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Last Words: 4/c Year

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo With finals fast approaching, the end of the school year is speeding by. It slowed to a snails crawl until yesterday, when I went to the clinic to get my typhoid shot required for my summer in the Caribbean. Tomorrow night the 4/c will find out our new companies! There’s only three more days left of school, and then finals! I’m boarding Eagle bound for the Caribbean the day after finals, and it is right around the corner.


I met with my Academic advisor and received my course enrollment form with all of the classes I’m taking next semester when I get back. Many people say 4/c year is the hardest one at the Academy, and while there is a bit of truth to that statement, it is not entirely true for me. Next semester I am actually taking more credits than this semester, and while it will be difficult, I am looking forward to the challenge of Calculus II, Ships and Maritime Systems, and Physics. It’s going to be rough, but I’ll get through it. On the other hand, as a Government major, I get to take Principles of American Government in sections with only other rising 3/c Government majors. It’s going to be great to get to know the other members of my class that I will be spending the most time with in the Government course matrix.


There are plenty of opportunities here to expand your intellectual horizons, both inside and outside the classroom. This semester, I had the privilege of being part of the CGA Honors Program, the Cadet Literary Magazine, and Model United Nations Team. I was selected to be part of the Cadet Academic Advisory Board with Dean Colella, and I was honored to be part of a group of people WAY smarter than me discussing the status of academics at the Academy. I was quiet most of the time, but it was interesting and profound to be part of a group bridging the Academics division and the Corps of Cadets.


This year, although not over, was great. Objectively, it was a year spent developing good habits: good study habits, good social habits, and, quite frankly, questionable sleeping habits. It is quite amazing to go to school with everyone who knows your name, and for you to know everyone’s name around you. I have been honored and privileged to be part of the Green Shield Experience this year. Go Bears, go books, go 2017! Can’t wait to put on those red shield in the coming weeks.



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Practicing Seamanship in the Caribbean

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Sandri Photo It is almost the end of April, and that means 3/c summer is just around the corner! For our second Academy summer, we spend half of the program (about five weeks) aboard the cutter Eagle and the other half at either a Coast Guard small boat station or cutter. I am on Phase I of Eagle, which means 2/3 of the Class of 2017 and I will be practicing seamanship in the Caribbean. Later, I will head to Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, California. During this portion of the summer, the 3/c cadets act as enlisted service members, eat in the chief’s mess instead of the wardroom, and help with basic tasks such as removing chipping paint. Through serving with the enlisted crew, we can experience the fleet from the point of view of those we will be leading in the future. Everyone is feeling pretty excited. I’m going to miss my friends not on Phase I, but Eagle will be making port calls in the Caribbean, so there will be opportunities to keep in contact with them, and of course explore places like Aruba, Cozumel and San Juan! My parents are trying to meet me in Aruba, so I will route a special request to stay overnight with them instead of on the ship.


In other news, we have full carry-on, which is terrific. After marching to class, squaring and bracing up for a year, I have such a great appreciation for “little” things, like being able to walk around Chase Hall and talk to my friends.



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