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Information Overload

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo Well we are starting our second week of the summer and I have already learned so so much! This summer I got stationed on CGC Valiant (210’) for five weeks and then Sector Honolulu, Hawaii for six weeks. I am very grateful that I will be experiencing cutter life before I start my ensign tour, but there is definitely a lot to learn.


To back up a little, the end of the semester came up quick (as usual). There were a lot of group and individual projects to be completed before final exams. I was fortunate enough to only have one final exam so I was able to study and hang out with my friends before everyone departed for the summer.


I reported to CGC Valiant on Sunday and I’m not going to lie, I was very overwhelmed. It was just a lot of change in such a short amount of time. You don’t realize how much security you have at the Academy until you get pulled away from it. You are always with your friends and you have a strict routine that you learn to love. I had 78 new faces to learn by name, rate, and rank, while learning where everything was on the ship and where I am supposed to be and when. It is doable of course, but it was definitely stressful and had me missing the Academy and my friends A WHOLE LOT! After the first couple of days, like anything, you start to understand more of what is happening and you can get into the groove, I am lucky enough to have a really great crew and command on my cutter who are willing to help me with anything. I continue to learn everyday and I know that will continue for the rest of my time in the Coast Guard.


I am not rushing the summer away, but I am so excited for firstie year. It will be strange being at the top, but I know my class is ready to take on the responsibility and lead the school. It is going to be a great year. :)


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100 Weeks

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo When my mom asked me how graduation and commissioning was, my initial response was “good.” But good doesn’t exactly do the most monumental event of a cadet’s career justice – no one word really can. Even if I could have an entire sentence worth of words I do not think I could adequately summarize graduation and commissioning at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It is like absolutely nothing else.


At this point in my cadet career, I am just over 100 weeks in, with less than 100 weeks to go until I follow in the footsteps of the 2014 graduating ensigns across the stage. I have completed four semesters of class and two years of military training, then hundredth week (the best week of my cadet career by far), and finally received 2/c class shoulder boards. But watching the graduation events on May 21st made those 100 weeks seem so insignificant and also made it clear just how much there is still to learn. I was honored to give first salutes to ensigns and hope to carry on their legacy at the Academy specifically in McAllister and the Rowing Center. My salutes to Ben, Cole, and Dave reminded me of the direct impact they have had on my Academy experience and without a doubt on cadets throughout the corps.


If someone was to ask me, now 48 hours after these firsties became ensigns, if I could describe their graduation and commissioning ceremony I would still struggle to find words. But asked how I feel about the last 100 weeks of my cadet career, the word would be “excited.” Excited to finish, yes, but even more excited to have the opportunity to serve alongside the great Class of 2014 for many years to come.



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