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Homework HELP!

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Capuzzi Photo It’s Sunday night, and instead of doing my Heat Transfer homework, I’m writing this blog.


Now, you as the reader must be like, “Whoa! This guy is a slacker, not doing his homework.”


You’d be partially right.


Let me provide some insight into exactly why I am ignoring my Heat Transfer homework.


I do not understand it! This is seemingly self-explanatory, however, this is my blog, and I will expound upon it as I see fit. You see, the week prior to spring break, I left on Wednesday, flying to Los Angeles for the Harbor Cup.


Commencing Harbor Cup tangent. Hosted by the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Yacht Club, the Harbor Cup is the West Coast’s premiere intercollegiate offshore regatta. They provide us with Catalina 37 yachts and entrust us to race them among the giant cargo ships in San Pedro Bay and Los Angeles Harbor. Needless to say, it was a great time. Unfortunately, we didn’t sail as well as we’d hoped, but the experience was a great one.


Getting back on track, I missed two days of Heat Transfer class to attend the regatta. When I returned, terms like “Prandtl number” and “Average convection coefficient for mixed flow over a flat plate” were being thrown around.


In addition, I’m simply too tired to care. Typically, I use the weekends to recharge and refresh. This weekend, however, I spent about 16 hours on the River Thames (pronounced “thāmez” here in Connecticut, unlike across the pond) running a regatta that Coast Guard hosts. It was cold. And windy. And cold. And it snowed. Did I mention it was cold?


The good news is that I attend the Coast Guard Academy and my professors really care about my success. Tomorrow morning, I will go to my Heat Transfer professor, show him my futile attempts at solving the problem, and explain to him my difficulties. Then, he will invite me to stop by his office later so we can discuss where I’m struggling and help me work toward a solution, maybe even granting me an extension to finish it up.


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must stare at this blank paper for a couple more hours.


UPDATE: Our professor realized some people were really struggling with the assignment, so he extended the deadline by six hours and took over a classroom for an hour to answer questions and provide assistance.


More about Nick.


An Extremely Busy and Exciting Month

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo March has been a stressful month for the fourth class here at the Academy. A few weeks ago, we began taking out Boards. Boards is essentially an oral test. We must memorize everything from ranks of enlisted and officers to the meanings of flags to Coast Guard history to light configurations of vessels. All of this information is jam-packed into a 46-page packet that was given to us right before Christmas leave. During the actual Boards, the 4/c must answer 10 questions and to pass they must answer 8 correctly. Upon passing, we earned privileges, including being able to write on our whiteboards and play music aloud. Once everyone in the class of 2016 passes, we earn full carry-on. Needless to say we are all trying really hard to pass and helping our classmates as well. Boards was difficult, however, now that I have passed, I feel extremely satisfied to have completed such a task.


Also in March, sailing season started again. This could not make me any happier. Life without sailing at the Academy for me was really boring. Before spring break I went to two regattas, one at University of South Florida and another in Charleston. Upon completing these “pre-season” regattas, the team and I headed to University of South Florida for our spring break training. It was great to get away from the snow in New London and train in sunny Florida. After completing training on Thursday, two teammates and I sailed in a Lightning (type of boat) regatta a few minutes away from where training was. We had a lot of fun, I included a picture of us sailing the Lightning! And although it was great to get away from the Academy for a week, of course I had to go back.


The next week the fourth class got slammed with a lot of tests and papers and homework. But we worked through it and got to the weekend. Last weekend, a few teammates and I traveled to the Naval Academy in Annapolis to compete in the Owen Trophy. This regatta is the trophy for all the service academy sailing teams. We were also competing against Kings Point to determine who would get the point for the Secretaries Cup. The Cup is a competition in all sports between USCGA and KP. Having completed a lot of races, we won the Owen Trophy as well as beat KP. It was an extremely successful weekend.


March has been an extremely busy but exciting month for me. I now I look forward to having only one more month of school and even more importantly getting full carry-on. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at


More about Kayla.


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.


Any questions? 


More about Spencer.