Skip Navigation Links
FacebookFlickrTwitterYou Tube
<< May 2012 >>
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

cadet blogs

Where For Art Thou, Summer?

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Gurtler Photo The school year has come and gone so quickly, I am left wondering where it went. As of twenty minutes ago, I am officially done with classes for the 2011-2012 academic school year. Although this is a tremendous load off of my chest, I still have four finals next week. My mom keeps telling me to be that “Little Engine that could” and keep chugging along. All I can respond is with a sarcastic, “Aye Aye, Mom.”


On another note, I have a summer ahead of me that is sure to be exciting and full of new experiences. I am beyond thrilled by the opportunity to venture out into the fleet. I have been assigned to go underway on USCGC Eagle for the first six weeks of summer, Station Oak Island, North Carolina for the following six, and then home to Wisconsin for the final five. My friends and teammates joke that I might actually get a tan while living near the beach this summer!


Additionally, the 4/c were informed which company we will be in for our remaining three years here. I was fortunate enough to be placed in Hotel Company. Hotel is responsible for morale and community service within the Corps of Cadets. Although as excited as I am to experience a new company, nothing can compare to how thrilled I am to no longer be a 4/c! Yay!


More about Victoria.


Spring Fun

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Chavarria-Aguilar Photo With the “Dark Ages” behind me I am eagerly counting down the weeks until our spring semester concludes. But first, I’ve got to explain just how amazing this past month has been. For Spring Leave, I went with the crew team to train in Deland, Florida. Although the majority of our time was spent rowing, it was great to finally soak up some warm weather and take a break from academics. I have many fond memories from our trip, as well as a strong sense of camaraderie with the team. That is one of the main reasons I love rowing; it is, in my opinion, the only sport that truly epitomizes teamwork. Now, with a week’s worth of hard work and training under our belts, I am looking forward to what we can do in our upcoming races.


On another note, my classmates and I got to celebrate at our 4/c Spring Formal on March 17th, which happens be St. Patrick’s Day and my birthday. Boy did we have a ball (no pun intended). After enjoying a scrumptious filet mignon dinner, my shipmates and I strolled down to Leamy Hall for the unveiling of our class crest. As a part of the 2015 class crest committee, I had the opportunity to contribute to the design of the crest. It was a once in a lifetime experience, working with my shipmates and professional artists to create something unique to our class. I wouldn’t change a thing about our crest, and I believe the feeling is mutual throughout 2015.


Before I conclude, I would like to mention that my academics this semester have been just as challenging, if not more so, than the those from fall. Participating in a varsity sport and managing 21 credit hours of work is not an easy task. With this in mind I had to make my final decision about what major I want to pursue – Mechanical Engineering. Although the task ahead seems daunting, I know for a fact that it is doable. Remember, it’s all in your state of mind. If you want something bad enough, say… an appointment the CGA, then you will get it. Good luck to those applying, and please, if you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.


More about Alexis.