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cadet blogs

Where to Begin?

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Keeley Photo Let’s see, where to begin? So when you first begin the school year, everything is hectic and you feel overwhelmed with obligations that no one is keeping track of but you. You have to deal with your doctor appointments and running to get sized for and pick up your uniforms. You have clocks and duty and comp chomp and much more that you don’t understand the point of. By the fourth week of the year, the craziness dies down as you begin to get into a routine. This is the point where I was enjoying myself. I felt like an adult, finally on my own, dealing with my own money and buying my own food. I felt extremely proud of what I had accomplished by that point because I had never had time to think of how far I’d come.


Now however, it is a different story. Like every good thing in life, the routine got old and boring. Going through the motions with little sleep and a heavy but manageable workload started to take a toll on me as I counted down the days until the next leave (literally, because during clocks where we have to say the days to go until leave).


I am not saying that my life here has lost its appeal in any way. I don’t want to use a cliché but life here is one giant and bipolar roller coaster. My roommate and I barge into our room screaming about something stupid that made us mad or, wining about something silly that made us sad, or laughing at something completely ridiculous that only one who has been cooped up in a tiny space with few privileges would find funny. I am so glad that my roommate and I get along. If not, we would be complaining about one another to our friends constantly. Instead, we accept each other’s crazy mood swings and don’t dwell on them or bring them up outside of our room.


On a different note, I want to emphasize how ridiculously quick time is flying by. The days are long but the weeks and months have gone by so fast. I cannot believe it is already October. Many privileges are just around the corner and it feels like just yesterday that our Guidon was saying it would take months before we would be allowed to wear running suits or flip flops during study hour.


Well, that’s it. Class starts in 10 minutes. I will write again soon.


4/c Keeley


More about Melissa.


Why I Wanted to Be a Student Blogger

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Miller Photo The first time I stepped foot on campus was June 24th, 2012—the day before R-Day. I didn’t do AIM, or Cadet for Day, because they weren’t possible options for me.


But I didn’t come completely un-informed or ill-prepared—the weeks before reporting, I spent a lot of time on the Academy website, trying to glean as much as I could about it as possible. The cadet blogs were one of the reasons why I felt like I could handle Swab Summer. All of the contributors had made it through. Some even shared stories about their experiences. I was also able to read about experiences the cadets went through during the school year. Their stories gave me events to look forward to.


Even before I knew about the benefits about being a blogger, I wanted to be one. The blogs had so much impact on me, and I want to be able to have that impact on other people, to convince them to come to the Academy, if they truly want to. I also enjoy writing—before I was accepted here, I was considering English as a major.


As a blogger, I will be more than willing to answer questions from anyone who emails me. I love to talk about my experiences, and I know that a lot of potential fourth-class will have a ton of questions, because I did. The cadet blogs were an instrumental part in my mindset toward the Academy, and I hope to have the same effect on future potential students.


More about Caroline.


Fourth Class Adventures

(Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo What’s the point of all work but no play?


After a long night of cleaning for the formal room and wing inspection on Saturday, October 20th, the corps of cadets were rewarded a short weekend for their hard work, mostly due to Bravo Company senior fourth class (the cadet in charge of organizing all of the fourth class in their respective company), Abigail Isaacs, my roommate. Abby did such a good job organizing all of the fourth class to clean for formal room and wing that our company came in first in the inspection. As a result, my good friend and fellow cadet blogger, Caroline Miller and I decided to take the Amtrak to Boston for the first time in our lives. We ended up taking what the Bostonian natives like to call the “T” to Harvard Square, where we watched the Coast Guard Academy rowing team compete in the Head of the Charles. An interesting thing we observed was a boat in the shape of a Mini Cooper, something definitely not normally seen at the Academy. It was nice to be able to get away from campus after a long, hard week of work and be able to wear civilian clothes and let our hair down, something 4/c cadets are only allowed to do when 75 or more miles away.


Exhausted from our day, Caroline and I fell asleep on the train ride home. Having been asleep for quite some time, the train attendant must have assumed we had to get off soon. He awoke Caroline who was sitting on the outside seat by trying to guess her rank.


The attendant muttered, “Ensign…Lieutenant…Lieutenant Commander…”


I was glad the man thought so highly of us, considering most people do not even think I am eighteen years old yet. It was better to be associated as an officer than as a train attendant, which many people who are boarding the train tend to think.


More about Samantha.