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Spring Has Sprung

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo Hello again everyone and happy springtime finally! Or so it seems because this New England weather can get pretty crazy… For us, at least, we know that time has come because we have finally transitioned to everyone’s favorite short sleeve uniform, tropical blues or “trops” as we call them. The beginning of trops season is a very busy time of year. The Class of 2016 is looking forward to graduation, 2019 and 2017 are ramping up for their summer assignments, and lastly, 2018, the best class of all, is training to be cadre this upcoming summer for the Class of 2020. It’s hard to believe that I will be a cadre in a few months when it feels like I was just a swab! I am waterfront cadre this summer, which means I will be teaching the incoming swabs how to sail; I couldn’t be more excited.

 

Additionally, I have been making a ton of progress on my directed study work with marine mammals for my marine science major. In fact, just yesterday a few other cadets and I, along with our academic advisor, drove out to Cape Cod to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for training on how to acoustically identify whale calls that are picked up by a specialized buoy off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. With this new training under our belts, the three of us are working with one of the world’s foremost ocean acousticians, at one of the best oceanographic institutes in the world, to assess the presence of whales in the area; information we will provide to the Coast Guard, Navy, NOAA, and all merchant mariners. How cool is that?! The Coast Guard Academy has offered me some incredible opportunities to pursue my passion thus far and with summer right around the corner, I can’t wait to see what will come next!

 

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Motivation to Excel

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo The first week of March was the busiest week I have had at the Academy thus far. With midterm exams, papers, lab reports, lacrosse, and military trainings, it seemed as though there wasn’t enough time in the day to breathe. The whole corps was scrambling to get everything done before spring break. Luckily, we all finished what we needed to finish and could go our separate ways for leave. The lacrosse team headed out to Colorado Springs for a training trip. We played two games against Colorado College and Messiah College. Besides practices and games, we got to explore the area. We went to the Garden of the Gods, the Olympic Training Center, and a hike at 0530 to see the sun rise over the mountains. Overall, it was a great trip where I feel our team really got to know one another and who we all are outside of the Academy gates. To be able to focus on just lacrosse was a blessing.

 

It is definitely challenging balancing all duties at the CGA, and these breaks always seem to come at the most needed times. Coming back to the Academy, I feel refreshed and ready to take on the end of 3/c year. This year has been fantastic, but it has definitely challenged me. I am looking within myself to find the motivation to do my best over this month and a half left until summer to keep my grades up to par and balance athletics, clubs, military obligations, friends, school, and sleep. For this summer, I just found out I am going to be cadre for AIM 2, getting to train high school candidates. I attended a similar program at the USNA as an upcoming senior in high school, and it had a huge impact on my decision to go to an academy. I am thrilled for the opportunity to influence potential future officers in a positive way and help them make their college decision.

 

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Half Marathon Fun

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo “I Just Felt Like Running” – Forest Gump

 

The first day of spring arrived, and lo and behold, we had a delayed opening due to snow! But in all seriousness, it is springtime, the trees are budding, and there are more and more cadets out and about on our sports fields, running trails, and roads between 1600 and 1800, or sports period. The sun is going down much later in the evening, and let me officially declare that the Dark Ages are over!

 

Last weekend, I ran in the Savin Rock Half Marathon near New Haven, Connecticut. I had been training since January, and I finally did it. There were over 500 people in the race who had come from all over. Apparently, there is an underground community of half marathon fanatics, some of whom do one every weekend. Each cadet must participate in some approved athletic activity in order to remain in good standing, through varsity or club sports, intramurals, or an approved athletic activity. As a cadet, you can run an official half marathon and receive sports credit, so I decided to try it this semester. When I started taking running seriously at the beginning of the semester, I couldn’t run more than 3 miles. By the beginning of March, I was running ten miles at a time, and about 30 miles per week. I was a bit nervous for the race last week, but it went by quick—just under two hours. I was pretty sore the next day, but I decided to sign up for another one in central Connecticut in two weeks. A bunch of cadets are running it to get their sports credit and have some fun, so we’re driving up there together. I’m looking forward to exploring this newfound hobby for the remainder of my time at CGA.

 

More about William.

 

Academy Weekends: Work Hard, Play Hard

(Academics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo February is flying by, and spring break is right around the corner: next week! My classmates and I are anticipating the summer billet list. We are curious to find out where we will be spending our summers!

 

If you have ever seen the movie Groundhog Day, that’s pretty much what the Academy is like 2/c year, or in any year of the Academy experience for that matter. In the movie, Bill Murray lives the same day over and over again, and tests the limits of his newly discovered power of repeating the same day. Likewise, at the Academy, everything is routine. You eat at the same time every day, walk by the same people at the same time every day, workout at the same time every day, and see the same faces every day. My weeks keep me busy with classes, schoolwork, getting the Corps ready for the arrival for the Class of 2020 as a member of Battalion Staff, attending Corps-wide leadership lecture series, and fulfilling military trainings.

 

Now, to discuss life at the Academy after Friday LMO (last military obligation): the weekends are when the magic happens! This weekend, I am traveling to USMA for the West Point Model United Nations competition. Two weekends ago, some of my friends and I checked out Mohegan Sun, one of the largest casinos on the East Coast, and ate at some high class restaurants. Last weekend, I went to New York City, and the weekend before that we had a Class of 2017 event at a downtown New London restaurant. Another weekend this semester I drove to Wesleyan University to meet up with a friend. The weekends break up the constant rhythm of the Academy weekday routine, and allow cadets to explore their interests, faith, and the local area. Some of my friends also travel with the Glee Club, boxing team, and other sports teams all across the country on the weekends.

 

Having said all that, Academy weekends are sometimes all about rest and reflection. Every few weeks, we have formal room and wing inspections to ensure that we are keeping work-life conditions clean. Most weekends, I stay back and get ahead on homework, projects, and resolve problems regarding the highly anticipated arrival of the Class of 2020! Of course, there is plenty to do in New London on weekends, including restaurants and many different faith congregations in the area. On my quieter weekends, I grab breakfast with some friends before church early Sunday mornings, or go downtown on Friday nights with the boys. In all, weekends are what make the Academy experience fun and enjoyable, and allow for cadets to engage in reflection and self-discovery, and catch up on our many duties.

 

More about William.

 

Lax, Lax, Re-Lax

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo Hello everyone and happy snow day! That’s right today is February 8th and here at CGA we had our very first snow day of the 2016 winter season! All excitement aside, it provided for a great extra day to get some homework done and just relax a little bit. Speaking of “lax,” last week marked the beginning of spring sports season for the greatest sport on earth, lacrosse! I am thrilled to be in season again, although conditioning is pretty tough and these days we tend to have to shovel the field before practice... We practice six days a week and have been working on fitness like crazy to prepare for our upcoming games. Although playing a sport is a pretty big time commitment, I love the girls on the team and there’s no other way I would rather spend my afternoons here at the Academy. Playing a sport also gives us a much needed break after the academic day and before starting on homework. Lacrosse also provides some incredible opportunities in terms of team development, leadership lessons, and travel. This spring break we will be going to Colorado to visit the Air Force Academy and play a few games against teams in the area. I am super excited and hope we will have a little bit of time to hike and explore. During one of our recent practices, we had to stop playing so that the President of the country of Georgia could cross our field, along with his escorts and secret service. Believe it or not, the team actually got to take a picture with him! He was such a nice man and even mentioned how he had heard of us and our world famous lacrosse skills. (I am immediately to the right, next to the President in the team picture with him!)

 

Also, as promised, here is an update on my whale project: so I was very nervous to present to the Mystic Aquarium staff, but I did and they loved it! I explained all of the research that I had done and even provided everyone with an annotated bibliography of the papers I’d read (there were about 10 people in attendance!). The research and development team then asked me if I could come up with some research proposals on my own for ideas I had or the type of work I want to pursue with the whales. So far I am thinking serum cortisol levels in saliva (sounds fun right?). I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the aquarium and I look forward to learning and working more with them in the future, especially the whales! Go books, go bears, go lax! And again please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. Happy snow day!

 

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