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More Than a Great Opportunity

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Ulbricht Photo There are not enough words to describe what an honor it was to march in the Inaugural Parade. Saying that it was a “great opportunity” will just not cut it in this case. I cannot simply tell you I marched in the Inaugural Parade. It was an honor representing the Academy, my family and community in such an event. I was one of 90 cadets who had the opportunity to pass about 50 feet in front of the President and our commandant, hopefully impressing them with our flawless formation. Hearing the random shouts from the crowd, “Thank you for your service” or “Yea!! Go Coast Guard Academy” just made me stand up taller. I was overjoyed to be marching for such a respected service. Hearing the announcer describe who we were brought a smile to my face, because I was SO PROUD! The long day of going from various security checkpoints and waiting for our turn to march was well worth it. I had the occasion to see things that my peers may never get the chance to see and be part of something that I will remember for the rest of my life. This weekend will be recorded as probably one of the best weekends at the Academy so far. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to take part in nationally recognized events such as this.


More about Cameo.


Springing Ahead

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
RossiPhoto Well, the winter break was great while it lasted. I got to spend some much wanted time off with my family and friends, also recharging my batteries for the spring semester. Although we come back to books and schoolwork, there are many events that all the cadets are anticipating. During our first week back, I was privileged enough to once again play hockey and even more exciting, our first game back was against our rival Kings Point. The game was well attended and a good welcoming back for the team. We did not get the result we wanted, but the 5 to 3 loss was a hard-fought battle, and a promise that is going to lead to an annual game.


For us third class cadets, this summer will be our cadre summer in which we get to train the incoming class of 2017, Coast Guard Scholars, or prospective cadets in the Academy Introduction Mission. All our requests have been submitted and sometime early next week we will be hearing what programs we have been selected for. Not only will we get interaction being cadre, we will also participate in many other programs that expose us to leadership. The one I am most looking forward to is the week of Coastal Sail, in which eight of my classmates, a safety officer, and me will get to sail on 44-foot sailboat around New England. All of this will be here before I know it, but until then I must keep my focus on academics.


More about Michael.


Way Down in Georgia!

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo Another Glee Club/Chorale trip in the books. They keep getting better and better for some reason, and perhaps that is why I am so fond of them. Last year around this time the group went down to Fort Worth. It was a marvelous time, so we expected the same of this trip to Atlanta and then Savannah, Georgia. We were ever so correct. We held three performances, two in the Atlanta area, and one in Savannah. All of them were good, but the one we did in Savannah was exceptional. It was in a very old church, and there were probably 200 people there listening to us. Overall, the trip was incredible, and one for the books.


Of course, while we weren’t performing, the group was out and about, enjoying the warm weather and the activities. We got there late on Thursday night, and woke up in Peach Tree City on Friday morning. We decided to go to the heart of Atlanta, and check out the Georgia Aquarium, which was fantastic. Lots and lots of aquatic life (who would’ve thought?) After that, we had our first performance at one of our 1/c’s old high school. It went very well, and we continued our last day in Atlanta by walking around and eating Chick-fil-A before our last concert. After many tastes, I can tell you that there IS a difference between Georgian Chick-fil-A and other Chick-fil-As. Georgia Chick-fil-A is better.


We got to Savannah the next day, and of course, we were put in a haunted inn. A woman committed suicide there and haunts Room 204. Which rooms were we in? 201-203. It was freaky, to say the least. Savannah turned out to be an excellent stop, with a lot to do. The riverfront, some historical sites, and the restaurants were just a few things we saw. The nightlife in Savannah was fantastic and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We ended up watching the Conference Championship games at one of the best burger places ever created. And while we did get a few chills, no dramatic ghosts appeared to us throughout our stay.


With that, we headed back, and here we are again in New London. I get to go to Montreal in a few days for Model U.N., so there will definitely be a blog for that! Until then, back to school at the fine institution known as CGA!


More about Sam.