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Beyond 3/c Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Roddy Photo My last blog detailed my adventures in the operational Coast Guard at Station New York and onboard the Barque Eagle, so it only seems fit to continue with a discussion of 3/c year and of 2/c summer. Coming back to the Academy after summer leave as a 3/c was surreal. After one whole year of doing 4/c duties, it was so alien to see other 4/c doing clocks, squaring corners and taking out trash. You never appreciate how nice it is to have social media, be able to walk and talk normally in the hallway, and to look at your food until you have gone for a year without doing any of it. Being a 3/c was an awesome feeling.


Once the school year started, I found it wasn’t just in Chase Hall that life got better after 4/c year. For the first time, I could actually take classes within my major, and while the workload certainly didn’t lighten up, it became work I really enjoyed. Morals and Ethics, Principles of American Government and Comparative Politics replaced Calculus and Engineering in my schedule, and life become much more fun! The most important takeaway I have gotten from 3/c year was that life really does get better after 4/c year; you just have to be prepared to endure it.


After 3/c year came 2/c summer, which was so busy I could barely keep track of what I was doing. It started with 100th Week, where Cape May company commanders came in to send us back to Swab Summer for a week. It was one sweaty week of physical training, team building, uniform inspections and drill, but it gave us valuable experience into the skills and mentality needed to train the incoming swabs. After that, came a closed book navigation exam, pistol marksmanship courses, T-boat handling, and the Coastal Sail Training Program. Coastal sail was awesome – two weeks of sailing around New England with five other cadets. It was a blast and I got to see parts of the region I’d never had before, such as Nantucket! The highlight of the summer though was my experience as AIM cadre. As AIM cadre, I gave three groups of rising high school seniors a weeklong introduction to Swab Summer and the Academy. AIM was a challenging program, and not everyone stuck through it all, but those that did called the program rewarding and motivating! It felt good to know I was having an impact on so many young lives.


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Holiday Sandwiched Mayhem

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Hi. It’s weird. Driving back to school this time, I did not really experience that stomach drop. At this point, my closest friends are those who walk the halls here at school. Thanksgiving was nice, and it was a chance for me to be completely off guard prior to the most strenuous week of the semester. Funny how that works. I have to say though, the break was nice. I went home to Maryland and was able to get some quality family time in. I was able to depart early for recruiting leave, which was nice. I got to leave the Academy on Friday instead of Tuesday! I went to four high schools but unfortunately the students in my county were already on break, so I met with some teachers. I also did an informational session at a library, which was attended by a variety of people, so I guess I did get some recruiting in.


School is about to be crazy in the coming four days. I have two papers and a poster due, and two tests. And then our military scores are also due in, plus we have to attend military trainings. Additionally, I have a take-home test due and another test on Monday. Soooooo, when I finally make it to finals week, I will be one happy camper.


OH! Last week, our “shopping list” came out for all firsties!! I cannot even begin to believe that I have made it to this point in my cadet career, but at the same time, it feels natural that we are all considering where we will be spending the next chapter of our Coast Guard lives. People are starting to get sentimental, which may seem premature but honestly I could not tell you where the month of November went!


I hope that you continue to follow my journey as it sure to stay interesting!