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cadet blogs

Fall-ing into the Swing of Things

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo Green leaves are changing to bright red and orange hues, the weather is getting cooler and more brisk, and the most important part of this season has finally arrived: pumpkin coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Fall has finally arrived in New England and I could not be any happier. However, I could definitely do without the copious amounts of papers, exams, and homework that all of my teachers decided to assign this month. Regardless of the workload, the autumn season at the United States Coast Guard Academy is a great time for all. Sporting events have taken up a lot of the corps of cadets’ time as there are soccer, volleyball, football, and rugby games, and of course, the most important sport – cross country races!


With about a month and a half into the school year, we have all started to finally settle into the swing of things at the Academy. I no longer cringe when I hear a fourth-class cadet greeting me as “Miss Corcoran, Ma’am” when I pass by them. However, I still find squaring movements awkward, but admit that sometimes it is humorous to watch the fourth class square around objects in the passageways.


Last weekend was Parents’ Weekend at the Coast Guard Academy, which provided a great deal of morale for the corps! I love whenever my parents visit me at school and I know all of the families enjoy being able to see what a day in the life of their cadet is like. My parents were really looking forward to seeing me in the regimental review on Saturday, but luckily for me, (I mean really really unlucky of course) I had a cross country race that morning and had to miss drill. My parents say I look, and I quote, “really legit” in the Parade Dress Blues we have to wear to regimental reviews.


Well, other than the normal operations at the Coast Guard Academy, Columbus Day weekend is coming up soon which means long weekend for the corps. :) I have a cross country race on Saturday, but am planning on making a trip to Boston afterward so I am really excited for that! Also, the weekend after that is Homecoming weekend, which should also be a fun, morale-filled weekend. And of course Halloween is at the end of the month with the Halloween dinner and trick-or-treat on the hill where the cadets get to dress up in their costumes and go trick-or-treating to Admiral Stosz’ s home.


As always, any questions – ask away!



More about Samantha.


Major-Specific Classes

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Zwenger Photo Once again, another blog entry, except this one is on time unlike my last few. So the school year has started up again. I’m actually really happy and excited about my classes this semester because they all pertain to my major, which is Civil Engineering if you haven’t heard yet. Finally, I don’t have a schedule filled with classes that don’t particularly interest me, and I don’t have any classes that the major assignments are to write. The classes I have are mostly doing applied math kind of stuff and learning about the different aspects of civil engineering. This is what my next three (including this one) semesters will look like so I’m stoked for the next year and a half in terms of school.


The one main problem that I have this year is that the Academy appears to think that there is somewhat of a correlation between the school year and cadre summer. During the summer a group of classmates and I were in charge of 25+ high school students. We taught them military things, told them how to eat, when to eat, where to go, how to get there, when to get up, how fast they have to get up, etc. During the school year it is completely different. I have a set of division work that I am supposed to complete, however, I am not responsible for close to 30 people’s lives. It is important to note that the amount of division work has increased from last year and that I do have a bit more responsibility but nothing compared to the summer. That is not to say that I didn’t learn anything last summer, because I learned things that other college students may not learn until they are well into their first job or even past that. The only downfall that I see is that I think some people that work here see a correlation between the summer and the school year, I have yet to see it however.


My parents are coming next week; I’m super excited to see them although it has only been like a month or so since I have seen them. They are coming to my classes for the first time since I’ve been here. I’ll be writing a blog soon about them.


Next semester I hope to be in a division where we are in charge of ‘Cadet for a Day’ so I can see if any of my AIMsters from the summer are coming. If you were my AIMster please email us and let us know you’re coming, we love seeing you all. Shoot the emails to , anyone can email me with questions.


This blog has been all over the place, sorry. Second class (junior) year is so much fun so far, and it’s the friends that make it worth it.


More about Spencer.