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Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by SamAca10, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Bah

    :thumbdown: Are they forgetting mystic seaport is like right there???
     
  3. CGA2016

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    True but you can't walk there. Remember no cars for 4/c:frown:
     
  4. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Nope. Mystic is a town in itself. New London is garbage. Ah, to be ignorant again...
     
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    I'm not too familiar with the location of Coast Guard Academy and always thought that CGA was close by metropolitian cities, maybe even walking distance. Is that not the case?
     
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    If you are looking for "metropolitan city" nearby you should strongly consider someplace else. I would recommend a visit before you accept an appointment.
     
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    I'm sorry, I didn't mean to put a "metropolitan" city but just a city. I think I have heard that 4/c are allowed to walk to nearby resturaunts on weekends. I am actually planning to visit CGA because I'm really unfamiliar with its surroundings. I really need it! :redface:
     
  8. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    NYC and Boston are only a short train ride away, which is probably the only good thing about the academy being located in New London. New London is a city, just not a very good city.
     
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    This is quite possibly the understatement of the year.
    But it should be noted that yes, there are things to do in New London... just not very many things, or interesting ones.
     
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    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Yeah it'll probably be "I escaped from New London."
     
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    We can print up T-Shirts that say "I survived 4 years in New London..."
     
  13. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Or "It took me four years to realize I was too classy for New London."
     
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    My 2 cents, New London has a Chilis close by. If you have a Chilis and good friends then you are set for a lifetime.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Chilis is "nice" in New London. Best part about New London is .....roads leading away from New London.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    A sentiment probably universally shared by mids re Annapolis, cadets re WP, cadets re the Springs, etc. :biggrin:
     
  17. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    Now there is nothing special about New London...but come on, there are some beautiful places close by, you just have to be careful where you go after dark :) but that could be anywhere in the USA.
    NL has made some significant positive changes to its downtown (near the train station) in the past 11 years that we've lived in Connecticut, there are some nice places to eat with beautiful views of the river.
    There are pros and cons of the areas around all the SAs. :thumb:
     
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    I like your post. It's all about perspective!

    And the perspective of many college grads these days is pretty bleak...big student loans to repay, unemployment (or under-employment....tall, non-fat, decaf, mocha, hold the whip cream anyone???) and living back in the nest with mom and dad.

    At least SA grads have a job, a commission, and an immediate leap into their future careers. Not a bad trade for four years in a less than desirable town. And somehow the cadets manage to find some fun along the way....

    Just my .02 :rolleyes:
     
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    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    I think back to the many colleges and universities I've visited across the USA and am reminded that those rich in history have seen significant expansion around their borders throughout the years (rural areas have become quite urban). Yale, rich in history, yet located in New Haven...:eek: Notre Dame, great campus, dangerous outskirts :eek: College tours on many prestigious campuses brag of their "blue" emergency boxes that are in place for the safety of students when walking on campus at night. I've never seen a blue box on a SA campus :thumb: nor have I ever heard a cadet/mid state that they felt "unsafe" walking around campus at night.
    I find it very disappointing that the majority (yes, majority) of Connecticut residents are not aware that the Coast Guard Academy resides within their state; even worse, they seem confused that USCGA is a college (yes, our cadets earn Bachelor of Science degrees; no, they are not learning to be rescue swimmers). Natty Prom must begin with the residents of the Nutmeg state who should be honored to be the home of such a fine institution :thumb:
    Go BEARS!!
     
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    @USNA1982BGO:

    Great post, sir! I'm glad that the surroundings of CGA is very safe, even during the night. I am also aware of the many colleges that are prestigious, but have horrible locations (University of Southern California is another).

    I'm also disappointed that many people are unaware of the Coast Guard Academy and how it's an actual college and NOT a training session for ONLY rescue swimmers. They automatically think of the movie, "The Guardian" when I tell them about CGA. :rolleyes:
     

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