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Yet Here We Are

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Daniels Photo Well here we are again! Hello to all reading this!


Having just returned from Thanksgiving leave, I find myself both rested and exhausted at the same time, which confounds my logic. However, there are only two and a half weeks left in the first semester of my fourth class year. Only a year ago this seemed almost unthinkable to have gotten this far; yet here we are, with classes wrapping up and preparing for the first round of final exams. I think that as we get closer, it will probably become harder to get motivated about the grind.


Since the last time I wrote, it seems like so much more has happened. The Windjammers represented the Coast Guard Academy in the New York City Veteran’s Day parade and played at the Giants-Raiders game the day before. These experiences were truly unique and I have had some of the best times of my life while off on these excursions.


Thanksgiving leave was a little strange for me, since I live in Connecticut. I have been able to go home on many occasions, but I have not been able to drive or wear civilian clothes yet. Being able to see my friends and visit my old high school was great, as was getting to be a little bit more like a “normal” person.


I’m getting excited for the winter formal coming up. The formal is an event that involves a large portion of the cadet corps eating a very fancy dinner followed by a night of dancing. I enjoy events like this, so I am anticipating a great experience as I get to hang out with my classmates outside of the military atmosphere of the Academy.


Until next time!



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Thankful for Little Shipmates

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo Last night my roommate began packing her suitcase, cleaning our room, and feverishly talking to friends at home about plans over Thanksgiving break. For her, this five day break will be the first time home in 100 days and one of the few times a year she’ll be with her parents. Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated breaks at the Academy because cadets go home to their families – for me, it is a brief trip to remember the family I came from and appreciate my Coast Guard family here.


To drive home from the Academy I have to take a left out of the main gate, a left at the stoplight, follow the Boston Post Road, and take four more turns through my neighborhood. The entire trip takes about seven minutes, making me the closest 3/c cadet to our school. At first I liked this, the informality of going home, seeing my cousins around town when on liberty. But this year with the independence of being a third class, I have realized that close proximity makes it more difficult to transition into my new family. I have been very fortunate to make many friends at the Academy and am thankful that I am well liked, despite my compulsive organization and outbursts when my favorite teams have a bad game. Somehow, through all of the demands and obstacles, I have managed to have a close group of friends. These “shipmates” as the Commandant, Admiral Papp, would call them, are the only reason cadets graduate: shipmates are always my inspiration and motivation. Before leaving for break myself I created a list of the five gifts I am most thankful for. Of course “little shipmates”, my Coast Guard family, is at the top. I am thankful for 1) shipmates, 2) freedom, 3) laughter, 4) two successful shoulder surgeries, and 5) chocolate.



More about Sarah.