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Incredible Experiences

(Academics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo Well, it is only the middle of October and I have already had some incredible experiences. In the middle of September I went to Air Station in Cape Cod, Massachusetts for the pilot shadow program (thank you, Aviation Club!). It was one of the most amazing things I have done in my whole life! I was fortunate enough to get a chance to ride in a Jayhawk. Needless to say I am aiming for flight school when I graduate – but that is thinking really far ahead. The flight team and I flew to a local police and fire station’s open house BBQ in Cape Cod where we gave tours of the helo to the community. It was so great to have the locals come up to me and thank me for my service. All they could say was how much they appreciated the Coast Guard and all we do to protect the country and our oceans. I also happened to be the only female in that flight, so many of the women who toured the helo were impressed and gave me words of encouragement. Coast Guard aviation is definitely an awesome job to look into.


Then just this past weekend I went to New York City with the Glee Club to sing at the Coast Guard Foundation dinner. That was so much fun! I felt famous walking into the Marriott Marquis in Times Square having a dressing room reserved for us – talk about cool, right? We also got the chance to walk around the city before we performed which was nice, especially as a 4/c. Having these opportunities to get off campus and have fun is definitely a good way to relax from the demanding life that the Academy presents.


Recently, we got midterm grades – I have all A’s and B’s! I honestly can say that my grades would have not been this good had I not gone to prep school. Having the prior knowledge in Chemistry and Calculus takes a lot of weight off of my shoulders allowing for more time to study other subjects and make time for sports and clubs. I know this sounds so cliché, but time management is CRUCIAL here. You need to figure out how to balance your life with school, military obligations, sports, and things that make you happy to keep you motivated.


As always, if you ever have any questions feel free to email me. I will gladly write back and give you open and honest answers: Good luck to all those applying for the class of 2017! The class of 2016 can’t wait for your arrival… :)


More about Allie.


Earning Your Own

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Patron Photo The first semester of my 2/c year has been great! I love my classes. This semester I am taking Spanish III, Criminal Justice, Principal of Electrical Engineering, Tennis/Personal Defense II, Public Policy Making, and International Relations. My most favorite class is Criminal Justice because it is an introduction to the justice system in the Armed Forces. From murder to neglect, we analyze case studies and apply them to key concepts.


This year is also very exciting because graduation is on the horizon. When I as applying to the Academy, a mentor of mine gave me his class ring from the Naval Academy. He was a former prep and he understood the anticipation I was going through during the application process and facing prep school. He told me “Kid, hold on to this until you have a chance to earn your own.” Speechless, I accepted his class ring and promised I would earn mine. A few months later he came to me and demanded I give back his ring. Shocked and confused I gave it back. He then said, “Now you can earn your own...” I took his words to heart and now I find myself as a 2/c – I am earning my own ring and there is no better sense of pride. The class ring to me signifies more than mere gold, this ring means sacrifice and commitment.


More about Jennifer.


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.