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It All Comes Back to Running

(Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Lash Photo The corps is about to hit the final sprint of the semester. The problem is that this 15-day sprint is booby trapped with group projects, tests, final papers, exams, and random 2 a.m. fire alarms. It’s time to watch some Indiana Jones movies, and learn all the tricks to avoiding the hidden trap doors that line the road to winter leave.


A weekend of cross country running and New York City was the perfect way to blow off some steam with friends before throwing myself into the void of homework and sleepless nights. After running a PR of 27:04 at the DIII regional meet, two XC runners and I went to NYC for the weekend. It was a weekend filled with coffee, joking around, good pizza, sightseeing, jacket buying, and countless miles of walking in circles and asking for directions. It was great to celebrate the end of an amazing XC season with them.


The season was so “amazing” because it was so surprising. I liked the confusion on people’s faces when I ran a time that was 2:00 faster than the previous week. The new coaching style was great and it really worked out for me. I had no idea what I was capable of, seeing this is only my second year running. In September I was afraid I wasn’t going to make the team, and this past week I ended up placing 4th on the team in the DIII’s regional race. I ran a 6 second PR, but I didn’t break 27:00 like I wanted to. I look at that as a brief, but necessary setback. Not making that time keeps me hungry for more, and I want to be breaking 26:00 by the end of next season. This is certainly going to require a lot of work, but I’m more than willing to make running my number one priority to achieve it.


My dad recently told me that “You’re not going to remember your classes, but the sports and activities that you did.” I really realize that now. I’ve made some amazing friends this XC season and I look forward to keeping them as friends for the rest of my life. That group of 20 guys who enjoy running way more than any human being should are some of the best guys I know. I can’t wait to see the adventures and races that lie ahead for us in the next few years.


More about Jon.


It’s All Happening So Fast!

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Martin Photo It’s a week from Thanksgiving? No stop! I didn’t think I’d ever want to slow a semester down, but right now things are flying by so fast its hard to keep track of what’s what. We only have two full weeks of school left and then finals and yet we still have more than 50% of grades left to earn in most classes. That means that this is going to be a busy next two weeks and I’m already feeling the heat. Three tests and three 20-minute presentations a week and to finish it all off, five three-hour finals to make or break you. The stress levels are high all around the Academy, but there’s a nice Thanksgiving break coming up that will be a good 30-second timeout before play resumes.


I have never listened to Christmas music before Thanksgiving’s over, never! Once it’s the day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas lights come on and the Christmas music gets turned up. Unfortunately, this State of the Union address is to inform you that this sacred law has been broken. On the 11th day of November in the year of 2012, Christmas music was played, and it hasn’t stopped. It was just the only way to get through the week! Play a little Christmas music and homework doesn’t feel as arduous and the nights don’t seem as late. The sun shines a little brighter (that is, if it ever does shine during the Dark Ages) and that glorious three-week break seems right around the corner. In reality, it is right around the corner, yet it feels miles away with what has to get done before it can get here.


It’s nice to stop and think for a minute about where we are. We are just about done with the first half of our 3/c year. Soon enough we will be hearing trainings on how to be great cadre this summer and then we will see our cadre graduate. It’s a tough four years, but from what I can see, it doesn’t last long.


More about Matt.


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.