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Parents’/Family Weekend

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Martin Photo What does October mean? Parents’ Weekend, of course! Going from seeing your parents every day to seeing them three times a year is a big change. Parents’ Weekend is one of those three times a year for me where I get to spend some time with my family, but is also a time for them to see a hint of what my usual day-to-day is like. This year my parents, brother, sister, and aunt were able to fly up for almost a week to see me on the weekend and to see the surrounding area for the remaining days.


I have never eaten so much food in one weekend before in my life! By the end of the weekend I was in pain, mostly from the two pounds of fried fish I ate right before. The week prior to Parents’ Weekend in Marine Biology lab, the lab technician brought in freshly caught oysters and clams for us to try since we were studying mollusks. Not a bad lab, right? Because my lab teacher got me hooked on oysters and clams, we ate oysters, clams, or mussels at every meal along with plenty of other seafood. Being from Arizona, fresh seafood is hard to come by so my family wanted to take advantage of it while they were here and I was not going to complain! By the end of the weekend, I’m amazed there was any left in the New England area. Captain Scott’s is a must go during the summer (it’s open seasonally) for fresh, fried seafood. Also, can’t miss Bravo Bravo and the Daniel Packer Inne in Mystic. We walked around Harkness State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park, always nice. No matter what we do, it’s a good to see family, especially when I can’t see them for Thanksgiving because of the price of a ticket home.


October also means mid-terms. This next week I get to take five exams! Once I’m over this hill, then I get a little break until the next round of tests. I just have to keep on chugging and keep looking toward Thanksgiving.


More about Matt.


The Good and the Bad

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Townsend Photo You always go through rough patches in your life when it seems that nothing can go your way no matter what you do. At the Academy it sometimes feels as if these moments happen a lot, because there is not a lot that you have control over. I recently had a tough time when two of my friends were put in a difficult situation and may have to leave the Academy because of it. The beauty of the Academy though is that even during times like this everyone is there for each other. I have never felt a bond like this before between our class because we all care so greatly for each other. I am so thankful that there are people in the world that simply just ask how you are because they are genuinely concerned and want to help you. I know that it is never an act because once you enter the Coast Guard you become a family that cares for each other and will always be there.


I am glad that people could be there for me and this situation has taught me a lot about people in general. I know that there will always be someone there to lift you up when you are down. I know that I can use this when I go to the fleet too because there are always going to be tough times in everyone’s lives and I will be there for anyone else just like when everyone was there for me.


When bad moments come it always brings great moments as well. For instance, this past weekend was Parents’ Weekend at the Academy and everyone had their family members visit and spend time together. I think this weekend is very refreshing for cadets as we get to relax and be with our loved ones. I went home for the weekend because I live nearby and I got to spend a lot of time with my parents and sisters whom I have not seen for a bit of time. It was a very relaxing weekend filled with sleep and memories. I look forward to weekends like this and hopefully they will occur more often than the rough times that I have had lately, but regardless I know I will get through it with the help of my friends and family.


More about Brianna.


Balancing Life

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing and the air is getting chilly. These past few weeks have been crazy. I cannot believe that I am already halfway through my first semester. I have been so busy with sailing and academics and the military stuff that time has almost literally flown by.


Sailing has been great! I’ve gone to a regatta every weekend, so I’ve traveled from St Mary’s College of Maryland to Dartmouth! I’ve had so much fun with the team and I’ve learned a lot too. We are doing well, at the moment the women’s team is in 15th in the nation. We have a lot of fun planned, like dressing up at practice and carving pumpkins! We are also working hard since we have our qualifiers soon.


Academically, the Academy has been fairly easy for me. However, I am always busy doing homework and studying. I get a lot of help from my classmates and my teachers; everyone is really willing to help here. I can’t believe that I’m halfway through the semester. I am already counting down the days to go until Thanksgiving. And only a week after that I have Christmas leave! It will be nice to have a break; it will be my first real break since June!


Here in Chase Hall, everything is going well. All of us 4/c’s are doing our fourth class stuff. We are squaring our corners and meals, and yelling indoc at clocks, and making sure our uniforms look good. We are kept busy doing little annoying tasks, like cleaning the bathroom and taking out the trash. It isn’t hard; it just takes up our time. I just like to think about the fact that in another year, I will have so much more time since I won’t be doing these things. Also one of the perks of having to know my meals is that I can decide what I’m going to eat every day!


Needless to say, my life here at the Academy is going really well. School, sailing and military things are keeping me busy. The key is to just keep your morale up. I don’t let many things upset me because I remember where I am and how lucky I am to be here.


More about Kayla.


Officers’ Christian Fellowship and Crew

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Carani Photo I can’t believe how fast the first half of the semester has come and gone. I got to fly home to Illinois for Labor Day weekend and my parents came out to the Academy for Parents’ Weekend, so it’s been a good few weeks! Labor Day was nice to go home, relax, watch my brother in high school play soccer, and hang out with my girlfriend. And Parents’ Weekend was a lot of fun as my parents got to come to Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) with me, got to see me race at the Head of the Housatonic, and I got a couple of days to hang out with them! We went to the PEZ factory in Orange, Connecticut…I didn’t even know the PEZ factory existed, but it was a lot of fun!


The weeks here fly by because you’re so busy with military trainings, classes, sports practice, and homework, but sometimes the weekends are just as busy. So far we’ve had three official races for crew and one unofficial (The Head of the Thames, my favorite because it is so local), and these races really take up a large amount of time on the weekends, but they are also the most fun parts of the week. There are two things I always look forward to with the weekend, Friday Night Fellowship with OCF, and crew regattas or just hanging out with the crew team. Even if we don’t have a race on any given weekend, we always make sure to do something as a team. Whether that means going to the beach, going out to eat, or having one of the famous crew “bro-bq’s,” there’s always something going on that I know will be a great, fun time. The best part is, whether I’ve had a good day, bad day, or bad week, and no matter what I have going on in Chase Hall, OCF is always a place where I can relax and spend time worshipping God and studying the Bible, and crew practice is always a place where I can be a normal person, and just hang out and work hard with a bunch of really good friends.


Although each year may get harder and harder as you gain more responsibility and more work, life also gets better and better as you grow closer to the friends that you make here. I don’t know what I would do without all of the great friendships that I have, especially the crew team. Even though I have awesome encouraging parents back home in Illinois, and an amazing supportive girlfriend out in Minnesota, I still need support here at the Academy, and for me that support comes from the crew team, and OCF. I’m so blessed to have all of these amazing things in my life! September was a good month, and October is shaping up to be just as great! I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!


More about Luke.