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(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 I 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 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 and lacrosse and 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.

 

Fall Is Here!!

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo As always, times blows by here at school. It seems like I just got back from summer break, and here I am looking midterms in the eye. So far, senior year has been pretty awesome. I’m taking amazing classes, and it’s also not bad being able to go out during the week (and not having to worry about catching the bus for transportation since we’re allowed to have cars now).

 

Senior year is also the best nautical science class year. We mainly use the simulators or go out onto the T-boats in the Thames to practice being Deck Watch Officers. We took most of the basic principles last year as well, so we have a ton of time to actually exercise what we’ve learned, which makes the class entertaining and applicable to our futures. We’re about halfway through my last year as a college soccer player as well. It’s so weird to think that I’ll never play at this level again, or with this awesome team of incredible players.

 

Although I’ll miss my close friends, teammates, and coaches, I am still looking forward to starting my life and career as a Coast Guard officer. Being able to shadow an ensign this past summer has gotten me pumped about heading out to the fleet, and about the people I’ll be working with and for. About 230 days to go until graduation in May…it can’t come soon enough!

 

More about Lindsay.

 

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.

 

Peer Tutoring

(Academics, The Cadet Experience) Permanent link
Ritchie Photo Being a 3/c means more involvement and responsibility within the corps. It also means a greater number of opportunities. Through the past five weeks of being back at the Academy, I’ve been offered many chances to become more involved in all three fields of cadet life: academics, athletics, and military. The clubs and activities fair wasn’t rained out this year, so I signed up for several clubs there. After 4/c year and having become accustomed to Academy life, I want to take advantage of more of the opportunities offered here.

 

During CAP week, I found out that I had been recommended by an English teacher to become a peer tutor. Peer tutoring at the Academy is a program where cadets are trained and qualified to help other cadets with academic assignments. A peer tutor must attend eight hours of training and can earn an academic grade and credit hour by logging 24 hours of tutoring over a semester.

 

Being an English peer tutor comes naturally to me. I’ve always valued creativity, but at a military academy, it can be a hard skill to maintain. Expressing thoughts through writing and encouraging others to do so is one way I keep in touch with my creative side.

 

It is also a great opportunity to help other cadets succeed. Certain collaboration policies allow for only help from peer tutors or instructors, and some people are more comfortable asking other cadets for help than approaching teachers. Additionally, meeting with someone in Chase Hall is a lot more convenient than having to hike to an academic building at night. This is one of the great things about the Academy; there are so many ways to get help. Unlike an ROTC program where not everyone understands the challenges you face, everyone here is going through or has been through relatively the same thing. People are more than willing to help each other. There are countless support systems to help a person succeed if utilized.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me at Sarah.R.Ritchie@uscga.edu.

 

More about Sarah.

 

New Year, New Responsibilities

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo The new school year has finally started and I couldn’t be busier. After a seemingly short summer, this past month has been a blur. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to do a bunch of really cool things; my favorite being the Cadet Aviation Program (CATP), and the Coastal Sail Program.

 

For the CATP, I got to fly down to Elizabeth City, North Carolina for a week and ride on Coast Guard aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary. I also had the opportunity to get hoisted from the water into a helicopter, which is easily the coolest opportunity I have gotten while at the Academy.

 

The Coastal Sail Program is a two week transit on a 44-foot sailing yacht around New England to places such as Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, Cape Cod and Nantucket. I was on a boat with seven of my classmates and a safety officer. This trip taught me a lot about leadership and what kind of leader I wanted to be because of the high amount of exposure to peer leadership. It was really cool to be sailing around New England and stop in such cool places as well.

 

The biggest thing of second class summer though is being cadre. I got to be Swab Summer cadre second phase, which was both tiring and rewarding. It served as a good transition into the school year because this fall I am my company’s guidon. The company guidon is basically the senior second class in charge of the training of the fourth class over the semester. Being Swab Summer cadre allowed me to get to know each of my fourth class very well, which has helped this semester.

 

Besides being guidon, I am very busy with my own academics and with rugby. This year is my major’s toughest year, and I am still trying to find a balance between school, sports, being guidon, and having a social life. Things are getting better each week though, and I am generally content with how life is going. I know that this semester will be very rewarding for me.

 

More about Jade.