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cadet blogs

The Start of a New Semester

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Kloo Photo I am writing this from a train on the way to New York City for a weekend of liberty after the start to the semester. As always, you hate to leave your friends and family, and return to CGA but each semester offers new opportunities.


With a new semester comes new classes, which allow you to get further into your major and really focus on the topics you really enjoy. There is still a mixture of core and major-specific classes. Physics II and Probability and Statistics are both core classes, but those classes integrate nicely with many of the concepts in Physical and Analytical Chemistry.


Second semester of third class year is exciting. The big thing on everyone’s mind is which cadre section they will be a part of. The cadre are the ones who train the incoming Class of 2017, and each of the different sections: Swab Summer, waterfront, AIM, CGAS, or Eagle, and each group is responsible for a different component of training. In addition to cadre we have rules of the road training, pistol qualification, aviation training, and coastal sail training program, each of which offers a different component of development for us.


Crew is in full swing as always, and we are training hard for the Crash-B’s up in Boston. It has been a long winter on the erg and with weights but we are all looking forward to our spring break trip to Florida, where we can get out on the water and put down a ton of meters.


More about Alex.


Cadre Assignment Season

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo So, what’s new in the wonderful world of CGA since I last wrote? (This would of course assume that I remember the last time I wrote…which I don’t remember. So…) The biggest thing these past two weeks has been cadre assignments for Swab Summer 2013. To all of you who are getting appointments to the Class of 2017 right now, please rest assured that the Great Class of 2015 is getting ready for you all to join the corps. Swab Summer will be a blast! (For us maybe…)


Anyway, our e-resumes (the request sheet for assignments) were due last week, and cadre selections have been going on throughout this week. Most of my classmates want to be Chase Hall cadre, either for the swabs, the AIMsters, or the CGAS cadet candidates. However, I want to be an Eagle cadre. I think that the idea of getting underway time, away from Chase Hall, where I can show the swabs exactly what “a liking for the sea and its lore” means, is pretty awesome. However, this is not a general consensus: some of my classmates will have to be "voluntold" to be Eagle cadre. Anyway, I can’t give away too many of the surprises about Swab Summer…you’ve got to experience it for yourself! If you have any questions, please never hesitate to email me at I promise I won’t bite until R-Day. Haha, just kidding!!! (Maybe?)


The weeks are flying by until Swab Summer arrives. I hope that everyone who has accepted an appointment, or is eagerly awaiting one in the mail, is as excited for the adventure of a lifetime as my classmates and I are!


More about Peter.


New Semester, New Year!

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo Even though the corps had the longest winter break that we will ever have in our four years here, it felt like it was way too short! When we came back, it felt like we had never left at all! Although, changing rooms, changing roommates, getting new classes, and attending a lot of trainings and lectures helped us all ease back into the daily whirlwind that is the Academy. My classes this semester are enjoyable for the most part! Being able to be in my major-specific classes such as Marine Geochemistry and Physical Oceanography really help to give me a sense of what my classes will be like for the rest of my time here. They also help me to appreciate being an MES major while my engineering friends are doing subjects that I can’t even imagine taking.


Even though rugby is over and we didn’t make it to Nationals like the men’s team did, water polo just started up and I am super excited to finally get back in the water! This will be my 6th year playing, and each year I get even more excited to begin a new season. Our team looks really strong this year with about two to three strings of starters that have played the game before. There are also a number of new girls that have come out to play, so being able to see a team develop from vets and newbies is an enjoyment to watch and even more fun to be a part of!


Presidents' Day Weekend and Spring Break are the next two events that the corps is looking forward to. It is going to be nice to be able to go back home to sunny San Diego for a week before I have to come back to single digit weather! I am really excited to get through the first part of the second semester and to keep on chugging through until we hit the summer!


More about Samantha.


A Fresh Start

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo Returning to the Academy was finally a better experience than usual. I was able to choose my roommate this semester, which is one of my best friends here at the Academy. A goal I have for this semester is to strengthen my abs. So, we have been working out together almost nightly in order to be prepared for our cadre summer. Another one of my more random goals this semester is to drink more tea, so we set up a tea station on our bookshelf.


The classes I am taking this semester include: Discrete Mathematics, Linear Optimization, Ships, Racquetball/Golf, Intelligence and National Security Policy, Navigation Lab, and Physics II. I am really fond of my math classes and the Intelligence class, but I do not care for Physics II, which is going to be my hardest class this semester.


I got a season’s pass to Okemo for the winter so I would be able to ski. I have been able to ski Okemo three times so far, and once at a little mountain in Connecticut called Mohawk Mountain. When I was home on leave, I skied three days at Sunday River. Skiing on the weekends is refreshing and really makes me happy. It is a healthy way to have fun and leave the Academy for the entire day. It makes me feel accomplished instead of sleeping my whole day away on Sunday. I am definitely going to ski more this year in order to keep my batteries charged.


More about Christina.


Back in the Swing of Things

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Gurtler Photo This year I stand a little taller as I get back into the swing of things here at the USCGA. I think every third class has a sense of accomplishment coming back after a summer away from the Academy, working out in the fleet. I learned a great deal about the U.S. Coast Guard over my twelve weeks on USCGC Eagle and Small Boat Station Oak Island, and now I’m ready to hit the books for another demanding, but rewarding semester.


My schedule is difficult, especially for a Government major. I am studying everything from Calculus to Physics to American Government to Ships and Maritime Systems. Sprinkle a little Nautical Science and Morals and Ethics in there, and you got a loaded semester!


In addition, my teammates and I are busy pre-season conditioning for this upcoming women’s basketball season. I am so excited to begin practices in mid-October. We are looking at what seems to be a successful season with a lot of new talent on the roster!


With all the excitement happening this past week, I am really pleased to get my first blog out for the semester. This weekend plays host the Homecoming football game. Next weekend my parents are flying in from Wisconsin for Parents’ Day Weekend, and the week after that Glee Club performing at the Coast Guard Foundation Dinner in NYC, where I am honored to have a solo. Whew! I always forget just how busy us cadets are until I write it all down!


More about Victoria.