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So Close!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo Today we picked up our 3/c shoulder boards from the Clothing Locker. That may have been the greatest relief I have had yet at the Academy. It’s incredible how close we are to finishing! Despite remaining busy, the days continue to creep away one by one. The big challenges facing ahead of us 4/c now are Boards, coming up this Saturday, the 14th, and Challenge of the Guardsmen, which will be the Saturday after.


Boards are simply a test of our knowledge of all things Coast Guard. We get asked ten questions from our Running Light or Boards Supplemental Packet, totaling for about 150 pages of stuff. It will be quite stressful studying, but it will probably be a great relief once it is over. Challenge of the Guardsmen, formerly known as Challenge of the Guardian, is going to be a four and a half hour physical test with our new company mates for the next three years. I’ll get shotgunned out of Delta and into any of the other seven companies. It’s a mixed feeling to go out of Delta Company. While I do want to meet and know more of my classmates, these last nine or ten months have been nothing short of exceptional, and my fellow 4/c Delta Dawgs are greatly responsible for that, from Formal Room and Wings to Swab Summer to studying for tests, and everything in between. Granted, there will be three or four of them with me in my new company, but it certainly won’t be the same.


Lacrosse goes well, Idlers and Glee keep me busy, and as the academic year winds down, it is safe to say that these last two semesters have been by far the most challenging I’ve ever had. It’s amazing how much I have been able to do this year, despite the academics. Still, it’s been quite the adventure as a 4/c. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.


2016…you’d best start getting ready for Swab Summer!


More about Samuel.


Returning from Breaks

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo Two of my good friends at the Academy, 4/c Lutton and 4/c Slife, came with me over spring break to visit my grandparents in Naples. We had a great time in the sun and at the beach. Spring break was the perfect time to relax and push off academics until returning. Following break, our spring volleyball season started. We have been practicing three days each week and we have a tournament this coming Saturday in Boston.


Academically, school has been going smoothly. Every week has its ups and downs. We are now studying for an oral indoctrination test that determines whether our class is granted official “carry on.” Last week we earned the privileges of listening to music out loud, writing on our whiteboards, and wardroom carry on. Wardroom carry on is a huge privilege because now we can look at our food and talk to other 4/c at our table.


Easter weekend I went home and saw my parents. It was frustrating coming back to the Academy because going home was a tease. I wanted to stay with my parents and sleep in my bed forever, but I knew I had to do my homework and get ready for a long week ahead. I do not look forward to the upcoming academic and military challenges but I know that 4/c year is almost over and hopefully we hear where our summer assignments are this week.


More about Christina.


Spring Break and a Half Marathon

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Rudy Photo This month went by so quickly. I spent the first week this month on spring break with my three best friends. We went on a road trip from Vegas to Cali and it was such a nice break. The first day of leave we went to Hollywood where we randomly ran into a group of our classmates; it was so weird to see them when we weren’t expecting it. Then we went to Sea World one day and shopping on another day and drove back to Vegas where we went horseback riding and ended our spring break trip with an amazing Cirque Du Soleil show. After returning from break, I had only two weeks to get back into shape for my half marathon in Sleepy Hollow, New York. It was a struggle because I did nothing but eat and have fun over spring break. I finished the marathon in two hours and didn’t come in last, which were my two goals. I felt so accomplished to have finished my first half marathon and now I really want to do another one in the fall. I spent the rest of the month catching up on homework and studying!


More about Megan.