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Service above Self

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo Yesterday I spent most of the day working at an indoor track meet at our school. Instead of heading out on the long weekend like many of my shipmates, I decided to stick around and fulfill my Institutional Service (IS) hours requirement. Every cadet is required to fulfill a minimum two IS hours and six community service (CS) hours. It sounds like a lot to ask when cadets are already working so hard to balance out school work, sports, other military requirements, and a social life as well; however, I think that interior service and community service can be fun and rewarding. It’s all about what you make it.


There are tons of opportunities to fill the CS and IS hours requirement, and a lot of them are fun. Also, they are a great opportunity to meet people. Last semester, I completed all of my community service on a one Saturday afternoon, kayaking up and down the Thames River picking up trash from the islands and beeches. The event was called “Adventure Clun River Cleanup.” It was really fun, and some of the people I met that day have become my best friends.


But that’s just one example of community service. Two other marquee community service events that the Coast Guard Academy are doing now are: ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief, and what we call, “Habitat for Humanity” construction. The Habitat for Humanity is an ongoing house build. That’s right. Cadets are out there every weekend working together to build a house. It’s a great project and tons of cadets have gotten involved so far. The Academy is heavily involved in the local New London area, and it’s great to see cadets taking an interest in the community.


If you want to find out more about what the Academy is doing for community service, or if you have any questions about the service requirements, please feel free to email me!


More about Hunter.


Yay for Long Weekends!

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo Hey everyone! So, here I am sitting in Leamy Ballroom, thanks to the lovely fire alarm going off back in Chase. It was back to the grind today after a great long weekend. The first week of class went by smoothly, and the four day week is already flying by. This past weekend I enjoyed visiting my friend’s house in New Jersey, which was full of excitement. I visited Philly for the first time, and of course had a real Philly Cheese Steak. I went to my second ever hockey game, which went into double overtime, and I rode on my first train in the states! Yes, the last one is exciting for me, haha!


I am already getting stoked for sailing season. Team workouts start tomorrow, and I hope the rest of the team is as excited as I am! Our first regatta is February 16, and I am dreaming of sunny Florida. Tonight it is supposed to get down to 9 degrees. That is REALLY cold for a Florida girl! Not going to lie, I’m pretty pumped for the forecasted blizzard this weekend.


If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me at


More about Christi.


Marching for the President

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo This past weekend I had the honor of marching in the Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama at the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Marching past the reviewing stand and meeting eyes with the President was an honor and a privilege that made all the sacrifices of the weekend worth it.


I had volunteered to march in the Inauguration in mid-November and found out that I was selected upon returning from Thanksgiving break. Immediately I had to take a picture and answer several screening questions for the Secret Service background check. As the Inauguration drew closer, I learned more of the itinerary and looked forward to the event more and more.


My fellow cadets and I boarded the buses for the Inauguration on Saturday, two days before the actual event. We drove through the night arriving in Annapolis, site of the United States Naval Academy, early Sunday morning. We were assigned to rooms with host midshipmen, who took us to breakfast and showed us around the “yard.” At 1100 the 90 cadets who made the trip formed up for a quick practice drill, after which we were granted liberty. All in attendance were anxious for the next day.


Monday arrived early as we boarded buses bound for Alexandria, Virginia. We were going to join a convoy with other enlisted and reserve Coasties and travel to D.C. together. The sight of the black SUVs, sirens blazing, escorting us to D.C. made quite an impression. We all arrived at the Pentagon around noon and went through more screening, before reaching D.C. about 1530 in the afternoon.


We waited anxiously for our turn to march, as various marching details went ahead. Finally our turn came. Marching down the streets of D.C. with all eyes on us gave me a sense of pride and purpose that is hard to explain. And when we marched in front of the President all of the trials of the day seemed to be insignificant. It was a great honor to march before the President, in a parade that symbolizes all our country is known for – freedom, liberty, and equality. Had I not come to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, I doubt I’d ever get that experience.


More about James.


Attending the Inaugural Parade

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Going to the Inauguration was a truly unique experience. The entire weekend was really fun. We left Saturday night and stayed overnight at the Naval Academy. I was able to see my family too because I am from that area. We even got to watch the Ravens game!


On Monday, we started with a police escort to D.C. It was so cool! The day of the Inauguration involved a lot of waiting and security checks but it was all worth it. We marched after 5 o’clock and the route was about 1.6 miles long. To march down Pennsylvania Avenue and to be a part of history and welcome our President back for another four years was mind blowing. Passing in review, I was hit with an overwhelming pride for my service and to be an American. I will always remember the thrill I felt marching in an event holding such significance to the American people. I can see now that anywhere in the world, a change of power conducted peacefully and by the people is not to be taken for granted. I will remember that day for my entire life, and I know that last year, I would never have guessed that I would have marched for the President and the United States of America.


Fast Paced Week

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Hey it’s me, Lucy! Today is Friday and I had Chemistry after lunch but because Martin Luther King Day cut the week short, I had a really short class. This week has been really fast paced. I think that they all usually are but I am still getting back into the swing of things. Now, I am just doing some homework before I have track practice. I have a surprisingly busy evening planned. After practice, I am going to go to Bible study and then Friday Night Fellowship after that. Also, tonight, there is a comedy night at Leamy that a lot of people are going to. This weekend I want to get a lot of homework done and also relax a bit and SLEEP!!!! I am giving a tour tomorrow; maybe I will see you there :)



Where Fall Semester Left Off

(Academics, Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Subramanian Photo It feels as if the spring semester picked up right where the fall semester ended. Following a week for preparations and listening to many speeches, classes began. After the last semester, I have entered this semester focused and ready to go for another engineering-dominated year. As a mechanical engineer, I will be taking Dynamics, Engineering Materials Science, Differential Equations, and Ships and Maritime Studies. In the fall, I took three lab courses. Now, I only take one lab on Tuesdays, and classes from 8 to 4 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


I am also taking racquetball as a class. Every morning at 0800, I get to play racquetball for an hour. It is a great workout first thing and it wakes me up for the day. I get to play with some of my friends, many of whom are more athletic than me. They are helping me become a better racquetball player and overall athlete. With a 0800 PE class, I can now get a weightlifting session in before classes. This is another chance for me to get a workout, and it allows me to dedicate the afternoon to boxing.


In boxing, we are now preparing for the Regimental Open, which will be late February. There are many new boxers who have come out to participate. I will still be recovering from my shoulder injury, so I am helping to coach the new boxers, as well as rehabilitating. There is no doubt that this Academy tradition will be successful again.


The corps already had one long weekend this semester, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. During the long weekend earlier this month, I traveled to Boston. I visited my civilian friends at Northeastern University and Boston College. It was good to spend a weekend away from the grueling lifestyle of the Academy. I am already looking forward to President’s Day Weekend, where I hope to take some of my fellow cadets to New Jersey to visit my hometown. That weekend is not far away, so it is important that I stay motivated!


More about Kevin.


Eyes Left!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Carani Photo I spent much of last week sleeping on an uncomfortable bus, standing around and waiting, practicing marching, getting cleared by security, waiting for the Inauguration Parade to start, and a lot more waiting. It’s safe to say that the theme of my weekend was waiting. In fact, much of my weekend was boring and uninteresting. However, in the single moment of marching past President Barack Obama, when the Regimental Commander called, “Eyes left!” and we saluted the President and saw him salute back, all of my gripes, complaints, and frustrations seemed to vanish. That single moment during our long march in the parade made the entire weekend worthwhile.


I know I speak for all 89 of my shipmates that marched in the parade when I say that regardless of political beliefs, having the opportunity to march in the Inauguration Parade to show support for our new Commander-in-Chief was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Even though it was dark by the time we started the parade, and most of the crowd had retreated to find warmer quarters, none of that mattered. Marching in that historic parade, and being a part of that once in a lifetime experience is something that will live with me for the rest of my life, and is something that I am honored to have been a part of.


More about Luke.