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  • The Grind... - Auzenbergs 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 Grind Academics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts School began just a week ago and I have already stayed up later doing homework than I ever did in high school I knew that applying to the Academy was signing up for a challenge but I failed to consider the challenges beyond Swab Summer Getting through the summer was my main goal and it felt so good to complete it Now I m realizing how much will be asked of us during the academic year and it is just another challenge to accept Adding on to that I realized that there are plenty of sacrifices that go hand in hand with an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy The college experience for example will be completely different for me than my old high school classmates But that is something that I am fully willing to accept It s honoring a service fully devoted to helping others It s pushing yourself beyond the limits you have previously set just to prove to yourself that it is possible It s completing countless goals that seem near impossible and failing at more It s the grind For me the hardest part of Swab Summer was mentally pushing myself to continue even when it would be easier to just give up The hardest part was the grind My shipmates gave me the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6265 (2016-02-15)
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  • What to Expect - Bain November 2015
    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 What to Expect The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts I signed up to be a cadet blogger to share my perspective of Academy life with whoever is interested It is my belief that I can provide a unique view being heavily involved in varsity sports football and baseball as well as a demanding major Electrical Engineering As a result

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  • Things Learned and Observed in Just 10 Weeks - Burchill October 2014
    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 Things Learned and Observed in Just 10 Weeks Athletics The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts Mid term grades are out and cross country season is winding down but it feels like I just got my shoulder boards yesterday The days are long by the weeks sure fly by Parents Weekend was last weekend and it was so incredibly awesome to see my parents whom I haven t seen since Reporting In Day Wow that seems like a lifetime ago The leaves are changing and this beautiful campus is turning picture perfect The New England weather and seasons are a big change from land locked Oklahoma Nature isn t the only thing changing around here I ve found myself changing in such a positive way better study habits improvement in stress management and even getting faster in cross country I m finally getting the hang of tasks that seemed ever so overwhelming to me at the start It didn t take me too long to find all the helpful resources provided here at the Academy One of the great things they offer here are peer tutors These tutors are there to assist with academics in all subjects and if one takes advantage of these tutors success is

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6282 (2016-02-15)
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  • First Month in the Books - Burchill September 2014
    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 First Month in the Books Academics Athletics Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts It s almost the end of September marking the end of my first month as a 4 c Somehow time was lost between cross country my classes and military obligations The biggest adjustment coming out of Swab Summer was managing my time wisely but I think I ve been getting the hang out it Academics can be hard but all the upperclassmen are so supportive and helpful when the lost 4 c come asking for tutoring The best part of my day is going to cross country practice When it comes to sports class doesn t matter everyone is your teammate We all joke around cheer each other on and work hard together Participating in a sport helps you get off campus every now and then and see the different side of the Academy I m so thankful that I play a sport every day because it s a great time to

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  • Here’s What I Can Remember - Chang October 2015
    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 Here s What I Can Remember Academics Athletics Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts 10 25 My plan to write a small section for each week of the month totally flew out the window and now I m trying to make sense of the month of October The weekend that stands out the most is definitely Homecoming Admiral Zukunft came for the game and had a personal meeting with the Class of 2018 to hear our sea stories It was pretty cool exchanging sea stories with the Commandant on a Saturday morning And while it was a bit nerve racking to speak in front of the Commandant it was even cooler to hear what my shipmates had done over the summer As a whole we ve done everything from migrant interdiction in the Atlantic to translating in the Pacific The next day the Bears boxing team entered the realm of the West Point Black Knights for their home show It was my first fight and while it was unnerving to box in unknown territory we all did great As a team we had three wins two ending in TKOs and one by unanimous decision It was a good way to see where we stood and with a little more practice we ll be at Nationals in no time 10 29 Halloween can be pretty scary but what s even more terrifying is my midterm grade I ve always been

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65259 (2016-02-15)
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  • September 2015 - Chang September 2015
    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 September 2015 Athletics Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts 9 14 Continuing on from my last post the PFE went great I guess a steady diet of NYC street food really is the best way to train I will be conducting further study on this experiment and am planning a nutrition regimen with hot dogs and deep fried pretzels Unfortunately however that will have to wait because it is finally time to start training for boxing season We ve only been training for a little over a month but the team is getting stronger every day Soon we ll be having a Friday Night Fight where our boxers duke it out against each other in front of a raging crowd in the attic of the Alumni Center What I m looking forward to the most is fighting other schools especially West Point Go Bears 9 21 Surprisingly it s true when they say things get better as you progress along here Sure there s more work and fewer reasons why you would make mistakes but it s the little things that make life at the Academy and in New London better When you become a 3 c you wear a polo khaki golfer getup instead of the Tropical Blue uniform when going off campus It s also easier to get around because once you get used to it New London

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65207 (2016-02-15)
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  • How We Wound Up Back Here - Chang August 2015
    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 How We Wound Up Back Here Overcoming Challenges Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts We ended up pulling into port two days early which meant two extra days of exploring Seattle not a bad deal In a city full of coffee shops and galleries I spent those days drinking espresso and observing art seemingly being cultured while in reality I was buzzed from the caffeine and Washington atmosphere Then I extended my stay in Seattle to hang out with two of my best friends where we climbed Washington s Mount Rainier went to Portland and splurged on movies I didn t want to leave the West Coast but my home is New York I spent two weeks with my family exploring museums and parks and getting my Chinese food fix My cousins drove me to the Academy on the 15th and that s how we wound up back here The main difference this year is that I m in a new company Personally it s a little unnerving because I m

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65115 (2016-02-15)
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  • From the (Far) East to the West - Chang July 2015
    in Yokosuka Japan We arrived onboard the USCGC Mellon two weeks ago and are currently in port On the underway side however the Mellon is probably the coolest thing I ve seen It was overwhelming at first this 378 foot long boat built in the 1960 s but once you get the hang of it it s sort of like exploring Hogwarts You know how in the first Harry Potter book Harry Ron and Hermione end up in the dungeon with Cerberus Well it s sort of the same concept minus the three headed hellhound It s a big boat with an awesome crew and as long as you stay out of the bilges you ll be just fine One of the reasons why I was put on board the Mellon was for translating purposes I wasn t expecting to be doing much of that since we were going to be near Japan but I was proven very wrong As it turns out there are two Marines who speak Mandarin as well as two Chinese Naval members So far we ve come across three Chinese fishing vessels two of which I ve assisted with in translating on the radio Even though I m not qualified to go on an actual boarding with the Marines it was really cool to be a part of the process and interact with the Chinese vessels But let s backtrack a little bit and go back to a few weeks farther back After leaving Norfolk Virginia we got to see a Plain White T s concert and went on a Brazilian tall ship we made our way up to New York for the Eagle change of command ceremony where our previous Commanding Officer Captain Pulver was relieved by Captain Meilstrup We anchored right by the

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