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Veteran's Day Weekend Adventures

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo What a great weekend! Since Veteran’s Day was on Sunday, the Corps of Cadets did not have school on Monday and we were all able to take a “long”. A “long” means that you can leave after your last military obligation (normally class) on Friday and not come back until Monday at 1900 (for 3/c). I had a home swimming and diving meet on Saturday so I couldn’t leave until Saturday evening, but it was still a great long weekend. Friday night the swimming and diving team had a pasta party at one of the swim team girl’s house close to the Academy. Saturday after the diving meet, which Coast Guard won on both the men’s and women’s side, I jumped on the ferry with three of my friends and headed for Long Island. My friend’s aunt lives on the Island and we all decided to go to her house for the weekend. It was so relaxing to be at a house and go to sleep early and just hang around. We all woke up at a decent time on Sunday and took a train into New York City. It was my first time on a train so that was pretty exciting! The city was great we all just walked around and shopped and met up with my aunt for lunch. We took an early train back to Long Island and were able to cook a nice dinner, which is something we are never able to do at the Academy so it was a lot of fun. Monday was a little depressing because we had to pack to return. It’s a weird feeling you get in your stomach knowing you’re coming back. It’s hard to explain, but it helps that I’m a third class now and it makes it a little easier to cross the bridge.


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and everyone is getting excited and anxious to get home. This year is the first time I will not spend Thanksgiving with my family, but I will be spending it with great friends and an amazing family. Once I’m an officer, I might not be able to spend every holiday with my family so it’s good to get use to it now. Plus, I will be going home in a month for winter leave so I have that to look forward to.


The semester is almost over, which means exams are sneaking up. Crunch time is coming and there is a lot of studying to be done. I’m ready for this semester to be over with and to be able to start fresh again after winter leave. Third class year is tough academically, but if you put in the time and effort it is definitely doable. I hope everyone has a happy holiday and from what I remember, acceptance letters will be coming shortly so good luck to all of you and if you have any questions feel free to email me!


More about Sara.


Men's Crew

(Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Murphy Photo The crew team this year has been my rock. We are the closest team on campus; the only team that has its own “house”. We have barbeques almost every Friday and travel on weekends to races. It is a great opportunity to get away from the Academy. Best of all, the team consists of walk-ons. There is no previous experience needed to excel in this sport; in fact, many rowing Olympians picked up the sport in high school.


This fall season, Coach Steve Hargis has returned as a Men’s Head Coach. This man is a rowing legend. He has been rowing /coaching for over 30 years and currently coaches the U.S. junior national team in the spring/summer. He has turned the Coast Guard men’s rowing program around. If you want to be a part of something special, the men’s crew team is where it’s at. If you are looking to try another sport, try out men’s crew and be a part of a revolution at the Academy.


More about Sean.


Passing the Big Test

(Academics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Chavarria-Aguilar Photo I have a few things to say about my third semester here at the Academy. Last year was rough in its own respect, but this year has been a whole new animal.


Now, I don’t need to tell you that life as an upper-class cadet is worlds better than life as a fourth-class. I’ve breathed the fresh air of independence, and there is nothing sweeter. Despite the fact that we are still restricted from civilian clothes and owning cars, the rights that we have earned back are definitely worthwhile. For instance, I can go out on Friday nights and stay out later on Saturdays. Also, I can wear rec gear (khakis and a polo) out on liberty, instead of the Coast Guard uniform. And, rather than being a follower, we are now expected to be role models for the new fourth class. Fortunately, the job isn’t so hard since we had all of last year to prepare for it. I myself am lucky enough to be in a division with a great fourth-class who knows how to do her job right.


On another note, my classes have not been easy this semester. I’ve struggled with a few different subjects and have noticed that as each semester passes, my GPA drops every so slightly. At first, I feared that I was doing something wrong. However, I later realized that it was a sign of how challenging the courses here at the Academy can be.


I once read, “…a man enters a new world with the aim of becoming something greater than he once was. He is tested once, twice, three, four, five times, each test harder than the last. Then comes the most difficult test of his life. And at the end of the week, he emerges a different man. He has met the hardest test of his life, and he has passed or he has failed.” I like to think that my time here at the Academy is one of those tests. Within the big test is smaller tests that I encounter each and every day. Even though I may not pass all of the tests, I know that as long as I pass the right ones and learn from my failures then I can make it out of here a better person.


More about Alexis.


What It Means to Be a 3c

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Lash Photo The constant blur of 3/c year continues even more so with a daily routine. The days seem long, but before you can blink the week is over. Then you start to think about what you’ve done recently and another month is finished.


It was hard for me to find a purpose as a third class at the beginning of this semester. I was running everyday and improving my race times (I’ll get to that later), but I was having the most trouble finding my place in the military chain of command. It is hard not to just fly under the radar and stay quiet as a third class. Your life changed from being constantly watched to not being watched at all (this happens in only one month’s time). My 4/c was having some intercompany issues and through counseling her, I found my purpose as a third class.


I realized that the 2/c and 1/c serve as the ones to enforce the rules, but the 3/c are around as the middlemen. 3/c cadets are supposed to build up the 4/c, be their points of contact, their role models, and their advice givers. I now realize how important we are to the 4/c and that we can really make their day by offering a few positive words in passing. It is amazing how much of a difference a few kind words can make.


Cross country is coming to an end, and this season has been really surprising. I’ve shaved almost 3 minutes off of my 8k time and my current PR is 27:10. I placed high enough on the team to qualify for the Division III race in November!! I had no idea I was capable of hitting those times and now that I know what I can do, I’m setting my goals even higher. I’m hoping that this track season I will be able to break 15:20 in the 5k and 4:30 in the mile.


Other than that, life has been pretty normal here. Life doesn’t change too dramatically on a day-to-day basis…


More about Jon.