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Being Responsible for the Fourth Class

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Williamson Photo I have started my third class year and it feels great! After a long and productive summer of training, I feel more confident in my own abilities and also I know my classmates better. If there is any advice I can give someone, it would be stick out your fourth class year, because by your third class year you feel like you’re part of a huge family. I am already having a lot of fun and it is only the first week. It is strange to have a fourth class who I am responsible for, because just last year that was me and it’s amazing how far you can come in one year. Learning how to lead and communicate my ideas to the fourth class is the first step in my development as a leader. I am going to try to be very connected with my fourth class and see how that style works.

 

With convincing from my friend, I decided to try rugby this season. The team is made up of a bunch of great guys from every class. It has only been a few days and I already feel welcomed. It is going to be a great season and I am excited to learn a new sport.

 

I am continuing in corrosion research at the Academy, too. I have a pretty busy schedule this year but I will still find time to work on my projects. I am hoping to get some new fourth class to join me this year so, moving forward, we can have a solid research team. Also, I have started classes in my major, which means that school is going to be a lot more interesting. I have Physics, Marine Biology, and Meteorology all in a row and I am actually really excited for those classes.

 

Now, all that I need to do is get through this academic year!

 

More about Cody.

 

Returning to a New Role and Extracurricular Activities

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Eshleman Photo So, I am finally back at school after a long, adventurous summer of sailing on Eagle and working at Station Ketchikan, Alaska. The school year is kicking off with Cadet Administrative Processing (CAP) week. I have gotten my schedule, which consists of a heavy load of science and math. I am super excited to begin my engineering classes, although slightly nervous. Coming back after fourth class year, I was not sure what to expect. Getting greeted for the first time by a fourth class stunned me. But I am excited to fulfill my place in the corps as a “role model” and I hope that I can be as good of a third class to my fourth class as mine were to me last year. I am also going to do my best to hold myself accountable and not fall into the “under the radar third class” slump.

 

Fall sports are starting up and I am participating in Triathlon Club for the first time. I am running my first triathlon this upcoming weekend! The team has been extremely welcoming. I have always loved long distance sports, so I am enjoying the sport thus far. The best thing about the Coast Guard Academy is having the opportunity to try new things, and I am attempting to take full advantage of as many of the options that are available while I am here. Glee Club is going to be very busy this year. I am in three singing groups: Glee Club, Fairwinds, and the Octet. Fairwinds is reworking their sound right now and we are attempting a new style of music. We have been singing the same songs for many years, so it is time to move on to some new pieces. Overall, this is going to be a very hectic year. There is a lot to learn before next summer when the Class of 2020 comes, and we will have to take on the mentor role of cadre. I am hoping to prepare myself as best as I can throughout the 2015–2016 school year.

 

More about Hannah.

 

July: The Eagle Experience

(Just for Fun, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Coburn Photo As I am writing this, I am one week into my summer leave and two weeks away from my 3/c year at the Academy. To say that the past 11 weeks out in the fleet were exciting would be an understatement. Leaving South Padre, I was excited to see my friends from school, but also sad to be leaving all the awesome people that I met while at my station. The Coast Guard is truly an amazing community and I learned that firsthand while in Texas. After a day of travelling to the Academy, a night of no sleep and then a bus ride leaving the Academy at 4 a.m., we arrived in Staten Island, New York. There we were able to catch glimpses of the other half of our class leaving as we shuffled onto Eagle in our trops with sea bags over our shoulders. We were given the lowdown and attended safety briefs before they granted us liberty, which meant we were allowed to go out and explore New York City. After leaving New York, we sailed for a little over a week down to Philadelphia for a tall ships festival. During that week, we encountered a storm that tore our main course sail. It was around 6 a.m. and the emergency sail stations alarm went off. This created a whole lot of chaos in a room of 15 sleeping girls. We all got dressed as fast as we could and reported up to our masts. It was pouring rain and thundering and lightning. Luckily, we were able to take down the sail and the situation didn’t end too badly. At the time it was not a very fun experience, but it gave us some good sea stories to tell while giving tours in port.

 

It was really cool coming into Philadelphia because we got to see the other tall ships and there were a lot of people watching us pull in. While on liberty we were able to tour our sister ship the Sagres and many others in the area. After Philly, we had four days underway before we reached Bermuda. On the 4th of July we arrived at the beautiful island of Bermuda. The water was a gorgeous clear blue and the weather was perfect. We had three days on the island and they were filled with (many) trips to the beach, shopping in the small towns, and tasting the different cuisines. I had one day of duty when I gave tours and it was really interesting because the question that I was asked a lot was what it was like to be a woman in the military. Many of the people that came on board were from different countries and the idea of women in the military was very unusual to them. After Bermuda, we sailed 11 days to Maine and finished up getting our qualifications as well as passing the Damage Control Test. We completed our journey in Boston and while I was going to miss seeing my friends every day, I was very excited to be heading home. Eagle was a lot of hard work and the sleeping situations weren’t ideal but it was a great bonding and learning experience for the Class of 2018.

 

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How We Wound Up Back Here

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Chang Photo 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 pretty awkward but everyone’s really friendly and I have a good division. In a way, I can relate to the new fourth class more because we’re both in the situation where we’re surrounded by new people and a bigger role than what we had before. It’s not unlike the first few days I was on USCGC Mellon; it just takes time to get used to your surroundings. Other than that, things are going great and we have the physical fitness exam (PFE) this afternoon. Can’t wait!

 

More about Olivia.

 

A Cadet Summer

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Kimura Photo There’s summer, and then there’s a cadet summer. Here’s a warning; be prepared for a summer of travelling, getting dirty, climbing, new people, and experiences to share.

 

Five, six, three. Five weeks on CGC Eagle, six weeks at Station San Francisco, three weeks of leave in Hawaii. The first five weeks I spent on Eagle we cruised the southeast coast and the Caribbean. Of the port calls in Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Norfolk, Virginia; and Staten Island, New York, surprisingly, one of the most memorable experiences was in Norfolk. Harbor Fest just ended so the nightlife started to die down. At 9 p.m., a group of us still wanted to enjoy our last hours of liberty before getting underway again. As we walked the empty streets around town, we found a small hole-in-the-wall concert venue. Without any idea of the music playing, we paid our $5 to the doorman but apparently the regular price was $30. Walking through the entrance felt like stepping into a time machine. Neon lights, legwarmers, frizzy hair, engulfed in the lyrics “Whoaa-oh, we’re halfway there-er!! Whoaa-oh, livin’ on a prayer!!” Good thing I recently became an 80’s music fan so I recognized all the songs played that night. We walked onto a gem in the middle of Norfolk that turned into the best $5 spent.

 

The most unexpected events sometime make the best experiences.

 

More about Amy.