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Five More Months

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo I need to start this off by saying, FIVE MONTHS UNTIL GRADUATION!! What? Where has the time gone? This year has been so bittersweet for me. I am so excited and ready to get out into the fleet, but I am also sad to leave this place that has taught me everything I know about the military and where some of my best friends have been with me throughout this incredible journey. I still have five more months with a lot of work and things to learn to help me in the fleet. The billet list came out last week, which is when this whole graduating thing really hit me. I feel like I was just dropped off by my parents yesterday! (I mean it feels a little longer than that, but you all know what I mean). The billet list is very overwhelming and has got me thinking of all the different options and opportunities I have moving forward. I still need to think about a lot of different factors, but I have a pretty good idea what I would like to do.

 

The corps just returned from a much needed Thanksgiving break. The morale of the corps is high right now since everyone is full of turkey and ready to push through the last week and a half of the semester. I will be in sunny Florida in two weeks, so I am excited and ready to push through.

 

This month has consisted of a fair amount of papers, tests, and diving meets every weekend. I also attended a Dierks Bentley concert at Mohegan Sun, which was one of the top three concerts I have been too. He was so interactive with the audience and it made for a very fun concert. I knew most of the songs that he performed, which always helps when singing along. I would definitely suggest seeing him in concert if you are a country music fan. This month also brought a celebration for the Class of 2015 at a local establishment hosted by one of our classmate's parents. It was a great time where our class was able to celebrate together and have fun. I cannot thank them enough for such a wonderful night and I am so thankful to have so many amazing people surrounding me at this institution and into the Coast Guard fleet.

 

More about Sara.

 

A Month of Change

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo This month for me is a month of change. People grow apart, friends and significant others go separate ways, and new friends are made. 3/c year is a time of change, as the seasons change with us. I recently changed my major to Management from Government, and I am excited to start learning about something I know nothing about. I am making new friends, leaving some behind, and learning a lot about myself. A 3/c cadet is a 4/c cadet who can look around. I’ve been looking around a lot, and taking in the Academy, and my perspective is a lot different than last year. As a 3/c, you see everything that’s right with this place, and the few things that should be improved. I am going to church more often, finding meaning in life, and looking forward to the rewards of 2/c summer. I am rehashing out who I am, learning what I like, and learning what I don’t like, but I am still the same person. I am still active with cadet bands, and my brass band is playing at this year’s winter formal in the wardroom. I am helping my 4/c through the semester, and I am thinking about going out for leadership positions next year after interacting with the 4/c in my company. I was also recently selected to study in Poland this summer with the American Service Academy Program through the Jewish Heritage Museum. Through countless essays, an online application, and weeks of waiting, I was accepted to study the Holocaust in New York, Washington, and in Poland at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It will be a moving experience, but I am certain that I will learn a lot about myself and about the history of the Holocaust.

 

This semester is very busy, and it is a mad race to Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, there are only a few weeks of school, then finals followed by winter leave. This semester is one I am trying to get through doing my best.

 

More about Will.

 

A Month of Fun

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo A ton of great events happened this month! It started off with my cousin's wedding, which I was able to go home for. She was a beautiful bride and it was great to see my family. (The sunshine and warm ocean water helped out, too). Parents Weekend occurred this month as well. Although my parents did not come up, I had a great time hanging out with my friends and their parents and I was so grateful and appreciative to be “adopted” by some wonderful parents!

 

I completed my community service hours this month as well by volunteering for the breast cancer 5K walk in Rocky Neck State Park. It was a beautiful fall day and it was great to see so many walkers come out dressed in pink to support a great cause. I helped out with registering individuals who had not done so online. I also marked some of the route with signs to promote awareness.

 

This month was a huge month for my major (Management) because they had three deans from other colleges and universities come to our school for the management major accreditation. The first-class cadets had lunch with the deans and explained what our daily lives are like at the Academy and the classes we enjoy within the major.

 

I just got back from my first meet of the season. I think the team did really well and it was a great start to the season. I dove okay, but more importantly, I calmed my nerves so that is helpful moving on to the next meet.

 

Any questions don’t hesitate to ask! Sara.E.Cantrell@uscga.edu.

 

More about Sara.

 

Hello :)

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo I am just taking a break from writing a paper for Fisheries Biology class and decided that there was no better time to take a moment to let you into my semester. WE HAVE REACHED MIDTERM. It is honestly crazy and very hard for me to grasp this and on top of that, I have just this past weekend finished fall ball for lacrosse with a play day in Massachusetts. Most of my classes are going well, and I have to say I am enjoying myself thoroughly in each of my endeavors as a cadet this year. I have found a good spot in Delta company, and as a member of the regimental planning division, I write the scripts for drill and have also, with my roommate, somehow advanced to seating the VIP guests for regimental drill.

 

I am having a great time on the cheerleading squad although this is the part in the season when the cold becomes just a little much and the wind equally as rough. Luckily, though, we have new running suits for warmth and the cheering has been exciting this year.

 

In terms of my studies, I am very involved in my Marine and Environmental Sciences curriculum, conducting fish trawls on the river, presentations on Thames River fish populations, and discussing the importance of conservation of endangered marine species. It is weird, but I have found that between football, lacrosse, homework and studying, I really haven’t had much free time, but I am happy to say that despite my many weekends spent at the Academy, I have enjoyed the free Sunday evening yoga classes and just relaxing on campus. The fall colors are exceptional and I was lucky enough to get a room with a view of the river.

 

Parents’ Weekend is coming up and I am really looking forward to their visit. We are going to watch the football game and I am excited to show off our spirit with the cheerleaders.

 

GO BEARS, BEAT ENDICOTT!

 

More about Lucy.

 

Looking Forward to a Bright Future

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Carani Photo I’ve been meaning to right this blog entry for awhile now, but I just haven’t seemed to find the time. Rather, I suppose I should say I haven’t quite made the time. Not because I haven’t wanted to write, but because in writing I am forced to stop and reflect. And quite frankly, it is strange to reflect on where I am right now. It seems so strange that I am now writing my first blog entry as a firstie. It seems like just yesterday that I was beginning to write as a 4/c cadet, worried about tests, and grades, and cleaning, and taking out trash and other trivial things. And now, although I still work hard in classes, my mind has turned to much weightier things – such as wedding and honeymoon planning, first billet options, and preparing for the lifelong adventure known as marriage.

 

I have been hearing it throughout my entire time at the Academy, but firstie year DEFINITELY is the best. Having a car, more responsibility, and being trusted by our superiors to take ownership of our leadership positions has been amazing. In my major, the 1/c cadets in the Mathematics department will soon be getting our senior capstone projects, where we will be assigned problems submitted from the Coast Guard fleet to be solved. We will meticulously work on, mull over, trouble-shoot, and eventually solve and present a solution to the problem submitted at the end of the spring semester. And we will actually have an impact on the Coast Guard!

 

These first seven weeks of being back at the Academy have flown by. Honestly, it is in large part due to the fact that I have so much to look forward to! My fiancé is flying out to visit next weekend (she’s literally the greatest), I’ll be home for Thanksgiving and receive the billet list, and then the second semester is non-stop fun as I prepare for the many last milestones in my cadet career and prepare to enter the fleet! I am trying to remain dialed in and focused on the responsibilities that I have here at the Academy, but I would be kidding myself if I said I wasn’t VERY much looking forward to the bright future ahead for me and my fiancé.

 

More about Luke.