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New Year, New Semester: Back to School at the CGA

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo Well, we are back to school after some well-deserved vacation time. I spent my winter leave with my family on a trip to Miami and the Florida Keys which was absolutely incredible. After all that sun, sand, and salt water it was veryyyyy difficult to come back to Connecticut, but here we are back at school. A new semester is always exciting and I can’t wait to see what this one has in store for me. The big buzz around base this time of year is where people want to go for their summer assignments. It may seem a bit early to be thinking about summer, but Cadet Training has released the eResumes and everyone is talking about what Coast Guard units they want to experience, where they want to go, and what they want to accomplish in the fleet this summer as third class and first class. As a soon-to-be first class, this summer is extremely exciting. I have heard back from the Marine and Environmental Sciences department that I was chosen for the internship I applied to in Sitka, Alaska!!! I am crazy excited to be going to Alaska this summer to work on scientific research while experiencing life in the Coast Guard. It is an amazing opportunity to take part in this internship while living at the Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka. I hope to take full advantage of this experience by seeing what life is like at the air station and by getting on as many flights as possible!

 

In addition, the spring 2017 lacrosse season officially starts tomorrow and I could not be more excited for that as well. We have been practicing like crazy in our off season and can’t wait to show our coach what we’ve been working on. As a captain this season, I look forward to bringing my team together and setting a precedent for the future of Coast Guard lacrosse while leaving behind a legacy of hard work, family, and unity within our team. Stay tuned for updates on CGA Women’s Lax as the season goes on and happy New Year everyone!

 

More about Cece.

 

The Final Four

(Athletics, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Friedman Photo Before winter leave, I had the opportunity to do something I never thought I would do…go to the Final 4. The Coast Guard Academy Women’s Rugby team won upsets in the round of 16 and the elite 8 to have a first ever birth in the national championship. Needless to say our entire team was thrilled. During the practice before we left for the Final 4, the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent came and wished us luck. The next day we boarded the bus for the trip down to South Carolina.

 

After an overnight bus ride that consisted of a lot of movies and restless sleep, we arrived in South Carolina. Friday night we checked in with USA Rugby and got ready for our games over the weekend. Even though we lost both games, we still came out 4th in the nation, a big increase from our ranking as 14th in the nation last season.

 

I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished, and while I didn’t enjoy sleeping on a bus, I hope I get to do it again next season, and come back with a national championship.

 

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

 

More about Jill.

 

Bears Baseball

(Athletics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Cannon Photo As baseball season quickly approaches one final time, I think it is good to look back on the things I have learned as a pitcher on the Bears baseball team. Three big takeaways come to mind when I think of the countless hours I have spent with this tight-knit group of guys, and it just may surprise you.

 

First of all, always come prepared with snacks. More specifically, bring snacks for the bullpen to enjoy. This duty usually falls on the freshmen pitchers on cold days out in the bullpen. Snacks include: Dots, Goldfish, chips and dip, and potentially pizza on a few occasions. The options are endless, but this always helps pass the time when the wind chill is well below freezing.

 

Second, your teammates are your boys. When I look at my class, we have not lost any recruited players due to one key factor: sticking together. We help each other stay out of trouble, and we develop bonds through trips like the one to Fort Myers Beach, Florida during spring break.

 

Third, you need to have thick skin in order to survive on a college baseball team. We roast each other on a constant basis, and the jokes toward each other are endless. At the end of the day, I will be a better officer from my experiences on this team. While we do enjoy giving each other a hard time, you will not find a closer group of guys on campus.

 

More about Colton.

 

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.