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On the Road

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Chavarria-Aguilar Photo I have mentioned in previous blogs posts that I had the misfortune of dealing with an injury that forced me to quit rowing. As a result, I started shooting rifle – a much less impactful, easy on the body sport. In fact, it happens to be too easy and is not the kind of energy release I need. Rifle is beneficial in a good many ways, but it lacks the adrenaline pinching, muscle melting action that I was once a part of. Running, no matter how hard I try, has never been my thing (nor is it good for the injury I received). To this day, I have to watch what I do and be mindful of my body’s limits. This, as you can imagine, has been quite the nuisance. For a long time, I wasn’t getting the exercise that I needed and wanted. My typical afternoon workouts never ended with that endorphin “I think I am dead” sensation that I was so used to. This irked me, so I finally did something about it. I spoke with some folks on the triathlon team and soon found myself at the bike store picking out a sweet set of wheels. That day changed everything. I walked away with a hole in my wallet and my new best friend, a Trek Lexa SL road bike.


My experience with this bike is hard to compare. I have finally found the fix I need when it comes to exercise. Of course, I continue to do my morning swims and afternoon body weight workouts, but biking brings it all together. There is nothing like flying 20 mph down a flat stretch of road, leaning on the aero bars, feeling that burn in my legs. Hills are even better; the only pitfall is ignorant motorists. All in all, I couldn’t be more thankful for having found an exercise niche that suits my needs.


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Memorization? Not Just for Indoc Anymore!

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Culp Photo The Coast Guard Academy, while being a STEM school, also has a highly engaged and active Humanities Department. 4/c year, cadets are required to take an English class each semester. This semester, I’m in Honors Writing about Literature, in which cadets spend time composing, memorizing, and reciting a poem in front of the class. The prompt this year was to write about a significant moment in our lives, or a situation that took our emotions to different ends of the spectrum, and model that poem after one studied in class or on our own. In my poem, based on “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes, I reflected on the influence of my dad, specifically his three-month deployment to Qatar with the Air Force, on my own military career.


Usually writing and reciting is all for the assignment; for myself and a few others, though, that recitation goes further, into a full-fledged competition. We participated in a 4/c Poetry Slam, performing our pieces for our classmates and Academy faculty. Poems compete in two categories, “Best Performance” and “Best Poem,” with a winner and an honorable mention for each. Some poems were very personal and poignant, perhaps relating the sickness or pain of a loved one; a couple went for a more humorous touch, for example, one that satirically demonstrated an obsession with social media! It’s a small-scale competition, but once again, an opportunity to perform for an audience and utilize our creative talents. All the poems were very well-written, with beautiful images and emotion underneath them. I had a blast presenting for the crowd, and hearing the unique poems my classmates had created!


I’m really hoping to take more English and creative writing classes later on at the Academy; I hadn’t realized how much writing means to me until I got here. There’s not a whole lot of writing required of cadets, especially for me as a science major; but, if you want to explore language more, there are plenty of opportunities for creative writing contests, publication in a student literary magazine, and so on. I never expected to get such a kick out of editing papers, and scribbling down the thoughts in my head. Just another way this place gets to you, I suppose…


More about Abby.


A Much Needed Spring Break

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Schroeder Photo If I could tell you one thing about the Academy, it is that time flies while here as a cadet. It is already the end of March of my sophomore year here and in a few short months I will be training the incoming class of 2018. All of it seems unreal considering the fact that it feels like just yesterday I was a swab.


After a couple seemingly long months without leave, a spring break was much needed. This month for spring break I jetted out to Orlando with a couple friends to go to Universal Studios and Disney World. I also have a friend who is interning at Disney this semester, and I got to see him for the first time in a long time. I got to see both Universal Parks and Epcot at Disney, and it was great to finally get some sun, have some fun and catch up with friends.


From experience, I know that time really starts to fly after spring break, and second semester ends before you know it. However, coming back from spring break was kind of rough. It was definitely tough to get back into the school grind after such a long lovely break. However, it’s already fourth quarter and final projects are already starting to pop up.


For now, I am just anxious for March and April to be over, because I get to go home, and to go to Mexico on vacation with my family in May. I also get to see my brother graduate high school in the first week of June. Going home will be a great way to start the summer, and I absolutely cannot wait to become a cadre and finally be able to train the new swabs like I was trained two summers ago.


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Go Rhea It’s Your Birthday…

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Doctolero Photo February is my favorite month. Not for Valentine’s Day, or the fact that it means only three months left of school. It’s my birthday month! I’m really excited. Gone are the days that I’m called a teenager; I’m finally the big 2-oh! And only one more year until the even bigger milestone. It’s upsetting how miserably cold it is still. In Miami, it would be warming up by now, but instead of getting warmer it feels like it’s getting colder. There are people making snowmen for crying out loud.


Not much is new in the world of academics. My classes are still mildly difficult and we still have so many trainings I can’t think straight. God knows how many times I’ve taken that alcohol awareness training, and I can’t even drink.


This year Valentine’s Day fell on Presidents Day weekend. My boyfriend flew up and we went to Boston. I had never been before but it will definitely be a place I visit again. We went to a spa, comedy shows, painting, tons of sightseeing, and of course shopping. It was a great weekend and was a much needed vacation. It’s nice to have a break. My dad always told me work for the breaks, and it’s easier when they are so close together. Speaking of breaks, spring break is right around the corner and it’s going to be a good one. I’m spending a week in Myrtle Beach and I can’t wait. Bikinis, sun, and seafood? Count me in.


More about Rheanastasia.


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.