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cadet blogs

Lights, Camera, Action

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Gurtler Photo Who knew video blogging could be so much fun?! I recognize that I haven’t posted a blog in awhile and this was a great way to get back in the swing of things. It was a pleasure to be interviewed by my classmate, 2/c Justin Sherman, and reflect on my past experiences here at the Academy as well as the opportunities I have in my near future including the cadet musical and my position as the Hotel Company Commander this upcoming Swab Summer. My involvement in numerous activities is not unlike most cadets here, and I am thrilled to be able to share my insights via film. So without further adieu, take a few minutes and watch my interview! Thank you, again, Justin, for your job well done and your efforts in making this interview a success. I think it helped prepare me a little more for my musical debut in ‘Guys and Dolls’ this upcoming weekend! Hope to see you all there!

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Can’t Rock This Boat

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Sherman Photo Ahoy shipmates! This video blog was a lot of fun! I had the privilege of interviewing one of my classmates, 2/c Victoria Gurtler, about all the activities she participates in and how she manages to stay on top of her school work and military obligations. She’s been a very successful cadet and has great advice about managing a busy schedule as a Coast Guard cadet. Victoria is going to be in the musical Guys and Dolls next weekend (March 1st and 2nd). Come see the show!

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Second Semester Benefits

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Sandri Photo The second semester started more than a month ago, and these several weeks have been extremely busy. Cadets often refer to January and February as the “Dark Ages” because the days are short and cold, and we are coming back to the grind from spending time at home. However, the second semester has its benefits, and I’m acclimated to Academy life now, so it’s not as stressful.


One of these “benefits” is 4/c boards. The highly anticipated/somewhat dreaded boards packet came out right before winter break, and our first boards exams began the first week of February. The packet consists of 71 pages of indoc information we must know before getting into the fleet this summer. It is a bit intimidating, but we covered a lot of it during Swab Summer and have been taking indoc quizzes throughout the year. I was lucky enough to pass during the first round of boards, which took a lot of weight off my shoulders! Once an individual passes, they are allowed to listen to music out loud and use the whiteboard located outside their room to indicate where they are instead of writing a properly formatted notecard. When the entire company passes, we will get social media privileges, and once the entire class passes we will be granted carry-on.


Before boards could start, the Class of 2017 had to complete an event called 101st night. During 101st night, which is supposed to mark 101 days to go until the 1/c graduate, we reverted to being swabs, and the 2/c became cadre again. We spent a couple hours running around Chase Hall and getting ITed for not knowing our indoc. The next day was 100th day, and the 4/c and 2/c switched places. We put on 2/c shoulder boards and enjoyed full carry-on while the 2/c squared, greeted us and did clocks. The goal of 101st night and 100th day was to help prepare us for boards and boost morale.


The end of 4/c year is still a while away, but it feels like just around the corner because we’re moving at such a fast pace. Something I’m looking forward to is going to the fleet this summer. We just put in for our assignments, but no matter where I end up I know it will be a great experience!


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