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The Journey of Boards

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Sharp Photo Biggest news to date: I passed boards during the week of February 17th! Now, if you understand what this statement means, then feel free to stop reading here. For those that do not understand, let us venture on a little journey together.

 

It all started on R-Day; the day my life changed forever. My shipmates of the Class of 2019 reported to the Academy on June 29, 2015 and immediately got screamed at. We ran around sweating for a few hours, saw our parents for five minutes, and then returned to the grind for the rest of the summer. (Side note: I never fully understood why they let us see our parents after a few hours of running around on that first date. It’s like dangling a piece of bacon in front of a newly “discovered” vegetarian. The only plausible reason it would serve is to weed out the people who want to go home right then and there… but still.) Anyway, one of the best parts of R-Day, and even Swab Summer as a whole, is a little something the cadre call “indoc.” Sounds fun, right? WRONG. For the life of me, I cannot do indoc. What the heck is this demon, you ask? Well, my friends, it is short for “indoctrination,” which is a big, fancy word for random facts about the Coast Guard that some higher-up person thought we should all know. Some of these things are downright insane – like the 250-word response that is proper to answer the question “what time is it?” or the one that talks about a “cow…” Needless to say, I found no point in learning indoc. I would literally rather push deck (do push-ups) for hours on end instead of knowing the length, beam, draft, and displacement of Healy.

 

This mentality worked over Swab Summer because we pushed deck all the time anyway. But, then the school year rolled around, midterms came, the second semester started, and there I was. Little 4/c Sharp in complete denial of all things indoc. Still. It hit me the day before my first board that this was, like, an actual thing. You see, in order to advance a rank (to go from 4/c to 3/c) everyone must pass boards. When our whole class passes boards, we can get social media back, so the stakes are fairly high. I really did not want to be the last one in my class to pass because I hate holding back my shipmates. But, there was only so much indoc I could cram into my head within a 24-hour period. So I studied. Hard. And, with the help of a few people, I somehow managed to get a 6/10. You need at least an 8, however. After that first board, I accepted the fact that I would probably pass last in my class. But I was not about to give up.

 

The Journey of Boards (Continued) PDF 


More about Kirsten.

 

Motivation to Excel

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo The first week of March was the busiest week I have had at the Academy thus far. With midterm exams, papers, lab reports, lacrosse, and military trainings, it seemed as though there wasn’t enough time in the day to breathe. The whole corps was scrambling to get everything done before spring break. Luckily, we all finished what we needed to finish and could go our separate ways for leave. The lacrosse team headed out to Colorado Springs for a training trip. We played two games against Colorado College and Messiah College. Besides practices and games, we got to explore the area. We went to the Garden of the Gods, the Olympic Training Center, and a hike at 0530 to see the sun rise over the mountains. Overall, it was a great trip where I feel our team really got to know one another and who we all are outside of the Academy gates. To be able to focus on just lacrosse was a blessing.

 

It is definitely challenging balancing all duties at the CGA, and these breaks always seem to come at the most needed times. Coming back to the Academy, I feel refreshed and ready to take on the end of 3/c year. This year has been fantastic, but it has definitely challenged me. I am looking within myself to find the motivation to do my best over this month and a half left until summer to keep my grades up to par and balance athletics, clubs, military obligations, friends, school, and sleep. For this summer, I just found out I am going to be cadre for AIM 2, getting to train high school candidates. I attended a similar program at the USNA as an upcoming senior in high school, and it had a huge impact on my decision to go to an academy. I am thrilled for the opportunity to influence potential future officers in a positive way and help them make their college decision.

 

More about Hannah.