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The Major Leagues

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Culp Photo My, oh, my! The school year’s ramped up so quickly that I missed a month! Well, y’all can’t get rid of me quite that easily, so here I am! Part of the reason I’ve been so busy is thanks to the return of that beautiful creature with which all Academy students are way too familiar – schoolwork! But, it’s a lot more entertaining for me this year. As a third class, cadets finally start taking classes that are specific to their major. For me as a Marine and Environmental Sciences major, those classes include meteorology, marine biology, and differential equations. Third class wind up with very heavy schedules because of that, but what else is new? It’s worth it to experience lab periods where we go out on a boat to collect plankton samples, or spend class time going through weather briefs! I love being a part of my major, and in talking to my classmates in other programs, I know they are also having a good time! It’s nice to finally start studying those topics for which I’ve been waiting since my first year here!

 

The Marine and Environmental Sciences major is one of the smaller ones, with only around 30 or so people in my class following its program. I consider it very valuable to Coast Guard operations – after all, to work in the ocean, we need to understand its characteristics, and to guard its inhabitants (as is one of our explicitly stated missions!), we have to expand our knowledge of how the environment works and what is threatening it. If you have any questions about being an MES major, or just Academy life in general, please feel free to email me at Abigail.A.Culp@uscga.edu! Beat Kings Point!

 

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Great to be a Senior

(Academics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrellt Photo It has been a busy, but GREAT start to the year! I finished up the summer at home in sunny Florida and then I was on my way (in my car) back to the Academy. It is great to be a senior, to have a car, to have liberty on Thursday nights, and to hold a leadership role within the corps. I already know this year will be the best year yet! Classes started yesterday so it was a lot of organizing and planning skills to get off on the right foot. I had previously had or met most of my teachers so it wasn’t a huge deal to start school. Although, I do know how the fourth class feel because that was me on my first day three years ago.

 

Last weekend I went to southern Maine with a group of girlfriends and we stayed at my friend’s house. It was a short trip, but I had so much fun! We went to watch Keelan Donovan sing and play the guitar with MamaDear then we explored Portland. We also walked on the beautiful beach and ate a great home cooked meal! It was a great first weekend back with all of my friends. This weekend is Labor Day so the corps will have Monday off and a group of girls and myself are off to hike Mount Washington in New Hampshire! The most hiking I have done was in Hawaii so we will see how this nine-mile hike goes...I might need some encouraging words from my friends half way up! Either way it will be an adventure and I can’t wait.

 

Of course I am staying focused on my studies and trust me the homework has already started. Lots of readings to do before bed so I should probably start that!

 

I hope everyone has a great start to the year and you hit the ground running with schoolwork and sports, but don’t forget to take some time to relax and enjoy the moment (it goes by faster than you think) I am always available for questions at Sara.E.Cantrell@uscga.edu.

 

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Kicking Off Fall Semester

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo With CAP week over, fall semester is about to kick off. The fall semester, so I have experienced last semester, is a term where each cadet, whether returning from leave, completing Swab Summer, or pumped up from coordinating cadre summer, is still learning their new roles as a cadet. The 1/c are either in command positions on Regimental or Company Staff, or are acting as division officers in one of the eight companies. The second class are finding themselves as budding leaders, having completed the execution of the Swab Summer training program, and are either re-buying into the system or growing weary of it, longing for graduation. The new cadets, having completed Swab Summer, wait for classes to start in anxiety, yet are jubilant having completed quite possibly the hardest summer of their lives. As third class cadets, we are still underclassmen, yet not leaders, but not quite followers. We are labeled as “role modelers” or those underclassmen who have been around the block, and need to guide the fourth class cadets to success in their first year. Third class, so I’ve been told by the brass at our meetings, is typically “the missing class” or the class at the Academy that fades into the background. There is an excellent opportunity to do the bear minimum as a third class, but there is also an excellent opportunity to find what you really enjoy, and more importantly, what you do not enjoy. CAPT Pulver, the Commanding Officer on Eagle, encouraged our class to use this precious time to find out who we are as cadets, and to not squander it.

 

I am excited to start the school year, and my schedule is packed tightly. This is potentially my hardest semester at the Academy, with some very challenging courses. Fortunately, I have a few classes that I am looking forward to as I progress into my major. Admittedly, I am nervous for a few of them, but my attitude from Swab Summer remains constant: if thousands before me have done it, so I can too and do it well at that. I am enjoying the privileges of 3/c year, and as one of my mentors put it today after church, I am “entering the final third of my cadet career.” That is to say, that the Academy experience is divided into three parts: swab summer, fourth class year, and the rest. In truth, Swab Summer did feel as long as fourth class year, and the first week of 3/c year was like it never happened it was so fast. This year, I hope to explore my personal interests, while also achieving the same level of academic and military success. I also hope to get into better shape…

 

That is the beauty of the Academy, the reason I wake up and put on uncomfortable leather shoes every day: we are all here for the same reason, and we will help each other out until the day we commission. Some of us struggle physically, others academically, but everyone here has something to offer, and has their own way of helping someone else out.

 

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Extended Opportunity 1/c Cadet

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Quintero Photo The spring semester has finally come to a close! The last couple of weeks in the semester at the Academy are always very busy, because it seems like the professors throw all the projects and papers toward the end. I remember thinking at the beginning of the semester how easy school was, and I knew it meant that school would get harder toward the end.

 

A year ago when I was a 2/c (junior) I was preparing to go spend my summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 110-foot cutter. The experience I gained in migrant and drug interdiction was once in a lifetime. I am actually an “Extended Opportunity 1/c Cadet,” which in simple terms means I am a super senior!! Since I failed some classes as an underclass I was disenrolled from the Academy after my sophomore year. The Academy always gives cadets a chance to write an appeal to the disenrollment. Due to my extenuating circumstances going on at home, I was essentially given a second chance. So as long as I got better grades, I would be allowed to stay at the Academy. The experience of being disenrolled changed my life around at the Academy, it made me appreciate the Academy more and it also allowed me to mature. From then on I took my studies very seriously and strived to do better. As a cadet struggling academically, I ar was placed on “academic probation.” This meant that I had the same liberty of a 4/c (freshmen), wasn’t allowed out on Fridays or out past 1a.m. on Sunday mornings. The upperclass also keep an eye on your grades to ensure you are staying focused. All these measures are put in place for the cadet’s success. I am thankful to have the opportunity to extend and at the same time get more time to mature. Out of my class 7 students are extending. Some of us are a full year extension and others it is only a half year. We will have to do a lot of things over again, like our first class summer tour. I will not be going on a boat in the Caribbean this summer, but instead will spend my summer on a 270-foot cutter out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The thing I’m going to miss the most about being extended is all the friends I made in my class but I can’t wait to join them out in the fleet!!

 



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Last Words: 4/c Year

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo With finals fast approaching, the end of the school year is speeding by. It slowed to a snails crawl until yesterday, when I went to the clinic to get my typhoid shot required for my summer in the Caribbean. Tomorrow night the 4/c will find out our new companies! There’s only three more days left of school, and then finals! I’m boarding Eagle bound for the Caribbean the day after finals, and it is right around the corner.

 

I met with my Academic advisor and received my course enrollment form with all of the classes I’m taking next semester when I get back. Many people say 4/c year is the hardest one at the Academy, and while there is a bit of truth to that statement, it is not entirely true for me. Next semester I am actually taking more credits than this semester, and while it will be difficult, I am looking forward to the challenge of Calculus II, Ships and Maritime Systems, and Physics. It’s going to be rough, but I’ll get through it. On the other hand, as a Government major, I get to take Principles of American Government in sections with only other rising 3/c Government majors. It’s going to be great to get to know the other members of my class that I will be spending the most time with in the Government course matrix.

 

There are plenty of opportunities here to expand your intellectual horizons, both inside and outside the classroom. This semester, I had the privilege of being part of the CGA Honors Program, the Cadet Literary Magazine, and Model United Nations Team. I was selected to be part of the Cadet Academic Advisory Board with Dean Colella, and I was honored to be part of a group of people WAY smarter than me discussing the status of academics at the Academy. I was quiet most of the time, but it was interesting and profound to be part of a group bridging the Academics division and the Corps of Cadets.

 

This year, although not over, was great. Objectively, it was a year spent developing good habits: good study habits, good social habits, and, quite frankly, questionable sleeping habits. It is quite amazing to go to school with everyone who knows your name, and for you to know everyone’s name around you. I have been honored and privileged to be part of the Green Shield Experience this year. Go Bears, go books, go 2017! Can’t wait to put on those red shield in the coming weeks.

 

 


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