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A Month Full of Fun(2)

(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 last 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.

 

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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.

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Fall Sports, Liberty and Diving

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo I am happy to report that it was another fun and enjoyable month of my senior year! The football game versus Merchant Marine was the best game I have been to at the Academy. The day started with soccer, a freshman scored the winning goal near the end of the game. Volleyball was simultaneously playing and also won. We then sat in the stands and watched the football team bring home the victory! It was such an exciting game with so much passion and emotion. I also went to New York this month to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousin. It is hard being so far from home, but it is really great to have family close to me. They have been an awesome support system throughout my time at the Academy and I am truly grateful to be so close to them. I also went to a Brantley Gilbert concert with my friends, which was a ton of fun and a great night out on liberty!

 

I know it seems like I only talk about my weekend adventures, but I promise I do school work too! The work load has definitely been picking up this last month and with diving added into my schedule my time management skills have been kicking in. The test and papers have started, but I am not feeling overwhelmed. Diving has been great so far, as of last week I have completed all of my dives that I did at the end of last season. This is huge for me and gives me motivation for a great last year! The schedule is packed from here on out and my weekends are about to be consumed with diving meets, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

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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!

 

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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 

 

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