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2/c Year Academics

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Seaman Photo Hello, all! As I’m getting ready to go on Thanksgiving leave, I’d love to tell you a little bit about my semester so far. It has been filled with academics and swimming, but also some very exciting milestones, like designing our class rings that we will get in April.


As an Operations Research major, I take mostly math and computer classes and a few humanities and navigation courses. I really enjoy the math and computer courses. This semester we are being introduced to computer programming in Java, which I find both pretty difficult and fun. The other math classes I’m taking are Probability Theory and Networks and Non-Linear Optimization. I think both of these are very interesting. (If you would like to know more about these courses feel free to email me). As far as non-major classes, I am in Morals and Ethics and Maritime Watch Officer. In Morals and Ethics, we learn about the different moral theories that exist and how they apply to everyday situations. Maritime Watch Officer is our navigation class. All cadets must take one navigation course each year. This year, it teaches us basic ship driving, how to use different modes of navigation, and conning skills. It is very applicable to the work we will do if we graduate and are assigned as a Deck Watch Officer on a cutter. We get to go out on the river and drive the Academy’s T-boats once a week during our lab and perform different drills like a man overboard recovery.


This is just a glimpse of 2/c year academics as I still have one more semester to go, but hopefully you now have some insight into what a typical semester is like for us here. Thanks for reading, and as always, email me if you have any questions!


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Fall Goes Flying By!

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo Hello all! A lot has happened since my last blog, and as I write this blog winter appears to truly be descending on New London. However, this fall has truly been a blast; from times spent with friends, watching a successful football team, and getting to participate in some truly remarkable events, the first semester of my senior year at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has truly been enjoyable!


When you are an underclass at the Academy, you do not have the privilege of having a car on base. However, as a senior, your car privilege opens up opportunities to travel and get out and about on the weekends. I have taken full advantage of this, exploring new restaurants in nearby Mystic; getting a chance to tour the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island with my girlfriend; and visiting friends at the relatively close U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


While the extra privileges have been nice, as an avid sports fan it is always great to see the Bears do well. Our men’s soccer team made the NCAA tournament last year, and our women’s volleyball team is always a force to be reckoned with in the NEWMAC, our athletic conference. Our football team, largely due to weight restrictions that limit the players’ size, always seems to lose the close games. However, this season has been a different one, and we have a great team that is exceeding expectations. It is especially nice to see my classmates on the team end their playing careers on such a high note.


Lastly, as a member of Regimental Staff, I have gotten the pleasure to interact with high-ranking officers and speakers when they come to visit the Academy. My most notable experience was escorting the head of the Norwegian Coast Guard during a Regimental Review held in honor of the recently completed Arctic Forum. Revealing my Norwegian heritage to him and getting invited to visit his house (an offer I hope he won’t forget) was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my cadet career.


As Thanksgiving approaches and schoolwork intensifies, I apologize that I am unable to write more about what has been a truly remarkable semester. If you have any questions about my stories here or my Coast Guard Academy experiences these past three- plus years, I invite you to email me at Thanks for the read. Until next time, Semper Paratus and Go Bears!


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