I promise that I have an excuse for not updating my blog! Third Class summer was amazing! I had the opportunity to work on the USCGC Biscayne Bay, a 140’ icebreaking cutter out of St. Ignace, Michigan. The weather was always amazing and the experience was great. I was the only cadet on board, and I was the first cadet many of the crewmembers had ever met.
The cutter was in a “Charlie period,” a maintenance and renovating period during the boat’s offseason. I acted as a Fireman, the rate of a junior enlisted. I contributed in the renovation of the outside “non-skid” deck and the painting of all railings. I also spent a lot of valuable time in the engine room and motor room. Since I am an engineering major, I learned so much about the engineering side of the Coast Guard, spending time with the Machinery Technicians and Electrician Mates. I visited Air Station Traverse City, where I rode in a Coast Guard helicopter and overlooked the Great Bear Sand Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan. I spent liberty in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I spent a lot of time learning many fun outdoor activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, backpacking, and fishing.
I spent five weeks aboard Coast Guard Barque Eagle with my classmates. We got onboard in Baltimore and made stops in Boston, New London, and Halifax. I consider myself fortunate to witness and be a part of Eagle’s Change of Command. The Change of Command ceremony is one that is very unique in the Coast Guard, where total power is transferred from one person to another.
Eagle was a wonderful chance to bond with my classmates in the lack of sleep, the copious amount of work, and the fun on liberty at different port calls. We learned how to work together as a team in many evolutions, like down in the engine room or on deck during Sail Stations. In Boston, I spent time with my classmates, visiting the Boston Aquarium and Quincy Market. In Halifax, we visited the famous casino and toured the very historic city.
I spent my three weeks of leave at home in Princeton, New Jersey. I was lucky enough to see many of my high school friends. I got to go backpacking at the famous Sourland Mountains and swam in isolated creeks and rivers. Though three weeks was not nearly enough time to fully catch up with my friends, I am excited to be at the Academy, especially for the start of the football and volleyball seasons. I will be attending most of the games and be a loud, enthusiastic fan that I am. I also am excited to mentor the incoming fourth class cadets in military aspects and academics. I am now a registered Peer Tutor, a wonderful opportunity to help fourth class get accustomed with the difficult homework and exams that the Academy gives.
GO Bears, BEAT Merchant Marine!!
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