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Developing an Identity

(Athletics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Tousignant Photo Throughout my life, my identity has been rooted in my athleticism. In high school, I was known as the basketball player, the volleyball player, and the thrower. Being an athlete was all I ever knew. I had always been part of a team and took pride in my athletic achievements. When deciding to come to the Academy, I was told to join a sport because my teammates and coaches will look out for me. I took this advice and became part of a team that I then considered my family at the Academy. My identity continued to be rooted in being part of a team. This group identity has always allowed me to depend on other people to look out for my best interests even if I did not.


Now that I am no longer part of a sports team, I am able to develop my identity separately from a group. I have to rely on myself, which is making me a stronger and more independent person. Now I have to develop my own opinions, which is helping me to speak up for myself and I am gaining a new confidence that I never had before. I am confident in the individual that I have become and have been brought to the realization that there are so many more important things in life than sports. I did not join the Coast Guard to play sports. I joined it to save lives, and this is what I want to focus on.


More about Jackie.


As October Comes to a Close

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo The fact that October is almost over stuns me. This month has flown by. Between academics, fall ball lacrosse, and various singing groups, there is barely enough time in the day to get everything done that needs doing. My favorite class this year is Intro to Mechanical Engineering Design. Today, we finished working on our finger engines. The finger engine is composed of a flywheel, shaft, post, base, blades, lever, connecting rod, and crank. We made each of these parts out of aluminum or steel in the lab. The lab lasts for three hours once a week and the class is two times a week for an hour. In the lab, we get to use (for my first time!) lathes, mills, drills, horizontal and vertical band saws, and more fun power tools. It is by no means a boring class. Next week, we start making our unloader projects. We will work in a group for this project instead of individually. The planning process for the unloaders has been happening for several weeks, and now we get to make our plans and designs real. Hopefully, our designs will work to move rocks and pellets from one bucket to another with two degrees of separation.


Outside of academics, fall ball for lacrosse is coming to a close. We have a tournament this weekend, and then we start getting ready for the spring season with the strength training coach. Even in the last month, we have already started to work better together as a team as we get to know everyone more. For Glee Club, we had the Coast Guard Foundation dinner in NYC last week and go back to NYC for the Yacht Club dinner next week. Fairwinds (a girls’ singing group within Glee Club) finished working on a Mamma Mia medley, and I must say it is stuck in my head constantly, but I really love that we’re learning new music. As always, feel free to email me with any questions/stories/concerns/etc. Have a great day!


More about Hannah.