California surrounded by the mountains that witnessed the Oregon Trail and so much more I always knew that I would go to college and wherever I went it would be the experience of a lifetime and that s how I chose the Coast Guard Academy Since my arrival on R Day it would not be an exaggeration to say that nothing has been what I expected this applies to aspects both good and not so good One thing for example that continues to surprise me is the fantastically laughable similarities the United States Coast Guard Academy shares with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from J K Rowling s Harry Potter series These small idiosyncrasies represent a minor chunk of this place that makes it special to me Each person is different our childhood our beliefs our personalities are what have helped shape who we are but they do not determine who we can become The prospect of being able to share my time here at the Academy is both

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=1654 (2016-02-15)
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  • Life as a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Major - Bellm January 2014
    August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Life as a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Major Academics Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts As a junior now in my sixth semester at the Academy you could say that I ve gotten pretty used to everything around here Wake up morning formation breakfast morning classes afternoon formation lunch afternoon classes workout dinner homework go to bed and repeat We could add in a few other military obligations here and there but for the most part that s how your normal weekdays will go Now you re probably thinking that sounds pretty awful and you re right it could be but it s not The reason is because of the amazing group of people in my major that surround me for the majority of those activities I ve been a part of countless sports teams throughout my life but nothing has quite been the same as our group As a NavArch what we are commonly referred to at the Academy we take an insane amount of credits We re basically taking what should be a five year program and cramming it into four years To date I have over 100 hours completed from only five semesters For all of those hours I have completed countless additional hours of work outside of class all with my classmates in my major sometimes at 1400 and other times at 0200 While it has been a real challenge I am so happy even now that I chose the major that I did Those countless hours have been some of the best bonding time that I could have asked for with my classmates My fellow NavArchs are some of the best people that I have

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5729 (2016-02-15)
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  • The End to the Greatest Summer - August 2013
    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 The End to the Greatest Summer Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts The beginning of August was the end of cadre Watching the cadet candidates finish the CGAS program was satisfying and I look forward to seeing each one of the cadet candidates back next year for Swab Summer After cadre my friend and shipmate Mary Hazen and I went to Sector Long Island Sound for the Marine Safety Inspection Program We gave up a week of our leave to experience life at sector We saw both the response and prevention sides of sector The first day we responded to a boat that came loose from its mooring Then throughout the week we shadowed the crew while they conducted a facilities inspection and a ferry inspection We were also granted the opportunity to go to the station and drive the small boats The weekend before CAP week Mary and I went to New York City We ate delicious food visited the Central Park Zoo went

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5233 (2016-02-15)
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  • Leadership Development and Home! - Bilodeau July 2013
    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 Leadership Development and Home Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts At the beginning of this month I completed the Coastal Sail Training Program CSTP with my group of seven other classmates and our safety officer It was a very rewarding experience I definitely felt lucky to have the privilege of working with my classmates onboard Razorbill to learn how to sail navigate from port to port cook for each other and clean our two week home The final ports we went to were Woods Hole Newport Stonington and finally back to the Coast Guard Academy Upon returning to the CGA we were granted our two weeks of leave for the summer My friend Mary came home with me for a few days to experience what a Maine summer was like While I was home I ran the Color Run with a few of my friends and I also ran my first half marathon with my dad My sister came home over leave which made my two weeks even more enjoyable I boated in Casco Bay blueberry picked hiked and went on many beach walks with my

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5137 (2016-02-15)
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  • Out on the Ocean - Bilodeau June 2013
    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 Out on the Ocean Athletics The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts At the beginning of June we prepped for the incoming cadet candidates that the CGA Scholars CGAS cadre section was going to be responsible for starting in mid July Usually prep week is right before cadre so we could only do so much to prepare early Prep week mainly consisted of listening to trainings developing our own methods for teaching the incoming trainees and taking the PFE to make sure we were physically qualified cadre I also completed a weeklong classroom session called Rules of the Road ROTR From about 0800 to1600 we learned the rules in which sea going vessels must abide At the end of the week we took a test that you are required to pass with at least a ninety percent I studied very hard and passed on the first try which is a great weight off my shoulders before heading into the 2 c academic year The following week was T boats A small group of about ten of my classmates was put on a T boat with a supervising officer I was on the T boat named Respect We learned how to recover a man overboard anchor the vessel and dock

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5103 (2016-02-15)
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  • 100th Week, CATP, Range - Bilodeau May 2013
    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 100th Week CATP Range The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts I cannot believe 3 c year is actually over After finals week every member in the Class of 2015 participated in 100th Week where the Cape May Company Commanders came to train our class to become leaders It was a transformation week similar to the challenges and evolutions we faced during Swab Summer At the end of 100th Week we completed obstacle and leadership courses with our fellow shipmates The CC s made us pick up and put down a pen on the floor the deck over and over again We changed a countless number of times from gym gear to ODUs and we read the infamous passage about Discipline from our Blue Jackets which all of us remember word by word from Swab Summer Upon completing 100th Week we finally got to put on our 2 c shoulder boards The following week a group of us went to Mobile Alabama to participate in the Cadet Aviation Training Program CATP CATP will forever remain the highlight of my 2 c summer I absolutely loved talking to the pilots in Mobile I was

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5083 (2016-02-15)
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  • Bilodeau February 2013
    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 Amethyst Month The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts I cannot believe it is almost midterms of second semester third class year February was honestly a blur I am still enjoying my mathematics courses and I am improving my racquetball skills We had a snow day during Nemo which was wonderful A few of my friends and I trekked down to the waterfront and watched the sunset and played in the snow Unfortunately that weekend we did not get an opportunity to leave on liberty since the weather was snowy and dangerous but it made for a few days of movie watching and catching up on homework of course We found out our 2 c summer assignments which is unreal since I bean sprouted shadowed a cadet for a day exactly two Februaries ago in 2011 It is amazing to think we are almost halfway through our cadet careers Only 4 5 semesters to go I have been working out

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4079 (2016-02-15)
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  • Bilodeau January 2013
    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 Fresh Start Academics Just for Fun Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts Returning to the Academy was finally a better experience than usual I was able to choose my roommate this semester which is one of my best friends here at the Academy A goal I have for this semester is to strengthen my abs So we have been working out together almost nightly in order to be prepared for our cadre summer Another one of my more random goals this semester is to drink more tea so we set up a tea station on our bookshelf The classes I am taking this semester include Discrete Mathematics Linear Optimization Ships Racquetball Golf Intelligence and National Security Policy Navigation Lab and Physics II I am really fond of my math classes and the Intelligence class but I do not care for Physics II which is going to be my hardest class this semester I got a season s pass to Okemo for the winter so I would be able to ski I

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3960 (2016-02-15)
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