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cadet blogs

Vegetarian Alert

(Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo The Academy, like any college, is a place to try new things: I would not recommend, however, becoming a vegetarian to be on your list. Particularly as a fourth class not looking at your food complicates meal choices, except when snacking in your room. Dietary restrictions are accommodated by the dining hall, or wardroom, but it is up to the cadet to vocalize their request. My boyfriend, a NROTC midshipman at civilian school, and I decided to compete against one another to see who could last as a vegetarian longer. As a self elected vegetarian, I chose to pick and choose at family style meals and head directly to the salad bar at buffet style dinners. It was not particularly difficult to adjust to the new diet, but ultimately peer pressure from my meat loving roommates and a Subway 6" meatball dropped off by my mom drove me back to a carnivorous lifestyle. My recommendation to any vegetarians from this experience is to stick with your beliefs from the beginning and make your requests known. To any aspiring dieters or lettuce munchers, the Academy is probably not the time to start.


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A Breakfast in Uniform

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo As a local Connecticut cadet I have the opportunity to visit home often, at least two times a month. While it is a complication not to be able to drive or wear civilian clothing while less than 75 miles of the Academy, it is a treat to leave the campus and act more human. At home I enjoy blaring music, conversing freely with my friends, and especially looking at my food. Over a recent break my grandfather took me out to a townie breakfast spot for an enjoyable meal and the most surprising thing took place - someone anonymously paid for our meal. Looking at my meal was unexpected; having it paid for was mind boggling. My grandfather and I asked the waitress who we could thank, but unfortunately the couple had already left. As a young and very new member of the military it is an honor to see an example of such respect in my life and comforting to know that support comes in all kinds.


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Hello 2013!

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo Happy holidays and New Year to everyone! I am so happy to be home spending the break with my friends and family. It’s amazing to be relieved of the stress and work that comes with Academy life. I do not think I have woken up before 10:00 a.m. more than twice this winter leave, and it feels fantastic.


I haven’t done that much this break, but I was lucky enough to get invited to a holiday party for retired officers at the Coast Guard Station in Boston. I went with a family friend who is a retired Navy commander and captain. It was really fun and a great opportunity to hear the anecdotes of those who served before me. They all had hilarious stories as well as unbelievable ones that I learned from. I also got to go to the All Academy Holly Ball for all of the service academies, which was held in Boston. Needless to say, the CGA cadets ripped up the dance floor. It was so much fun, and I’ll definitely be going back next year!


I can’t believe it’s already 2013, and halfway through my 3/c (sophomore) year at the Academy. I had a pretty good first semester, and I’m looking forward to the next one. The 4/c in my company are truly impressive and optimistic, which really brings the entire company’s morale up, so I hope it stays that way again for this coming year!


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One More Down

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Townsend Photo Another semester has flown by at the Coast Guard Academy, which seems to be a common occurrence here. I feel like my last two years here have gone by so quickly, which is sort of a bittersweet feeling. In some ways it is good because we are all so much closer to becoming commissioned officers in the Coast Guard, but at the same time it is gloomy because it means some of the best times of are lives are going to become the past. That is why I plan on making the most of the next year and a half that I have at the Academy.


As for right now though I am at home on leave spending time with my family. The Coast Guard prides itself on how family-oriented they are and it truly shows when we are given almost four weeks to spend with our families and friends from home. I plan on relaxing for the majority of this break and catching up on some much needed sleep. I look forward to returning to the Academy for another semester but as for now I am going to enjoy my time at home relaxing with my family.


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