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Things to Look Forward To

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Chavarria-Aguilar Photo So I’ll admit, I should most likely be studying for an exam at the moment, but I cannot currently focus. As a result, I have chosen to explain why I am so distracted. Not only is Spring Break literally one day away, but tonight also marks one of the most anticipated nights in a cadet’s career. This evening is Billet Night for the class of 2013, and boy is there a ruckus here in the barracks! Billet Night is a time-honored tradition in which first class cadets gather in Leamy Auditorium in order to receive their initial billets as Coast Guard officers. There is a lot of emotion surrounding this evening, and it makes me giddy. As of now, the firsties have returned from Leamy and the halls are filled with cheers. Above me, well, I quite frankly am not sure what is going on, but I think they are jumping up and down, causing the ceiling in my room to shake. Although I cannot explain what it feels to be like in their shoes, I can say that I am overwhelmed with a sense of excitement. Not only for my upper-class shipmates, but for what the future has in store for us 3/c cadets as well. Until then, however, there are plenty of hurdles to jump and experiences to be had. To my firstie-friends, congratulations and may your billets bring you success!


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Good News…Finally!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo February is probably one of the toughest months out of the whole academic year. Everything drags on and the workload can get overbearing at times. It was definitely a rough week at the Academy trying to balance school with military obligations and also keeping up with my physical fitness. I was getting very frustrated with school this week especially since I keep getting distracted with spring break, and for my classmates and I, cadre summer. It is also harder to focus on academics spring semester because of all the opportunities we have here at the Academy. For me, I have been juggling applications with cadre summer, command positions in the fall semester, and also the Service Academy Exchange Program. After getting all the memos routed and finally being able to settle down and try and focus on school, I received some news yesterday. It was completely unexpected and all I wanted was to lie on my rack and take a nap after a tough week, however I got two emails that changed everything.


The first email announced the cadets that will be going on exchange to different service academies this coming fall. I was very fortunate to get accepted into the program and I am thrilled to be going to the Air Force Academy next semester! It was the best way to end my week and the motivator for me to work hard for the rest of this semester. For anyone that is curious, the Service Academy Exchange Program is an opportunity for cadets to study at another service academy for a semester so a few Coast Guard cadets get to go to USMA at West Point, USAFA in Colorado, or USNA in Annapolis, Maryland every year. I have only heard good things from upperclassmen about the exchange program so I am most definitely looking forward to the opportunity and very grateful that the Coast Guard Academy is part of this program.


The second email was the one that the Class of 2015 has been waiting for. It was the email solidifying our summer assignments and what cadre we were going to be. I am very looking forward to being a Swab Summer Cadre and specifically and R-Day cadre, so for the Class of 2017, my classmates and I are looking forward to seeing you soon! It is exciting that the summer is starting to come together and now that we know what our summer schedule is like, it makes it easier to book flights and make plans accordingly.


The only thing standing in the way is getting through the rest of the semester! I am excited for the upcoming summer, being a 2/c, having civilian clothes again, seeing the Class of 2017, and going to the Air Force Academy!


More about Ellie.


What Lies Ahead

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Carani Photo Wow how time flies! I can’t believe it’s already March! This month has so much in store: in a few days I will be leaving for Deland, Florida, then I get back to the Academy and will get to take part in the annual Ethics Forum! I am very excited for this month!


Each year, the crew team takes part in a spring break training trip, and this year we are returning to Deland, Florida to practice twice a day in a warmer climate in order to get prepared for the spring season! I had a blast on spring break last year, and this year promises to be just as fun! It’s a lot of hard work, and it can be grueling and painful, but going through it all and sharing that time with the crew team really brings us all closer together and helps us as we enter into the spring racing season.


When we get back from break, I have the Ethics Forum to look forward to! The Ethics Forum is something that the Academy has been hosting for over twenty years now, and it is a day where leaders from around the country come to the Academy and hold various sessions and discussions about ethical leadership. They always bring in extremely interesting and dynamic speakers and I am particularly excited for the lineup for this year!


Also, later in April, my girlfriend and my parents are planning to visit and attend a crew race, so I have a lot to look forward to and a lot to be thankful for the rest of the semester! Life is good and God is great!


If you are a student in high school reading this, I hope that your semester is going just as well as mine, and if you have any questions about anything at all, please, please, PLEASE to do not hesitate to email me at Thanks!


And whenever you are reading this, if you need some encouragement, here is a little pick-me-up from the most encouraging and motivational piece of literature that I know: straight from the mouth of God!


Matthew 11: 28-30: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
–Jesus Christ


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