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My Summer in a Nutshell

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo Wow, it has been a while since I have written a blog! There was just so much going on since March that finally starting off the month of September, I feel able to sit down and recap on everything. So hopefully I can give any readers an insight on the academy life since my last entry in March. I have gone through a lot to say the least.

 

In April and May, I felt like a whole truckload of stress was dumped on me and I felt buried. There were finals coming up and also I had found out that my grandfather was in the hospital in critical condition. It was definitely a difficult time to focus on academics while also being concerned about the well-being of my family. However, I was able to really fall back on my Coast Guard family and they were very supportive through everything. Not only were my friends at CGA very helpful, but I found my company chief always had his door open and he was very understanding and provided many possible options for me. Through all of this, I truly appreciated being in a small and close knit service.

 

In June, my grandfather passed away. It was a blessing in disguise that 2/c summer was packed with a lot of things that kept my mind preoccupied. My family and I also knew that my grandfather would not have wanted us to stop living our lives. For 2/c summer, you apply for a cadre role you would prefer and with that cadre role is a specific summer schedule. My summer started off at the range where I was able to qualify as a sharpshooter with Sig Sauer P229 DAK. It was the first time I have ever shot a gun and it was very stress relieving. The next week for me was ROTR week which consisted of long days in a classroom studying Rules of the Road. At the end of the week, we took an exam with 50 multiple choice requiring a 90% to pass. It was hard to remember all the specifics and I did not pass the first time since I got 88, but I was given the opportunity to retake the exam later in the summer and I pulled off the bare minimum of a 90. After ROTR week, my cadre section had leave and I was able to go home and help out the family. After leave, I had T-boat week, which was very educational. Half the time was spent in the simulation room and the other half was spent on the T-boats down at waterfront where we had hands-on experience in communicating with each other, mooring, anchoring, man-overboard procedures, and driving the boat. It was good to practice and become familiar with how to maneuver a boat. After a week working with T-Boats, it was prep week for Swab Summer. I could not believe how time flew; it felt like yesterday when I was a swab reporting in to the Coast Guard Academy. Prep week was a lot of work and a lot of trainings. However, we were under the good guidance of a well-organized summer regimental staff and although we felt like we were not prepared for the incoming class of 2017, we were ready. We had a run through of R-Day and then a full day at Stonington as a class, while back at CGA there was an open house for the class of 2017 and their parents.

 

My Summer in a Nutshell (Continued) PDF Icon  

 



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First Semester 2/c Year

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Meyers Photo Summer is over now and the school year has begun. While my experiences over the summer were absolutely amazing and unforgettable, I feel ready to start work again for Electrical Engineering. I can already feel how the strenuous semester I had last spring has prepared me for this year. What I mean by that is that while I’ve been conditioned to do so much work, now it doesn’t even seem like a lot of work, I’m just used to it. I have what I would have considered a heavy homework load last year and still have plenty of free time for myself. Between the summer programs like Coastal Sail Training Program (CSTP), a tough semester last year, and being a Swab Summer cadre, I’ve learned a lot of time management skills that have shown in how I do my work during the school year.

 

Another huge thing to note is that the longer I am here, the less I want to leave this place. 4/c year was pretty rough, there’s no way around it, but I stuck through and made it to 3/c year. Being a 3/c presented its own challenges, but was clearly better than being a 4/c. Now that I have some responsibility in the corps, I feel much more at home. Being a 2/c means that you’ve stepped up from just doing your job, to making sure that others are doing theirs as well. From follower, to role model, to mentor and eventually to leader, the Academy gets better year by year and I’m sure the fleet will be even better!

 



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