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Success and Failure

(Athletics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Cannon Photo As far as I can remember, I have enjoyed the game of baseball. I have been able to play since I was 5 years old, so my life has been molded in many ways by the game itself. I have had great days where I love the sport; while there have also been days when I wanted to quit right on the spot. In addition, I have played in pretty much every kind of terrain you can think of; from incredibly hot and humid (Georgia) days, to sheer cold temperatures where I couldn't feel my hands or my toes. I have learned many things from playing this game for so long and in so many different situations.

 

As a pitcher for the Coast Guard baseball team, I have quickly learned the reality of success and failure. Some days, I will have a great game and pitch for all nine innings without giving up hardly any hits. Conversely, I have given up three home runs in the same game and learned that failure is an equally important reality to face, if not more important. For almost 16 years, I have faced these similar cycles of success and failure, learning along the way that life is very comparable to the game of baseball. In life, we all can agree that we have failed at something before. Some more than others. I know that I have failed countless times myself. But instead of throwing in the towel, we all know that we must stand back up and roll with the punches. I could have easily given up on myself when I gave up those three home runs. But instead, this same game showed me that through failure, success can be found with tenacity and that bulldog fight.

 

More about Colton.

 

A Better Kind of Busy

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Quintero Photo I thought that 1/c year would be a breeze in regard to academics but it has been busy! However, this is a different type of busy. It is not the 4/c kind of busy where you have a lot of core classes and 4/c duties. It is a better kind of busy. For example, I have been actively working on my senior project, which allows me to use what I have learned in the Management department for the last three years. Since I am in a leadership role now, it comes with more responsibility and work. Honestly though, it is a good thing that I have been keeping busy because it makes time go faster until graduation. It is not that I want to necessarily leave the Academy because it is a horrible place but, instead, I look forward to being out at sea and working for the Coast Guard. From the three summers that I spent in different units of the Coast Guard, I have learned that it is a great service to be in. That is because the people that make up the service are some of the best men and women in the world and are great to work with. And that is why I cannot wait to get out there and use the skills and training the Academy has given me.

 

Meanwhile, I am enjoying free time with my classmates who, after graduation, I won’t see for a while. One of the ways I spend time with my classmates is through sports. Since it is the spring season for rugby, we have been practicing a lot and going to tournaments.

 

More about Carlos.

 

Pride and Responsibility

(Academics, Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Hellooooo! (That’s the way I normally greet my friends from down the hallway.)

 

So, I am writing to you from the confines of a lacrosse bus, the insides of which I have become all too familiar with! We are currently transiting back from one of our rougher games, Springfield College, and I guess spirits are as high as they could be for a team of cadets who are stuck in stop-and-go traffic at 2218 with miles to go and loads of homework waiting, all while bearing a tough loss of 17 to 1.

 

I might try to take this blog to let you know that those players that we face each week on the field see us in a light that does us justice like how the sun gives the moon justice while in its crescent phase. We have to hold our heads high because, at the end of the day, those players from other colleges step off the lax field to do some homework, go to bed, and most likely go to class around 1000 the next day, take three classes and then go to practice again. From this bus, as a team we will trek up to Chase Hall, shine our shoes (the fourth class), work on a paper, study for calculus, prep our uniforms, and set our alarms for 0555 (or 0610 if you are me and prefer to milk every last minute of sleep from the night). We go to trainings after 0620 breakfast and then begin a full day of classes at 0800. For me, as an MES major, I attend four 50-minute classes in the morning and then two in the afternoon, take fifty minutes to get down to the lacrosse field, practice for two hours, audition for the talent show, and then lock myself in the library to write a morals and ethics paper and to work on some biochem homework. I am not writing this to make people feel bad or to complain about my life, I am simply taking a reality check because losing 17-1 kind of hurts.

 

So now for the good stuff: the SUMMERS!!! I have recently found out that I will be reporting to the CGC Morgenthau in Honolulu, Hawaii for all 11 weeks of my summer training. How cool is that?! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I not only saw that I will be going to Hawaii, but that I will be going with my best friend, Hanna Jansson! We are MES majors together and had been praying that wherever we ended up it would be fun as long as we were together. We are ecstatic and have contacted our POC from the cutter and now the time will fly by through tests, projects, papers, labs, and finals. My birthday week is of course finals week and I will be gifted by a morals and ethic final on the 5th of May; I couldn’t be more pleased. I am quite busy with lacrosse, and school, and the talent show, for which I will be performing some songs, accompanied by my friend Holden on the keyboard. I am also the Master at Arms for Delta Company’s regimental review department and, as such, am privileged to inform the corps when drill is cancelled, and cursed to also be the one to ask that they be formed up on the parade field at 0650. Alas, I cannot believe that April has come and that in this month, I will be receiving my class ring as well as preparing to become a first class cadet. These years have flown and I am truly blessed to have experienced them all with my closest friends. So next time we get beat into the ground in a lacrosse game (let’s face it, it’s gonna happen), we need to hold our heads up high because when I hear that National Anthem play, I am filled with pride and responsibility, while other teams giggle, sway and speak, I am standing tall, at attention, ready to serve (and play!).

 

More about Lucy.

 

Last Semester Rapidly Finishing…

(Academics, Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo It’s certainly been a while since I wrote a blog post, so I will write quickly before class to update my readers on what’s happening in Chase Hall.

 

1. Billet Night (March 5th): The Class of 2015 recently found out where we are going for our first tour. It was a fun, suspenseful evening: I loved sitting in the auditorium, cheering for my classmates as they were called on stage and opened their orders, but grew more and more anxious as people opened orders to boats on my dream sheet. Finally, two of my friends and I were called on stage. I’m going to USCGC Sequoia, a 225-foot buoy tender in Guam!! I’m so excited to get my top pick and spend two years in paradise.

 

2. Classes: Well, they are going. Of course, now that I know I am moving to Guam, it’s hard to focus… Senioritis really is a thing.

 

3. Easter: I had a great time yesterday at my sponsor mom’s house for Easter. She threw an awesome get-together this year and outdid herself with all the food. After surviving 40 days of Lent without eating meat, it was great to dig into ham, turkey, and a delicious broccoli casserole! I’m going to miss those parties when I’m on the other side of the world next year.

 

4. Crew: It’s hard to believe that our season is almost over. It seems like yesterday that we were stepping into the boat for our first race. I’m going to miss the boyshouse, but at least we still have four or five more races! GO BEARS!

 

So that’s everything I can think of in the ten minutes before class. Enjoy and please take time to read the blogs of others (underclassmen) who write more frequently and have great advice and stories about this place. The firsties are mentally checked-out and eagerly looking forward to our new assignments. As always, though, if you have a question, please feel free to email me at Peter.M.Driscoll@uscga.edu. Have a great day!

 

More about Peter.

 

Winter Triathlon Training

(Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo So, somewhere along the way last semester, I decided to sign up for Half Ironman Florida this coming April. I was on the triathlon team at West Point and I had fallen back in love with the sport. What better way to push myself in a sport I love than to sign up for a race that I had never done? All semester I trained and raced with the team at West Point, but never did it dawn on me just how hard it was going to be to train in the Connecticut winter. One thing is for sure; training for a triathlon in Connecticut is not the same as it was back in high school when I was first introduced to the sport. Sunglasses and tank tops are replaced with beanies, gloves, leggings, and fleece. Instead of walking down the beach in Florida for an open-water swim, I must trek through the Connecticut snow for morning swim practice before sunrise. Biking along the Intercoastal Waterway is replaced with the steamy bike room. It is nice, however, to go for a run and not come back drenched in sweat and boiling from the Florida sun, and up until the past snow storm we were able to get in some long runs.

 

While practicing in Connecticut in January cannot compare to the weather my parents say we have back home, I still find joy in the little things, like the pool water being the perfect temperature and the chance to ride my own bike on the trainer. However, Florida simply cannot compare to training with a team and alongside my best friend who will race with me in April. This offers me that stress relief at the end of the day, but without friends to share that with it would quickly get lonely. I am so thankful to be able to train with others and that is priceless.

 

More about Christi.