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Dia de Accion de Gracias

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Tress Salvatori Photo Hola, ¿qué tal? Espero que se encuentren de maravilla. Yo me encuentro muy contenta, especialmente después de haber pasado el Día de Acción de Gracias rodeada de mucha gente buena. Me lo pase increíblemente bien. Tuve la oportunidad de ir a Newport a pasar estos días con el Capitán de Navío Francisco Figuereo de la Armada de México y su familia que están viviendo ahí. El Capitán se encuentra estudiando un curso en el Naval War College ubicado en esta misma ciudad. Ellos también recibieron a mi otra compañera de México, Nínive Pineda Carranza. Les agradezco mucho porque nos la pasamos de maravilla. Comimos mucha comida mexicana, disfrutamos de una rica cena de día de acción de gracias en el restaurante de la marina de los EUA., fuimos al famoso viernes negro a comprar muchas cosas, jugamos boliche, dimos un recorrido por todo Newport y vimos muchas películas en la comodidad de su casa. Finalmente visitamos el Naval War College. Además también se encontraban ahí los padres del Capitán. El señor padre del Capitán es un almirante jubilado de la Armada de México. Tuve la oportunidad de platicar con él sobre el importante cambio que está sucediendo hoy en día en la Armada de México: el de incorporar al personal femenino en las carreras de mando; apenas este año se graduaron las primeras mujeres que van a formar parte de la línea de mando. También platicamos sobre cuán importante va a ser el que nosotras egresemos de esta noble institución y de cómo impulsará y llevará a un buen plano la presencia de la mujer en la armada de México.



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(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Tress Salvatori Photo Hello! How are you? I hope you are doing great. I am very happy because I just had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving surrounded by a lot of good people. It was an unbelievable experience. I was given the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving in Newport with a captain from the Mexican navy and his family. Captain Francisco Figuereo is studying at the Naval War College that is located in Newport. My shipmate from Mexico, Ninive Pineda Carranza, also stayed with us. I thanked them a lot because I had an amazing time with them. We ate a lot of Mexican food and a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Officers’ Club on the Navy base and then we went shopping on the famous Black Friday to buy a lot of things. On Saturday we went bowling and enjoyed a pepperoni pizza. Later that day we drove around Newport and then watched a lot of movies. We also visited the Naval War College. The Captain’s parents accompanied us during the whole trip. The Captain’s father is an admiral retiree from the Mexican navy. I had the opportunity to discuss with him the important change that is happening in the Mexican navy: including women at the Mexican Naval Academy and in the chain of command. We also talked about how important it is going to be for us to graduate from this Academy because we are going to be able to improve the environment for future women in the Mexican navy.



More about Ruth.


Loving Life Right Now

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Zwenger Photo I sit here on a Saturday afternoon after I’ve been sitting in my room pretty much all day trying to catch up on the rest I missed last week and get ahead for school work because next week is going to be a rough one. Anyway, as I sit here and reflect (as most introverts do a lot) I realize how fortunate I am to have the life that I created for myself. However, I did not do this alone. My parents were a huge part of my life, right from the beginning, obviously. They always supported me in anything I wanted to do and gave me advice along the way of what they thought would be the best choice, but in the end it was ultimately my choice and even if I didn’t do what they thought was best they were always there. It’s kind of funny because I can remember they were always there to catch me if I fell, but one day I told them just to let me fall flat on my face every once and a while, let me make the wrong decision and see what the consequences were. So just as they always had, they supported me in this. After making some decision, which I assume they knew were not the greatest, I fell, and I fell hard. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m extremely grateful to have the parents I have because they respect my wishes no matter what they are. If I have kids, and I can be half of what my parents were to me then I’d say I would be successful. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for them supporting me even when they knew it was the “wrong” decision but they did it and I am grateful because I don’t think I would have turned out as the person I am today without them.


I would assume my sister will one day, if she doesn’t already, say the same thing about our parents. Just like most siblings we fought about stupid things a lot when we were younger. We still argue about silly things, but at the end of the day I love her and I wouldn’t ask for any other sister because she’s the best one in the world. It scares me whenever I come home because she is growing up super fast. I only get to come home about three times a year and she matures more and more every time. She recently had aspirations of attending the Air Force Academy, which is a surprise but I’m proud of her for shooting high on a college just as I did. As her brother, and I like to think best friend, I am super proud of her, so I can only imagine how my parents must feel.


I can’t imagine having a better family then the one I was so fortunate to be born into.


Onto Academy things.


This semester has been one of the most successful, fun, and fulfilling for me. Midterm was just this past week and my midterm GPA is a 3.65, which is a huge jump from the usual 3.0. I think it was mostly because I am taking all technical classes that relate to civil engineering. One would think that it would be harder; quite frankly, I am pretty bad at humanities so to take classes that all have math in them is a relief. Not to mention I have the best teachers I have ever had. Usually I could complain about one teacher but that is not the case this semester. Needless to say I love all my classes and all my teachers.


I guess this blog comes down to the fact that I love life right now, my family, my friends (here and back home), my school, and countless other things that I can’t think of right now. If you have any questions about being here, just need talk to someone, or want to talk about music (I’ve recently come upon some good stuff) shoot me an email at


Seriously email me.



More about Spencer.