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Back to School and After-School Activities

(Athletics, Extracurricular and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Cece Hosley

I can’t believe this is my first blog back at school for my last year at the Academy! It’s crazy how time flies! So here we are back at school for another exciting and challenging year at the CGA. I had heard that some people were interested in some of my other extracurricular activities here at school (which are a blast!), so here is a little bit about what the CGA has to offer outside of everyday cadet life.

This semester, I happen to be the Executive Officer of Golf Company. It is an honor to be in charge (along with my Company Commander) of leading and guiding a company of 124 other cadets. On top of being XO, I am also captain of the varsity women’s lacrosse team. As a lacrosse player and a captain, I am very busy organizing team events, practices, and team bonding time. As a varsity athlete much of my time is spent at practice every afternoon and at away games on the weekends. Some of our games are around two hours away but the time spent with my team on the bus is priceless. It is an amazing and humbling opportunity to be able to test out my leadership skills while playing the sport that I love.

When I’m not playing lacrosse or working on company logistics, you can find me at Yoga Club, Women’s Leadership Council, with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization (FCA), or Asian Pacific American Council (APAC). I know it probably seems like it is impossible for me to do all of these things, and sometimes it seems like it is, but the beauty of being here at the CGA is that everyone understands the limits on our time and thus clubs are very flexible with scheduled events (unlike varsity sports obligations which are mandatory). When the clubs are hosting big events, club members can sign up to attend if their schedule allows. For Yoga Club, we have the unique opportunity to travel off-base to Mystic Yoga Shala for hot yoga once a week. If I’m too busy with homework I’ll skip out on yoga, but otherwise the classes are a great stress reliever and a hard workout. For Women’s Leadership Council, we do a mentoring program and have other fun events that I choose to attend based on whether or not my schedule allows. FCA is great also because we have lunch excusals every couple of weeks, so it doesn’t take any time out of my day, but instead I get to eat lunch with my fellow classmates and athletes. It is a great time to relax, reflect, and discuss our faith. Lastly, being a part of APAC is really fun as well! The council usually does big events with delicious food, like Dim Sum Sundays at a local restaurant. Overall, the Academy has a ton of unique and fun extracurricular activities to offer and I only do just a few. If you have any other specific questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Cecelia.K.Hosley@uscga.edu

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New Year, New Semester: Back to School at the CGA

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Cece Hosley

Well, we are back to school after some well-deserved vacation time. I spent my winter leave with my family on a trip to Miami and the Florida Keys which was absolutely incredible. After all that sun, sand, and salt water it was veryyyyy difficult to come back to Connecticut, but here we are back at school. A new semester is always exciting and I can’t wait to see what this one has in store for me. The big buzz around base this time of year is where people want to go for their summer assignments. It may seem a bit early to be thinking about summer, but Cadet Training has released the eResumes and everyone is talking about what Coast Guard units they want to experience, where they want to go, and what they want to accomplish in the fleet this summer as third class and first class. As a soon-to-be first class, this summer is extremely exciting. I have heard back from the Marine and Environmental Sciences department that I was chosen for the internship I applied to in Sitka, Alaska!!! I am crazy excited to be going to Alaska this summer to work on scientific research while experiencing life in the Coast Guard. It is an amazing opportunity to take part in this internship while living at the Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka. I hope to take full advantage of this experience by seeing what life is like at the air station and by getting on as many flights as possible!

In addition, the spring 2017 lacrosse season officially starts tomorrow and I could not be more excited for that as well. We have been practicing like crazy in our off season and can’t wait to show our coach what we’ve been working on. As a captain this season, I look forward to bringing my team together and setting a precedent for the future of Coast Guard lacrosse while leaving behind a legacy of hard work, family, and unity within our team. Stay tuned for updates on CGA Women’s Lax as the season goes on and happy New Year everyone!

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Spring Break Lacrosse Trip 2016: Colorado

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Cece Hosley

Hello everyone and happy spring! Today is our second day back at school after spring break, so everyone is trying to adjust back to Academy life, not always the easiest transition. However, this year’s spring break trip was a blast! The men’s lacrosse team traveled to Virginia Beach, and we got to go to Colorado Springs, which was absolutely incredible. No matter where you are in the city you can see these beautiful towering mountains in the background that just take your breath away! And speaking of breath, Colorado Springs is situated at an elevation of almost 7,000 feet and adjusting to the altitude was definitely not easy. We played two games out in Colorado, one against Colorado College and one against Messiah College. Both teams were very good and sprinting at that altitude had us out of breath and exhausted very quickly, but it was a great workout and now that were back, running here is a breeze!

Also, while we were out in Colorado we had the opportunity to do some amazing things outside of lacrosse. One morning we convinced our coach to let us wake up before sunrise and hike up to this rock formation outside the city called Pulpit Rock. It was cold and dark when we woke up, but we all ran up the mountainside in excitement. Once we reached the rock formation we were tired and out of breath, but the view was amazing! We climbed all over the rocks while watching the sun rise up over the mountain with a spectacular view of the whole city as well (I have included a few pictures). The other hike we did was through the national historic site, Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods was beautiful! These huge red rock formations dotted the hillsides and visitors can hike and climb throughout the park. We hiked to a rock formation called the Siamese Twins, which was really neat, but my favorite formation was the rock structure called the Kissing Camels named after the two kissing rocks that look like camels. If you ever have a chance to go visit Colorado Springs or the Garden of the Gods, I would definitely recommend it!

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Motivation to Excel

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hannah Eshleman

The first week of March was the busiest week I have had at the Academy thus far. With midterm exams, papers, lab reports, lacrosse, and military trainings, it seemed as though there wasn’t enough time in the day to breathe. The whole corps was scrambling to get everything done before spring break. Luckily, we all finished what we needed to finish and could go our separate ways for leave. The lacrosse team headed out to Colorado Springs for a training trip. We played two games against Colorado College and Messiah College. Besides practices and games, we got to explore the area. We went to the Garden of the Gods, the Olympic Training Center, and a hike at 0530 to see the sun rise over the mountains. Overall, it was a great trip where I feel our team really got to know one another and who we all are outside of the Academy gates. To be able to focus on just lacrosse was a blessing.

It is definitely challenging balancing all duties at the CGA, and these breaks always seem to come at the most needed times. Coming back to the Academy, I feel refreshed and ready to take on the end of 3/c year. This year has been fantastic, but it has definitely challenged me. I am looking within myself to find the motivation to do my best over this month and a half left until summer to keep my grades up to par and balance athletics, clubs, military obligations, friends, school, and sleep. For this summer, I just found out I am going to be cadre for AIM 2, getting to train high school candidates. I attended a similar program at the USNA as an upcoming senior in high school, and it had a huge impact on my decision to go to an academy. I am thrilled for the opportunity to influence potential future officers in a positive way and help them make their college decision.

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Lax But Not Relax

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Hannah Eshleman

January has come and gone and with the arrival of February came the start of spring sports. The women’s lacrosse team started their second varsity season here at the CGA. The first week of practice we got extremely lucky; there was no snow, and we could sport gym shirts and shorts on the practice field. After this past week, our luck ended and the snow has returned but we are still outside practicing in rain or shine (or snow). The first week was tough. We prepared ourselves over the winter with conditioning workouts with the new strength coach, Coach Shakira, and also with individual workouts. But regardless of the preparation, last week left me sore and tired, but also motivated for what the season will bring.

Our first scrimmage is on the 20th of February. We have six practices a week, two hours a day, as do all the other varsity sports at the Academy, and the improvement we see every day on the field and the bonds forming on the team is exciting to be a part of. Once games start after the 20th of February, weekends off will be a thing of the past. We have a game every weekend and on some Wednesdays. What about spring break? We’re off to Colorado to play throughout the week. I am thrilled to head back to Colorado. It will be my first time there since doing a year of civilian college at the University of Colorado in Boulder between 2013 and 2014. I am hoping some old friends may be able to visit and watch me play. While this semester is hectic, being busy helps keep me focused. I find I am more productive in my “free” time when I have a demanding schedule. So far, balancing academics, social life, Glee Club, and lacrosse has been, while frenzied occasionally, a good experience. I am getting the opportunity to do all the activities I love to do, and I feel quite lucky.

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Hectic Days Leading Up to Spring Break

(Athletics, Extracurricular and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hannah Eshleman

January came to a cold end with over a foot of snow falling on the Coast Guard Academy’s grounds. We got two days off of school and got to spend our time going sledding, catching up on homework, and sleeping. Foxtrot Company even had a snowman building contest and some friends and I drew a giant “2018” into the lower field overlooking the river. Overall, it made the end of January very enjoyable.

Since second semester started, life has been incredibly hectic. I am trying water polo this semester for the first time. It has been awesome getting to know a new group of girls and everyone has been very welcoming. The sport is hard though. I never swam on a team in high school, but I am doing my best to learn the rules of the game and be a beneficial member of the team. Our first tournament is the end of February, so we’re all looking forward to that. Chief Stevens (our coach) has warned us of the competition we’ll be facing, but we have all been working hard to get in good shape, so hopefully we can give other teams a run for their money.

Glee Club is starting to prepare for our spring break trip to Germany! We’ve got some new medleys to work on, and I am counting down the days until this trip. I have been to Europe once (London), but I’m looking forward to exploring a part of the world I have never been to before.

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Winter Recap

(Academics, Athletics, Extracurricular and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Derek Silliman

So, I am currently in Annapolis training with the sailing team on our spring training trip. Seeing the immense size of the Naval Academy certainly makes us comprehend how different the Coast Guard Academy really is. Being in Annapolis for the first time and seeing the large, Greco-Roman buildings of the Naval Academy certainly was a culture shock for me in comparing it to the small New England Coast Guard Academy campus with its federal-style architecture. I still would not want to be anywhere else.

At the end of winter break after a trip to the U.K. with my family, I flew to San Antonio to attend a conference among other Catholic college students called SEEK. We were part of a group of over 13,000 students including some from other service academies. It was truly a life changing experience, and with the spring semester ready to meet me with the end of the conference, I wish the conference never ended.

With the season pass I had to Killington, I took to the slopes for Martin Luther King weekend with a group of 15 cadets, and it was a blast. After that I only managed to get in another three days on my pass, those times going to Sunapee with my family. It was a great season over all, and with the increased liberty of 2/c year, next year will be even better.

The sailing team hit the water for the first time last week and we are now well under way for the spring season. The team is a little smaller now, but hopefully we will all get some good racing in.

One of my favorite classes this semester has been Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design. This has introduced me to all the crazy machines of the Academy’s power lab, which has enabled me to begin building a contraption known as a finger engine. I cannot wait to see the finished project.

The school year is slowly making its way toward the end. This summer will be a lot different from the last one, but it will be fun in its own ways. I just hope its gets warm a little faster this year.

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Learning the Ropes

(Athletics, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Deborah King

At the Academy, it is often said that the days drag on but weeks fly by. I would beg to differ. It really should be that the days fly by but the weeks go by even faster. I cannot believe that it is already October and it’s been seven weeks since the conclusion of Swab Summer. In this short period so much has happened: Parents’ Weekend, the Merchant Marine game, and Labor Day. Sometimes I wonder how I can even keep up! School has been hard but that was to be expected.

One of the biggest events for me was my first real regatta. Early in September, we did a scrimmage regatta, which was really fun. It was nothing like the real thing. We went to the Annual Off Soundings Regatta, a race from New London to Rhode Island along the sound. I was on the Seahawk, one of our L-44s. What made it really cool was that our team was made up of all 4/c (freshmen) and a mentor. On the team, I operate in the pit, which means I work with a lot of the lines and halyards. I guess you could say (pun intended) that I am learning the ropes. My secondary job is to read wind patterns for the boat and call out waves. It’s great – I think I learned more about the weather and currents in the five hours of sailing than I have in a classroom.

This regatta was a great experience. First, I got to learn how a race really works, which is way different than practice. I also got to bond with my teammates. You could see that by the end of the race, we were working together better than we were before the race. Finally, I got to get firsthand knowledge on meteorology. It was an awesome time, and I can’t wait until the next regatta.

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