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Recruiting Leave Epiphany

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Mills Photo I had the opportunity to go on recruiting leave for the first time this past November the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Walking into a high school after being away from one for six years was to say the least very thought provoking. I began to think about myself in high school and what I valued most and how it compared to my values now. High school Sydney was uninterested about academics for the most part, concerned more about what I was going to wear than what I was going to learn in school. My passion was performing with the band as a member of color guard and spending crazy amounts of time after hours with the program. Seeing the high schoolers before me, I imagined many of them had similar values as I once had. Not focusing too much on academics or the future but enjoying extracurricular activities in the present.


Although I thoroughly enjoyed my high school experience and living in the present is so important, I am so glad I found the Academy, which has evolved my values. My interest in education has increased immensely and I have the best study habits I have ever had (not saying they are good now, but compared to before). I am more focused on my future, choosing my extracurricular activities based around those future goals. Being able to go back to a high school and promote the school I love so much was a great experience. I have so much pride in my school and I want everyone to know how valuable it has been to my growth as a person, a student, and a leader. I secretly implore all the young adults I saw in the high schools to focus on what really matters, filling their brains with the knowledge that they gain in class. Nothing will take you further. Knowledge is the key to growth in all aspects of life and the Coast Guard Academy has just opened the door for me to grow into the person I want to be. Go Bears!


More about Sydney.


Going to College…And Then Some

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Horacek Photo Being afforded the opportunity to attend the Coast Guard Academy is a great deal. First and foremost, it is a fantastic school. Having small classes allows us to spend more one-on-one time with the extraordinary faculty, a luxury I now take for granted that many of my civilian college counterparts don’t share. That, among other things, makes for a remarkable degree program in whatever discipline you choose at an even better value ($0!!)


However, most of us don’t come to Academy just to be excellent engineers or managers, we are here for college plus a little (maybe more than a little) extra something on the side. That more than a little extra something is what takes us from college grads to competent Coast Guard officers. During my time at the Academy, I’ve experienced being pushed to my limits during Swab Summer to skippering a million dollar sailing yacht around Martha’s Vineyard, with a whole lot in between.


That’s why I decided to start blogging, to tell all you cadet hopefuls out there about the little extra something that really makes the Coast Guard Academy special to us, and what makes it all worth it at the end of day. I hope y’all enjoy whatever crazy ride this blog goes on. Semper Paratus and GO BEARS!


More about Brandon.


I Have Never Been So Enthusiastic About School!

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Chen Photo Hi there,


So, I’m new to this blog. I’ve decided to become a cadet blogger to tell you all about the Academy and share my experiences on what it’s like to be a cadet. Currently, I am a 2/c, a.k.a., a junior. This fall I’ve decided to join the cheerleading squad. Cheerleading has been a blast so far. I never thought I would ever become a cheerleader, but it’s a great workout. I’m a base in our pyramid formations so I get to lift and throw people. I’ve also tried out for the Glee Club and got in. It’s a great way to socialize with people you usually don’t get to talk to.


Classes this semester are very enjoyable. I get to take more major-specific classes. I am a Government major in the Security Studies track. I take classes like Intel and Democracy, International Relations, and Public Policymaking. We get to debate in class as well as practice our public speaking skills. I have never been so enthusiastic about school!


On another note, my family is visiting me this weekend; it’s Parents Weekend. My family will be going to class with me, watching me during drill, during our glee performance, and our cheer routine at the football game. I feel so busy but excited to show my family what I do. I can’t wait!


More about Sarah.


Crunch Time and Thanksgiving

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo Well it is finally that time of year again and I can’t wait! Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite holiday. I can’t wait to finally relax, see all of my family, and of course eat Thanksgiving food; but before the holiday leave period rolls around we have a couple weeks of crunch time. That is when, all of the sudden, you are just overwhelmed with major projects, tests, and papers that the teachers have to squeeze into their class schedules before Thanksgiving leave. This week has been a total whirlwind and I still have two days left to get through before leave. It has been especially hard now that a lot have my friends have already gone home early on recruiting leave, Chase Hall feels a little extra lonely and quiet. Plus they also love to send me pictures of them relaxing at home or with the new Starbucks holiday drinks in their fun fall civilian outfits, how insensitive! Just kidding really, we’re all just a little antsy to get home to our families.


I am very lucky to live so close to the Academy, but since some of my classmates aren’t as lucky they can’t travel home for this holiday. I always extend an open invitation to anyone who can’t go home for Thanksgiving; no one should miss out on the good food in my opinion. Now, the only thing standing in the way of me and that turkey is a five-page paper on the subject of a world without mangrove forest habitats in Southeast Asia for my fisheries biology class and a massive rough draft poster presentation for our marine GIS project (or geospatial information systems). For our GIS project we are correlating NOAA sighting data of right whales to the acoustic detections of the DMON buoy located off of Martha’s Vineyard that I have been working with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on for my directed study as well. The importance of the project is crucial for the conservation of the species and will be presented to District 1 and hopefully Headquarters so that the Coast Guard will take on the buoy project and continue with this valuable research. The whole project is very interesting, but also very complicated so it has taken a ton of focus, research, calculations, and mapping to put it all together so far. Anyway, I should probably get back to working on that… Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone!


More about Cece.


Continuing My Academic Journey

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Turner Photo Reading the cadet blogs is an excellent way to know if the Coast Guard Academy is right for you. It features entries from all types of cadets. By having each class provide entries into the blog, one can get a fairly well-rounded picture of life at the Academy. The blog also provides insight into life outside of the Academy, and into the mind of a cadet. While these experiences will differ for everyone, they can help an applicant figure out what might be in store for them.


That one such applicant was me. When I was applying to the Academy, I would read a blog entry nightly. Reading about the rigor of the academic year, the mental battle during Swab Summer, and the epic 3/c summer, I was even more excited to come here. Hopefully, I will be able to do the same for the future classes.


The Cadet Blog Club is much more than a small club. It’s the best way to recruit future cadets. I say this because, it’s always available and it’s from the cadets, to the prospective cadets. There is no other way to know about the Academy than to hear it from the people that are part of the program. Since each cadet has a different background, they can give a different insight into life at the USCGA. I want to provide a little more diversity to an already diverse program, and hopefully help a future cadet figure out that the Academy is a major gateway to success.


More about Anthony.