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A Passion for Electrical Engineering

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Hoburg Photo With a simple glance at my past blogs you might noticed that it has been a while since I have submitted an entry. Well I just want you to know that I am still alive an kicking and the spring semester of my 3/c year has proved to be nothing short of exciting. The reason I haven’t written in a while actually ties really nicely into the topic I would like to discuss in this blog which happens to be the academics of your second year as a cadet. 3/c year is when everybody starts to get into his or her respective major-specific classes, which can be an extremely exciting time. I have discovered that all through my academic career I have been told which classes to take and when. Now I have the opportunity to take classes that I want and decide a course of study that I really enjoy and am passionate about, which is awesome!


I am an Electrical Engineering major taking the Systems track offered here at the Academy and so far I absolutely love it. I have been very fortunate that the major I chose has turned out to be exactly what I am passionate about; I love learning how to use technology to solve the world’s problems. I would just like to highlight some of the excellent aspects of the Academy’s Electrical Engineering Department. First off, I must mention that we are an accredited program, which as little as that meant to me as a high school senior, turns out that means some really good things for future endeavors of grad school. But anyway, as far as the interesting things go, the one thing that makes our department awesome is that we are a very tight knit community. I currently have 19 classmates that are EE’s and we are all very close to each other and want nothing more than to see each succeed. Which means we will all do whatever it takes to help our classmates out when they are struggling. We really have each others’ backs because I’m going to be honest with you, EE is not an easy major but it is extremely rewarding.


That being said, each and every one of the instructors is the exact same way. They all want to see you succeed and they will not hesitate to go out of their way to stay at work late or help you on the weekends to make sure that you understand the material and pass your courses. The Engineering Department is set up in such a way that you walk into a big room with a conference table in the middle and all of the instructors offices have doors are around the room facing the conference table. This means that whenever I need help on something all I have to do is sit down at that conference table and ask one of the instructors for help and they will stop what they are doing and put my success first. They really are an excellent group of people that are all highly trained experts in their field and work very hard to make sure that labs and coursework are productive tools to help us really grasp concepts. One of the best parts I must add is that everybody chips in to provide coffee and a well stocked M&M machine for all of the EEs. Sshhh! Don’t tell the other Engineering majors.


So I sit here and glorify the Electrical Engineering Department because I have found my place academically at the Academy and I love it. But literally every major offered here has an endless list of attributes that make it great and drive their students to succeed. I know a lot of people in the Government major that talk extremely highly of their instructors and coursework and really are getting a lot out of their education. And the same goes for all the majors. It really comes down to finding what the Academy has to offer that is going to spark your inner passion and excite you to go to class every morning. I won’t lie to you, there will be days where your military, academic, and athletic requirements build up. There are going to be tough days. But if you can find that passion inside you that’s going to spark your intellectual curiosity and make you want to learn and work hard, it is all going to be worth it in the end.


I really hope my insight into the Electrical Engineering major will get you thinking about the endless possibilities that come with any of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors offered here at the Academy. But whatever area you passion lies in do not be afraid to take a chance and give yourself the opportunity you deserve to succeed. If you have any further questions about any of the majors or anything about cadet life please email me at: Thank you for your time.


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Spring’s Here!

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo Hi all! Spring semester is still plugging away. We are down to the last month or so of classes, and it was back down to the grind last week after a very enjoyable spring break. I can’t think of a better way I could have spent my break! I got to spend time with my two families – my real family and my sailing family. The sailing team spent Saturday through Thursday training in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sailing back in Florida was so nice! It definitely beats wearing dry suits, which still seem like a foreign entity to me. We had four alumni join us for the training trip; they were stationed as close as down the road at sector St. Petersburg and as far away as Seattle. This was a really cool opportunity to sail with alumni who participated in college sailing for four years already, and to get to talk with junior officers in the fleet right now. Everyone does something different in the Coast Guard, so it was nice to get multiple different perspectives on fleet life.


Now, we are back to school, classes, exams, trainings, and the endless list of things to do. I feel like spring semester is so much more rushed than fall. The to-do list never ends, and it’s hard to find time to come up from air. This being said, it should go by fast. Until then it’s just day by day to get through.


As always, you can contact me at with any questions you may have!


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