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cadet blogs

Columbus Day Weekend in NYC

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Sandri Photo This past Columbus Day weekend, two friends and I decided to spend a day in New York City. It was an impromptu trip; we booked our tickets the night before, packed up our civvies, and headed into the Big Apple “Ferris Bueller-style”, with one bag between us and a day full of potential. We walked around Times Square, attended mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, had dinner at Chipotle (I mean, what else do you go to New York for?) and ended up at Central Park. It was a great mini vacation!


We were all aware of the conspicuousness of military members in public areas, and the resulting importance of putting our best foot forward. Around the New London area, people are fairly used to seeing uniformed cadets roving downtown or at the local mall, but in New York, we stuck out like a sore thumb. On the short walk from the train station to our hotel room, we were stopped by several people who were curious as to what service we belonged to, or who just wanted to offer a smile. Everyone was extremely supportive, and it was exciting to talk to them about the mission of the Coast Guard, or even just explain how the government shutdown has affected Academy life. We got thanked for our service a lot, which was especially humbling because as a 4/c cadet, I haven’t had a chance to serve in the fleet yet.


Back at the Academy, the academic year is definitely in full swing. As midterms approach, my classes are ramping up and there have been a good number of (almost) sleepless nights, but what they say is true: the days are long, but the weeks fly by. Looking back, I can hardly believe we’re already at the end of the first quarter.


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More about Eva.


October Came in Like a Wrecking Ball

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Fordham Photo Holy cow, how did I make it to the end of this month? Midterms demanded more time than I had – imagine being given 36 hours of work to do in 24 (don’t forget to factor in sleep!) I’ve been working on my time management more and it’s helping significantly. But my work is constantly ahead of me, keeping up is tough enough; I can’t even grasp the concept of getting ahead.


My midterm grades showed that I am not a complete failure, but there is definitely room for improvement. My 2.8 GPA was no shocker, however strange due to the fact that I was a 3.9 student in high school. (My mom got mad at me. “Sorry for taking 19 credits, Mom.”) What can I say? It’s not high school…


Update on the foot: No more crutches, boot, cast, anything! It’s great being back in uniform this month! ODUs and Trops and everything are exciting! (At least right now.) Even the blisters are better than crutches. We’ll take it!


One thing I miss a whole lot that I didn’t expect to miss are my pets! My dog specifically. I am participating in a community service event this weekend that will give me a chance to play with dogs from an adoption center. Who would pass up snuggling 120 dogs? Not this kid. Moral of this story: If you plan on coming here, love your pets because you will just want to die when you are deprived from puppy kisses for several months. One tip, don’t buy a depressing dog book to read in your spare time because that’s what I did and I was just a mess.


This is really random and unorganized.


It’s strange being out of the loop, it’s kind of like the Academy becomes its own little world and you don’t hear about what happens outside of the gate. So, news comes and goes but it doesn’t seem like we’re ever really affected by things, apart from the government shutdown of course.


There was just so much that happened this month I can’t even put it all into words. I’m just chugging along!


Go Bears!


More about Savanna.


Hockey and Rugby and Snow. Oh my.

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo I cannot believe how fast this semester has already gone by! It feels like just yesterday I began third class year, but here I am and it’s already almost Halloween and midterms have already passed.


It has been a good, yet crazy, month. I’ve had hockey and rugby along with school to keep me way too busy. I have hockey practice most mornings from 0500 (which means a 0400 wake up!) until 0600, breakfast, classes, and then rugby after school. Surprisingly though, being so busy has been beneficial, and at midterms I received the highest GPA of my time here yet. I think having so many things going on has kept me focused and motivated.


Although my hockey season is just beginning, the regular season of rugby is about to end. However, we are undefeated and because of this we are going to playoffs as the number one team in our conference! This means that our rugby season could extend into December, thus the rest of the semester. My team is all hoping for the chance to go to nationals, which is in Florida this year.


Amidst all the chaos, I’ve still found some time to devote to myself and my friends. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time this month with my sponsor family, who I am really close to. We went to Providence a couple weekends ago to see this awesome Jack-O-Lantern display at the zoo. I’ve also taken on a new church, in Norwich with one of my best friends. She knew the pastor and his wife prior to becoming a cadet. They are a young couple from South Africa and on Sundays we normally spend time and have lunch with them after church. It’s a good time! Plus it helps that the pastor is a diehard rugby fan!


As October comes to a close I am looking forward to more winter-like weather (the first snow!) and to go home on Thanksgiving leave at the end of the month.


More about Jade.


Extracurricular Activities

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo This weekend, I traveled to Washington D.C. with the Model United Nations Team for the National Model United Nations conference. It was a unique experience—working with students from around the world to come up with solutions to real world global problems. It was also the time I was out of uniform and in the public in civilian clothing, so it was a strange feeling. However, we did wear our uniforms on the first and last day of the conferences, and many people came up to us and either asked questions or gave their thanks. The first building we walked into, a Commander spotted us and struck up a conversation, and we knew someone in common over the Academy. The Coast Guard truly is a tight knit service.


We took a tour of the U.S. Capitol before the conference and were prompted to see the actual U.S. Senate and House Chambers—something a lot of people don’t have the chance to see. 4/c John Roddy, another 4/c blogger, was also there, so you should check out his blog: he’s really into Model UN.


Last weekend, I went out to see the comedian Jim Gaffigan at the University of Rhode Island. It’s good to get out once in a while and get some laughs in, especially during a stressful time like midterms. No matter how busy you are, it’s important to set aside some time to decompress.


Midterms were stressful and are finally over with, and I did pretty well, although there’s always room for improvement. There’s a lot to do before Thanksgiving, and I keep telling myself that it will be here soon. Everyone in Golf Company is looking forward to the Veteran’s Day Long Weekend, and I hope to go to Boston. In the meantime, Happy Halloween!


More about William.