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My Welcome Back

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo “Good morning, Ms. Roesch, ma’am”. Never would I have imagined getting greeted as such would have felt so sweet! Looking back on last year when I was just finishing up Swab Summer, I never would have thought wearing one stripe on my shoulder boards would have come so quickly, but it did! Coming back to the Academy from leave was definitely tough – who isn’t sad to leave summer break to go back to school? Mostly, I was nervous. There were several things weighing heavy on my mind: 1) Would I get homesick again just like I did last year? 2) I hope I have Air Force furniture! 3) How am I going to get my room all packed in and inspection-ready by Friday? and 4) How is it going to feel being a 3/c? Well, here are my answers and they’re all good (woohoo)! I was homesick for about 10 minutes, but it quickly went away once I started joking around with my shipmates. I luckily have Air Force furniture this semester (something only cadets would really get). Amazingly, I got my room packed in super fast and stowed properly so all I have to do is clean for formal room and wing this Friday. And most importantly, it is AWESOME being a 3/c. Honestly, though some people might not believe me when I say this, but I absolutely love being a third class cadet, and now I’m actually super content and happy with Academy life.

 

Life is light years better than last. The transition from a 4/c to a 3/c is so sweet, though it comes with its responsibilities. All the extra work of having someone else to keep track of is very overwhelming at first, but oh so rewarding. It feels great to actually know some stuff about this place, and being able to help out a new 4/c find their footing is something I truly enjoy. I’m very excited to see what the rest of this semester has in store for me and the class of 2016 as we being to play more important roles here at the Academy as role models.

 

As always, if you have any questions feel free to send me an email! Allyson.J.Roesch@uscga.edu 

 



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Outstanding Memories

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo Wow! It’s hard to believe that my 3/c summer training has come to a close and I am preparing for my second year at the Academy. Where did the time go?!? In all seriousness, I can say that the experiences I had this summer have made me a both a better person and cadet. After this summer I feel much more confident in the skills I have mastered and my abilities as a future Coast Guard officer.

 

After leaving Coast Guard Station Annapolis in mid-June, I reported aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, the Coast Guard’s training vessel. During my six weeks aboard I had the opportunity to travel to some unique and exciting ports of call, including St. Petersburg and Mayport, Florida; Bermuda; St. Pierre, France; Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Boston. The time spent aboard Eagle was just as exciting as the port calls. While aboard I completed my Helm, Lookout, and Sounding and Security qualifications, finished my basic Damage Control personnel qualifications, and started my Oiler and Quartermaster of the Watch qualifications. I also learned a lot of nautical information including the nautical Rules of the Road, which gave me more confidence in my abilities as a Coast Guardsman. I also got to experience countless sail station evolutions, served meals to senior officers, and gave personal tours of Eagle! But by far the best part of being on Eagle was establishing stronger and more meaningful relationships with my classmates in the Great USCGA Class of 2016.

 

So many of the moments I experienced this summer I will remember and cherish forever. Whether it was getting lost in Bermuda or finding Tommy the Tug-Boat in Halifax, the memories I made were outstanding. And now I can’t be more excited to make some more memories during the upcoming academic year! So here’s to another exciting school year at the Academy! Go Bears and Go Books!

 



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