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cadet blogs


(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo Privileges. What a great word. After ten months of squaring meals, listening to music through headphones, and writing notecards almost every time we leave our room, the fourth class were granted wardroom carry on, music out loud, and whiteboards on Wednesday. Wardroom carry on means that the fourth class are allowed to talk while they eat their food, look around, and not have to square. Basically eat normally. It seems simple, but when you get that taken away for nearly ten months it is an amazing privilege to get back. With these privileges motivating each and every one of us to push through the last two and a half weeks of school there is still much to accomplish.


This Saturday marks the date of the fourth class Boards, which is a test set up by the upper-class in which they test the fourth class knowledge of general Coast Guard information. Each fourth class is asked the same set of ten question relating to Coast Guard history, nautical flags, ranks and rates, distress signals, and much more and are only allowed to get two out of the ten wrong to pass. It is very nerve wracking, but I feel that the upper-class have been preparing us for this test ever since we reported in this summer and we will all do fine.


As I said earlier, summer is just around the corner and the “light at the end of the tunnel” is in full view. The fourth class have not found out what their summer assignments are for third class summer, but hopefully we find out in the next couple of days. I am really excited and nervous to know where I will be stationed for six weeks. With the end of the year quickly approaching we still have a lot to complete and stay focused on so that we can show the corps we are ready to take on the role of third class.


For anyone with last minute questions on what to pack for Swab Summer or what to expect, feel free to email me We will all be leaving at the beginning of May and it will be much harder to get a reply so I would recommend sending your questions sooner rather than later. Finish the end of the school year strong!


More about Sara.


Honduras 2012

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement) Permanent link
Glock Photo I am currently on my sixth volunteer service trip to Honduras. My first visit was exactly two years ago. It is amazing how much the village of Villa Soleada has changed and developed. When I first started, Students Helping Honduras (SHH) had already complete all 44 houses, a full-size soccer field, and had begun construction of the education center. Now, two years and six trips later, SHH has finished the education center and built an additional two children's homes, three water towers, four schools in nearby villages (with the goal of 1000 schools by 2020), a large garden for self-sustainability and income, a volunteer house for volunteers to live in (as opposed to staying at a nearby hotel), and many more projects.


I love returning to Villa Soleada because I am part of a family here. The children and the parents always remember me by name and I can see the excitement in their smile when I walk off the bus to greet them. I have grown especially close to one of the kids, Jorge, who I have known since my first trip here. I have not been to Villa Soleada in an entire year; I saw Jorge on Sunday and he is almost as tall as me! It is amazing coming back and seeing how the village and its people are growing.


It has been the hottest spring I have experienced here – about 120 degrees! Luckily, yesterday and today it has been rainy and a lot cooler out. Even though it is wet, it definitely makes working outside in the sun better. We spent Sunday mixing cement with shovels (the most fun way to mix cement!). My body is still recovering from that hard day! Our current project is building a three-roomed biligual school that will be an addition to the education center, and also building a wall around the perimiter of Villa to provide additional security to the villaje, which is in a dangerous part of Honduras. This extra security is needed especially since the children's home has taken in kids from ophanages; Honduras is plagued with issues surrounding the treatment and kidnapping of orphans.


The week ended on a very high note. As a diverse group of college students from around the country, we certainly bonded very closely. We all share a unique experience that the vast majority of Americans have not and will not experience. With our teamwork and help from the locals, the bilingual school is now almost ready to have the roof put on, and the village wall has expanded to protect even more of the village. I cannot wait to return in June to see the progress of these projects.


More about George.


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.