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What a Busy Month

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo It hasn’t even been the first full week of February yet, and I’m already wishing February was over with! There are so many things to be done throughout this month, that when I look at my calendar all I see is writing – there is never a free moment! There are tests and quizzes scattered throughout the month, with plenty of homework and essays to fill any gaps between them. There are track meets, Glee Club events, community service events, and club meetings to be had with sleepless nights to top them all off. And the one week where there are no pressing academic tasks, we 4/c have Boards. What more could possibly happen this month? Needless to say, a much needed spring break is on its way. Not that I mean to sound like I’m complaining or anything; in general, I tend to like having a full plate of things to accomplish – BUT I do still enjoy some down time in between!


Amidst all these looming tests, homework, quizzes, and obligations I have, there is one that I am most excited about: Boards. If every 4/c passes Boards, the class of 2016 will get carry-on! Whoa, that’s crazy! Most classes don’t get the opportunity to earn carry-on this early. Getting to listen to music out loud, talk to my friends in the p-way, and not square is a huge thing to look forward to. After 100th day and getting the chance to be a 2/c for a day (well, 14 hours really…) I realized how fun this place can be when you’re NOT a 4/c. So, after having that little taste of freedom and privileges, I am very motivated to study. It made me wake up and realize that Boards are right around the corner, and not only do I have to do my part and study, but I have to help out my shipmates, too. Just because I might pass my first time (I really hope I do!!), the rest of 2016 does as well. This just emphasizes that you are a team here and have to look out for each other all the time.


That’s all I really have to say for now. Even though my month is crazy busy, don’t hesitate to email me if you guys have any questions or want advice about Academy stuff. To all the 2017 applicants/appointees – good luck, 2016 (and especially 2015) are anxiously waiting for y’all to get here!


More about Allie.


Beautiful October

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Merritt Photo What a beautiful and eventful month October was. We weathered Hurricane Sandy, had Halloween, Genesis Council went to Six Flags for Fright Fest and Parent’s Weekend showed a massive flood of excited families making their way through a weekend with their cadets. The highlight had to be my grandmother coming up to finally meet my beautiful “adoptive” family after the football game. Seriously, there’s nothing better than seeing both groups of people that I love finally getting to catch up over dinner.


About a week after that, Genesis Council took a trip up to Six Flags New England in Massachusetts. The best part, besides the rides and the haunted woods was watching their costume-clad employees chase people around—myself included (too many times to count actually). I mean when I say those employees were chasing people, I mean they were not playing around! They were dead sprinting after people with chainsaws and stuff. Haha! So as a little heads up, wear some good running shoes if you ever decide to go to a Fright Fest event. Better yet, shoes without laces because you can not afford to stop to ties those shoes!


Speaking of being in character, I volunteered in the Haunted Clinic held for cadets and the New London community held here at the Academy. Fully clad in my ghostly face paint and scrubs, I joined the rest of the cadets, clinic and other staff to put on a showcase of zombie apocalypse, contorted bodies and strange creatures. After I had a good laugh at that, I ventured down to Leamy where a continuous movie night was being held after the trick-or-treating earlier that evening. Needless to say the screams continued while we watched Nightmare on Elm Street and The Devil Inside. All in all, it was a great conclusion to the month.


Signing off,


More about Jalle.


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.