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Holiday Weekend Getaway

(Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo I cannot believe it is November already! Time flies so fast here at the Coast Guard Academy. In exactly one week from today we will all be able to go home and see our families and I cannot wait! (Mainly to see my dogs but shhh!) Anyway, this week cannot go by fast enough.

 

Speaking of which, we only have a four day school week this week because of the Veteran’s Day holiday this past weekend. Normally I’d use Veteran’s Day to thank my mom, dad, and brother for their service, so it was weird this year to get text messages from my parents thanking me for mine. This past weekend was definitely eventful, since the corps of cadets were granted a long weekend. I used this time off to my advantage by hanging out with all of my friends from school. On Friday evening, I went to a friend from my company’s home in Rhode Island with a couple other 4/c from. We had a campfire and made s’mores like we used to when we were little. Then, Saturday I spent the day in Boston with two other 4/c in my company, one of which is now my date for the holiday formal on December 1st. Sunday, I spent the day with my roommate and her sponsor family. Their home reminded me of my house, especially the shedding dogs.

 

Despite all of the fun I had this past weekend, now it’s back to work for the rest of the week. All of my professors and upper class keep reminding me to work hard through these next couple of weeks, which I am determined to do.

 



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Oh, The Places You’ll Go

(Just for Fun, Class of 2013) Permanent link
Ward Photo This past weekend was a three-day weekend in honor of Veteran’s Day. I picked up an old friend who is doing an internship in New Hampshire and we spent the weekend in the New London area. Although New London is not always viewed as the most interesting of cities, we had a blast. When people email me asking about what there is to do at the Academy I often give the standard list of shopping, sponsor parents, movies, and eating, but for those of you with a more adventurous spirit (as well as the help of a car) there are a lot of things to do.

 

My friend and I covered a lot of ground this weekend starting with Mystic Seaport (an outdoor museum with buildings and ships to explore the past of seaports in New England) and then the center of Mystic stopping at the Pita Stop for lunch. We then went to a coffee shop to chat away a few hours and then drove over to Niantic which has the Book Barn. For those of you who are book lovers, we spent a few great hours browsing through books. It's made up of three separate locations, one of which is a collection of buildings full of books. While she was here we also visited Clyde’s Cider Mill in Stonington. They have demonstrations on how they make their cider, which was really interesting to watch. Some of the gears and mechanisms they use I have studied in Mechanical Engineering so it was fun to see them in action. The cider was delicious as was the kettle corn. We ate a multiple venues including the Black Sheep Pub, which I highly recommend if you’re ever in Niantic.

 

There are many things to do in the local area, although a car is very helpful, I know of many cadets who are able to branch out and have a blast without one. Then again, half the fun is the people you’re with anyway.

 



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So Close I Can Taste It

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Rossi Photo As the days wind down and the air gets colder, all us cadets get very anxious to go on Thanksgiving and winter leave. You could imagine that it is hard to stay focused with the end in sight. This past weekend for me is making it especially hard. Being a hockey player and having an undying love for the sport I always run the risk of getting injured because of the intensity of the game. Unfortunately, for me I dislocated my knee and have to be out for a while. Though I did get injured, I did learn that I had a huge support system here at the Academy. After coming back from my X-ray, there were ten people waiting for me including teammates, my coach, a player’s parent, our trainer, and even my firstie. Just having them be there in support made the process much easier.

 

Despite the little speed bump in the road, I still have Recruiting Leave to look forward too. For those cadets who qualify, R-Leave consists of departing the Friday before Thanksgiving, which gives more time at home, however each cadet must go to two schools to “recruit” potential cadets for the Academy. I am extremely excited for this since I will be going back to my old high school and my cousin’s high school to share my experiences and brag about the Academy, hopefully inspiring others to apply. For all those reading, I appreciate you taking the time to listen to what I have to say and hope that your holidays are pleasant.

 



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Sprint to the Finish

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo And after Veteran’s Day Weekend, that’s exactly what the last three weeks of the semester feels like. Fourteen more school days until finals, and, more importantly, winter break!

 

Bears women’s soccer finished early in November, which is always bittersweet for me. It’s nice to have nothing after school you have to immediately go to, but you begin to miss seeing everyone after a little while. We didn’t have the greatest season this year, but I’m proud to have played with my best friends. We had a few absolutely amazing games (we took the number one seeded team, Springfield, into double overtime but eventually lost 1-0) that make me motivated to play next year, and I can’t wait.

 

Although fall soccer is finished for me, this is the time of the year I feel busiest. We have about ten academic and military things (projects, CER’s, tests, etc.) dumped on our plates all at once, and we have to finish all of them. Additionally, finals are a rough week here at the Academy. Like everywhere else, I’m sure, we all cram as much as we can into our brains and throw it all out on a final. The exception is that, here, we each have up to six or seven finals, and usually there are two a day.

 

It’s always hard work to be here but that motivation to do your absolute best is why I came to the Academy, and why, at the end of the day, I enjoy being a cadet.

 



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Semesters to Go

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Patron Photo The semester is quickly wrapping up and with little room for idling. Just in this week alone, I have two exams on the same day, and two papers greater than 10 pages. There are also smaller projects here and there that keep me busy. All I can say is that I am counting the days until Thanksgiving. It has become a Patron Family tradition to make the drive to New York to watch the Macy’s Day Parade and this year is no exception.

 

Once all the festivities are over, I report back to USCGA for the last few days of classes and begin preparing for finals. All I can report is that this semester has been the quickest yet! One minute I was preparing for cadre summer and now I am transitioning to my second semester (meaning I only have three more to go)! During my freshman year, I was talking to my uncle (Class of 1997) about having a year of prep school and one semester under my belt and he replied “great! Only SEVEN more to go!”… I gave him a frustrated look but I understood his point. It was, and still is, going to be a long road until you reach your goal. With that said, I will leave you with a few words my dad told me after the comment my uncle made that same day: Take each day one and a time. Don’t rush anything. And remember to keep the end goal in mind.

 



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