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Winter Recap

(Academics, Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Silliman Photo So, I am currently in Annapolis training with the sailing team on our spring training trip. Seeing the immense size of the Naval Academy certainly makes us comprehend how different the Coast Guard Academy really is. Being in Annapolis for the first time and seeing the large, Greco-Roman buildings of the Naval Academy certainly was a culture shock for me in comparing it to the small New England Coast Guard Academy campus with its federal-style architecture. I still would not want to be anywhere else.

 

At the end of winter break after a trip to the U.K. with my family, I flew to San Antonio to attend a conference among other Catholic college students called SEEK. We were part of a group of over 13,000 students including some from other service academies. It was truly a life changing experience, and with the spring semester ready to meet me with the end of the conference, I wish the conference never ended.

 

With the season pass I had to Killington, I took to the slopes for Martin Luther King weekend with a group of 15 cadets, and it was a blast. After that I only managed to get in another three days on my pass, those times going to Sunapee with my family. It was a great season over all, and with the increased liberty of 2/c year, next year will be even better.

 

The sailing team hit the water for the first time last week and we are now well under way for the spring season. The team is a little smaller now, but hopefully we will all get some good racing in.

 

One of my favorite classes this semester has been Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design. This has introduced me to all the crazy machines of the Academy’s power lab, which has enabled me to begin building a contraption known as a finger engine. I cannot wait to see the finished project.

 

The school year is slowly making its way toward the end. This summer will be a lot different from the last one, but it will be fun in its own ways. I just hope its gets warm a little faster this year.

 

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Liberty, Liberty, Liberty

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Glick Photo A question I get very often from my friends outside the Academy as well as prospective cadets and parents is “when do they let you out?” Well, I decided to discuss this topic to break it down for prospective cadets. For starters, cadets have a summer break, Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break. Cadets (everyone except for the freshmen who are in Swab Summer) receive three weeks of leave during the summer following or sometime between training.

 

All cadets go home for almost a week for thanksgiving, and each cadet receives two weeks of leave for winter break. Cadets also receive one week or more for spring break in early March. Otherwise, if you ever need to go home for a family emergency, the Academy does an awesome job getting cadets this special leave when they need it.

 

For normal weekends, there is a graduated liberty system, and more privileges come with each successive year at the Academy. Freshmen, or 4/c cadets, can take off from Saturday at 12 p.m., or 1200, and need to return Sunday morning before midnight. Their liberty resumes on Sunday at 8a.m., or 0800 and they need to be back by 1800, or 6 p.m.

 

3/c cadets, or sophomores, have the same liberty as 4/c cadets, but they are granted liberty on Friday nights as well. They need to return by Friday night at midnight.

 

2/c cadets have Friday liberty as well, but are also allowed to take “short weekends.” This means they have an overnight pass from Saturday until Sunday night at 1900, or 7 p.m.

 

1/c cadets have the same privileges as 2/c cadets, but are also granted Thursday night liberty from 1600, or 4 p.m., until 2200, or 10 p.m. Cadets who have a command position, that is a significant military leadership position, are also allotted the same Thursday night liberty times but on Wednesday nights as well. When it has been determined that 1/c have met and exceeded the standard during the spring semester, 1/c cadets are granted gangway, when we can take off so long as we do not have a formation, class, or military obligation. 1/c cadets are also allowed to maintain and own cars on base.

 

So, I hope I was able shed some light on the leave and liberty process here at the Academy—don’t worry, they do let us out and there is a lot to do here in the area!

 

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We Are in Control of Our Happiness - VIDEO

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Gilliam Photo At the Coast Guard Academy, we are being challenged in every respect from school to military obligations, and everything in between. While the Coast Guard Academy's overall goal is to prepare us for the fleet, there are still rules and regulations here that can create a hindrance to cadet life, but the Coast Guard also teaches us that we have the power to evoke change, and use our voice. With all the challenges we face here, we are never alone and have a support system of family and teachers and officers/enlisted who care about our success, and are working toward a greater purpose. From the outside, as the Princeton Review pointed out, we may not seem like the happiest college students but we are, without a doubt, some of the most influential.

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2/c Cadre Summer - VIDEO

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Horacek Photo This video describes some of the amazing opportunities that we have during the summer at CGA, specifically 2/c Cadre Summer. I know that when I was applying, I was concerned that with only three weeks of leave, there would not be much of a break between school years, but I can assure you that is not the case!

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Snow Day 2017 - VIDEO

(Just for Fun, Class of 2020) Permanent link
Kim Photo On February 9th, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy had its first “snow day” of the 2016-17 academic year. Because the weather conditions were too severe, the Academy closed its doors, cancelling classes. This meant that the Corps of Cadets were left to themselves for a day (or days) of productive studying and relaxing. For some, it meant a stress-relieving time in the snow.

This video was made in conjunction with soon-to-be-blogger 4/c Nathan Ropp.

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"Road Trip" by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
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