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  • Land of Opportunity - Chang June 2015
    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 Land of Opportunity The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts I m sailing away to a land of opportunity are the lyrics I sometime hear when aboard the USCGC Eagle for our five weeks of summer training Other times I can barely distinguish the howling winds of the sea from the blood rushing in my ears after standing a midnight watch I don t even know how to begin describing Eagle Most of us lovingly call it the Dirty Bird This is because it can get pretty gross when you have nine hardworking people living in a small room with a broken A C unit However this is all irrelevant compared to the things you get to do on this boat Climbing up to the very tops of the masts and being able to see the Milky Way waking up for morning duty and watching the sunrise finding you are totally focused on what you have to do and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65061 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Final Countdown - Chang May 2015
    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 Final Countdown Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts The end is near but not quite Here I am reporting into my cadet blog while I really should be studying for tomorrow s chemistry final But I think I can afford a little more procrastination After all the library has free coffee and I ve honed my skills in all nighters It s something you get to practice when you go to college especially if you come here However there s always a ray of sunshine despite the ominous loom of finals In a few days half the Class of 2018 will be going onto the CGC Eagle an awesome tall ship where we ll learn the art of seamanship to haul lines and shine brass We re scheduled to go down along the East Coast ending in Staten Island New York The other half will be going all over the country onto different stations and other cutters Then for the second half of the summer we switch This is all a part of our summer training where we ll be incorporated into the fleet

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65005 (2016-02-15)
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  • Just Be You - Chang April 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 Just Be You The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts When most people think of the military they picture rows of robotic movements perfectly in sync with a single command While this may be true for things like Swab Summer and drill this isn t what life at the Academy is all about Being your own person is one of the most important things in a place like this it helps retain some sanity I think that s why we have Eclipse Week a week that the Academy sets aside to appreciate diversity because times have changed This week Academy had its annual poetry slam followed by a talent show We had twelve brave 4 c and two 3 c recite poetry on a variety of topics such as the discrepancies in Harry Potter to how breaking up is like owning a cat The talent show was just as great with an awesome piano piece and step team The winner was a 3 c who played a violin version of Michael Jackson s Billie Jean It made me wonder why he is in the Coast Guard because he probably could have gotten a record deal somewhere Last but not least we had the honor of having officers from all over the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=64973 (2016-02-15)
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  • Aaand… We’re Back - Chang March 2015
    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 Aaand We re Back Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts Unfortunately I could not stay in Orlando forever Universal Studios the beach and Disney World had become my home away from home from my home away from home Try to figure that one out And while I dearly miss the Florida sun palm trees and Mickey and Minnie the time to come back North had come I guess all good things must come to an end but there are good things to come here too We found out our 3 c summer assignments and I was lucky enough to be put on the first phase of Eagle where we ll make our way down to the Bahamas and end in Staten Island New York And it ll only get better from there Along with six other 4 c and two 2 c I ll be on the Coast Guard

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6752 (2016-02-15)
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  • Flash Back, Flash Forward - Chang February 2015
    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 Flash Back Flash Forward Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts There are screams coming from outside my door But it s for a good cause After all the academic day is being delayed from all the snow we re getting February came and went like the power nap I never have time to take I guess the top three highlights of this month was 101st night Presidents Day weekend and Boards 101st night is a fun time it s a flashback into Swab Summer complete with an equal amount of sweat adrenaline and push ups As a company we run around Chase Hall with our 2 c being tested on Coast Guard knowledge that we ll need to know for Boards As some may have mentioned before Boards is a 10 question indoctrination exam that entails everything we ve learned since Swab Summer This includes everything from the Academy mission to military rates and ranks I spent the entire Saturday before the test with a couple of friends with the Boards packet in front of our faces and the oncoming end of 4 c year in the backs of our minds Although we had no snow days this month Presidents Day weekend was a small ray

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6740 (2016-02-15)
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  • Round 2 - Chang January 2015
    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 Round 2 Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts The last time I wrote one of these blogs I was looking forward to going home for Columbus Day I was a fourth class cadet full of hope and motivation Now however nothing s changed First semester was definitely something else One class in particular Statics and Engineering Design SED was especially the bane of my existence This class had no mercy and proved to be a formidable course that would eventually drive me as well as many of my shipmates to the brink of madness The only reason I got off that class with a C is because of the help of instructors and shipmates Going to tutoring sessions and dragging a buddy to come with you is a great way to study In fact the mutual suffering brings you closer Seriously though studying with a friend is one of the best ways to learn You teach each other correct each other and may even find new ways to think This is one of the great things at the Academy everyone s a student but at the same time everyone s a

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6572 (2016-02-15)
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  • Insomniac by Choice - Chang October 2014
    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 Insomniac by Choice Academics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts Good morning The time is currently 0116 on Sunday October 4 2014 Why am I up so late you ask Well why not I use this time right now to get started on homework so I can use the time during the weekend to relax Do I get things done Yes Do I have a regular sleep schedule No Will I regret this later Probably but that ll be weighed against the awesome amount of stuff I m getting done right now such as writing this blog post Generally as a fourth class you won t sleep much I m not saying you ll be up until 0116 doing homework on a weekend there are always a select few who manage to be in bed by 10 but generally you won t sleep much You re usually busy all day with trainings

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6267 (2016-02-15)
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  • All of a Sudden it' s November - Coburn November 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 All of a Sudden it s November Athletics Just for Fun Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts It seems like just yesterday we were coming back from our summers away in the fleet but now all of a sudden it s November The past couple of months have flown by and we are that much closer to Thanksgiving break and then winter leave October was definitely one of the most fun months I have had at the Academy so far First fall ball started for lacrosse so I got to practice with the team every week and then at the end of October we had our annual tournament at Springfield College It was a lot of fun and I feel like our team has really come a long way since becoming a Division III team just last spring At the Academy we get Columbus Day weekend off so my friends and I took a trip to New York City We stayed in Brooklyn went to a concert and walked the streets of New York as typical tourists The Academy is also a very exciting place to be around Halloween Decorations are allowed in rooms and we are even allowed to dress up and have a Halloween dinner and parties in each company As a class 2018 went

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65330 (2016-02-15)
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