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A Winter Wonderland 2016

(Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo The Dark Ages, as they are commonly called, are upon us. Despite the limited daylight, I’ve been finding things to keep myself entertained during the cold months here at the CGA. This Friday night, Hotel Company, which is charged with Regimental Morale, has hired professional comedians to give stand-up routines in Leamy Hall. The comedians were previously featured on The Tonight Show and America’s Got Talent. Hockey games, basketball games, and morale events are myriad and there to give cadets something to do during down time. This coming week, the Corps of Cadets is heading to a downtown New London theater to watch a private pre-screening of the new major motion picture, The Finest Hours. This should be great—a chance to see the first movie about the Coast Guard since The Guardian, of which has produced many Aston Kutcher jokes and stereotypes about the Coast Guard. Maybe when I tell people that I’m in the Coast Guard they will ask me if I’ve seen The Finest Hours rather than The Guardian

 

In an effort to keep myself busy, I’ve been working out in Billard Hall’s renovated cardio gym. The newly renovated gym has a deluxe TRX layout, which reminds me of a grown-up jungle gym. I also recently signed up for a half marathon in March in West Haven, Connecticut! I’ve been running in Billard just about every day to prepare for the race.

 

More about William.

 

ORCA Explained

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Seaman Photo Hello! I recently had a prospective cadet email me with some questions about the Operations Research and Computer Analysis (ORCA) major, so I thought I would share part of my answer with anyone else who is wondering about it.

 

There are many classes specific to this major (mostly math). The major-specific classes I have taken so far are Multivariable Calculus; Linear Algebra; Differential Equations; Discrete Math; Linear Optimization; Probability Theory; Networks and Nonlinear Optimization; and Computer Modeling Languages. And I'm currently taking Information Systems, Mathematical Statistics, and Probability Models. I realize that might just sound like a bunch of words, but email me if you are interested in knowing what some of those classes are all about and I can go into more depth.

 

Aside from the major-specific classes, there are quite a few general requirements everyone must take throughout the four years. Major-related courses start your 3/c or sophomore year but a lot of times you can still switch majors during 3/c year because certain programs have a little overlap (many of the majors have to take Differential Equations, for example). Your 4/c or freshman year, everyone takes the same classes (Calculus 1 and 2, Chemistry 1 and 2, History, English, etc.). The purpose of that is to develop well-rounded people because, as officers, even if we are doing engineering jobs, the stuff we learned in English will help us in the fleet whether it is writing evaluations or something else. In addition, it allows you to see your strengths and helps with picking a major that is a good fit for you. Your 3/c year is when your classes are tailored to your major and then 2/c year is when you are really taking fun major-related classes. We also have to take general requirements throughout the four years. Those are classes like Physics, Navigation, Morals and Ethics, Criminal Justice, Government, and Maritime Law Enforcement. Everyone has to take Chemistry and Physics because every degree the Academy offers is a Bachelor of Science.

 

As far as ORCA goes, it is essentially all about using math and computers to make things more efficient, even with limited resources. Therefore, we take math optimization classes and learn how to program with Java to be able to solve certain problems that are brought to us. This major is very Coast Guard applicable since the Coast Guard performs so many missions, but also does not receive very many funds to do them. So an operations researcher would use their background in math and computers to schedule employees and distribute billets; allot aircraft to different stations; and find the shortest amount of time it would take a cutter to reach 10 buoys that need to be tended and go back to home port (important to save crew morale and fuel). In short, the application of the major is to find ways to maximize mission effectiveness and efficiency through logistics.

 

Your first billet after graduating is not major-specific; it can be attending flight school, serving as a student engineer or deck watch officer on a cutter, or working at a sector. Your billets afterward are really when you would start using your major. Also, the majority of officers go to grad school as well, so you could do a multitude of jobs in the Coast Guard or private sector depending on what your master’s is in.

 

I really hope this was helpful in answering any questions you might have had about ORCA. As always, if you have more questions, do not hesitate to email me.

 

More about Rachel.

 

On a Mission to Unwind

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Bain Photo It's the beginning of 2016, Happy New Year! Consequently, that means it’s time for another semester. Winter leave was great and very important. This past fall semester left me drained in my mind and body. By heading home I had the opportunity to refresh and recharge. Spending time with friends, family, loved ones, and even pets was a welcoming feeling having been gone for so long. However, nothing was more comforting than sleeping in long past 6 a.m.

 

If the mission of leave is to unwind, I stood a tall watch and manned my rack. One could say I was extraordinarily devoted to that duty. Unfortunately, my watch has come to an end and it’s time to return to the Coast Guard Academy.

 

With the spring semester about to pick up, I'm ready. Sure, being away from home stinks but if I wrote that I didn't miss this place, I would be a liar. For some mysterious reason that I'll attribute to habit, I started to miss the daily routine. Being here and being productive gives one a sense of purpose, which is ultimately what every human inevitably searches for in their lifetime.

 

I'm glad it’s still not snowing. I'm glad to be back with my friends. I'm ready for the challenges ahead. It's good to be home.

 

More about Cody.

 

A Whale of a Time

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo Hello everyone and happy New Year! We just got back to school for MAP week, which is a week of re-adjustment to the Academy, which includes military and academic trainings. I am more than excited to be back and loved seeing all my friends again, although the adjustment is never easy.

 

Anyhow, I worked all winter break on my directed study project, which is a literature review for the Mystic Aquarium on stress physiology in marine mammals (just a Marine and Environmental Sciences major thing). Essentially, I have been reading what feels like a million very complicated and ‘sciency’ papers about endocrinology and stress in whales, dolphins, and sea lions. I can’t wait to present my findings to the aquarium in a couple of weeks, but I am so, so nervous!

 

The study has been a bit of added-on work this past semester, but it is more than worth it. I have had the incredible opportunity to visit the aquarium a few times, as well as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute out on Cape Cod. Additionally, my work for the aquarium has allowed me to get in the enclosure with the beluga whales! It really has been a dream come true. In November, I worked with a few scientists from Woods Hole doing acoustics, or sound testing, on Kela, who is Mystic’s female beluga. The experiment was very successful and a lot of important data was collected concerning the whale’s brain activity and ability to hear/interpret sound. I can’t wait to see what this semester has in store and look forward to continuing my work with the aquarium and the whales. Don’t worry, I “whale” be sure to keep you all updated…haha!

 

Please check out the picture of myself in the enclosure with one of the beluga whales.

 

More about Cece.

 

Cheshire Cross Cyclocross Race

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Twarog Photo Sitting on the grassy starting line surrounded by a hundred other cyclists, the announcer called off “Two minutes to the start of the men’s 4-5 race.” Chills shot up my spine and butterflies lit up my stomach as I awaited the buzzer. Dozens of clicks could be heard echoing across the field as riders around me clipped into their pedals. Finally, the buzzer screamed and we were off in an explosive start. I was competing in my first cyclocross race: The Cheshire Cross CX Race and the Connecticut Cyclocross Championships.

 

Cyclocross is a form of cycling that merges road cycling with mountain biking. Racers ride bikes that look a lot like road bikes but have slightly wider tires for more traction on the grass and mud. The race took us through a combination of grassy fields, sand pits, and single track mountain bike paths. Throughout the course, super steep sections forced you to dismount your bike and sprint up the muddy slopes. Each lap was about 2 miles long, and took around 8 to 10 minutes depending on your strength. For this race in particular, the winners did five laps.

 

I initially decided to compete in the race in mid-October. For some time now, I’ve wanted to do a CX race, so I jumped in and signed up for it. Normally, fourth class cadets don’t get to leave the Academy until noon on Saturday, but I requested to leave a little early so I could race. Generally, if you ask to get special liberty (like spend Friday or Saturday night away from the Academy) and it’s related to athletics or family, it’ll be approved. In other words, if you want to do a sport that isn’t offered by the Academy, you can make it happen.

 

In the past, I’ve competed as a road cyclist, so this was a pretty dramatic move for me. I’m used to riding on smooth pavement…not rocky, sandy, rooty, muddy tracks. With these changes, a whole new set of challenges followed. I had hop off and on my bike while running to sprint up hills or over logs. I had to avoid hitting trees on the steep and windy descents. These challenges made the race that much more fun and exciting though.

 

Racing hard out of the starting line, I managed to work my way up through the crowd into the middle of the pack by the time we hit the narrow trails halfway through the first lap. Sprinting up the first hill, I was a little surprised when I heard a spectator holding a beer yell “Walk your dog, ride your bike”. I couldn’t help but laugh a little. It turns out cyclocross has a culture where the spectators heckle the riders in good fun. By the time the second lap came around, I was racing well and feeling great… That suddenly changed though.

 

About a third of the way through the race, I got a flat in my back tire. Suddenly it felt like my bike tire was gliding on butter whenever I went through a corner, which is not a good feeling when you’re passing less than a foot away from trees at 20 miles an hour. Immediately, I decided just to race through it rather than trying to fix it or drop out of the race. My previous race, the regional triathlon championships, ended early for me when I had a major mechanical issue. I wasn’t going to have a repeat of that.

 

For the rest of the race, I struggled to control my bike on the corners and push it through the rough terrain. That being said, it was refreshing to get into a completely different type of race. Change isn’t always a bad thing. In the end, I would estimate I finished mid-pack…about what I was expecting. Crossing the finish line, it was super cool to have one of my triathlon teammates, Sam Roets there supporting me. Sam has been an amazing mentor for me and he’s one of those cadets I really aspire to become a lot like.

 

One of the things that the race highlighted about the Academy for me is that if you’re interested in doing something, like a CX race or a marathon or starting a club, you only have to take the initiative to make it happen. Your shipmates and mentors will be there to support you. This is a pretty great feeling, because you know if you’re a leader or are motivated to make something happen, you’ll have your best friends and shipmates behind you to help it a reality. Just as I’m comfortable asking anyone for help with my homework, I’m comfortable enough to pursue opportunities like the CX race even with the constraints that fourth class year can bring.

 

For now, I go into winter training mode until the next semester, when my training will transition to focusing on preparing for the Collegiate Triathlon National Championships. This race definitely got me excited about the coming months though… Big things are coming in the future.

 

More about Evan.

 

School Starts Again

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Dow Photo With fall semester 2015 in the books, and a well-deserved winter leave for the corps come and gone, it is time once again for school to start. Last semester as an engineering 3/c, I took Multivariable Calculus, Mechanics of Materials (both are engineering-specific), Physics, Ships and Maritime Systems, Navigation II, and Professional Rescuer. This semester is not much lighter with Differential Equations, Physics II, American Government, Dynamics, Engineering Material Science and Lifetime Sports. One great part about the Academy is that although some of the classes are very difficult and really challenge you, there are always other students here to lend a helping hand.

 

One part that is different than almost any other college is that the first week back is called Mid-Year Administrative Processing (MAP) week and while classes have not started yet, this week is one of the most important. This week is devoted to moving rooms (we switch roommates every semester here), as well as attend meetings and trainings for all of the cadets and faculty on order to prepare for the upcoming semester.

 

With the start of spring semester, I get excited because softball is right around the corner! Sports are the best way to blow off steam and get out of Chase Hall for a few hours after the school day ends. As a varsity sport, we get to go down to Florida during spring break to play games and get used to playing on a dirt field (New Englanders know that couldn’t happen in March up here!). We get to bond as a team and enjoy the nice Florida weather especially after the cold winters on the Thames. It is one of my favorite parts of the Academy (and the Coast Guard!); all the opportunities we are given and places we can go explore and represent the Coast Guard at the same time.

 

More about Emily.

 

Reflecting on Our Blessings

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Haerr Photo Hey, everyone!

 

Since my last blog post in September, I have finished out the fall semester of my 3/c year and have moved on into the spring semester! It’s been quite the adventure. Cheerleading this past fall semester was exciting as we mastered new stunts and dances, and our squad is now starting to cheer for basketball season. Civil engineering classes were challenging yet rewarding. We had an exciting Mechanics of Materials class, and in the lab portion we were able to test the strength of many day-to-day materials with these hefty machines. I also joined the Equestrian Club, which provided a great external outlet for me and my friends as we got to go to a stable here in Connecticut to ride some horses!

 

This semester, the Class of 2018 will be preparing for Cadre Summer. Many of us are anticipating being cadre to the Class of 2020 and cannot wait to teach them how to succeed here at the Academy and in the fleet as well. I will also be participating in the varsity Crew again this spring, and I cannot wait to get back on the water with the girls. It’s moments like horseback riding or being out on the water in a boat that make you step back and reflect on all the many blessings we have here.

 

More about Kathryn.

 

Administrative Action

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Sharp Photo Well, I have almost officially made it to my first Thanksgiving break at USCGA, which means that I have almost officially made it through my first semester of “college.” Now, clearly, this is not your average college experience. Over the past few weeks, I have seen many of my shipmates get honor-boarded and masted, have attended a formal dinner training that our instructor said was the worst she had ever seen, and have experienced a “bussing and respect remedial.”

 

No, this place is not your average college. We take honor, respect, and devotion to duty very seriously. And, right when you start slipping through the cracks and lose sight of these three pillars, you had better believe that there is someone there to remind you–albeit through administrative action, or through a light slap on the wrist and some notecards. As fourth class, we are the followers. A part of being on this lovely level of the chain of command is that, sometimes, we get to write these notecards. On such notecards, we get the privilege to write, in pen, mind you (so you cannot re-use the note cards), “1/c (name of your Company Commander), 4/c (Your last name) respectfully requests to inform you that (insert anything you might need to inform people of–your whereabouts, something you did wrong, indoc test corrections, etc.).”

 

On another note, honor boards are where a cadet who has acted in a manner that rubbed someone the wrong way (cadets are honor-boarded when they are suspected of cheating, fraternization, or simply breaking the regulations). This process consists of the cadet walking in and sitting at the position of attention with an upperclassmen advisor of their choice. The upperclassmen who comprise the honor board and will ask the cadet questions about the situation. The board then makes a recommendation to Commander Barker, who oversees the mast. Most honor boards lead to masts. The mast is much more formal because it is where Commander Barker decides how hefty the punishment will be for the cadet in question. 

 

Cadets are required to attend certain dinner and etiquette trainings so that we learn the importance of respect and how to act toward officers and how to act when we become officers. Due to the nature of such trainings, we cadets get restless and sometimes feel the need to occupy our time with other things to distract us from the training. Unfortunately, my classmates and I made a very negative impression on our instructor, adding to the respect issues and misconduct coming from the Class of 2019. We fourth class cadets who attended this specific dinner training were addressed about our misconduct and now have to write a memo and apology notes to the trainer and the staff. This is an understandable punishment that we are all dealing with and will get through together.

 

On another note, this morning, our first class that is in charge of fourth class behavior and misconduct, and our company guidons, second class cadets who are in charge of the fourth class of their company, met with us during our morning training period. Although the training took time out of our mornings, everything that they had to say was correct. This always happens to the fourth class. Thanksgiving rolls around and we start getting bored with doing our jobs. When we square corners, it looks more like circling the corners. When we speak to upperclassmen, we drop our “sirs and ma’ams.” When we are marching in section to class (also known as “busing”), we speak to each other, which is not allowed. I think that we have forgotten our place at the bottom of the food chain, so to speak. We have forgotten what we learned over Swab Summer about teamwork and that we need each other to get through this. We have forgotten that we still have another semester of being fourth class. We have forgotten that we can never get too comfortable. About anything. Ever.

 

The main thing that I have learned is that life at the Academy is like one giant, slightly bruised apple. You can look at it and be like, “ew. This apple is gross. Why would anyone want that?” Or, you can journey through the process of eating the apple. One bite at a time. When you decide to deal with it and eat the apple, you find some bruises. That bitter, sour taste enters your mouth and you squinch your face up. In fact, when you are least expecting to find a bruise, you find one. That’s the best part. You never know when it’s coming. It just does. And there is nothing you can do about it. You just have to embrace it. Think about all of the people before you that had a bruised apple. You aren’t special. Embrace that bruised apple. Because, you know what? What it comes down to is the fact that somewhere out there, there is someone who would die for that apple.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong. USCGA has made me who I am today and I am forever grateful. I have gotten to travel an insane amount. I have been to New York City and Newport, Rhode Island on Eagle over Swab Summer, Canada with the dance team and Wind Jammers, Boston for a dance team competition, numerous church camps, Colgate College for a Mock Trial competition, and, of course, initially to lovely New London, Connecticut. To make everything that much better, the people here are amazing. We have all been through some sort of trial that has brought us together and formed a level of respect for one another. We have done something and are doing something that nobody else in the whole wide world gets to do. It sounds super cheesy, but I always feel blessed here. On my hardest day, when I am getting called out, have a bad test grade, or am fighting with my best friend, none of it matters. Because I am here. I am doing what I truly believe I was meant to do. I am glad to be here. And I can’t wait to see what lies for us next.

 

More about Kirsten.

 

Returning to My Roots

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Corbett Photo A common perception of military training is that everyone should fit into a mold. By the time we graduate, we should become the image of military excellence. This was a fear that I had before coming to the Academy, that I would be stripped of my core identity. I can tell you this is just a silly rumor in most cases. When I meet someone new, one of my first questions is always “what’s your story?” To which I typically get a look of confusion followed by “I don’t have a story.” Everyone has a story and it is important to realize what it is and hold on to it. Your story is what makes you unique; it is what makes you the person you are. A piece of my story that I always share is my love for art. Before becoming an Electrical Engineering major, I had taken zero, count ‘em zero, engineering courses. I did, however, max out the ceramics department’s program and the graphic design program, and did an independent study in ceramics with a focus on throwing on the wheel. So, why talk about this? Because it is important to know your story and return to it occasionally!

 

I lugged my potter’s wheel up to the Academy last semester hoping that I would have time to experience something other than the math and military-filled days. I, unfortunately, did not get the chance to reach back to that previous flame last semester and thus brought my wheel back home for winter break. While home, however, I bought myself 25 pounds of clay, fired up the wheel and day after day went back to what I did before the Academy. I sat for a lunch break with my mother most days in a disarray of clay-covered clothes and with dry hands. Among this chaos of an outfit was a smile though. I was at peace working with the medium.

 

The Academy can often fill our lives up and make it feel like we have nowhere to go other than the crevices inside the mold. It is important to realize that there is no mold except the one you make for yourself. Expand your expectations to be what you want and pursue what you want. I can sit here happily studying electrical engineering, but it does not mean I have to give up other things in my life that made me happy. Besides, at the end of the day, let’s face it; an engineer is an artist too, just with a different medium.

 

More about Shane.

 

Rollin’ on the River!

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Fenster Photo Here on the banks of the Thames, the school year is just flying along! October has come and gone, Thanksgiving is less than a month away, Christmas is right around the corner—the academic year is well underway. It has been an extremely busy and exciting time here in New London—not only for me but also for the Academy.

 

This past week, we had members from eight Arctic nations come to discuss future policy in the region. The heads of the Coast Guard (or Coast Guard equivalent) from Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Denmark and the United States all came to the Academy, providing us cadets with some invaluable experiences. We got to hear a talk from Jeh C. Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, and we had the opportunity to drill for the distinguished guests. It was an exhilarating time and surely an experience that I will never forget.

 

It has also been an exciting month for me as well. We had our first swim meet against Springfield and Rhode Island after more than a month of hard work in the pool, which ended with a Coast Guard victory! We had a great meet—lots of first place finishes, personal bests, and great teamwork. In addition to swimming, I also had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Columbia Model United Nations Conference in New York, which was a tremendous experience. I spent the weekend in New York City with friends and colleagues, and even made some new friends from other schools as well.

 

There’s so much more on the horizon, too. Winter is approaching, and with it comes uniform changes, snow, and the holiday season. So while my first half semester was a whirlwind (albeit an enjoyable one), there is so much to look forward to at the Academy. As always, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at Colin.D.Fenster@uscga.edu.

 

Semper Paratus and Go Bears,
Colin

 

More about Colin.

 

Excited About My Research Projects

(Academics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Culp Photo It’s been a while! I feel like I have a tendency to pull out the “I’m busy” excuse fairly frequently, as do most cadets here… but, I actually have been very busy keeping up with my schoolwork and extracurriculars during the last few weeks of the semester. This semester has been particularly enjoyable for me on the academic side because the focus of my major, Marine and Environmental Sciences, has started to shift from short-term objective assignments to larger, more time-consuming projects requiring much more critical thinking and analysis. Case in point, my project for Geospatial Sciences (a class involving a lot of map-making and working with computers). My partner Tasha and I took on a project with Mystic Aquarium to track the presence of beluga whales in New England waters. Belugas usually live much further up north, around the St. Lawrence River and other areas in Canada and Greenland. However, occasionally some swim down into New England. We wanted to see what, if any, environmental factors were influencing that behavior. We had to collect data from stranding networks, newspapers, blogs, etc. detailing any sightings of belugas, and plug those points into a map. Then, we worked with the MatLab programming software to import sea surface temperature and chlorophyll concentration data into the maps. Overall, the data collection process took most of the last half to three-quarters of the semester; it’s harder to locate this information and make it a compatible format than you might realize!

 

We put it all together, and made the incredibly important discovery of… no evident correlation between these factors and beluga presence. But, even if we didn’t answer all of life’s beluga mysteries, we did contribute to Mystic Aquarium’s mission, and that was pretty neat! There’s also the chance to keep working on this outside of the scheduled curriculum as an independent research project, which I’m planning on for next semester. In addition, I spent time this semester researching fish in the Thames River, which involved some trawling and seining action, and writing an extensive paper on the invasion of Nile perch in Lake Victoria in Uganda; again, both deeply involved and open-ended research opportunities. Meanwhile, I kept myself involved in the physics side of the department by working with one of the instructors on research of the magnetic fields produced by solar flares (or, in actuality, working out numerous bugs with the IDL programming language). These sorts of projects, and the chance to continue researching next year on my own, are really what made this semester such a blast for me. They demanded much time and effort, and often late nights, but some splendid products and opportunities came out of them. Plus, I just really get a kick out of being so focused on science. It makes me that much more excited for my classes next semester and for the new challenges that await!

 

More about Abby.

 

Swab Summer to Swimming in the Thames

(Athletics, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Twarog Photo As a fourth class, or freshman, the transition from Swab Summer to the school year can be…very stressful. You go from a setting where you are given five minutes to shower and change to an environment where you have to manage your time meticulously. There is no “freshman orientation” here. Not only this, but with the return of the Corps of Cadets, you’re faced with the challenge of learning the names and faces of each member of your company (there are more than 100 cadets in each company). With all of this stress, one needs an outlet. For me, this outlet was racing for the Academy’s Triathlon Team.

 

Before coming to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy earlier this year, I competed as a road cyclist on the Elm City Velo Cycling Team, out of Keene, New Hampshire. Primarily, I raced longer road races (40–65 mile races) and hill climbs. Simply put, I love riding, and I didn’t want to give it up when I came here. This was partially the reason why I decided to join the USCGA’s Triathlon Team. Even beyond this, the Triathlon Team here operates similarly to my old cycling team; each racer decides on which races they want to do and they can tailor their training to those races. In other words, the team offers you a lot of freedom in setting your own athletic goals. It’s the type of setting that I thrive in.

 

I’ll be honest. There aren’t any other teams at the USCGA like the Triathlon Team. This is part of the thrill of being on the team. A few memories that stand out from this season include:

  • Sleeping on the floor of a training room at the Portland Small Boat Station in Maine
  • Swimming in the Thames as the sailing and crew teams looked at us like we were out of our minds
  • Sitting on the side of the road in the cold for an hour in soaked spandex while I waited for my ride back to the start when I didn’t finish the Conference Championships (not necessarily the best memory, to be honest)
  • Countless hours of sharing the various adventures each of us have had while training or racing
  • Inadvertently running into a pack of wild boar while running next to Connecticut College
  • Crossing the finish line of my first Olympic Triathlon. There are no words to describe that feeling.

 

The weeks following the season have been pretty exciting. Despite the disappointing results at Regionals, the team selected me as an alternate for the Nationals Team that will be travelling down to South Carolina in April for the U.S. Collegiate National Championships. This is a pretty big deal considering it is historically the best male Triathlon Team in USCGA history. Being selected as a fourth class makes it even that much bigger of a deal. More recently, I’ve exclusively been focusing on riding consistently. In mid-November, I’ll be competing in my first Cyclocross race, which is a mix between a road race and a mountain bike race. Even beyond this, I joined the United States Military Endurance Sports Cycling Development Team and the beginning of November to pursue cycling more seriously.

 

Compared to other cadets, my athletic track is a bit unconventional. There aren’t any other cadets who take road cycling seriously, so I’ve had to create my own way to a certain extent. That being said, my teammates and peers have been tremendously supportive of my goals and this has been hugely helpful and encouraging. Despite the stress that fourth class year brings, the adventures made with the Triathlon Team have given me something consistently to look forward to each day.

 

More about Evan.

 

Get Rowdy 4/c

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Friedman Photo Swab Summer is over and the year is flying by. We’re already a month into school, which I didn’t realize until I had to start wearing sweatshirts to rugby practice this week. So much has happened at the Academy in the first month. One of my favorite experiences so far was going to the Secretaries’ Cup game at Kings Point.

 

When I hear service academy rivalries I often think of Army versus Navy and because of this I didn’t think the rivalry between Coast Guard and Merchant Marine would be a big one. I was wrong. Getting off the bus at Kings Point, one of the first things my classmates and I saw was King’s Point plebes walking around with a stuffed bear skewered through on one of their guidons. The rivalry only got more intense as the games started; the bleachers were shaking because of how much both academies were cheering. If there was a lull in the cheering for even a minute there would be an upper-class or staff member shouting “get rowdy 4/c”, which prompted a continuation of cheering. Toward the end of the game, the Regimental Commander came down and did a cheer with the 4/c. Even though we ended up losing the cup, it was a fun day and a great bonding experience with my classmates.

 

If you have any questions feel free to email me at Jill.M.Friedman@uscga.edu.

 

More about Jill.