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Subtle Impacts

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Racz Photo The government shut down had a profound impact on our nation. With our country still trying to put the pieces together, I feel as though it is a good time to reflect. While other academies felt the full force of the government shut down, like MMA, the impact on the Coast Guard Academy was more subtle. Though the Academy felt a little emptier because of grounds crews and other civilian faculty absent from work, daily operations went unhindered for the most part. Although, I will say the shut down may have affected the 4/c cadets the most. One of the many tasks that 4/c are responsible for is cleaning, especially involving taking out the trash. Due to the shutdown, trash bags became nonexistent in the gearheads of Chase Hall. It seemed that when the government shut down, so did the use of trash bags. This caused great disdain throughout the fourth class. This meant that instead of just taking out the trash bags to the dumpster, we as 4/c had to take the entire trash can out to the dumpster and then clean the now dirty trash can after we were finished. This caused a lot of extra work. So let’s just say I’m happy to see that trash bags have been restored to the wing areas around Chase Hall.


Crew continues to go well. Coach Regan’s “odd” words of wisdom are actually starting to grow on me. I say odd because some of his thoughts come out of nowhere and they all still find their way to the point he is trying to instill on us. The Head of the Fish – the big race for the novice rowers – is almost a week away. Our boat is finally starting to put it together. We were off to a very shaky start, but we have come together as a boat to work on the problems that we have had. I look forward to getting out on the water in New York and showing everyone what I and the other seven rowers in my boat can do.


More about Benjamin.


We Are Family!

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Hello blog readers,


I have been quite busy as of late, thanks to a full Marine and Environmental Science (MES) schedule, combined with the fun, but full, weekends of cheerleading, and on top of all of that, the typical stresses of Academy life. We have just come out of Homecoming Weekend that included multiple drill/marching related events, a football game, and more than usual evening trainings. It seems that I have had three tests a week for the past few weeks, and project due dates emerging slowly from the syllabi of most of my classes.


Despite my endeavors as a typical third class cadet, I can say that I am as happy as I can be. I have an immense support structure that can rival even the worst of my days, and can provide for me a family in Connecticut in addition to my family back home in Maryland.


Everywhere I look, I find friends and role models, and parental figures, all of whom live either at the Academy or work there. My friends are a huge reason for my happiness and success. I have found people at this school who will be honest with me, laugh with me and make me laugh. People who I can do homework with during the week, and then go out with on the weekends. They can tell when I am down, and they know me well enough to know how to make me smile. I love my friends at the Academy, and the group continues to grow as I spend more time in my new company and expand my interests. I know that many of these people I will remain close to for the rest of my life.


Whether I am with my friends or not, if I am looking for a running destination, or a hangout spot for a few hours, I was connected last year with a sponsor mom who has created for me a haven away from the Academy. She has opened her home to me and often times some of my friends. She has taken me apple picking, on a trip to the aquarium, to buy a pet plant, and she has supported me at my sporting events and will be my coach for lacrosse. I love her company and I enjoy cooking with her, and hanging out with her in a setting other than the Academy.


Another huge support of mine is the religious community at the Academy. I have been on multiple weekend retreats, attend Friday Night Fellowship whenever I can, and I love to go to church with my friends on Sundays. I am comforted to know that I am able to feed my spiritual self without even leaving the Academy campus.


I have to say that I feel very lucky to be this happy, and for the opportunities that I have been given. My family in Maryland has supported me and continues to do so, but a six-hour car ride has made me lean on my support system here, a system that has more than met my social, academic, and spiritual needs.


I hope that this wasn’t too long of an entry but when I get started on all of the people who support me, I have to say that the list isn’t short!




Pushing Through the Semester

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Kuntz Photo I can’t even begin to say how busy the past few weeks have been here. It seems like yesterday we were just starting the semester and now we’re already at midterms! I’ve been pretty busy with sailing. We are gone every weekend, which means that I don’t have a lot of time to do my homework or get ahead on projects. We go to a new venue almost every weekend for regattas and I’ve had a chance to see the East Coast way more than if I wasn’t a sailor. I’ll be the first person to admit that I didn’t think I was going to like the East Coast, but it is absolutely awesome. I grew up in a small, nautical community and that’s what all of these towns are; not to mention I’m a huge seafood fan and it doesn’t get any better than this!


Academically, it’s weird to think that I’m sort of used to having 3+ big assignments and projects due a week. The workload is a heavy but it’s manageable if you sit down and push through it. That’s my biggest thing, I get distracted really easily. I have to make a concerted effort to sit down and do my work, which makes for some entertaining, yet productive, studying sometimes.


Parents Weekend was kind of a bummer. I had a regatta in Boston so I was gone for the weekend and my mom just had surgery so she couldn’t travel up to Boston. It was kind of sad and made me really homesick when everyone was with their parents at classes, but this past weekend made up for it! My parents, grandparents, brother, and even my puppy came up for Columbus Day! That turned out to be a much better deal. For Parents Weekend, all of us cadets were required to go to a mandatory football game and so you couldn’t take a long weekend (unless you were in Boston sailing of course!). I had four days with my parents and it was so refreshing! Now there’s only 41 days until I leave for Thanksgiving (not that I’m counting or anything). It’s time to push through the rest of the semester and Christmas will be here before we know it!


As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!


More about Savannah.