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Hurricane Sandy

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo As you all probably know, Hurricane Sandy decided to direct her course into New Jersey. The eye made landfall about 15 miles from my house where there was 3 to 5 feet of flooding. Trees were knocked down and power is out. My family and my house are okay, but there is a lot of damage. On Long Beach Island, there was a mandatory evacuation. The National Guard and The Coast Guard were out rescuing people all Monday and Tuesday. When I called my dad he told me that there were people who did not make it out in time.

 

Before coming to the Academy, I knew I wanted to help people; I wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. This desire has amplified now that a disaster as big as this one has hit my hometown. I feel helpless right now; I wish I were at home so that I could help my family and my neighbors. This is why I joined the Coast Guard, so that could I help people to ensure that they are safe. One day, I hope that I can make a difference in someone’s life.

 



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CGA Drama Club Presents 'Don't Drink the Water'

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo Exhausting. Sitting here after our first showing of “Don’t Drink the Water,” I can say that after all the work involved, the craziness of memorizing lines and blocking, and the fear of no show at all really puts this play into perspective. It was something incredible, done by an amazing group of individuals.

 

Some back info – this was the CGA Drama Fall Show. Normally the Spring Musical gets a lot more Public Affairs attention, and the play has always been overshadowed. Last year, in “Murder Runs in the Family”, we were able to garner some awareness, and it went very successfully. This year, the exact same occurred, and after the first night, it’s proved that a little thing can go a long way.

 

So here’s the story. In an American Embassy behind the Iron Curtain, a family of tourists, the Hollanders, rush inside to escape the Communist police who are chasing them. It’s not much of a refuge, as the ambassador is absent and his son, Axel Magee (me!), now in charge, has been expelled from dozens of countries for his questionable abilities. Nevertheless, the characters carefully and frantically plan an escape, while Axel and Susan Hollander even find time to fall in love! The story is a comedic farce, and is really funny.

 

Practice was one hour a night starting in early September, and from the get-go we knew it was going to be a blast. If you think memorizing the Running Light is difficult, try memorizing over 200 lines! It’s tough stuff. All eight to ten of us actors and actresses had a great time working day in and out on accents, physical actions, and getting our characters down. We were just about ready to go…when Hurricane Sandy struck. The base got hit bad, so we assumed that we would have to cancel or at least postpone it. But thanks to the crews on base, they got everything cleaned up and working real quick, and we were still set to go!

 

Last night was the first show and tonight is the last one. Personally, I feel like we should do more shows, but the Academy really isn’t an artsy school. The play is for cadets interested in the arts who really want to get out there and show what they got. I’ve always loved acting; it’s one of the things I’ve really enjoyed. This was my first time with the lead, and it was amazing. Everyone on the crew, the other actors, and the audience really made it quite a show. I’m excited to do it again tonight! All our hard work comes down to an hour and a half of laughs, insanity, and an attempt at ESCAPE! Axel Magee out!

 



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A Busy Month

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Wright Photo October has turned out to be quite the month. Patents’ Weekend was great, seeing my family is something I always look forward to. It was neat being able to take my sister and our exchange student to all of my classes, even if they thought it was a little boring. Being with them was a nice break from the demanding schedule here at the Academy, but having them leave was extremely difficult. I have been told that it gets easier and I hope that’s true. I feel like it’s those moments that you really have to dig down and remember why you decided to attend a service academy, I just think of how proud I am making my family and the end goal of one day becoming an officer (even if that may be several years off). Since they have left I have stayed busy as usual. Crew season ended, and while I enjoyed my time on the team, I have decided to try either lacrosse or tennis next semester; I’m still undecided. Classes have been demanding and there have been a few weeks where I am amazed that I survived.

 

Right now we are sitting out Hurricane Sandy. It has turned out to not be so bad here but I’m not complaining about a few days off. As far as being a freshman at the Academy, the past week has been pretty exciting. Usually we have to get back into our uniform to go to dinner, and study secessions but we finally got the privilege to wear running suits. I know, it’s the small things in life that make it wonderful. One thing that reminded me of how much people care is that since the beginning of the year, our Gideon (the junior in charge of all the freshman in the company) also gave up his running suit, you can imagine how excited he was to hear that we got our running suit privileges because that means he got his back, too. Just another reason that I’m glad I chose the Academy – I don’t think you could find another school where everyone looks out for each other as much as we do here.

 



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