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The Start of 3/c Year

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Kearney Photo It has been quite a year thus far. After my summer adventures, it was nice to get back into the swing of things at the Academy.


So far the semester has been no easier than the first two; I’m taking 20 credits worth of courses which include Calculus II, Physics I, Ships and Maritime Systems, Applications in Navigation Lab, Morals and Ethical Philosophy, Professional Rescuer and my favorite, Principles of American Government. As a Government major, it’s nice to finally begin taking classes within my major and so far I’ve enjoyed my Government classes a lot. As crazy as it may sound to many of you aspiring engineers, I would much rather spend hours perfecting an essay than solve a page of calculus problems.


This year I have also been able to take a lot more trips. Even though we don’t see as much of our paycheck as we’d like, the money accumulates over time and I’ve been able to take multiple weekend trips to New York and a trip to Baltimore this year. Fellow blogger, 3/c Jon Lash, and I, along with a few other friends took a trip to NYC earlier in the year to attend a concert, and a few weeks later I had the honor to travel with my friend 3/c Ryan Hub to see my all-time favorite sports team, the Baltimore Orioles, wrestle in game 1 of the ALDS against the all time most-hated baseball team (at least in my eyes), the New York Yankees. The atmosphere in Camden Yards was one I have never been in; waves of orange from the stands empowered the stadium, and no matter what anyone says, I know us Oriole fans are the greatest of them all. It is great to get out every few long weekends, and the Academy gives you that opportunity to visit places I wouldn’t have been able to go to if I was a poor college student at any of the state schools I applied to.


As always, never hesitate to email me if you have any questions about the Academy. And if you are a potential Academy cross country runner, stay tuned to an upcoming blog about this past season. Adios!


More about Zachary.


Veterans Day Weekend

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Ulbricht Photo This past weekend could not have come at a more perfect time. Academics have been tough, and life as a cadet stressful, so the weekend off was much needed. I am usually not someone who likes to go places without a general idea of what we will be doing, but this time I did not plan any of the logistics of the weekend, so I was a bit worried of what would come out of it. The weekend brought many stressful moments, walking around Boston trying to find people, driving out of our way to pick up more people only to wait in traffic, when all we wanted to do was get to our final destination and rest. One thing I did learn was that it is ok to not have a plan. As long as you have people who can think quickly on their feet and a fully charged phone, things won’t be so bad. You will only get seriously frustrated and stressed with each other.


We spent time in three different states in three days! We ate too much lobster (if that’s even possible!), danced the night away in Boston, and had some amazing clam chowder (or at least I did). This weekend will most likely be brought up many, many years down the road because of the crazy things we did. Weekends like this are what make being so far from home not so bad.


More about Cameo.


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.


More about Samantha.


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.


More about Jessica.


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.


More about Michael.