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Rollin’ on the River!

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2019) Permanent link   All Posts
Fenster Photo Here on the banks of the Thames, the school year is just flying along! October has come and gone, Thanksgiving is less than a month away, Christmas is right around the corner—the academic year is well underway. It has been an extremely busy and exciting time here in New London—not only for me but also for the Academy.

 

This past week, we had members from eight Arctic nations come to discuss future policy in the region. The heads of the Coast Guard (or Coast Guard equivalent) from Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Denmark and the United States all came to the Academy, providing us cadets with some invaluable experiences. We got to hear a talk from Jeh C. Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, and we had the opportunity to drill for the distinguished guests. It was an exhilarating time and surely an experience that I will never forget.

 

It has also been an exciting month for me as well. We had our first swim meet against Springfield and Rhode Island after more than a month of hard work in the pool, which ended with a Coast Guard victory! We had a great meet—lots of first place finishes, personal bests, and great teamwork. In addition to swimming, I also had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Columbia Model United Nations Conference in New York, which was a tremendous experience. I spent the weekend in New York City with friends and colleagues, and even made some new friends from other schools as well.

 

There’s so much more on the horizon, too. Winter is approaching, and with it comes uniform changes, snow, and the holiday season. So while my first half semester was a whirlwind (albeit an enjoyable one), there is so much to look forward to at the Academy. As always, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at Colin.D.Fenster@uscga.edu.

 

Semper Paratus and Go Bears,
Colin

 

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