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The End is in Sight!

(Academics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo Well, we are almost done with March, and all of the 4/c are anxiously waiting for the semester to be over. It was hard coming back from spring break, especially when we had three tests that week including a huge test for the military aspect of our lives. Our class didn’t do so well on that test, but we have another one coming up, which we should do better on! I am really happy with how this semester has turned out. The classes are harder and there is more work that needs to be done, but overall, this whole semester has been nothing but enjoyable. With the end of the semester coming up, all the 4/c are excited to be done, and that can also cause a lot of stress and anxiety. It is hard to keep up an enthusiastic atmosphere among the class, but we are slowly starting to see the spirit that we lost after coming back from spring break and falling into basically a “pit of despair.” Spirit missions have been going around, and the sun has started to come out! I know that I, for one, missed the sun desperately! Being from San Diego, there are only a few days throughout the entire year where there will not be any sun, but coming here and experiencing that for weeks made me miss my Vitamin D, and having the sun back on a normal basis has been fantastic!


Water Polo has been going really well as well. Granted, we have not won any games yet, but we continue to work hard and persevere as a team and have fun and that’s all that really matters! We are all also very excited to see what we get for our summer assignments. I basically already know that I am going to be on first phase Eagle and then taking summer school, but I am very excited for my shipmates and can’t wait to see where they get to go this summer! Well, we only have a few more weeks left! And personally, I can’t wait for it to be over and come back next year as a 3/c!


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(Just for Fun, Class of 2012) Permanent link
White Photo Hello again!!


I am sorry it has been so long since my last blog; but I am finding that there is no such thing as “down time,” even if I am a second semester firstie! But I have been having fun, even if I am itching to get out of here. Don’t get me wrong, I love classes and military trainings and drill and snow, but the best feeling in the world is to take off from Rhode Island and land in Florida 30 degrees warmer. And this Spring Break, that is exactly what I did!


This Spring Break (Spreak, if you will… well even if you don’t, too bad. My blog.) But this Spreak I flew down from New London to Miami, Florida to take a seven day cruise on the Carnival Liberty. The first question I got from someone on the cruise ship: “Isn’t this, like, too much like being on a Coast Guard cutter for you to relax?” I have gotten this a couple of times, so let me just clarify for people: being on a 1,000 foot cruise ship is NOT like being on a Coast Guard cutter. Firstly, on a cruise, food such as filet mignon, shrimps, and pizza are delivered fresh every day and night. On a cutter, the only room service you can get is a half-eaten slice of week old pizza your roommate gives you. Secondly, a cruise ship has pools and hot tubs. A cutter has…the ocean. Thirdly, a cruise ship has stewards to clean your room, fix you meals, and even give you a massage. The closest thing you can ask for on a CG cutter is to not get yelled at because your rack isn’t tight, to stuff yourself with enough fresh fruit before it rots, and to not get tossed out of your rack overnight due to rough seas. But beyond that…. yeah, cruises and Coast Guard patrols are pretty much the exact same. But back to the point of my story: the cruise was amazing! Ten other firsties, myself, and my girlfriend got to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, USVI, Half Moon Cay, and Grand Turk. We snorkeled, tanned (I burnt), ate the local cuisine, and even got to sample some of the local rum and other liquors (responsibly of course). We met some of the best people in the world; our waitress Lizette from Peru, waiter Roberto from Honduras, and Jasenko from Bosnia. It was a great time, I made great friends, got to know some of my classmates even better, and got to spend a week with my girlfriend. What could be better than that?


Unfortunately, the trip had to end sometime. Stepping off of the plane in Connecticut, I felt the cold. Then I realized that there is no unlimited ice cream and frozen yogurt anymore. Later, the sunburn/tan faded back to white. Before I knew it, I was sitting in my first class back at school and wondering where the time went this Spring Break. As the teacher droned on and on about fatal doses of chlorobenzene, I couldn’t help but close my eyes, sit back, and dream of lying on the deck of the Liberty listening to Jimmy Buffett. Even if my first Coast Guard cutter has no beach chairs or free ice cream, I thought one thing: I am stocking up on Jimmy Buffett CDs before going on my first Caribbean patrol.


Much love,
Nathan “Wheetay” White


P.S. Any questions, please email :) 


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Final 4c Stretch and JSACWC

(Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Garrett Photo It’s late March, and 4/c carry on is in sight! Everyone at this point in time is just waiting for that day, when inconvenient and tedious 4/c duties are gone. My friends and I have a countdown to the day when we are ”suppose to” get it. Red Shields here we come! Haha.


Other than the expected, and non-thrilling Board’s stresses and academics, there is a lot to look forward to. The last couple of weeks Combat Arms Team or “CAT” has been practicing like crazy for our upcoming JSACWC event against the other service academies. It should be awesome :) We’ve been doing a lot of rifle drills and learning how to shoot around barriers. Having a team sport to go to every day is definitely one way of making this place more fun. Friends and teammates are crucial, and even though I’m on a predominantly male sports team, you wouldn’t know it. For all the females out there that may be worried about female disadvantages, let me assure you, there are none. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, no gender exceptions or discriminations included. :)


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Spring Semester!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo Spring semester has been full of ups and downs. 4/c are starting to take our Boards exams to earn certain privileges. We’ve taken two out of the three total exams (not including the actual Boards exam) and have achieved the 80% passing requirement (for our entire class) for only the first one. Since we failed the second requirement, we now have the chance to earn three privileges on the last exam if we pass it. These would include writing on whiteboards outside our rooms, playing music out loud, and the much sought after wardroom carry-on (a.k.a. looking at food when you eat!).


In more exciting news, we recently got back from spring break, which was awesome for me. A couple of guys in my company and I went to their house in Alabama, which I had never been to before. Although it was nice just to take a break from the Academy, it was the beautiful weather and awesome activities (canoeing, hiking, and hanging out with friends) that made the break fun.


Back in Connecticut, it seriously feels like winter has passed by in no time. Right now it’s about 60 degrees and humid! Craziness! Perfect timing for spring soccer and all of the other sports!


More about Lindsay.