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So…Who’s Excited to be Back?!

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo ME!!! Kinda. Okay, not really, but you know what—in the Coast Guard, as in real life, you deal with it and move on. It’s tough love, but sometimes you need it. Anyway, the Academy is dishing out some tough love to make up for a nice long break away.


Christmas break was a great chance to slow down, read a few books, catch up with friends and family, and enjoy life. I really needed it too. Despite popular belief (aka mine), you cannot operate at 110% output for 100% of the time, and expect to have 100% operational ability. So I was rather stressed and burnt out by the end of last semester. But I used Christmas break to slow down—sleep a bit, finish some good books, and eat lots of Christmas cookies. I realize now that I need to temper my expectations; therefore I will try to be more relaxed this semester. Anyway, enough about New Year’s resolutions… I spent most of my time eating peppermint bark, talking to my sister and parents, and watching “Downton Abbey” in our cozy playroom. Then, right after Christmas, we went to Corpus Christi, Texas, to visit the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. Both were fun—I think that the dolphins at the aquarium trained the trainers, instead of the other way around. Then I went to Orlando for the FOCUS SEEK 2013 conference. There, I reignited my Catholic faith and found an intellectual basis for what I believe. I must say, it’s hard to believe around here sometimes. Anyway, lots of fun…


Now I’m back, for better or worse. And I’m missing the season premiere of “Downton Abbey!” NOOOOOO! I love that show—I highly recommend it. Anyway, tomorrow it will not be my birthday anymore, and we will be back in the swing of things here.


Email me at if you need someone to talk to about the Academy in the New Year!


More about Peter.


2012: A Year to Remember

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo WELCOME BACK! I just got back to the Academy today after a too-short winter break. The past three and a half weeks went by so quickly. Honestly, now that I’m back, it’s really hard to remember that I just spent three weeks at home. I had a lot of fun, I spent time with my family, made Christmas cookies, went to the All Academies Ball, and celebrated the end of an amazing 2012 and the start of 2013.


As I reflect back on 2012, I think about all the amazing things I’ve done. I was accepted to the Academy, I graduated high school, completed Swab Summer, climbed to the top of the mast on USCGC Eagle, and finished my first semester at USCGA. 2012 will be a year to remember for me. But now I’m looking forward to getting back to business in my second semester here at the Academy. I’m looking forward to starting school and beginning to earn back some privileges and finally get on our way to becoming 3rd class! But for that – the class of 2016 has a battle ahead of them.


We have to continue doing our 4/c things, doing well in school, and now, studying for boards. Boards are an indoctrination exam that all 4/c must take beginning in March. We must study about 40 pages of information, of which anything could be asked of us. Once we pass this, we are on our way to becoming 3/c!


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me at!


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