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cadet blogs

Light at the End of the Tunnel

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Wright Photo I passed Boards!!! Now I know to most people this means nothing but to a freshman at the Coast Guard Academy, it marks one of the most important feats of your first year here. Boards is an indoctrination test, we are handed a 50-page packet and told to study. When it comes time to actually take the test it is administered by a senior as an oral exam and you are asked to answer 10 questions pulled from anywhere in the packet. The information consists of Coast Guard ranks, rates, history, nautical flags, damage control, Coast Guard heroes, cutter and aircrafts and a million other things. In order to pass you must answer eight of the ten questions correctly. So what’s the big deal? When everyone in the class passes then we get to act like normal people finally! No more silly freshman traditions. We get Facebook back, no more bracing up, and we actually get to talk to our friends while transiting the halls of the barracks. For the freshman here at the Academy several hours goes into studying for this test and though a few of us have passed, our mission is to now help our shipmates pass as well.


With Boards over with for me my next big milestone is spring break! Just about a week away and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. It will be nice to go home to see my family in Texas and get away from this less than perfect New London weather. It’s crazy to think that I reported into the Academy eight months ago. I can’t begin to explain how much I have changed over this time and how much I have learned about myself. The best part about it all is that I still have so much more to learn. So I guess I’m on to my next challenge, even though I have just crossed one big hurdle, I have a feeling that this place might just have another one to throw at me.


More about Jessica.


Out of the Darkness and Springing into the Light

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Rossi Photo Well, the good news is that the dark ages are over, which is generally from the time we get back from winter leave until the beginning of March when there is more darkness than light. Moving past the dark ages, the biggest and probably the most important night during the year is Billet Night. At this special occasion, the first class cadets get to find out their assignment for the next two years. I would not know the feeling and excitement this brings because I am only a third class, but talking to those who have graduated, they said Billet Night was the biggest joy they had at the Academy. It makes sense though, because all that time and effort put in over the past four years was all working to put in for your dream billet. Although I am not a first class, I am still excited for them because 2013 is the class who trained my class. A lot of them have made positive impacts on me and guided me through fourth class year, which I found to be quite the challenge.


The day after Billet Night is the last day of class before spring break. The time off is a great opportunity to relax and just be work free for a week before hitting the second half of the semester hard, working toward the summer training period. I speak as if this will happen instantly and believe it or not time moves fast here. The challenges of preparing the fourth class for boards still lies ahead, but in order to do that we must all keep trucking forward with a positive mental attitude.


More about Michael.