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As Close to a Normal College Experience

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo Finally, as a first-class cadet, I am having the closest experience to a normal college possible at CGA. Having a car makes the world of a difference! It was so nice having all of my stuff in my car and being able to drive back to the Academy in August.

 

As a firstie, we now have the privilege of going out on Thursday nights in addition to Friday nights, and unlimited Saturday to Sunday overnights. Also, as a Department Head, which is a minor leadership role, I have the privilege of liberty on Wednesday nights as well. As a second-class cadet, I never used Friday night liberty because I was limited to where I could go. However, now with a car, I am able to drive to parks with running trails and go to yoga classes in Mystic. There is a lot more freedom to go out and do my favorite activities and hobbies. It is even easier to go home now that I have a car with me. This past weekend, I was able to drive home after the CGA vs. MMA football game and surprise my mom for her birthday. She was not even expecting it because normally a trip home takes three hours on a train and then another hour or so of mass transportation from Grand Central Terminal back to my house. It is a tiring process compared to a two hours car drive home.

 

Whether going home for the weekend or just being out in the Connecticut area, it is nice to take a break from the Academy since it often encloses the feeling of stress within the barracks. Even when I do not go out on a day that I have liberty, I like knowing that I have that outlet. This lifestyle is completely different from fourth-class year and it is so weird seeing how far the class of 2015 has come!

 

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Spirit Mission

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo Every so often, especially if you are a firstie in a company or regimental command position, you get “spirit missioned.” A spirit mission is an attempt by the fourth class cadets to steal something of yours and replace it with a funny object, or change the layout of something to create a laughable inconvenience. I never realized how funny/annoying spirit missions are, until I served on the Regimental Staff this fall.

 

The first spirit mission fell on the first day of classes. I forget which company did it, but one set of 4/c stole every four, five, and six-striper’s shoulder boards and replaced them with blank 4/c shoulder boards. However, they forgot to take our extra pairs…so I wore my extra pair as a reminder to follow through the next time. Unfortunately for me, the Class of 2018 took that lesson to heart…

 

Yesterday, I came back from liberty to discover that my combination cover (my white hat that mildly resembles a bus-driver’s) was missing. In its place, the Echo 4/c had left a pink Hello Kitty fedora, with my cadet insignia wrapped around it. We wear our combination covers for drill practice on Monday mornings, so I had to wear my Hello Kitty fedora instead. As if I didn’t stand out enough already in a bright pink hat amongst a sea of white hats, the Charlie 4/c replaced all our swords with brooms. Thankfully, we made a clean sweep of drill!

 

It’s good to see the morale. I hope the 4/c help keep it high as we prepare to BEAT KINGS POINT and get through the rest of the semester.

As always, if you need anything, email me at Peter.M.Driscoll@uscga.edu.

 

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A Lovely Labor Day Weekend

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite long weekends in the fall school year because it still feels like summer and the outdoor activities are endless! This Labor Day weekend a group of eleven of us left on Friday afternoon and drove to New Hampshire. We pitched a tent, made a fire, and went to bed earlier so we were ready for our hike the next day. On Saturday, we woke up early and drove to the bottom of Mount Washington. We started the hike at 0730 and ended around 1500. It was numerous hours of beautiful scenery, beautiful weather, and great friends. I had so much fun climbing up and down the mountain and it was a great day to do it! The weather was perfect, not too hot, but not too cold. After our hike we went back to the campsite ate good food and relaxed. Sunday morning we went tubing down a river, which was a great way to relax and unwind from the previous day. Sunday night we decided to drive back to the Academy because the weather report was calling for rain. Monday I went to the beach with friends and soaked in the rays (almost felt like I was at home).

 

Without a doubt, this was one of the best Labor Day weekends I have had and I was so fortunate to be with my very best friends. I will always remember the hike and cherish the experience of being able to hang out and live with all of my friends. It’s hard to think that in eight and a half months we will all be saying our “see you later” and the unknown of when we will be seeing each other again will set in. I remind myself everyday to enjoy every moment of this place because I sometimes take it for granted and it won’t be this way forever.

 

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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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Guam Greatness

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Sherman Photo After two months on Sequoia and having crossed most of the Pacific Ocean, we finally reached its homeport: Apra Harbor, Guam! What an incredible place! And the third video of my “Pacific Journey to Guam” vlog series will show you some of what I was able to do there. My time there was short, but I got a lot of exploring in and had some pretty amazing experiences. Distinctly unique from the other tropical islands I visited this summer, Guam is home to incredible adventure, warm hospitality, and great memories.

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

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