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Regular College is Overrated

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Kimura Photo Every Veteran’s Day, cadets at the Academy have the opportunity to march in the Veteran’s Day Parade held in New York City. Luckily for me, I snagged a spot to be one of about a hundred cadets representing the Coast Guard Academy to honor America’s veterans. Although the occasion was an escape from the rigor of Chase Hall with extra liberty to enjoy the city, the parade also illustrated the reverence of the servicemen and women who have already served and sacrificed for our country.

 

A captain giving a pre-parade talk to the Coast Guard group, consisting of cadets, officers, enlisted and auxiliary, summed up the purpose of the cadets perfectly. The great majority of cadets never served prior to attending the Academy, and had only experienced military life through the Academy, making us seem very miniscule in comparison to the officers and enlisted with years of duty. Although with the little experience we had, the captain emphasized the importance that we represent the future of our Coast Guard following in the footsteps of those before us.

 

This had a large impact on me because sometimes I wonder what have I done, I only go to school? But there is a larger reason that the captain highlighted; we chose to be here, and commit to stay here to eventually graduate and be commissioned as Coast Guard officers. That decision ultimately makes us stand out from other college students because we have a larger purpose than just attending college.

 

More about Amy.

 

Snowy Day

(Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Coburn Photo Since I am from New Hampshire I am very much accustomed to snow days, but I have to say snow days at the Academy are pretty awesome. We got hit with Winter Snow Storm Juno at the beginning of the week and in turn got around two feet or more of snow. They announced at lunch on Monday that the Academy was going to be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday. The wardroom erupted and I knew that I was in for a good couple of days. After school, everyone rushed to the cadet bookstore and the exchange to pile up on snacks and hot chocolate and then the snow began.

 

On Tuesday morning we didn’t have to get up till 0745 and we were allowed to do whatever really we wanted for most of the day, besides go outside, because there was a blizzard going on. It was a great time to catch up on homework (and sleep) and everyone was in a great mood. On Wednesday the storm had died down, so we were allowed out of Chase. My friends and I decided to go and play in the snow. We went down behind the gym, near the obstacle course and had a great time sledding down hills, and playing on the obstacle course in the snow. What was really cool was seeing my friends from Florida and the south reacting to seeing snow (or a lot of snow) for the first time. Some of them liked it and others vow to never touch snow again. All in all it was a great day and I really hope there are more snow days to come.

 

More about Mimi.