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The Roller Coaster Ride of a Cadet

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo Life is like a roller coaster here at the Coast Guard Academy, filled with many ups, downs, lulls, and just when you think that the ride is about to end, you quickly get twisted into another direction. Lately, I have felt that my workload has taken me into a million different directions, forcing me to try to become more efficient so that I can effectively manage my academics, sports, military life and social life, all while trying to get enough sleep. I can’t lie and say that I haven’t been struggling to find a balance lately, but I think that I’m finally starting to catch up with everything.

 

Spring break was a definite help to everyone’s sanity here. The weeks before spring break are nicknamed “The Dark Ages.” This is because it is dark most of the time we’re awake, people are being overloaded with academic work, and on top of all of that, it’s the heart of winter. Not to mention, we have had an exceptionally long winter this year so I think everyone was ready to head out on spring break and escape into a warm, sun-filled abyss for a week. I was lucky enough to travel to Miami, Florida with two of my friends from school and we even took a little mini-cruise to the island of Bimini, Bahamas for three days. I definitely got a lot tanner during our break and was ready to hit the ground running when we came back to school.

 

Unfortunately for everyone at the Academy, spring break did not start out on the highest note. We were notified that two of our shipmates from the Republic of Georgia were involved in a car accident and taken from us in the beginning of our allotted leave. It was sad for everyone to hear of the passing of two amazing men, but we all knew we had to come together to get through the tragedy. Little by little, cadets started changing their profile pictures to Georgian flags on Facebook and soon enough I would say about half of all of my Facebook friends had Georgian flags as their profile pictures. It was amazing to see how quickly everyone came together for these two gentlemen. We all had the opportunity to participate in a remembrance ceremony for the two fallen cadets on the Wednesday after we came back to school and I must say it was the most beautiful ceremony I have ever been to. After the ceremony, I realized how proud I am to say that I go to the Coast Guard Academy and that I am a member of the long blue line, the United States Coast Guard. It is truly amazing how special our small service is.

 

Not to end on a somber note, but if you end up attending the United States Coast Guard Academy, you will soon realize how close-knit everyone is. It may drive you nuts at times because you live in the same building as 900 other people and the same 900 other people are the people you play sports with, eat with, learn with, grow with, and pretty much do EVERYTHING with. However, these are the people who will have your back through everything and be there for you during both tough and happy times. I will forever cherish everyone I have met at the Coast Guard Academy and in the operational Coast Guard because they are all extremely special to me.

 

More about Samantha.

 

Academics and the Music Program at the Academy

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Daniels Photo Well, spring break is upon us yet again and it seems almost unbelievable that we are almost halfway done with our cadet careers. It feels like we just got done with our first week of classes 4/c year. This semester is the first chance I’ve had to focus almost entirely on engineering courses and it has been the most interesting time of my life. Even though some would dread learning the ins and outs of fracture formation and propagation, I’ve enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

 

On top of the academic load, I’ve been able to get more involved with the music program at the Academy. The Brass Quintet is preparing to play at some of the community dances in Leamy. This opportunity is something that I am very excited about and is going to hopefully get the group out there more. Possibly more exciting is an upcoming gig for the Jazz band. We are playing at a Coast Guard Auxiliary awards ceremony with performer Natalie Toro and it is yet another truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we’ve been given.

 

One of the proudest moments of my career so far was at the Military School Band Festival. I attended the drum major clinic, while three other cadets attended the band portion of the festival. Each of the other cadets placed highest in their section (Casey Dieter-Leeds on trumpet, Hope McGeady on horn, and Olivia Calabro on oboe). Hope was selected as the most outstanding instrumentalist and the Coast Guard Academy placed as the college with the highest average audition score. I was truly honored and humbled to be with such outstanding musicians.

 

More about Drew.