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cadet blogs

The Ides of March

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo Just another day at the CGA. Well, I would say that, had we not all just come back from spring break. The Coast Guard Idlers and Fairwinds traveled down to Florida for our weeklong break. We performed in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Pompano Beach, Key Biscayne, Naples, Sarasota, and at Disney World! The performances all went great, and the only con out of the whole trip was that I got really badly sunburned on Wednesday. I still haven’t gotten over it, and now it’s Monday of the next week! But aside from that, the trip was a blast, with beach trips to Chipotle runs and everything in between.


Lacrosse is going exceptionally well at the moment. We are ranked Number 8 in the nation, and are 3-0 heading into our conference play. We have a huge game against the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday that could really set us up for a bid at the national tournament. We’re all excited to get to that game to prove we deserve to go to Greenville in May! The team looks really fluid, and is doing the best in its history, which makes it really exciting to be a part of this team.


As for our summers, well, it’s tough to say what is going on. I got my cadre choice, Waterfront 1, so I’m pumped for that. However, due to the sequester with our great pals in D.C. a lot of our summer is looking like it might get cut, resulting in unpaid leave. While leave is great, at the expense of CATP and CSTP, two great 2/c summer programs, it appears to be much more of a downer than you’d imagine. We’re all hoping that these problems get fixed quickly down in Washington!


Well, that’s about it for now. With no more real breaks aside from Easter Weekend, the push is on to finish the semester! Any questions, as always, I’m right here. Hope you’re getting ready 2017!


More about Sam.


USMA Exchange Program

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Kloo Photo One of the highlights of many students’ college careers is the ability to study abroad for a semester. While that opportunity doesn’t exist in the traditional sense here at CGA, there is the Service Academy Exchange Program or SAEP. Each fall semester roughly ten cadets are allowed to go to one of the other military academies to experience life as a student there, take their classes and to learn about military sciences and leadership from their perspective. I have the opportunity to go to West Point next semester. Because West Point is so much larger, they offer many more classes than we do here, which allows me to take more unique or specialized major classes that we do not have the resources to offer here. In addition to that, I will get to experience the military training aspect of another service academy. The different leadership approach taught at West Point is something that I will hopefully be able to bring back to CGA and use as a cadet and as an officer.


Another aspect I am excited about is the fact that I will still be able to row. West Point has a crew team, and we competed against them in the Head of the Charles this year. There is a little tradition running as well, with someone from the CGA crew team being sent to USMA to row there, and I am glad to keep that tradition going for the 5th year in a row. With any luck, I should be able to transition to their crew team without missing a beat, and bring a new perspective back to CGA. I am looking forward to a change of scenery for next semester.


More about Alex.


A Spring Break to Remember

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo I recently returned from spring break, and I had an awesome time this past week. I spent my spring break in Florida with my old roommate, Nathan Belanger. We left after our last military obligation on Friday, March 8th. We left in the midst of a snowstorm, but luckily we got to Florida without a problem. I stayed at Nate’s house from Friday night to Tuesday, and I had a great time meeting his local friends, visiting his school, fishing, and experiencing the local culture. On Tuesday morning, we woke up early to head down to Orlando. We had gotten passes from the Academy’s morale and wellness center for three free day passes to Universal studios and Island of Adventure, so we rented a hotel room near the parks and went to have a good time.


On Tuesday evening, we decided to relax after a long day of travel, so we went down to the pool and the sauna to relax before heading out on the town for some dinner. We met up with some fellow fourth class girls from the Academy, and we had a fun dinner at a smokehouse in Orlando. Wednesday and Thursday Nate, two of his friends from Jacksonville, the fourth class girls from the Academy, and I all went to Universal and Island of Adventure. We rode tons of rides and honestly felt like a kid again. Overall, it was an awesome few days.


After returning from Orlando, I was lucky enough to run physical fitness training for three JROTC units at Nate’s old high school. It was a very interesting experience with leadership and motivating the kids to succeed. Afterwards, I finally got to go to the beach to relax, soak up the sun, and read. The following day, I had a great time paint balling. I got a ton of welts by the end of the day, but it was well worth it. Unfortunately, I had to leave early Sunday morning, so I said my good byes to the sunshine state and packed up my stuff. After a long day of traveling, I finally got back to the Academy and began to knock out the massive amounts of work I didn’t do over break.


I am sad that spring break is over, but I’m ready to get back to work. There are only seven weeks to go until the school year is over. With the end in sight, I have the motivation to do well. I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I am ready for it, and I’m excited to finish up fourth class year and get out into the fleet this summer.


If you want to know more about the end of fourth class year, or the specifics about leave periods for cadets, feel free to email me at


More about Hunter.