Skip Navigation Links
APPLY | LOGIN | CREATE AN ACCOUNT | PARENTS | PROSPECTIVE CADETS | VIRTUAL TOUR | ESPAÑOL | SEARCH
FacebookFlickrTwitterYou Tube
CADET BLOGS

cadet blogs

All Grown Up

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo So far this semester, I have watched the Class of 2015, my class, lead the Corps of Cadets. It has been a pleasant surprise watching my class lead with maturity. Especially this semester, I am really happy to be a part of the Class of 2015 and seeing a lot of my classmates lead with compassion for others.

 

I remember back in 4/c year, my class was struggling and the command had very mixed feelings about us. However, throughout the years we have really grown and taken to heart the good and bad leadership styles of the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014. I am so happy and impressed with the way my classmates are treating underclassmen. It was very rewarding to hear the 4/c in Alfa Company feel welcomed and accepted by the 1/c after we returned for the start of the academic semester.

 

Also, being a part of the Cadet Honor Board, a panel that reviews honor incidents, I have seen my classmates approach an Honor Board with a stern, but very fair demeanor. During the Honor Board, members of the board address the incident, stating the facts and then questioning the cadets involved in the situation. In the past, I have heard of Cadet Honor Boards going very poorly where members of the board went beyond questioning about the investigation and were more personal and opinionated. I liked being part of the Honor Board and seeing my classmates conduct the Board very objectively. A lot of the questions that were asked were for the purpose of understanding the situation better and have a better grasp of the investigation beyond the facts on paper.

 

It has also been really nice to get to know the underclassmen and really invest in conversations while trying to remember what it was like to be in their shoes. Currently, my company has started a 1/c to 4/c mentoring program where 4/c choose a mentor and make that connection with a specific 1/c. I am very excited to be in the program and be a mentor to a 4/c.

 

I am really glad my class is putting in the effort and making the relationship with the underclassmen. It is nice seeing the Corps of Cadets more unified this semester. I hope this carries through to the next semester and that our leadership style will be a good one to model after.

 

More about Ellie.

 

Halloween at the Coast Guard Academy

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo Hello, readers. It’s been awhile since I’ve written, but this has been my busiest semester yet. While I love some things about Regimental Staff more than others, Halloween 2014 was one of the highlights.

 

My friends and I spent almost two weeks debating amongst the nine of us what costumes we would wear. We finally decided on the Avengers, and all got costumes to dress up for the Corps’ Halloween dinner and the annual trek up the hill to the senior leadership team’s houses. There were many good costumes, awesome photos, and fun times at the corps’ dinner and on the hill. The best part for me was that Captain McCauley, the Commandant of Cadets, got wind of our plans to dress as the Avengers, and dressed up as Nick Fury, the Avengers’ leader. It was quite the surprise—we didn’t expect him to do that at all!

 

Captain “Fury” was one of the many surprises from this semester, and I hope that there are more in the coming months. While I’m counting down to graduation, don’t hesitate to email me with questions at Peter.M.Driscoll@uscga.edu. Until next time…

 

More about Peter.

 

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.

 

Getting Involved is Fair-ly Easy (Cadet Activities Fair)

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Sherman Photo We have many clubs and activities here at the Coast Guard Academy. And we have a fun way to find out what extracurricular options are available each year: the Cadet Activities Fair! It’s on the Thursday of the first week of school (sorry for the delay…I had some technical difficulties while editing). This video is a fun exposition of that event. Hear about anything you’re interested in?

*Special thanks to artist Har Megiddo for the use of his music in this video.

Justin's video blog YouTube Icon

 


More about Justin.

 

Weekly 1/c Summer Reflection

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Meyers PhotoWEEK 01

 

During the first week aboard the Joshua Appleby (a 17- foot buoy tender based out of St. Petersburg, Florida), I have already learned a lot about the ship and am well on my way to an in-port watchstander qualification. This qualification will actually mean something, as once you qualify, you become one of two people required to stay onboard the boat, and are directly responsible for the safety of the ship and the people aboard it. Because of the small crew size, some of the qualifications I’m tasked with doing by the Academy will probably not get done. For example, instead of getting Damage Control Personnel Qualification Standard (DCPQS), this boat has what’s called SEOPS, which covers a lot what is in DCPQS, but is intended for smaller crews. Sections of this are required to qualify as in-port watchstander, which should hopefully count toward some points of my DCPQS qualifications. As far as the time I’ve spent on board, the boat just got back from a long trip, so there are only ever two people on board the boat at a time (the watch) while everyone else is home or on liberty. Instead of letting this time go by and waiting for the entire crew to come back to start my qualifications, I’ve been utilizing this time to knock out as many sign-offs as possible. At the end of week one, I’m already almost done with the sign-offs, but still need to do four more of my seven engineering drawings, some more SEOPS material, and read assorted manuals. I came in with the set goal of working hard no matter what and trying to help the crew as much as possible. So far I’m well on my way to doing this and have already given up countless hours of potential liberty in Florida to get qualified sooner. My main hope is that command will see through the list of qualification required by the Academy and see that I’m working as hard as I possibly can to do what I can get done.

 

WEEK 02 

 

I’ve now had the opportunity to meet the whole crew and I’ve already learned a ton from them! Specifically, I’ve worked extensively with BM3 Bryant in the operations department on navigation briefs, track lines, and aids to navigation planning. We got underway this past week and I got my first taste of what the black hull life is like. I was able to drive the ship through several buoy evolutions from start to finish as well as some restricted waters steaming, which were both great opportunities. My CO is absolutely awesome and I have a lot of leadership qualities to learn from him. If I could someday be an officer of his caliber, I would be a happy Coast Guardsman. Another thing we did over the course of the past week was an open house for the public. We moored up at sector and people came on board for tours. I thought that I would be able to offer little to the public as I had only been on board for a few days at that point, but was a huge asset in promoting the Academy. I had five or six individuals who were interested in attending the Academy approach me to ask questions and I did my best to give them some insight into what it’s like. I gave out my contact info to them and have actually been corresponding with a couple of them. On another note, I’ve been able to get off the ship a little bit and have seen the local beach and explored the area. St. Pete is a very nice area with great weather, but is pretty limited in terms of what there is to do. You can go to the beach during the day, or go to the bars at night, and since I’d rather not drink while I’m out by myself, I usually go back to the boat at night to work on qualifications and watch TV on the mess deck. There was a free concert one night that I went to; Bastille was playing in the local park for the public. Overall, week two has been a success and I’m starting to get more comfortable around the boat.

 

"Weekly 1/c Summer Reflection (Continued) PDF 

 

More about James.