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cadet blogs

Sharing the Dream

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Kokomoor Photo The Academy is hard. There’s no question about that. And there are definitely times that I sit back and think, “Why did I choose this?” There were so many options for me in high school, as there are for any senior, but for some reason I chose the early wake-ups and the military obligations, the uniforms and the late nights of homework and tea (I don’t drink coffee, but I need caffeine!). I chose this life because of the drive that I saw in the cadets when I was in high school, the will to do so many things because the reward is just so invaluable. The Coast Guard Academy spans far beyond an educational institution, as I have learned during my time here. It prepares cadets for the real world and the real life of an officer in the United States military.


That’s why I’m blogging, because I wish I knew then what I know now. It would have made my decision to come here far easier. Knowing myself, I may have entered any other civilian college with prospects of being an engineer, an athlete, and a social butterfly; juggling the three with ease and poise. What I know now is quite contradictory. If it were not for the Coast Guard Academy, I very well may have given up on one of those dreams in order to compensate for another. It is the environment and the people at the Academy that push me to work hard in every aspect of my life, never settling for what could have been or for the easy route. Anywhere else, I may have sacrificed my school work for my swimming, or my swimming for my social life, but here, none of that is an option and for that I am grateful. This school is tough, but I know that I would not be where I am today without it, and beyond that, I know that the prospects for my future are boundless as a result of it. This is why I blog, so that others know now, what I wish I had known then.


More about Jacklyn.


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.


Why the Coast Guard Academy?

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Holland Photo When I was a junior in high school looking at where I wanted to continue my education, it was evident to me that I should be in the military. So my applications to the service academies went out and though I was double nominated, the rejections came rolling in except for USAF ROTC and the USCG Academy. I was on the waitlist for nearly four months until I was told that I should just accept my ROTC scholarship…so I did; however, I kept reading cadet blogs.


After I accepted my ROTC scholarship, I kept being drawn to the Coast Guard Academy by reading about the awesome experiences cadets were having through their blog pages. Surely enough, I was lucky to be plucked from the waitlist and appointed to the great Class of 2018. My time here at the Academy has been a dream come true, and I want to be able to inspire other prospective cadets to live out their dreams here in New London.

Very Respectfully,
2/c Holland


More about Taylor.


With High Risk Comes High Reward

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Gerton Photo As I mentioned briefly in my profile, the Academy is an extremely rewarding place. This comes from, as the saying goes, the high risk associated with it. It however is not a bad sort of risk. The risk comes from entering a life that you probably don’t know much about beforehand. The risk of coming here was a world of unknowns, but I have been rewarded so greatly that I want to share those rewards and experiences that have led me to where I am today and those that have helped shaped me into who I am today.


I want to blog to be able to share my experiences from my time at the Academy with those interested in coming here. I hope that through sharing my experiences I can possibly decrease the risk of coming here for those interested, without decreasing the reward. Honestly, I have gone through so many amazing but also some very challenging experiences while here at the Academy and I am still very happy with my decision to come here and hope that I can influence the cadets of the future.


More about Gillian.


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.