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Life on the Greens

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo This semester, I found a great way to spend my free time—through the Academy Golf Club. Relatively new to the game, I had only played a few times my 3/c year, but this year I really got into it. One of the best kept secrets of 1/c year is the PE class: Advanced Golf. During 3/c year, all cadets take a basic golf class, and during 1/c year you can elect to take Advanced Golf. For this course, you are responsible for playing 10 rounds of 9 holes. Cadets who take this course are free to leave whenever there is no class or military obligation, which was a great opportunity to get away for a few hours each week and enjoy the New England autumn. After playing for the class, I began to play during my own free time and golfed beyond the required amount for the PE class. I discovered that the Academy has many avid golfers, and that there is a special deal at a local country club for cadets.

 

I spent many hours at the country club this semester, and really enjoyed learning the ins and outs of the game with officers, chiefs, and fellow cadets. I have played many courses in the area over the semester. On Veterans’ Day, a few of my friends and I played a local country club for free! Golf has become my outlet for stress this semester, and I am glad that I stumbled upon it! Over this coming winter leave, I will be spending my time with family at a resort in the Dominican Republic, and I can’t wait to check out the courses down there.

 

More about William.

 

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.

 

Blogging as an International Cadet

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Ramos Photo Hello world! I am 4/c John Ramos from the great Class of 2020. I am currently in Golf Company and one of our company’s focuses is aviation. There are countless reasons why I decided to join the Cadet Blog Club. As an international cadet, I believe there is a greater reason why I am here right now. I am here to let everyone know what my country and its culture is all about. There is no better way to share my experiences than writing about them for the Academy’s website.

 

Additionally, what I will bring to this prestigious Academy program is a demonstration of the unwavering work ethic of the Philippines. I am thrilled and excited to be at the Academy and am planning to major in Operations Research and Computer Analysis. I will also continue to share the knowledge and experiences of my teammates in the rowing team, my shipmates in Cyber Team, International Council, Asian Pacific American Council, and Officers’ Christian Fellowship. I am so happy to be here and there is no place I’d rather be.

 

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And Let the Games Begin!… Again…

(Academics, Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Purrington Photo Exactly nine weeks ago today, June 25, 2016, my parents and I arrived in New London, Connecticut, to the city that I would call home for the next four years. Swab Summer came and went in a whirlwind of yelling and commotion and now we are one week into the school year. And even though I am now part of the corps, that I am a “basically trained coast guardsman,” I feel no different.

 

Classes started this week and, just like high school, some are harder than others. Statics and Engineering Design is a pretty tough class, Leaders in U.S. History is practically a repeat of my AP U.S. History class (this is certainly not a bad thing since I loved my APUSH class, simply something I’ve noticed). While we are on the topic of things I’ve noticed, another thing I’ve observed is that life here at the CGA is very, very similar to high school (kinda backward right? Most people have told you differently, haven’t they?). My high school experience was very busy, 20+ hours a week on the water with my sailing team, rigorous academics with many AP classes, participation my school’s choir and a cappella group as well as my church’s choir, Girl Scouts (including earning my Gold Award), DEV Team, and working on the tech crew for my school’s theatre department and occasionally another theatre group outside my school. Do I say all this to make myself look good? No. I say all this because I read the cadet blogs all through high school and everybody said something to the effect of “it’s so much harder than high school ever was,” and I spent a good portion of my time worrying about how on earth I would ever survive in a place with even more demands on my time. I want to dismiss that thought for anybody who’s schedule was a jam packed as mine. In high school, I got up around 5:30 every morning, didn’t get home until after 7:30 every evening, and then did homework until at least 12 if not further into the night. Here at the Academy, I get up at 5:45 (Wooo! Sleeping in a bit!), I go to classes, some days I even have a free period where I can do homework, I go to sailing (which always ends at a set time), I eat (squaring my meals of course), then I either practice with the Glee Club for an hour or finish my homework and am in bed by 12 (unless there’s a Formal Room and Wing, then all bets for sleeping are off).

 

That was long and tangent-y so I’ll hop off here and let you continue with your day.

 

Very Respectfully,
4/c Darden Purrington

P.S. I am always available to answer any questions or talk to anybody about the Academy! Just email me at Kathlene.D.Purrington@uscga.edu.

 

More about Darden.

 

A Full Fall Semester

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Haerr Photo Hey, everybody! Long time since I’ve updated you about life at the Academy. This is now the fall of my 2/c year – crazy how fast three years went!

 

This summer was especially rewarding to be able to embark on many adventures and learn so much about my leadership style. I participated in the Coastal Sail Program, navigating my way to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, and several other ports with five of my closest shipmates. It was quite the experience to learn how to navigate safely and efficiently, planning every step and calling every move. I also got to lead the Class of 2020 in their journey to become successful cadets here at the Academy. I was Cadre 2 for Swab Summer, which means I worked with my classmates to develop the swabs for the last four weeks of their summer experience. We taught them drill, basic indoctrination of the Coast Guard, and physically conditioned them. It was a difficult yet rewarding challenge to decide how we would train the swabs.

 

This fall I’m busy with Civil Engineering classes, cheerleading, and being a Master at Arms or MAA. Officially taking major-specific classes has been so exciting, especially because we got our very own hard hats! In the labs, we have made our own asphalt concrete, Portland cement concrete, and have conducted many safe drinking water tests. We’ve taken multiple field trips. Our most recent field trip was to the Groton Waste Water Treatment Plant, where we toured their facilities. In cheerleading, we have progressed many of our stunting skills and sharpened our cheers. We’ve done multiple basket tosses, extensions, half-ups, and full downs! As an MAA, I get to work directly with the 1/c and the department, as well as with the 4/c in Alfa company. It’s kind of the best of both worlds because I get to make positive changes within the department, as well as continually help develop the Class of 2020 and maintain that close relationship with them.

 

As the fall semester continues, I’m nervous for the cold approaching. However, it’s predicted that we will have an exciting winter! We already got our first snowfall last week!

 

More about Kathryn.