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The Final Countdown

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Chang Photo The end is near, but not quite. Here I am, reporting into my cadet blog, while I really should be studying for tomorrow’s chemistry final. But I think I can afford a little more procrastination. After all, the library has free coffee and I’ve honed my skills in all-nighters. (It’s something you get to practice when you go to college; especially if you come here.) However, there’s always a ray of sunshine despite the ominous loom of finals.


In a few days, half the Class of 2018 will be going onto the CGC Eagle; an awesome tall ship where we’ll learn the art of seamanship, to haul lines and shine brass. We’re scheduled to go down along the East Coast, ending in Staten Island, New York. The other half will be going all over the country onto different stations and other cutters. Then, for the second half of the summer, we switch. This is all a part of our summer training, where we’ll be incorporated into the fleet. We’ll also get qualified for different jobs, such as damage control. I can’t wait to get out there, especially for the second half of the summer where I’ll be on the CGC Mellon, which is currently in Japan.


Before that, though, this chemistry final is the only thing standing in the way of this oncoming summer. I figure I’ll start some writing for the alumni magazine, go down to dinner, get 32 ounces of black coffee and then hole up somewhere in the library with my wad of chemistry notes. In this caffeinated world of academia, what better way to finally end this last final?


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