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cadet blogs

Final 4c Stretch and JSACWC

(Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Garrett Photo It’s late March, and 4/c carry on is in sight! Everyone at this point in time is just waiting for that day, when inconvenient and tedious 4/c duties are gone. My friends and I have a countdown to the day when we are ”suppose to” get it. Red Shields here we come! Haha.


Other than the expected, and non-thrilling Board’s stresses and academics, there is a lot to look forward to. The last couple of weeks Combat Arms Team or “CAT” has been practicing like crazy for our upcoming JSACWC event against the other service academies. It should be awesome :) We’ve been doing a lot of rifle drills and learning how to shoot around barriers. Having a team sport to go to every day is definitely one way of making this place more fun. Friends and teammates are crucial, and even though I’m on a predominantly male sports team, you wouldn’t know it. For all the females out there that may be worried about female disadvantages, let me assure you, there are none. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, no gender exceptions or discriminations included. :)


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Spring Semester!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo Spring semester has been full of ups and downs. 4/c are starting to take our Boards exams to earn certain privileges. We’ve taken two out of the three total exams (not including the actual Boards exam) and have achieved the 80% passing requirement (for our entire class) for only the first one. Since we failed the second requirement, we now have the chance to earn three privileges on the last exam if we pass it. These would include writing on whiteboards outside our rooms, playing music out loud, and the much sought after wardroom carry-on (a.k.a. looking at food when you eat!).


In more exciting news, we recently got back from spring break, which was awesome for me. A couple of guys in my company and I went to their house in Alabama, which I had never been to before. Although it was nice just to take a break from the Academy, it was the beautiful weather and awesome activities (canoeing, hiking, and hanging out with friends) that made the break fun.


Back in Connecticut, it seriously feels like winter has passed by in no time. Right now it’s about 60 degrees and humid! Craziness! Perfect timing for spring soccer and all of the other sports!


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On Returning from Spring Break

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo Spring break is unfortunately over and the daily grind of life here in New London is slowly starting to get to me. It was nice to go to Florida with the crew team and be a normal college kid—not having to say “sir” or “ma’am,” not squaring and bracing up, and just being myself. However, on the bright(ish) side, there are only six more weeks of school left before finals start!


Everyone on the crew team had been excited for weeks about spring training in Florida, and I understand why. Not having to row on the cold, choppy Thames was exciting enough, but DeLand had enough sun and warm water for all of us. For a week, all we did was eat, sleep, and row—practice twice a day drained people quite well. I learned a lot from the times I took the boat out, and I still have a lot to learn. I struggle holding a perfectly straight course; I need to fix that problem by our first race at the end of the month! Coming back to the Academy was a let-down after such an amazing week of “bro-ing out.”


Academically, the first week back was so bad. Militarily, it was awful. We had a major indoc exam—covering cutter and aircraft specifications, Coast Guard history from the founding of the Revenue Cutter Service to the War on Terror, and Coast Guard customs and traditions—on Friday morning for which 2015 spent all week (read: Thursday night) cramming. It did not go so well; one company has them all graded, and only one person out of a company of thirty passed. On top of this, 1/c Gonzales (the 1LT, the regimental staff officer in charge of training the fourth-class) revoked our whiteboard privileges we earned three weeks ago, because of poor performance. 2015 needs to get its act together—six more weeks, then carry-on!


Speaking of 2015, the 4/c Formal was on Saturday night. I’ve spent the past three weeks helping to prepare for it, by coordinating the seating arrangements and helping decorate Leamy Hall. I never knew when I signed up that it would be so hard to properly seat RADM Stosz, RDML Rendon, LCDR Ely (our class advisor), CDR McGrath (the ACoC), and about thirty other VIPs, along with 250 4/c and their guests! It was frustrating at times, but rewarding in the end. It was nice to see everything come together, seating and decoration-wise, on Friday night and Saturday morning. At the formal, the class council and LCDR Ely formally unveiled our class crest. IT LOOKS GREAT!! I’m honestly surprised how good it looks. I think that it is the best one in Leamy—it certainly beats 2013! I’ll attach some pictures so you can see.


Now that we are entering the final phase of the semester, we have boards and Challenge of the Guardian to look forward to! I cannot wait to finish out this year strong, find out where I am going for my 3/c summer (I’ll keep you posted!), and begin mentoring my 4/c next year! As always, email me if you have any questions:


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Spending Time with Family

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Min Photo Spring break was a time for me to re-energize and refocus before the last six weeks of the semester. I decided to go back home and spend time with my family in Hawaii. The weather was crazy, but it was nice to be home and relax with my family. I ate a lot of food, watched movies, and fished. The weather was not ideal; we had a lot of rain, thunder, and even a little hail, which rarely happens. The first day I was home I went out fishing on the boat with my uncle, unfortunately we did not catch anything. The next few days came with strong winds, gray skies, and a lot of rain. The best part of my break was the last two days spending time at a beach house with my Mom and Dad sitting around fishing and cooking great food. Returning home to Hawaii is always a blessing and as they say for locals who go away “you always have one foot in the sand,” which to me means you never can go too far away to call Hawaii your home.


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Like Wrestling a Bear, But Not Quite

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Chavarria-Aguilar Photo So they weren’t kidding when they said the “Dark Ages” occur during February. In all honesty, I can hardly recall another stressful timeframe to compare to this past month. Our workload grows at an inversely proportional rate to the amount of sleep we are getting, and its rough – like wrestling a grizzly bear, but not quite. Nonetheless, taking a look through my assignment book, I am astonished by the amount of things I have accomplished. On top of that, there is literally only nine weeks left to go before the conclusion of our first academic year. In the end, the strains of fourth-class life pale in comparison to what we have to look forward to.


I’ve learned so much about myself over the past nine months of our cadet experience. As each day progresses, I am presented with a variety of new challenges. Sometimes the pressure can really get you down, as I have been these past few weeks, but I am forced to remind myself how great of a deal I actually have. The Academy presents a once in a lifetime experience, some of the best friends I will ever have, as well as killer job opportunities.


If you are considering attending the Academy, or have questions about anything I have written thus far, feel free to email me.


More about Alexis.