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cadet blogs

First Week Back!

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo Wow! It’s only been a week since I have been back in school and I know that this is going to be a crazy, but awesome, semester! Coming back to school straight from 2/c summer was a little bit of a difficult transition since it is a completely different mindset. My classmates and I went from experiencing so many challenges being both a leader and a follower this summer to now having to focus on academics again. Although, I know that we are not the only class, and that I am not the only cadet that is experiencing this transition. However, even though I know it will take a little bit to get back into the swing of things, it’s nice to have the entire corps back and to start classes again.


This semester is proving to be challenging for me in the sense that I am taking classes that pertain only to my major (aside from the required courses that the Academy has 2/c take). Since I am a Marine and Environmental Sciences major taking the biology and chemistry tracks, I am taking back to back chemistry classes as well as biology classes. I know that it will be a hard semester, but as I’ve learned over the years, all I need to do is work very hard and focus and I will be able to make it through this semester just like I have the past four.


Another reason why I am excited that this year has started is the fact that Women’s Rugby is back up and running (literally)! We have had so many new girls come out this year! It is a joy to see the popularity of rugby increasing throughout the corps. This season also is proving to be a challenge since I am taking on a new position. I am now the new A-Side Scrum Half. And with that position comes a lot of responsibility and hard work. It has been fun so far and I cannot wait until our first game rolls around!


More about Samantha.


Learning Leadership

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Sherman Photo The Coast Guard Academy strives to “develop leaders of character,” which is something that we as cadets can do—develop into such leaders—in every aspect of cadet life. There are, however, special opportunities to put those leadership lessons into practice here at the Academy. One such position is the company guidon bearer. While named for the position in drill, that is, the one who carries the company’s distinguishing flag, the guidon’s role is much more important. This individual is charged with supervising the development of the underclass cadets, especially the 4/c.


I am the Foxtrot Company Guidon for the fall semester, so I’ve spent the past three weeks (and will spend the next fifteen weeks) working with the 4/c cadets (freshman) so that they can become accustomed to life as a cadet. I’m also the one who enforces the rules, especially the ones that apply specifically to 4/c (e.g. squaring meals, keeping one’s eyes in the boat, and knowing indoc).


While I would enjoy sharing with you all of the leadership lessons I’ve already learned just in these past three weeks, I don’t have the time or space to do that. Instead, I’ll share my “command philosophy,” my written statement about the values on which I will base my leadership decisions. We received training on command philosophies at the beginning of our 2/c summer; command philosophies are important parts of Coast Guard leadership. We’ll see them in the fleet, and eventually have to write them ourselves. What a better way to prepare for that than to create one while at the Academy. That’s what it’s here for, after all—to train us to become officers.


More about Justin.