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Oh, the Things You Will Do

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2013) Permanent link
Nolan Photo To those of you who read this blog, know that there are only six school days left. However, there are still approximately 1.8 million things I need to do between now and the time I can ship off to my summer unit in Alaska in the beginning of May. Fortunately for you, one of those things is writing you another blog entry! Unfortunately for you, I don’t have the time to write you another blog entry, so instead I bequeath unto you my to do list, so that you may perhaps see what the “day in the life of a cadet,” really is all about.



2/c Nolan’s To Do List: 

  • Write a 3 page government paper due Thursday
  • Write a 5 page Spanish paper due Monday
  • File a travel claim for conference trip
  • Send paper on Helicon Plasma to DEPS
  • Finish preparing Presentation on Helicon Plasma for Senior Symposium Day
  • Write a 7 minute speech for Spanish
  • Practice giving Helicon Plasma Speech
  • Write the Biochem Lab Report for Thursday
  • Help write a summer command philosophy
  • Make a summer rooming chart
  • Create the summer recall log
  • Naut Sci take home test
  • Waves and Tides test
  • Spanish test
  • Biochem Oceans test
  • Organize room for the COSAS walkthrough
  • Final T-Boats lab practical
  • Morning Drill Practice x 2
  • Afternoon Drill x 2
  • Prepare uniform for Ring Dance
  • Meeting with Academic Advisor
  • File and route OOD packet from yesterday
  • Organize and schedule the 3/c Boards
  • Create Boards Questions
  • Administer Boards
  • Complete group Naut Sci project and submit it
  • Fill out the Arctic Conference AAR
  • Finish “un diario” for Spanish
  • Meet with photographers for the “Day in the Life” project
  • Choir Practice
  • Distribute summer OOD list
  • Write a blog entry 

This is my short-term list: they are things that have to be completed within the next week. Thankfully as of right now I can cross the last one off the list. Hopefully with a couple of late nights, I can slowly start whittling this list down so that I can start studying for finals, packing, and preparing to leave for my first half of the summer. After that it’s just a quick jaunt back here to the Academy where I can see my fourth R-Day in a row, this time as an XO.


Well, now that I’ve shared the things I have to do with you, I think it’s time that I actually go ahead and do them. Have a great evening and if you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at


Semper P,
2/c Stephen Nolan
Summer ’12 CXO


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Finishing the Trip

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2012) Permanent link
Lloyd Photo Time has been moving a mile a minute here at the Academy over the past few months. It is surreal to believe that I will be done with classes in just three weeks and graduating as in officer in the world’s best Coast Guard in a little over a month.


Just one month ago, I was living up one of the best weeks of my life in the British Virgin Islands on my last spring break of college with several of my classmates. We rented a 47’ sailing yacht to adventure through the islands of the Caribbean. Needless to say, we did some incredible sailing and made some unforgettable memories.


More importantly, I finally know where I will spend the next two years of my life – flight school in Pensacola, Florida! On a night in the first week of March, the Academy staff, my classmates, and I gathered together for our Billet Night, one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The Class of 2012 will be dispersing across the country from Alaska to Guam and Hawaii to New Hampshire!


I have kept busy nearly every weekend with other memorable events ranging from snowboarding to concerts to our class’s final formal, Castle Dance held in Newport, Rhode Island. Although loaded with school work and training as can be expected at a military academy, this year has been awesome. It is hard to believe my time here is nearly drawing to a close. As I reflect back on my total experience over the last four years, I can honestly say that have no regrets, regardless of the challenges I faced. I have made some lifelong memories and friends, and CANNOT wait to enter the fleet to serve in America’s Coast Guard as a future aviator.


To any graduating high school seniors out there and future members of the Class of 2016, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Semper Paratus.


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Rainbows and Unicorns

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Ulbricht Photo From the last time you heard from me we were waiting patiently for spring break to come. Well now that it has quickly come and gone, all we can do now is smile when we think of all the fun we had during that week. I went with a group of friends from the Academy (most of them preps from last year) down to Hollywood, Florida. We stayed at a place a minute’s walk from the beach! It was so great. I could wake up in the morning and go for a run, and not be afraid of getting cold because it was already 70 + degrees out. Coming back from spring break was tough. All we wanted was to stay in sunny Florida where all our worries of passing classes, getting through boards, and where we were being sent for our summer assignment was non-existent. This semester by far has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I had a rocky start to classes, which almost caused me to give up my passion of running and staying on the track team. I luckily was able to work out a plan with my coach so I could still participate in track and get the help I needed with my classes.


Many times throughout this semester, I have thought about leaving. Not because I don’t like it here but life would just be easier. I hate the long nights of staying up late studying for a test that I only end up failing anyway, or wanting to be home or anywhere but where you have people constantly telling you what to do and when to do it. Many people keep telling us emotionally distraught 4/c that the summer is right around the corner. More like over the cliff, and in between that is boards preparation, final exam studying and other random military obligations thrown in the mix. Welcome to the life of a military cadet!! By no means do I hate it here. The Academy gets the best of us that’s for sure, but I would not trade anything in the world for my spot here. You learn to work through the many challenges you face everyday in order to survive and make it to the next one. In the end you will be a better officer because you learned to work hard and not take anything for granted. By focusing on the little joys in life, the bigger ones just seem that much better.


Best of luck as you finish your senior year.


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