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Fall Goes Flying By!

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo Hello all! A lot has happened since my last blog, and as I write this blog winter appears to truly be descending on New London. However, this fall has truly been a blast; from times spent with friends, watching a successful football team, and getting to participate in some truly remarkable events, the first semester of my senior year at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has truly been enjoyable!


When you are an underclass at the Academy, you do not have the privilege of having a car on base. However, as a senior, your car privilege opens up opportunities to travel and get out and about on the weekends. I have taken full advantage of this, exploring new restaurants in nearby Mystic; getting a chance to tour the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island with my girlfriend; and visiting friends at the relatively close U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


While the extra privileges have been nice, as an avid sports fan it is always great to see the Bears do well. Our men’s soccer team made the NCAA tournament last year, and our women’s volleyball team is always a force to be reckoned with in the NEWMAC, our athletic conference. Our football team, largely due to weight restrictions that limit the players’ size, always seems to lose the close games. However, this season has been a different one, and we have a great team that is exceeding expectations. It is especially nice to see my classmates on the team end their playing careers on such a high note.


Lastly, as a member of Regimental Staff, I have gotten the pleasure to interact with high-ranking officers and speakers when they come to visit the Academy. My most notable experience was escorting the head of the Norwegian Coast Guard during a Regimental Review held in honor of the recently completed Arctic Forum. Revealing my Norwegian heritage to him and getting invited to visit his house (an offer I hope he won’t forget) was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my cadet career.


As Thanksgiving approaches and schoolwork intensifies, I apologize that I am unable to write more about what has been a truly remarkable semester. If you have any questions about my stories here or my Coast Guard Academy experiences these past three- plus years, I invite you to email me at Thanks for the read. Until next time, Semper Paratus and Go Bears!


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