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cadet blogs

Cross Country Enthusiasm

(Athletics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Kearney Photo Cross country is perhaps the greatest activity I have gotten into in my life. I love to run, I’m sure if any of my high school classmates were reading this now, they would agree that the best definition of my high school self would be “runner”. To be quite honest with you, I may have been borderline obsessive in high school, but don’t all aspiring freshman runners dream of being the next Steve Prefontaine?


Cross country played a big role in my decision to come to the Academy. I knew I wanted to continue running after high school and get one more chance at fulfilling unfulfilled potential, and Division III athletics was the perfect option. The plague of injuries I encountered in high school limited my choice of running collegiately to smaller schools, but with what I have experienced now, I know the Coast Guard Academy is the best choice I made in that regard. Since attending the Academy, I have already whipped myself into better shape than my best shape in high school. Not to mention, the team camaraderie here is fantastic, and as I’ve said countless amount of times, expect great things to come with this young group of contenders, fighters, and runners.


This past season was great. At the NEWMACS conference meet, our guys placed 4th as a team and the girls placed 5th. It was a good day and this year I was fortunate to be able to move on to ECACs the following week. In a freezing cold showdown for the final 7th spot on the team, my roommate Stephen Horvath and I battled it out till the end, with him wining the final spot and myself earning a free trip to regionals as an alternate. Throughout the course of the season I improved my 8K time by three minutes, so even though I didn’t get to run at regionals as that 7th man, I’m happy with how the season ended. Now it’s on to indoor track, and I’m expecting a great season for all of us, one full of exhausting long runs, blazing repeats, and numerous PRs. Oh how fun it’ll be!


More about Zachary.


Trudging Through the Work

(Academics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Murphy Photo Obviously, 3/c year is a lot different than 4/c year. First of all, I’m not homesick; I have become a lot closer to my friends and teammates. Second of all, I don’t have all the responsibilities of a 4/c. That means no more squaring, bracing up, and feeling like a robot. With this nice change, comes some bad news. The academics don’t get any easier. Currently I am studying civil engineering and I have had a rough semester academically. Classes are more intense and aren’t necessarily “core” classes. I’ve just been trudging through the work; I work with two other friends of mine who are studying civil engineering. It works really well because we are able to bounce ideas off of each other to figure out our work (of course we credit each other).


Coming home for Thanksgiving was nice, but I wasn’t as excited as last year. This is because I have become a lot more comfortable at the Academy. I have had a lot to think about though; I am considering switching majors. Cadets need to pick a major by the end of their sophomore year, but in order to not get behind, I need to pick my major by next semester. Wish me luck! Good luck with the application process!


More about Sean.


Cultural Diversity

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo I have realized since being here at the Academy that cultural diversity is not what ethnicity you are. Yes, I believe it plays a part of who you are, but a bigger factor of making you unique is where and how you were brought up.


I spent this Thanksgiving in Indiana at my friend, Mary’s house. It was the first break I have not gone home and also the first time I have ever been in Indiana. It was all a new experience for me and during my stay I saw what made Mary the way she is. Her personality does not come from her being a mix of European ethnicities; it comes from her being the oldest out of eight, growing up in the country lifestyle of Indiana. I realized that being at the Coast Guard Academy has really been an opportunity to meet different kinds of people from all over the U.S. and the world (with our international cadets). I learned a lot while staying with the Hazen family over Thanksgiving and also how cadets are different. There were three of us that went to Indiana to spend Thanksgiving and we all represented a different part of the United States, one coming from Washington state, one from Texas, and me from New York City. I saw how where we came from and how we were brought up played a bigger part in shaping us and making us culturally diverse. Back in New York, my city and state universities are filled with different ethnicities, Hispanics, Asians, African Americans, and Caucasians however, since we are all born and raised in New York City, there is not much of a cultural diversity. I witness more cultural diversity at the Coast Guard Academy and in the season to be thankful, I am so blessed to be at the Academy and learning and experiencing new things from new people.


More about Ellie.