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All in a Weekend!

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo Being on a sports team at CGA has its pros and cons. Playing a sport allows you to be a part of a team, get out of Formal Room and Wing inspections or drill ceremonies, however, almost all of your weekends are also taken up once you are in season. It is not a requirement to be on a sports team, but you do have to get your sports credit through other means such as intercompany sports.

 

This semester I decided not to be on a sports team so that I can manage my own time. Not being on a team has given me the opportunity to adjust exercising around my school schedule as opposed to going to practice at a set time and waiting around for practice to start. Also, with the free weekends, I was able to sign up for races such as the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. With a Special Request Form approved to miss a couple classes to catch a flight, I was able to meet my sister in Florida and we got to run the 10k (6.2 miles) and half marathon (13.1 miles) on February 22nd and February 23rd respectively. It was such a memorable weekend; it was very productive and we were also able to have fun in all four theme parks of Disney World. It was also very fun to represent the Coast Guard in the Military category as well as partake in the Sister/Sister Team category. It was an unforgettable experience to see the hard work of training and exercising pay off in a very rewarding 10k and half marathon. The climate amongst the runners is different from what I have been used to. When I used to be on the CGA Cross Country team, everything and everyone had a competitive vibe. When I ran the road races in Disney, there was a slight competitive vibe amongst serious runners, however the competitive attitude was more about being competitive with oneself. Overall, road races have more of a team event, seeing everyone waking up at 3 a.m. to gather and start a race at 5:30 in the morning!

 

I also realized that learning how to manage my time is crucial for preparing myself for my future as a Coast Guard officer. I have heard the importance of time management before, but I never realized that it needed to be applied beyond academics. In the past, I did not need to time manage exercising because there was a set allotted time for team practices. Being on a team, I had been so dependent on my coaches and the teams to get me into shape. Only when I took a semester away from the sports team atmosphere that I saw the importance of building good fitness habits in order to remain fit.

 

I am officially excited to start training and signing up for more road races! I’m lacing up my shoes and ready to hit the roads :)

 



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It’s the Best Day Ever

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo I guess snow days aren’t a big deal for some people because they’re so used to them, or because students don’t have to go get up at six and go to class every day at other colleges. But, whether it’s me growing up in Florida or just the Academy…snow days are awesome! Just one day can completely change the entire morale of the corps.

 

Needless to say upon the announcement of the snow day the entirety of chase hall burst into cheers. Snowmen and snowball fights are interspersed with the incessant singing of Frozen songs. It’s confusing, since I still haven’t seen the movie, and it gets a little annoying since as soon as one person stops, someone else begins. However, the morale is pretty much at an all time high, so I really can’t complain about the singing all that much. It honestly just makes me want to go see Frozen.

 

Anyway, the New England winter that is so often characterized as being dark and dreary has been one of the best times of the year. I’ve remembered how much I love to snowboard through a weekend at Killington, Vermont. I also visited the Statue of Liberty for the first time on MLK day weekend. Even though I missed the Class of 2016 ski trip to Okemo, Vermont, I got to spend nine days in sunny Florida competing against the top sailors in the world. Next weekend is another long weekend that I can spend with friends. Then spring break is just around the corner!

 

As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask! Christina.M.Frost@uscga.edu.

 



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Springtime at the Academy

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo The second week in March marks spring break for the Coast Guard Academy. Like other college students, cadets look forward to spring break as a time to relax and spend more time with family and friends before the second half of the spring semester begins.

 

Spring break festivities start a little early for 1/c cadets at the Academy, as the Thursday night before break is Billet Night. Billet Night is when 1/c cadets receive their “billet,” or ensign assignment. This assignment tells firsties where they will be living for the first year and a half of their Coast Guard career, what type of work they will be doing, and also lets them know which classmates will be going with them on their assignment. The anticipation and excitement experienced by the firsties trickles down throughout the rest of the corps, and puts everyone in high spirits before heading out on spring break.

 

Many of the spring sports teams travel during spring break. As part of the Lacrosse team, I left Chase Hall Thursday night (right after the firsties received there billets) en route to Palm Beach, Florida. We played two games the first weekend of the break, and although the results weren’t exactly what my teammates and I wanted, I do believe that the time spent on the bus ride to Florida and the time spent together in Palm Beach did bring us closer together as a team. Hopefully this bonding time will produce future wins as we enter the bulk of our conference game schedule, starting Friday against Central Connecticut.

 

After we played our two games, the team was released and players were free to do whatever they wanted for the rest of spring break. I meet my parents and girlfriend in Palm Beach, and we proceeded to drive up to Orlando to spend a couple days at Disney World. The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) office at the Academy always has great deals for service members at various attractions, including Disney, and my family decided to use them! My girlfriend and I stayed an extra day in Disney after my parents headed home, and then spent a day in Savannah, Georgia before driving back up to our hometown in Northern Virginia.

 

I really enjoyed my spring break as a time I got to spend with teammates, friends, and family. After a restful week, I now feel up to taking on the second half of the semester.

 



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