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cadet blogs

Ready To Go Home

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Hirst Photo Today is my first day heading home in the past five months. I’m beyond excited. These past months have tested me but were definitely worth it. Last night I pulled out my R-Day backpack from storage to pack and go home, which brought back many memories. I distinctly remember packing it up and saying goodbye to my friends, heading into the unknown. Now, I have all my stuff packed and am so ready to go home. There’s a different excitement that comes after not seeing friends and family for so long. For all those applying, I also remember sending in my application around this time and the stress that came from it. You’re not alone! I was constantly nervous about the future and my chances. Relax, and enjoy your senior year! Happy Thanksgiving!


More about Townshend.


We Get To Be the Answer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2013) Permanent link
Kane Photo Today I had the unique opportunity of marching with about eighty other cadets in the New York City Veteran’s Day parade. After the parade, while two other cadets and I were walking near Rockefeller Plaza, a local man stopped us and talked to us for a few minutes. He recognized our Coast Guard uniforms, and he thanked us for our service. He said that the Coast Guard was there for New York City on September 11, 2001, and that he will never forget how the Coast Guard helped to evacuate people from Manhattan after the planes hit the towers. He said that he feels safer knowing that the Coast Guard is guarding our waterways from other threats.


It was a huge and personal reminder that the work that Coast Guardsmen and women do MATTERS. I couldn’t be prouder to be wearing the same uniform as those who responded to the September 11th attacks, as well as countless other situations. I absolutely cannot wait to graduate in May and get out into the operational Coast Guard to be ready to join those men and women helping the people of the United States, especially during disasters like the September 11th attacks, or, more recently, Hurricane Sandy.


I’d also like to share with you one of my favorite quotes about the Coast Guard, which I think sums up the reason why a lot of people join:
“We do this job because every once in a while someone is out there without hope, desperately praying for their life, and we get to be the answer.” - ASM3 Vittone


More about Julie.


Winning the ECAC Championship

(Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Trefonides Photo For Veteran’s Day weekend I traveled to Bristol, Rhode Island for the ECAC Tournament at Roger Williams University with the soccer team. We left Saturday morning at about 1130 and arrived at 1300. Coach Parsons had planned for us to watch the first half of the first semi-final match that RWU was playing in, since we would likely see them in the finals over any other team, but they were dominating their opponent so much that we wouldn’t have gotten that much out of watching the game.


So instead we decided to watch a wrestling tournament at RWU that Coast Guard was in on the same day as our tournament. It ended up being great for me because I ran into a bunch of people from back home. I got to catch up with Dan Rogers, a friend from high school who wrestles at RWU, and his parents. I saw Caitlyn Murphy, another friend from high school who I was glad to hear she is loving her first year at college. I also got to talk with her father who I know from town and from all of my soccer games he has refereed over the years. He updated me about how my high school’s soccer team did this year and gave me a heads up about how Endicott College, the team we were playing that day, is as a team. I also ran into Kyle D’Urso, who is one of my best friend’s older brother and he seems to be doing well. Overall, it was great catching up with nice people I haven’t seen in a while.


During the game on Saturday, it was clear that Endicott was not going to beat us. It was a hard-fought match, but we won the semifinal against Endicott and had the better of them most of the game even though the 2-1 score may not reflect that very well. I was happy to see senior leader Greg Kennerley and a freshman Lukas Benedetto both score pivotal goals in the match.


Since my sister Stephanie was there for the first time to watch a game I went to dinner with her and my mother afterward. Ruby Tuesdays in the mall is only ok, but either way I had fun shooting the breeze with them and walking around the mall. It just makes me more excited about Thanksgiving break that is coming next Tuesday when I will get to see the rest of my family. After dinner, I went back to the hotel and fell asleep right away since the bed my hotel room was much more comfortable than my lofted furniture in Chase Hall.


Sunday, the day of the championship match, was a day to remember. We fought hard, and represented the success we had this season well, which was due to the resilience and strength of our team as a whole. There were individual players on RWU that had good feet, but we matched them and there was nothing they could do about our team strength and size. We were faster, stronger, determined, and wanted the title more than anything. RWU just managed to hold us off from putting the ball into the net after several close chances and near misses, and I’m sure they were relieved when the game went to penalty kicks and we did not finish the game in sudden death overtime like it appeared we would. Our goalkeeper Richie Burns made a great save to allow our last penalty kicker to finish off the match with a blast to the right corner. Our whole team stormed the field with a combination of excitement, relief, and pride. We were playing for more than ourselves, and all of us, especially the seniors and Greg Kennerley who wears the number 12 jersey to honor our hero Thomas Cameron, wanted nothing more than to end our season the way that Cameron did his senior year at CGA – as the ECAC Champion team.


We ended the season exceptionally with strong momentum and an experienced roster to look forward to next season, but leave with the memory that we will never forget of our captain proudly holding that number 12 jersey high in the air.


More about Nick.


Opportunities and Service

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Anderson Photo It is definitely the home stretch around here and people are bearing down for the end of the semester. The leaves have changed, and for the most part fallen (yes, with the help of a hurricane). Winter uniforms are the new thing, and first call to colors happens before the end of the work day. With many recent changes in cadet life, people are definitely ready for a break (or two).


As the semester comes to a close, I will not deny that I too am really ready to go home for some much needed rest and relaxation. I have qualified for Recruiting Leave and will be heading home a few days early, stopping in to talk to both high school students and Admissions Partners, and catching up with some friends from before I came to the Academy.


Throughout the course of the semester, I have had the opportunity to do several neat things. I attended the Women’s Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C. and got to meet several women in the fleet who have followed career paths similar to what I am looking for. I have competed in collegiate pistol matches, as well as an Excellence in Competition high power pistol match. And finally, I have challenged myself academically with courses from two majors and an elective at Connecticut College. Upon my return, I will be taking several finals, as well as practical exams for the EMT Basic qualification.


I have also done a ton of community service—from filling bags and visiting schools for Fire Safety Week, to evacuating residents due to a hurricane, to responding to actual emergencies, to celebrating the heritage and 175th anniversary of the fire department which I am involved in, and enjoyed every minute of it. Over the course of the semester, I have performed over 400 community service hours with the Old Mystic Fire Department, where everyone has been more than willing to help me learn and gain both knowledge and skills relevant to the fire department. I have had the opportunity to respond to several calls, and recently have had the opportunity to perform CPR twice. During Emergency Room observation time for EMT Class, I was privileged enough to be a part of the team in the ER who resuscitated a patient and restarted his heart through relentless CPR and many interventions. It was, quite possibly, the most amazing thing I have seen in my time at the Academy.


More about Meredith.