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Onward and Upward

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Dear blog readers,


Today is April 12, 2013, and it is FRIDAY!!! This week has flown by and by this I mean that I would believe it if someone told me that today was Wednesday instead of Friday. Now in the homestretch of many of my classes, the semester has about two weeks left before finals week and then summer assignments!!! My shipmates and I can barley wait for May 11th, when we all board USCGC Eagle and head for the Caribbean. I am pretty lucky because most of my closest friends will all be on the same Eagle phase as me, in addition, I will be going to summer school after Eagle and many of my friends will be doing the same. I am taking summer school courses because I started in the Introduction to Calculus class rather than Calculus 1, and I am a Marine and Environmental Science major now, which means that I need to be done with Calculus 2 by next semester. I will also be taking a leadership course this summer, which will be put me ahead and give me an extra space for an elective somewhere down the road.


Classes have been going pretty well for me this semester although they have been a bit more challenging than last semester. Statics and Chemistry have been probably the hardest classes but I have also been working pretty hard in Honors English.


With only two weeks left before finals, as a class, 2016 has been getting pretty excited for carry on. We are waiting for one last 4/c to pass boards and if he passes on Sunday, then WE GET CARRY ON!!! I am super excited and really hoping that he passes. But even if he doesn’t we will have to get it at the end of the semester.


We are hanging in there and I cannot believe that I am about to be a third class cadet in a month!!! I am so excited about my future in the Academy and in the Guard. The Atlantic Area Commander came and spoke to the core yesterday and he was very motivational. We have a lot to look forward to!


Next month will be a big one, consisting of my BIRTHDAY, finals, and Eagle!!!


Good bye for now!



April Showers Bring May Flowers

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Ulbricht Photo Spring is attempting to come peak out of its winter hibernation one colorful flower at a time. With spring comes a flurry of last minute tests, huge projects and any other work that will hopefully get our grades where we need them to be. We only have a month or so until we have our summer trainings to think about. Starting to think about what the summer brings gets me excited to learn and grow as a leader. Granted I did not get the cadre section I had hoped for, I am still looking forward to helping the swabs grow as leaders but more importantly as effective followers. This summer marks the turning point for our class where we go from the effective followers to the leaders, and hopefully learn something in the process. I often stop to think how far we have come since it was our turn to raise our right hand and take the oath of office, not knowing what was coming next. Some of us were newly graduated high school kids, some came from prep school, while others were prior enlisted or came from college. Whatever the case, these strangers were now going to see us cry, laugh, and help us through the tough times.


As often as we think about the bad things about this place, and how much it can bring you down, we forget to stop and be thankful for the good things that we do have, that very few people only imagine of doing. The bonds we have here will never be broken, regardless of the years and miles that separate us. We are like a big family, where most of the people will have your back no matter what. They will be there for you through the good, but will also give you a helping hand when you are down. That is what I like the most about this place. There will always be someone there when the going gets tough and you think that there is no hope left. I can’t wait for the summer, to instill in my future swabs the same work ethic my cadre instilled in me.


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Chart Corrections to Bring to Nautical Science

(Academics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo This first video blog is about Fundamentals of Navigation, a series of courses I did not realize were part of the yearly Academy curriculum until becoming a cadet. Every cadet takes these classes and it is one of the most applicable courses for our careers. Nautical Science has been one of my favorite lectures and labs so far  the instructors are very engaging and always available for extra guidance.

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Carry On! The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo At long last, the fourth class has passed boards! It has taken nearly seven weeks, but we’ve done it. Getting carry on is the second most significant part of our young Coast Guard careers, behind taking the oath on Reporting-In day. Receiving full carry on is like the grand finale to fourth class year. We’ve worked so hard mentally, physically, and emotionally to get to this point, and it has paid off. Now we have a short two weeks until we get to go on our summer assignments in the fleet.


Carry on changes everything for fourth class. We feel more like human beings now. We don’t have to be braced up in the hallways, meaning that no more walking in the middle with eyes in the boat, fingers curled, and greeting everyone. We can just walk normally and talk to whomever we want. At meals, we no longer have to square. We can look at our food! And we can talk to other fourth class. When going to class, we no longer have to march in section and be silent. Now, we can go to class using all the short cuts we were forbidden from previously, and we can talk to each other as we do it. On the computer, we can use social media again, watch YouTube videos, and play whatever games we please.


It is hard to describe how satisfying all of these privileges are when most people have never gone without them, but it is amazing.


Carry on is awesome, but it doesn’t mean we’re no longer fourth class. Unfortunately we still have to take out the trash, clean, and announce formation at clocks every morning and afternoon. In addition, Carry on is a privilege that can be taken away at any time. We have to be responsible and respectful or we can lose carry on and have to go back to being braced up. That would be very awful.


If you have any questions, feel free to email me any time.


I look forward to corresponding with you. Stay tuned for a blog on summer assignments!


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