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Classes? Already?

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2012) Permanent link   All Posts
 Katie Priesing Eagle was awesome! I really don’t have another word to describe it. Getting underway was so much fun, and even though we only travelled up the East Coast, I think this was my favorite Eagle experience. Last year we went to Europe, and that was fun, but I think the difference was that the people I was with on Eagle this year wanted to be there. The swabs were excited because they were not getting screamed at, and the cadre had all volunteered to be on Eagle. Besides, what’s not to love about being underway with 22 out of 23 sails set on America’s Tall Ship? I mean, really!?

For most of them, it was their first time on a ship. We had to break things down to the very basics. We taught swabs to keep one hand for them and one hand for the ship just in case we took a roll and how to make their racks with the fire blankets. We explained sea showers and kept an eye out for anyone getting sea sick. I got another opportunity to see just how important it is to take care of your people. If the swabs left Eagle in one piece, happy, with a liking for the sea and its lore, I think it’s safe to say my classmates and I did our job well. Go 2012!

My summer cadre experience is over, and classes start tomorrow. I remember my dad would always sing that, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” song in the weeks preceding the first day of school. My sisters and I never really agreed. In a just few weeks it will be CGA vs. the Merchant Marine Academy in football, soccer, and volleyball. MMA is our major rival, so all I have left to say about that is…Go Bears, beat MMA!

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