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The Dark Ages: Cold, Yes. Dark, No!

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo As I sit at my desk and think about only the last two weeks, it’s safe to say a lot has gone down. The last time I wrote, I was in Georgia for the weekend. Well, the weekend after that, I went with eight other cadets to the icy land of Montreal to participate in a Model United Nations Conference at McGill University. I had done Model UN in high school, but had yet to at CGA, and this was my first conference. It was truly an excellent four days in moose country, as my committee battled its way through saving the Republic of the Congo from the Belgian troops providing the necessary humanitarian aid, while recreating a government that would solidify the newly independent nation. Long story short, the social events were great, my committee was fantastic, and I met many new people from all over the country! It was really an excellent experience.


This was actually the first weekend since I’ve been back this second semester that I actually stayed in New London. It’s great to travel a lot, but sometimes you just have to stay in! I caught up on homework, slept, and played some lacrosse, which, by the way, is now in full swing! We’re preseason ranked Number 13 and eyeing the National Tournament in Greenville, South Carolina this year. It’s going to be quite the run. We look very solid with our returning players as well as our freshman class.


We also put in for our cadre assignments, and I got my first pick, Waterfront! Essentially, I’ll be Chase Hall cadre at night, but during the day I’ll be down on Jacob’s Rock teaching the swabs (yes, 2017, that’s you!) how to sail the FJs and 420s. I’m very excited, as this summer is going to be an amazing learning experience for all of 2015 and me.


So as you can plainly see, the Dark Ages truly haven’t been too bad. Classes are going well, and this is what I have going on. If any 2017 kids have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at, as I’m not a cadre just yet! We want you guys to be as prepared as possible! Now to start that Comparative Politics paper…


More about Samuel.


Dark Ages

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Miller Photo I’m starting to see why January and February are called the “Dark Ages” around here. Not because it’s cold, or snowy, but because of the people who leave after winter semester. At least, that’s why this semester has been kind of depressing to me. It’s tough seeing people getting kicked out for grades, because those people had put in so much effort to be here and make it through the summer. There were also some people who left because they decided that they did not want to be here anymore. While it’s sad to see those people go to, at least they’ve realized that being at the Academy is not for them.


On a happier note, congratulations to everyone who was accepted in early action! Look forward to coming here—it’s hard work, but if you do it right, you can enjoy yourself.


As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me at!


More about Caroline.


101st Night and 100th Day

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo It’s an exciting time for the 4/c cadets here in Chase Hall. We have a lot going on for the next few weeks. First of all, on February 3rd we participated in 101st night. Which, by definition means “a chance for the 4/c to earn carry-on on 100th day.” It was a rough night, but I won’t say anymore on that. However, once we were finished, all the 4/c and 2/c from my company (Alfa), marched back to Chase Hall, singing marching cadences, just like we did all those months ago during Swab Summer. It was nice to reminisce back to Swab Summer and how far the Class of 2016 has come since R-Day. We have gone through all of Swab Summer together as well as our first semester. We have a long road ahead of us, but I’m proud to be a member of the Class of 2016.


Anyway, once we successfully completed 101st night, we switched roles with the 2/c cadets the next morning. On 100th day, we talked in the hallways, did not brace up, did not take the trash out, we played music aloud and the best did not have to square corners or our meals! It was an awesome day. Our second class woke us up by yelling and screaming in the hallways at 0550, telling us that there was 30 minutes to go until formation – and to think I was actually looking forward to actually sleeping in for a few extra minutes. Once I was finally up and wasn’t too frightened to open my door, I saw that there was about 50 cups of water outside my door that I would have to jump over. Luckily I made it! 100th day was a great experience for us, we got to learn more about what the life of a 2/c is like. It was a lot of fun to have carry-on for the day, but on Wednesday we must all begin to brace up, memorize our indoc and square our corners. The next big hurdle will be Boards, which, due to 101st night, I realized I need to do a lot more studying for!


More about Kayla.