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cadet blogs

New Semester, New Year!

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo Even though the corps had the longest winter break that we will ever have in our four years here, it felt like it was way too short! When we came back, it felt like we had never left at all! Although, changing rooms, changing roommates, getting new classes, and attending a lot of trainings and lectures helped us all ease back into the daily whirlwind that is the Academy. My classes this semester are enjoyable for the most part! Being able to be in my major-specific classes such as Marine Geochemistry and Physical Oceanography really help to give me a sense of what my classes will be like for the rest of my time here. They also help me to appreciate being an MES major while my engineering friends are doing subjects that I can’t even imagine taking.


Even though rugby is over and we didn’t make it to Nationals like the men’s team did, water polo just started up and I am super excited to finally get back in the water! This will be my 6th year playing, and each year I get even more excited to begin a new season. Our team looks really strong this year with about two to three strings of starters that have played the game before. There are also a number of new girls that have come out to play, so being able to see a team develop from vets and newbies is an enjoyment to watch and even more fun to be a part of!


Presidents' Day Weekend and Spring Break are the next two events that the corps is looking forward to. It is going to be nice to be able to go back home to sunny San Diego for a week before I have to come back to single digit weather! I am really excited to get through the first part of the second semester and to keep on chugging through until we hit the summer!


More about Samantha.


A Fresh Start

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo Returning to the Academy was finally a better experience than usual. I was able to choose my roommate this semester, which is one of my best friends here at the Academy. A goal I have for this semester is to strengthen my abs. So, we have been working out together almost nightly in order to be prepared for our cadre summer. Another one of my more random goals this semester is to drink more tea, so we set up a tea station on our bookshelf.


The classes I am taking this semester include: Discrete Mathematics, Linear Optimization, Ships, Racquetball/Golf, Intelligence and National Security Policy, Navigation Lab, and Physics II. I am really fond of my math classes and the Intelligence class, but I do not care for Physics II, which is going to be my hardest class this semester.


I got a season’s pass to Okemo for the winter so I would be able to ski. I have been able to ski Okemo three times so far, and once at a little mountain in Connecticut called Mohawk Mountain. When I was home on leave, I skied three days at Sunday River. Skiing on the weekends is refreshing and really makes me happy. It is a healthy way to have fun and leave the Academy for the entire day. It makes me feel accomplished instead of sleeping my whole day away on Sunday. I am definitely going to ski more this year in order to keep my batteries charged.


More about Christina.


Back in the Swing of Things

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Gurtler Photo This year I stand a little taller as I get back into the swing of things here at the USCGA. I think every third class has a sense of accomplishment coming back after a summer away from the Academy, working out in the fleet. I learned a great deal about the U.S. Coast Guard over my twelve weeks on USCGC Eagle and Small Boat Station Oak Island, and now I’m ready to hit the books for another demanding, but rewarding semester.


My schedule is difficult, especially for a Government major. I am studying everything from Calculus to Physics to American Government to Ships and Maritime Systems. Sprinkle a little Nautical Science and Morals and Ethics in there, and you got a loaded semester!


In addition, my teammates and I are busy pre-season conditioning for this upcoming women’s basketball season. I am so excited to begin practices in mid-October. We are looking at what seems to be a successful season with a lot of new talent on the roster!


With all the excitement happening this past week, I am really pleased to get my first blog out for the semester. This weekend plays host the Homecoming football game. Next weekend my parents are flying in from Wisconsin for Parents’ Day Weekend, and the week after that Glee Club performing at the Coast Guard Foundation Dinner in NYC, where I am honored to have a solo. Whew! I always forget just how busy us cadets are until I write it all down!


More about Victoria.


Recapping Leave

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo I have not written a blog in a while so I will reflect on November and December. Both of these months were filled with a lot of time for leave. I left the Academy to go on Recruiting Leave in my hometown of Scarborough. I visited my old high school as well as a neighboring private high school. It feels like just yesterday that I was applying to the Coast Guard Academy, but there I was, recruiting students to join me at the Academy. I spent a quiet Thanksgiving with my parents and my boyfriend then headed back to the Academy for a week and a half of school before finals, which went generally well. After finals, three other 3/c and myself went to Miami to embark on a cruise for week. After the cruise, I went to Naples to visit my family and then finally made it to Maine.


Leave was relaxing and long. For the first time I was not nervous about coming back to the Academy. I wanted to return to see my friends and start new classes.


More about Christina.


Skipping the Fall, Living the Winter, Planning the Summer

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Capuzzi Photo It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to write, so please forgive for that. But I have plenty of excuses why I haven’t.


At the beginning of the year, I was elected Treasurer for the Class of 2014. Now, every Wednesday I sit down with four of my classmates and our class advisor and we discuss ways to have fun as a class. In September, we held a cookout down by the waterfront and hung out. We also put on a class-wide Halloween party at Stonington Lodge, complete with scary movies and a costume contest.


Our biggest project this year is Ring Dance. Ring Dance occurs at the end of second class year and is one of the most memorable events for cadets. At Ring Dance, we are presented with our class rings; the symbol of our time at the Coast Guard Academy. With our class crest on one side and the Coast Guard Academy crest on the other, the men and women of the Class of 2014 will be forever linked to this hallowed institution. While we’re getting ready for Ring Dance, we’re also in the early planning stages for Castle Dance, our pre-graduation formal in Newport, Rhode Island.


My season with the Offshore Sailing team came to an abrupt end a month early due to a concussion I sustained during practice. A concussion can really ruin a semester. When you can’t think straight and your head always hurts, there is no way you can take tests or quizzes. I fell behind in school and worked hard to catch up. Fortunately, my efforts paid off and my grades did not slip.


Skipping the Fall, Living the Winter, Planning the Summer (Continued) PDF Icon 


More about Nick.