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cadet blogs

Cadet for a Day Experience

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo For the prospective cadets out there, good luck with your application process! I hope the advice I gave in my last blog about the application process has been helpful. At this time, I’d like to advocate for a program I believe is the best way to see if you’ll like the Coast Guard Academy, it is called Cadet for a Day. This program offers you the opportunity to come to the Academy, meet an academic advisor in person, and spend a Thursday afternoon/night and Friday morning with a cadet.


So far this year, I have hosted two prospective cadets. During their visits, they got to go to my golf lesson, Leadership and Organizational Behavior class, and Physics class. Additionally, I was able to get them both to practice for the sport they want to play here at the Academy so they could meet the coaches and the cadets on the team. Both students thoroughly enjoyed their experience. During their visit, they were able to see what cadet life is like first-hand and get a sense of what we do here every day. If your still wondering if the Coast Guard Academy is right for you, sign up for the Cadet for a Day program on the website and come check out the Academy first hand!


During my Cadet for a Day experience, I got the feeling that I fit in. The camaraderie was great, and all of the cadets were really nice to me. I got a chance to practice with the rugby team, and I fit in well with them, too. I felt like the Academy was the best fit for me after my visit. I hadn’t been accepted yet, but visiting before I even submitted my application gave me the opportunity to write about my visit in my essays. I definitely recommend visiting the Academy if you’re not quite sure yet.


If you have any question about the Cadet for a Day program, or the application, please feel free to email me at . Good luck with those applications!



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The Grind

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo A month ago I was home on leave, enjoying the Florida sun with no obligations. Boy, what a difference a month makes. Today, I look outside my window to the drizzling, grey New England sky and can only dream of going home in just over two months. I think every time I come back to school it’s exciting to see everyone for two maybe three days, and then the routine sets in. It’s good; I like routines. I know what’s expected that way. But, personally I like to be able to remember to breathe... Some days I’m not so sure that fits in here. I think as cadets we all get into our routine and things just keep squeezing their way into any little hole of free time they can find. I suppose this is why I am here, because I like a challenge and I like being around other people who also like that. Or, maybe, I just signed that line thinking in four years I will be flying helicopters in Florida or busting drug runners in the Caribbean. Regardless, here I am currently just trying to remember to breathe.


It is so obvious that you can’t get through the Academy alone. I’ve known that. My friends are always there for me, as I am for them. Regardless it’s still stressful, and it only gets more so over the years. I never imagined the difference between the19-20 credit hours I had last year and the 23 I’m taking this year. It’s easy to get buried with work and let it pile up; actually it’s nearly impossible for there not to be a pile. Nevertheless, every day always ends, the work eventually gets done, and the routine goes on. One of the easiest things at this institution is getting bogged down by the present. But the second easiest thing is getting support from the Academy family. That’s what sets us apart from other colleges.


We all have bad days; we all get stressed out and overtired from work. The common struggles we share help us get through it together, because after 200 weeks we are going to walk across the stage. Our dreams will be reality, and we will only be there because of the people next to us. And that is why we do what we do. That is why for four years we work harder than any other college student, with schedules ten times fuller than civilian college students can conceive. So, yes this month has been challenging and full of a never ending to-do list, but as time continues we get closer to the goal. We will get through it, together, and that makes us stronger.


As always, feel free to ask me any questions at


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