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cadet blogs

A Good Welcome Back

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo After two and a half weeks or so of leave, early January marks the time when cadets return to the Academy. Unlike normal colleges, where classes start as soon as students return, cadets have a week of “Administration Processing” (dubbed CAP week at the start of the fall semester and MAP week at the start of the spring semester). Although it is tough to come back to the Academy (especially when New London has single digit temperatures in the winter…burr), the week serves as a nice period for cadets to transition back into the military lifestyle. CAP and MAP weeks both have various trainings, on topics from cyber awareness and professional conduct, to meetings with the Superintendent and the Commandant of Cadets. During the week, the Change of the Command ceremony is also held, where cadets who will assume leadership positions in the upcoming semester relieve the cadets who held leadership positions the previous semester. The dreaded PFE, which is performed twice annually, is also administered during the week.


Additionally, the week usually has a key speech, which during MAP week is an annual address given by the Commandant of the Coast Guard. This year Admiral Papp, the 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, gave his final address to the corps, as he will be retiring from the Coast Guard in the summer. This served as a bittersweet moment, as it was sad to say good bye to the only Commandant I have known while in the Coast Guard, but was also entertaining to listen to him discuss his lessons learned during his Coast Guard career. His speech articulated the part I most enjoy about MAP week: having a chance to look at the big picture and to be reminded what it means to be a Coast Guardsmen and why I choose this Academy, which sometimes gets lost during the strenuous academics of the semester. Every once in a while it is nice to be reminded why we are all here, and I believe that MAP week serves this purpose as a good welcome back to the Academy.



More about James.


Refreshed and Ready

(Athletics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo It’s always nice to have a break from school, athletics, and the military life, but this past winter break was one of the best breaks I have had. I was able to spend lots of time with my family and friends. I decided not to go on the training trip with the swim team and gained an extra week at home. The weather was not perfect, but it didn’t stop me from being outside and on the water.


I started winter break off at the University of Florida watching my brother commission into the United States Marine Corps. The ceremony was great and I was so proud of him and everything he has accomplished in three and a half years. My whole family was there watching him commission, which was very special and a lot of fun. The rest of winter break consisted of days on the beach, the boat, or paddle boarding with friends and family. I had an awesome time at home catching up with everyone doing everything that I love.


I am refreshed and ready for a new semester to begin. My schedule doesn’t look too bad and I like all of my professors so it should be an interesting and fun four months. I have a diving meet every weekend this month, but I love being with the team so it’s not like I am wasting a weekend. We have a long weekend coming up, but I have a diving meet on Saturday so a couple of my friends and I are going to stay at my aunt’s house on Long Island and we are going to go into New York City. I got to see my aunt over winter break, but I am still really excited to go to her house and hang out for a couple of days. I am also going to a Luke Bryan concert with my girl friends. That should be lots of fun and I am really looking forward to it! It will be a busy month with the new semester starting and lots of fun on the weekend and I am so excited!


I hope everyone had a great winter break with their family and friends. Good luck to the prospective cadets who should be hearing something within these next few months. It’s a great experience and you grow and learn so much, but it goes by WAY TO FAST! Enjoy your senior year and all of the fun activities that come with it. I will gladly answer any of your questions, just email me! 



More about Sara.