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Those “Last” Events

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Kearney Photo For many of you reading these blog entries, you are in the process of counting your series of “last events,” such as your last football game, your last prom, your last day of high school. The entire senior year seems to be revolved around these “last events” that for most of us, were a mixture of euphoria and sadness. I remember that intense feeling of wanting to break free from my youth and dive head first into a new life, far away from where I had spent most of my life cultivating my skills and personality, where I had built all of my relationships. But I knew that once I left, it would never be quite the same whenever I came back home to visit.


The day before R-Day, I met some of my classmates. Everyone was decked out in their unique style of civilian clothes, representing who they had been throughout high school. My hair was down to my eyes and over my ears. My sneakers were multicolored. And the butterflies nested in my stomach region were beginning to flap their wings. As the day turned to night, and night turned to day, those butterflies were increasingly bouncing around, as if they finally had awoken from some deep, Rip Van Wrinkle type of sleep. They were much too excited for what they were about to experience. I was not nearly as enthusiastic as my pet butterflies. At some point during the day, the yelling began. It was a lot of yelling, and I suppose the yelling scared the butterflies off for a bit, because adrenaline took over my system for most of the rest of the summer. I knew the yelling was going to come; I had watched all of the Swab Summer videos on YouTube. But actually experiencing it myself was much different than watching someone else experiencing it. Eventually, you learn to kind of tune it out, so it does not get in the way of your own thoughts, but it took some time.


My civilian summer was over and my Swab Summer had begun. It was everything I expected and everything I did not. Yelling. IT sessions. Indoc. Stress. Stress. Stress. Everyday was different and the same. I learned how to shine my shoes, make a hospital corner, square an actual corner, iron my shirts, and hold a piece. I learned how to work with a group of people and succeed through times of failure. Eventually, those long days became weeks, and the summer had ended. I remember writing in my “Thoughts of the Day” journal that the summer had felt like it took “nine months” when it was only seven weeks. But even though the summer was long and grueling, that feeling of accomplishment was great and well worth it. To all of you current high school seniors, enjoy the rest of your high school year. Of course, make sure you are in prime shape when you arrive, but make sure you also enjoy your “last moments” of high school with your best friends and family and do not stress or worry about how the summer will be. You only have three months, use it wisely and have fun.


More about Zachary.


Midterms and Spring Break

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Zwenger Photo March has been an overall great month besides the midterms I got back. So I’ll start with that. The first half of the semester is got a 2.67 GPA, or something along those lines, with one class dragging me down. If y’all read my post from January I’m sure you could guess the class. Yes, Physics II it is. I got my first D in any class I’ve ever taken, which was a real wake up call because I guess this new “students teach themselves” method just isn’t jiving well for me. As a result I received a grade that is extremely unlike me. Anyway, the midterm average was 55%, which resulted in a large amount of people receiving Ds and Fs. That’s all I can really say about the grades.


Spring break was two weeks ago it was among one of the greatest weeks of my life. Six of my best friends and I went to Hawaii for the week. We stayed at Taylor’s house and his parents were so kind to take in seven of us for a whole week. We managed to cram a lot of activities into this one week that we were there. We kayaked, hiked several places, spent several days at different beaches, traveled almost everywhere in Oahu, went to a luau in Waikiki, went body surfing, the list could go on for this whole page but I’m sure you get the idea. The fact is that I had the time of my life and I wouldn’t have traded that time for anything in the world. Once again this is another short post but I don’t really have much to say, it’s the middle of the semester and at this point trying to go through the motions to try and finish out the year strong.


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More about Spencer.


Spring Break and NCAA Diving

(Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo March is nearing its end and many events have happened this month. Diving regionals were held on the first weekend in March and my teammate Andy and I were able to go and compete because we made the qualifying cut earlier in the season. Regionals was a success and we both dove extremely well. I qualified for NCAAs in Texas the week after spring break and was really excited. After a quick and easy week of school I was on a flight back to Florida for spring break.


Spring break was a well-needed break for the whole corps and we were able to relax and have some fun. Back at home, I went to the beach and lied by the pool most days with friends and family. I went shopping with my mom and went to diving practice. I soaked up all the sun I could because I knew I would be going back to cold weather. After a great week at home, I headed back to the Academy to finish out the semester strong.


This past week I have been in Texas attending NCAAs for diving and it was an amazing experience. I got to meet the Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson and a bunch of new friends. It was awesome to be able to dive with such great divers. Watching the other girls and guys gave me so much motivation to learn new dives and keep pushing myself. After an exhausting week I am headed back to the Academy to finish out the month. I have assignments coming up that I am stressed about, but I know I will get through them just fine. Easter is in a week and the corps will be granted a long. It will be another nice break for us, which will raise morale.


More about Sara.


It’s Almost Easter!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo Spring is finally here! For someone that was born and raised in San Diego, I must admit that the winters on the East Coast are almost unbearable! After Spring Break, I went from a whole week of high 70-degree temperatures and beaches to low 30 degrees and snow. However, the Dark Ages are finally ending and the sun is coming out! Cadets become very excited when spring is here. It means that the semester is almost over, and even though we still have to make it through finals week, our summer assignments are just around the corner. I found out that I am going to be a Swab Summer cadre during the first three weeks of Swab Summer. I am extremely excited to be able to participate in this tradition that has been a part of the Academy. I am even more excited to have the opportunity to help high school, prior enlisted, and prep school men and women go through the development of growing from a swab into a cadet. I know that my cadre had a drastic impact on my view of the Academy and of the Coast Guard, and I can’t wait to, hopefully, be able to impact the lives of some other people as well.


It is going to be an amazing summer and I am so ecstatic to end the school year and become a part of cadre already! Not only are our summer assignments coming up, but spring training for baseball is also right around the corner! Even though I get a lot of ridicule for being a Padres and an Arizona Diamondbacks fan, I am still staying loyal to my teams and I can’t wait for baseball season to finally be here!


More about Samantha.