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Four Memorable Moments

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Miller Photo In honor of March Madness, we’ve been asked to write a little bit about our four most memorable Academy-related experiences. So, in no particular order, here they are!

 

Swab Summer— Definitely one of the most memorable; it’s impossible to forget because it is what most people talk about 4/c year. It also took up a pretty sizeable chunk of summer, lasting seven weeks. But it’s also memorable because it does change you and forces you to realize that you are really part of the military. Even though it is not the most enjoyable way to spend the summer, it is worth it, in the end.

 

Crew/“Spreak”—This was the first year I rowed, and I really enjoyed it. It was a good team sport that allowed me to meet a lot of good people and also forced me to stay in shape. For Spring Break—or “spreak”—the crew team went to Deland, Florida. While I couldn’t participate in a lot of the rowing activities because of an injury, it was a lot of fun going to Florida with the team.

 

Hurricane Sandy—Hurricane Sandy led to two of the best days of first semester. For starters, my class received running suits. Running suits can be worn to dinner instead of a uniform, which meant that after sports practices I no longer had to change into a uniform and instead could throw on my running suit pants. I also got to bond with a few of my classmates and just goof off a little and relax.

 

Passing Boards—After I passed Boards, I received the ability to write on my whiteboard and play music out loud. These were both great things, but the best part was no longer having to worry about taking Boards and also knowing that carry-on for my class was a little closer.

 

There’s still a few more of my classmates that need to take and pass Boards before we get carry-on, but once we do that will definitely be a memorable experience!

 

As always, if you have any questions for me I can be reached at Caroline.Miller1@uscga.edu!

 



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Welcome Back.

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo After a wonderful week of leave, it is time to come back to the daily grind that of Academy life. Just one day after arriving back from home, I had a Chemistry test and an English presentation. It was like being pushed into a freezing cold pool with your eyes shut – unexpected and not particularly fun. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy to be back. I actually missed a lot of my friends despite only being gone for one week. Of course, I didn’t really miss waking up early and doing all the silly 4/c things, but the Class of 2016 is so close to carry on! That’s one of the things that keeps me going through all of the tedious things I have to do like clocks, taking out trash, squaring, and everything else. We are all so close to normal living!

 

Aside from that, there are plenty of other things we have to look forward to for inspiration. For one, our 4/c Formal is this Saturday (23MAR). At this formal our class crest is shown to us and we get to have a fun time with just the wonderful class of 2016. Also, pretty soon we should all be getting our summer assignments, which is another “light at the end of the tunnel” for us 4/c. And me personally, I have a few Glee Club trips to look forward to. The remaining time left in this semester is really going to fly by and before I know it, I will be out in the fleet for the summer. I am so ready to get out there and actually experience the Coast Guard in the role of a junior enlisted.

 

As always, if any of you have any questions just send me an email and I will help you out as best as I can! Good luck to all those applying to AIM or are just accepting their appointments to the Class of 2017.

 



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Paying It Forward

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Wright Photo It’s not often that we, as cadets, get to take a bigger look at what we are doing. Sure we have lectures on what it is like in the fleet and what makes a good leader but it all seems so distant. But, today, on my way home for spring break me and my friend, who is a classmate of mine at the Academy, got the chance to talk to an officer who gave us a unique look into our possibilities of our future.

 

We were sitting in Providence airport and decided to get something to eat while we were waiting the several hours for our flight home for a much needed spring break. Once we were done eating we asked the waitress for the check and she had told us that the gentleman sitting in a table near us had picked up our tab. A little surprised, we decided that we should go thank the gentleman for his kind gesture. When we went to thank him he told us that he was a Coastie as well and was actually going to soon take command of CGC Dauntless stationed in Galveston, Texas, about an hour away from my home. We were amazed that a high ranking officer even thought twice when looking at two freshmen at the Academy. We ended up talking to him for about 30 minutes and he said it was hard to believe that he was in our position 24 years ago. Upon his graduation, he explained to us, he had two goals. Make O-5, check, and take command of a cutter, which is what he plans to do in the next few months. I asked him about what he has found to be good leadership and various questions about his many tours. At the end of our conversation he told us to keep doing what we are doing as long as it makes us happy and everywhere we go we should make it our goal to make a positive difference.

 

It’s not often that we get the chance to slow down and look at why we go through the daily tasks at the Academy. But every once and a while it is refreshing to take a step back and remember why we are doing what we are doing, and for me, it is to become as impactful as a leader as the officer we had the privilege of talking to today and one day pay it forward.

 



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Get Excited…In Two

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Driscoll Photo So if you have any inkling by now of who I am (from reading my blogs, of course!), then you know that crew is a major part of my life. At times, it feels like I’m married to the sport—or at least the cox’s seat! In Part II of my amazing experiences here at the Academy, crew stands out above all the rest.

 

In my Leadership and Organizational Behavior (think Leadership Psychology) class, we discussed identity. Needless to say, I strongly identify with the crew “cult.” My best friends row; the team does everything as a team; we all eat, sleep, and dream crew, especially over break. For me, two things stand out in my crew experiences: racing and spring break.

 

First, racing. If you’ve read my blogs before, you’ve probably read about my races. They give me such an adrenaline rush. I always get nauseated before getting hands-on to carry the boat down to the racecourse, but once we get on the water…BAM! I’m in the zone! Nothing can stop me, once I sit in the cox’s seat, I change (like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) from a nice, mild-mannered, pleasant person into a demanding, aggressive animal. Like any other normal person, I love winning. There are times when I wonder what could possibly come between my boat and winning. (Of course, obvious safety concerns like a sinking boat or a collision will cause me to stop. However, not much else will…) In the past year, it has been amazing to see the change I’ve undergone. My teammates and others have noticed my increased self-confidence and assertiveness, both on and off the water. People like 3/c Alex Kloo, 3/c Sean Murphy, and 3/c Luke Carani (all cadet bloggers, by the way) picked up on calling me “Sassquatch,” which I don’t think does me justice. Just because I say something decisively does not make it sassy, guys! But that is a fight for me to win with my boat…tomorrow, at practice.

 

Even better than racing is SPRING BREAK! Last week, we all traveled to Deland, Florida for a week of two-a-day practices—and fun. We rowed on (well, okay, I was rowed around) Lake Beresford, where the warm sunshine and flat water helped us iron out the technical kinks we had, so we can row the fastest boat possible. We practiced early in the morning, rowing into the sunrise, then returned to the hotel to shower, eat, and nap before repeating it again in the afternoon. During practice one day, I saw two alligators and a manatee! After dinner, most of us would hang out on the pool deck or the balcony, reading, talking, and joking with our best friends. I wish that I could do more than just write about it: my words don’t do it justice! The best part of the week for me was our scrimmage on Friday afternoon against Temple University and Jacksonville University, two D-I schools. In our second race against them, we held with both boats and at one point had “seats” (we were ahead by a certain number of seats) until about the 1300-meter mark. It was great to see just how competitive we were—it’s a great sign for the spring season. Be sure to check out some of the photos that link to my blog. I’m going to try to put some of the best photos from Spring Break up.

 

I’m hoping to compete with the Varsity Eight this spring; however, to get there, it’ll be super competitive. In addition to that, I am also juggling an academic overload, planning for the 3/c formal, and a million other things. As always, I’d love to hear questions or concerns, because I get distracted easily. Email me at Peter.M.Driscoll@uscga.edu if you want to talk about America’s best school!

 



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