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Our 4c Formal

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Wu Photo This weekend, on St. Patrick’s Day was the 4/c formal, which turned out to be very fun. It was less crowded compared to the whole Academy winter formal in December. At the 4/c formal, we got our class crest unveiled. I have been anticipating the design of the crest for the past week. I really like the 2015 class crest and how it will soon go up in the Leamy ballroom representing us alongside all the other classes. The weekend was a stress reliever from a hard week coming back from spring break. For one, our class has been having trouble performing as 4/c and we actually got one of our privileges revoked. It is the tough part of the semester where we are losing motivation, and the end of the semester and the end of being 4/c seems so close yet so far away. I feel myself impatiently waiting for the semester to end and for the huge sigh of relief that is waiting for me at the end of April. The weather is also getting warmer and all anyone wants to do is go outside and enjoy it instead of staying in the barracks and studying. I really hope the last seven weeks come and go and that we, as 4/c, get our summer assignments soon.


I am looking forward to having a hands-on experience this summer being on the Barque Eagle and then the cutter or at station that will get assigned to us for the second half of our summer. 3/c summer (while some of you readers might be participating in Swab Summer) consists of three parts: one being five weeks aboard the Barque Eagle traveling up and down the east coast, two being at a station or on a cutter and it can be anywhere (from Hawaii, to Alaska, Florida, Virginia, you name it), and third being the last three weeks of the summer is for our summer leave. There is so much coming up that the end of the semester seems like such a long wait, but at least we had our 4/c formal, which was a fun and successful event. I guess to make time go by a little quicker at the Academy, you have to make short-term goals and look forward to the little things that will keep you distracted as you inch closer to the summer.


More about Ellie.


What You Get in Return

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Zwenger Photo Coming back home from spring leave has probably been one of the more difficult things I’ve done during my times at the Academy. Spring leave is totally different from winter leave because this time I actually went and visited my friends at college, as opposed to just hearing stories. Even though I only spend three days at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, being able to compare the life of a cadet versus the life of a regular college student was interesting and even a bit depressing. Regular college students enjoy all kinds of freedoms: being able to not go to class when they don’t feel like it, leaving campus whenever they feel like it among many other things. This was a bit depressing because I could do very few of the things they were able to.


When coming to the Academy you have to be prepared to give up a lot. However, in return from giving up much of your social life now, you can get a lot in return. For example, I went skydiving over spring leave, this is not something that I would have done while attending a regular college because I would probably be focused on paying off loans rather than spending my money elsewhere. In addition, I won’t have to be worried about finding a job after graduating here. So attending this institution takes a lot from your life now, however, it will pay off in the end. Any questions? Email me at


More about Spencer.