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Back to Work

(Academics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Martin Photo Well, we’re all back in the swing of things here at grand ol’ CGA. We are all settled into the groove, but there are still plenty of bumps. It is no doubt going to be a really tough academic semester and I’m already feeling the heat, but the classes are fun for the most part. Being in marine environmental sciences, I get to have some cool labs outside and learn about relevant things to everyday life like the plants around us or the weather above our heads.


One of my favorite classes is Marine Biology. Our very first lab, we all jumped in vans and rode over to Waterford Beach to study the estuary habitat located there. Basically, we got to play at the beach, catch crabs, eat edible plants, sun tan, and learn about some cool things to brag about the next time you’re at the beach. Let’s just say it was much better than sitting in Multivariable Calculus class… The teachers are all really helpful and I am happy I chose this major now.


The big challenge for me this semester will be being able to balance my new EMT class with my regular classes. The EMT class meets for 20 hours a week on top of the 27 hours of my CGA classes per week. I asked a buddy back home how they judged credit hours for his college. He said the number of hours in class per week is your amount of credits. Well, by normal standards, I am taking 47 credit hours, a little more than the 16 for a normal full-time student. So it’s a busy semester, but it’s all fun stuff to learn about. The EMT class will get me to be a nationally registered EMT by Christmas, which is essential information wherever you go, but especially in the Coast Guard. I will also be able to volunteer medical supervision for sporting events and the like around campus. So that is exciting, even if it means a few less z’s.


With the EMT class, it's impossible to go on trips on the weekends because a bulk of the class is on the weekends so I’m sorry that I don’t have any travel adventures to talk about, and that will be the case for the rest of the semester. Not too much play this semester, but it will be worth it in the end.


More about Matt.


Standing a Taut Watch…

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo So, I’m sitting in an empty library around 2300, waiting to be secured. The school year has hit me like a ton of bricks—all of my classes are hard and involve what seems to be an inordinate amount of reading and writing. I now understand why everyone counts down to the next long weekend or leave period.


My hardest classes this semester are definitely Ships and Physics. These two classes are technical, core classes for all cadets. Ships is an introductory course in naval architecture—what makes a ship float or capsize, how can you calculate it, and why it is important for us as future officers to be cognizant of this. I like it for the basic concepts, even if all the equations fly right over my head. My first test (on Monday) will tell me how I am really doing in that class. Physics is my other difficult class, mostly because I have never taken Physics before. The Physics Department is using a new method of teaching this year that emphasizes group work and collaboration compared to traditional lecturing. It takes a little getting used to, but at least the math makes sense!


The hardest part of this semester seems to be my time management. I cannot for the life of me work efficiently. I have been getting to bed later and later each night; last night I went to sleep around midnight and had to wake up at 0600. Hopefully, this trend will reverse itself quickly.


To end on a bright note, the MMA game is on Saturday. GO BEARS, BEAT MERCHANT MARINE! The Corps’ morale is really high, which is good—it makes the days bearable. I saw an outstanding “gangster” clock today, and the watchstanders get to pipe cool songs before formations. Now we just need to keep the morale high for the rest of the semester.


If you have any questions, please email me at I’m stuck monitoring the library tonight. Night, all!


More about Peter.