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Time Has Gotten Away

(Academics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Daniels Photo Hello All,

I find myself with only four weeks left in my first year here at the Academy, and even though I am happy to be moving on, it seems a little strange that the time has passed so quickly. It seems like yesterday that I was experiencing Swab Summer, running around and yelling answers at my cadre’s questions. For me, the past few months have been very busy – between the multitude of band events and concerts combined with classes and military obligations – and time seems to have gotten away from me.


Last weekend, the cadet jazz group, made up of me and six other cadets and Bandmaster Ian Frenkel, travelled to the Marriott in Mystic to perform for a Coast Guard Auxiliary function. This was an awesome opportunity to meet some of the Auxiliary, and talk to them about what they do. We played for about 40 minutes preceding their awards ceremony, and they were extremely appreciative of our time, and it was a great experience for me. If you come to the academy, and find yourself wanting to get involved more, I highly suggest the music programs. They get you involved in both Academy and non-Academy functions, and you will make a great group of friends.


With so little time left until the end of classes, the workload is growing, but I am able to manage my time better and get everything out of the way so I can enjoy my free time. That’s what I’ve found the Academy to be more about than anything else, learning to manage your time so you have opportunity to do everything with time left to relax and unwind at the end of the day.


My summer assignment this year is to an 87-foot patrol boat, the Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk out of Panama City, Florida! I couldn’t be more excited to be going there, and I expect to get a lot of work toward my qualifications done this summer. These summers spent out in the fleet really help give a better perspective on the “real” Coast Guard, and I can’t wait for this chance to get out there.


Until next time.


More about Drew.


Sailing in 30 Degree Weather

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Kuntz Photo For the first time in my life, I didn’t make the twenty-two hour road trip from home to our house in Florida for Spring Break, instead spent it up north in Maryland with the sailing team for spring training. I was kind of bummed not to be going somewhere warm or with my friends who went to places like Cancun or Puerto Rico, but all in all it was an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.


Back home, I only sailed from late May until around September when soccer season started, and Lake Erie freezes in the winter which makes dinghy sailing hard (although we have some awesome friends who do ice sailing, it’s not really my thing). Anyway, I’ve never had to deal with dry suits or sailing in 30 degree weather! I can say it definitely has not been my favorite, and I am counting down the days until the weather gets warm enough where the ice isn’t forming on the boom…


We sailed out of St. Mary’s College and practiced on the water almost every day. It was really cool to be with everyone and be away from the Academy. I really got close with some of the people on the team, especially some of the other 4/c who I didn’t really get a chance to get to know that well in the fall! Coming back was way easier than some of my friends here who had to leave the warm beach to come back to Connecticut. At least we were in the cold, miserable weather the whole time so it wasn’t as much of a shock. Life’s all about perspective!


More about Savannah.


So Much Going On

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo This past month has been so much fun and very eventful! I went home for spring break and was able to see my family and friends. The weather was PERFECT down there and it was a great break from the cold (yes it is still cold up here…actually if you ask me, it is FREEZING!). Like all things, spring break flew by and before I knew it I was on a flight back up. I don’t get that pit in my stomach anymore when I cross the bridge because I really do love it here. I have so many great friends and teachers and I love socializing with everyone and being able to always be on the go. The Academy really does grow on you and I have accepted the fact that it is my home away from home.


The weekend I got back from spring break I helped at a children’s fair in Mystic. I really enjoyed playing games with the kids and seeing them so excited when they got to pick their prize out of the bag. It’s a nice change of pace to involve yourself with kids and it was a nice break from the Academy.


This past weekend was Castle Dance for the first class cadets and I was able to go as a date and it was SO MUCH FUN! The group I was with got a house a couple of hours away and we spent the weekend there. It was great to see friends from other schools and be able to dress up and go to the dance. I love dancing so I was excited to go and dance with friends.


This upcoming month is hectic with school (as it always is at the end of the semester). I have a couple of papers due, presentations, test, quizzes, daily homework, and then, naturally, the infamous exams. Of course this is one of the reasons I am here so I can’t complain too much. I just stress out thinking about all the due dates, but like everything it will all fall into place and I will get it done on time.


OH! How could I forget…we received our summer assignments a couple of weeks ago and this summer I will be going to CGC Valiant and Sector Honolulu, Hawaii. I am beyond excited to get out to the fleet and experience the Coast Guard. Other than Eagle, I have not been aboard a Coast Guard cutter so I am extremely grateful I can experience one before I become an ensign.


Hope everyone’s semester is going as great as mine is and you all are staying busy with school, sports, and community service. As always, don’t hesitate with any questions!


More about Sara.


Spirit Missions

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Pourmonir Photo What is a spirit mission? I thought you would never ask! A spirit mission is an attempt by fourth class cadets to increase the overall spirit or morale of the Corps of Cadets by an action which will be found humorous, frustrating, or just plain mean. Yes, basically an excuse to prank the upper-class. This very highly esteemed “mission” is only given to the most trusted rank of the corps, us fourth class. Once you finish your fourth class year, you no longer have an excuse to carry out spirit missions. This being said, as someone who played a major role in every spirit mission carried out in Alfa Company thus far, I thought I would share some of my experience.


Caution: None of the following have been done by trained professionals and they are not recommended to be attempted at home. Alfa Company started off simple, putting saran wrap on cups at lunch and doors at night. It rapidly escalated. Before the end of the semester we had filled the hallway with boxes blocking the doors of our company commander and executive officer, stole the Air Force exchange cadet’s uniform and replaced it with a bright orange pair of foul weather gear, and left all of our phones in our Guidon’s room with alarms set in the middle of the night. Might I add the last phone was in a lock box, which we disguised to trick him into thinking it was his own. We also toilet papered the wardroom and barricaded the regimental commanders car by placing a log the size of a telephone pole underneath his car between his wheels. If you find none of this funny don’t worry, you will in good time. But the moral of this story is morale. As fourth class we create it, and its presence depends on us! Now I’d like to mention that after all these pranks we created a picture slideshow with and original song about Alfa Company and our Guidon, which we used to thank him for being awesome. Side note, he is now the second class in charge of my development. Crazy how things work out. If you would like to watch the video, here it is.


More about Keemiya.


What You Become

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Pourmonir Photo Second semester. A “fresh start”? A “do-over”? Kind of. Coming back from winter break was definitely an interesting experience. As a fourth class, you spent all first semester training to be a follower, and then you go home for two weeks as an individual. The transition back to being a follower was definitely not comfortable, but it was quite intriguing to experience. For two weeks, you’re completely normal. Then you’re back squaring corners and yelling at clocks.


What is the difference now you might ask? It may not be a fresh start, but it’s a shorter race. A few weeks and we take boards. After we pass boards we can look around and eat normally. No more squaring your fork up and into your mouth at a 90 degree angle and staring awkwardly at your third class sitting across from you. I have to give it to them though, 3/c Alex Lane made it a lot less awkward to stare at him every day then I expected. The main point I am trying to make is that it gets better. Like the light at the end of the tunnel is finally showing! Soon my shoulder boards are gonna have a stripe, where it feels like just yesterday they were barren and I was still a swab. Watching all the things we do as fourth class gets better knowing we are almost done doing them. Hopefully you see how valuable everything you do is, even when it may not seem like it in the moment. It isn’t the menial seemingly mundane tasks that you are doing that have value, but what they do to you that is most valuable. As Jim Rohn once said, “The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.”


More about Keemiya.