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My Sights Are Set

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Ledzian Photo It seems like only yesterday that I arrived here on R-Day and yet I have almost finished my first semester at the Academy! Thanksgiving is the holiday that everyone has been looking forward to, and for me it will be my first time going home since 1 July. Needless to say I am very excited, but as Thanksgiving nears the amount of work I have increases. I have still managed to escape the Academy a few weekends. I went by train to Providence over Veteran’s Day weekend with some friends. I also took a long weekend at my sponsor family’s house to de-stress. One of the nice aspects of the Academy and New England in general is the ability to take a train to major cities like Boston, New York, and Providence at an affordable price. Back at the Academy indoor track will start up soon, but for now my sights are set on Thanksgiving leave and some good food!

 

 


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Another Semester Nearly Done

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Subramanian Photo I know I still have over 14 months left at the Coast Guard Academy, but I am continued to be amazed on what my classmates and I have accomplished. Over the summer, my classmates helped train and prepare the Class of 2017 to be in the military and be successful cadets at the Academy. Over the summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to sail on USCG Barque Eagle for the third time in my career, this time as cadre. As a 2/c cadet, I was selected to be the Foremast Captain, an equivalent position as a Department Head on a normal Coast Guard cutter. This position gave me the opportunity to lead my fellow classmates, who in turn led the Swabs. Luckily, my classmates were honorable, trustworthy, and possessed a great work ethic to make my position much easier.

 

The school year has given me a large load academically and militarily. The Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering major now has less than 25 cadets enrolled. I am lucky to be one of the few. We all share multiple classes, and all of us endure Fluids, Electrical Circuits and Machines, and Thermodynamics together. My favorite class this semester is Principles of Naval Architecture (PNA), which covers the broad subject of ship design and the factors that must be considered during the design process. During PNA labs, we learn to use design programs, as well as simulators and databases in ship creation. As seniors next year, we will be using what we learn when designing a vessel as our capstone project.

 

As a second class cadet, I have been placed in the Regimental Inter-Company Sports Division. Similar to intramural sports at civilian colleges, inter-company sports allow different companies to compete in sports like flag football, dodge ball, and volleyball. I have many tasks in the division, including creating the schedule, taking results, organizing the playoffs, and keeping proper attendance. The first class cadet in the division is very “hands-off” and trusts me with many responsibilities.

 

I am excited for Thanksgiving leave in order to recover from the heavy workload. Finals are less than two weeks after Thanksgiving, and I must be prepared for what is to come. More updates coming soon!

 

 


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CGA Athletics

(Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo As the fall semester of sports comes to a close, the winter sports season has officially begun for many of the sports teams and clubs around the Academy. However, men’s rugby has one more weekend left. This weekend, we will be traveling to Maryland to compete in the Division II men’s rugby national tournament. This is our second season in a row qualifying for nationals, and we hope to win this weekend. As I mentally prepare for this weekend’s matches, I have thought about how lucky we are as a club to be able to compete. Here at the Academy, club sports and varsity sports are not equal. There are many differences, and that is the message of this blog.

 

Let me begin by saying that there is a club or a sport here for everyone. If you aren’t interested in any of the established clubs or sports, you can try to start your own, and the Academy will help you with this. A list of our sports teams and club sports can be found on the website.

 

As I have said, sports teams and club sports are very different here at the Academy. To begin, varsity sports are funded by the CGA appropriated budget, which means that they have a set amount of money that they can use each year. During the government shutdown, these funds were frozen, and our varsity sports almost did not get to play.

 

Varsity sports teams are NCAA Division III teams. They have athletic trainers, high-end training equipment, a paid coaching staff, and many more benefits. Additionally, varsity sports are subject to all different types of NCAA regulations, which protect athletes. These sports are highly competitive even with our strict weight and fitness standards, which puts us at a disadvantage in some situations. However, varsity sports are great programs. The cadets and coaches are dedicated to success, but at the same time, they understand the demands of academics and military obligations.

 

Club sports are very different from varsity sports; in fact, they are almost opposite. Club sports are funded by cadet activities funds and alumni donations. During the shutdown, clubs sports were not affected, because their funds are not part of the CGA budget. Club sports are also different from varsity sports in other ways. Clubs do not have full time athletic trainers. Often times, coaches are volunteers, or part-time employees. Furthermore, clubs do not fall under any NCAA regulations, which means the Academy or the coaches are responsible for player safety. However, club sports are still amazing programs and are as successful as varsity sports, and the coach-player bonds are equally as strong as varsity sports. One key distinction between club and varsity sport is that clubs can compete at higher levels than varsity sports. Even though the Academy is a Division III school, clubs may compete at the Division II level if they are good enough. They may compete in any division, which helps the club find an appropriate level of competition.

 

I hope this information is useful to prospective cadets looking to get involved in sports here at the Academy. I think the athletic programs here at the Academy are outstanding, and I highly recommend trying a sport here.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Hunter.D.Stowes@uscga.edu.

 

I am happy to answer any of your questions, and good luck for those of you still submitting applications!

 

 


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