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  • Bilodeau December 2012
    Blessings Administrative Action Returning to My Roots Rollin on the River Excited 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 Recapping Leave The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts I have not written a blog in a while so I will reflect on November and December Both of these months were filled with a lot of time for leave I left the Academy to go on Recruiting Leave in my hometown of Scarborough I visited my old high school as well as a neighboring private high school It feels like just yesterday that I was applying to the Coast Guard Academy but there I was recruiting students to join me at the Academy I spent a quiet Thanksgiving with my parents and my boyfriend then headed back to the Academy for a week and a half of school before finals which went generally well After finals three other 3 c and myself went to Miami

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3956 (2016-02-15)
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  • Bilodeau October 2012
    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 Light is Getting Brighter Overcoming Challenges Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts This semester is very tough If I am not doing homework then I am at volleyball or taking care of military obligations I have at least one quiz or a test nearly every day The middle of the semester seemed to drag on but it is picking back up Before midterms I was questioning my purpose at the Academy Since then I am a lot more optimistic and I am able to see more into the future I talked with my academic advisor who is a lieutenant that graduated from the Academy and she really helped me gain a perspective and appreciate this opportunity I try to remember to think about the real world everyday and appreciate the little things I saw my parents three weekends in a row in October They came down for Parents Weekend then we had a volleyball tournament at Bowdoin College in Maine and the following weekend I was granted the privilege to attend my cousins wedding It was wonderful seeing my family and spending time with my

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3599 (2016-02-15)
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  • USCGA Cadet Blogs
    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 Pushing Through Academics Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts It was no surprise that transitioning back to academics would be a challenge but I am happy to be an Operations Research major This semester I am taking Differential Equations Linear Algebra Physics Professional Rescuer American Government and Organizational Behavior and Leadership I have not had time to do anything besides schoolwork and volleyball After volleyball I find myself working out in the gym so I can clear my head before I start my homework Honestly it has been difficult not to get lost in the cynicism associated with 3 c year The role of a 3 c is less defined compared to the roles of the other classes in the corps it is the transition year from a follower into more of a leader On the brighter side the new company I am proud to be in Hotel Company is awesome and I have a great group of classmates to share the next 2 75 years with I will say that life is better now that I do not have to square and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3327 (2016-02-15)
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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 Our Eagle Journey The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts Our first Eagle port call was in Boston Massachusetts where we spent the 4th of July That day was incredible and will always stay in my mind We cruised Boston Harbor with the USS Constitution with the Blue Angels flying overhead and cadets standing on the yards of the sails It was amazing to see so many boats people and aircraft come together to celebrate Independence Day After July 4th we headed to New London and had Change of Command where the new Eagle Commanding Officer took over and started our journey to Halifax Throughout our Eagle journey here were so many dolphins whales and sharks that we identified in the water A few times when we had watch in the middle of the night we came across patches of bioluminescent algae in the water which made the ocean glow as if you were dropped into the movie Avatar Although there were

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3196 (2016-02-15)
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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 From One Cutter to Another The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts The last two weeks we were on the USCGC Healy we went underway twice for about five days each It was a great experience and we learned a lot about the crew Healy s missions and what life would be like on an icebreaker The whole time we were underway we tried getting our qualifications and sign offs completed It was time for Healy to do underway drills such as fire flooding man overboard and abandon ship drills We participated in some of the drills and shadowed the crew to learn the initial response for each situation Sometimes the drills seemed monotonous but it is better to be safe and learn how to handle serious emergencies early We moored in the beautiful city of Victoria British Colombia where we caught our plane the next morning to head to Eagle Arriving in

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3189 (2016-02-15)
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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    Our Blessings Administrative Action Returning to My Roots Rollin on the River Excited 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 Exploring Seattle Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts Finals week is behind me and I ended the second semester strong On May 5th I headed to CGC Healy Healy is a 420 foot icebreaker out of Seattle Washington I have never been to Seattle so that was an amazing adventure Healy was undergoing dockside maintenance so the 16 of us 3 c that were assigned to the ship worked from 0700 1300 and had many days to explore the city The Coast Guard base is only about two miles from downtown so I walked to Pike s Market or went for strolls by the water every chance I got I remember it raining maybe twice the entire time we were in Seattle Some days we took the morale bikes to

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3188 (2016-02-15)
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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 Returning from Breaks The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts Two of my good friends at the Academy 4 c Lutton and 4 c Slife came with me over spring break to visit my grandparents in Naples We had a great time in the sun and at the beach Spring break was the perfect time to relax and push off academics until returning Following break our spring volleyball season started We have been practicing three days each week and we have a tournament this coming Saturday in Boston Academically school has been going smoothly Every week has its ups and downs We are now studying for an oral indoctrination test that determines whether our class is granted official carry on Last week we earned the privileges of listening to music out loud writing on our whiteboards and wardroom carry on Wardroom carry on is a huge privilege because now we can look at our food and talk to other 4 c at our table

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=2640 (2016-02-15)
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  • United States Coast Guard Academy
    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 Second Semester and Time Off Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2015 Permanent link All Posts It seems like second semester is definitely speeding by faster than first semester Since my last blog there have been two long weekends 101st night 100th day and good grades in between So far this semester has been packed which is probably the reason why it is going by so quickly Uniform inspections room inspections and indoc tests have been consistent this semester which keeps us 4 c on our toes I started studying more for indoctrination tests and got ready for 101st night I will not say much about 101st night but it was a chance for the 4 c to earn the privileged 100th day and wear white shields This semester I have been getting decent test grades and I try to seek help earlier when I do not understand material As far as time off goes I spent MLK weekend with my boyfriend in New York City and President s Day Weekend in Maine In New York we ate at great restaurants went to the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=2138 (2016-02-15)
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