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cadet blogs

Beginning of the End

(Athletics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2013) Permanent link
Ward Photo The Academy consists of a lot of clichés and simple statements. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” “Adversity makes you grow closer.” “It’s the people who make the difference.” “This place changes you.” None of them are the full picture of my experience here, but they do give a silhouette of this institution. In a week I will know where I will be stationed for the next two years. It’s really exciting, and in many ways fulfilling to see the finish line after almost four years here. I am holding on to the moments I have left with all my friends and sports, but I am also ready to try new things.


In many ways I wonder where the years went, how they flew by so fast, and then I look back and 4/c year seems a long time ago. High school? When was that? In a few years I can hear myself saying that about the Academy. Looking back, I can’t say that there aren’t regrets, but I’m so proud of all that has happened and so excited for the opportunity to use what I have learned in the fleet. As I finish my last season on the crew team, my last semester of college, my last time of living with so many friends, I hope I enjoy them as much as I can before they are gone.


Keep your fingers crossed as I find out where I’m stationed!


More about Jess.


One More Week

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Townsend Photo This past week has flown by and I feel like I have been actively doing something during every minute of the day. It is the one week until the Corps of Cadets is granted a week of leave for spring break, which is a highly celebrated part of the school year. This year I will be going on a cruise to the Caribbean with a few friends, and I am very excited to finally see some sun and get away from all of the snow in Connecticut. I have a lot of schoolwork to attend to though before taking off on my flight to paradise.


I started playing lacrosse this semester and so far it has been amazing. The team is extremely focused this year as we are working toward becoming a varsity sport at the Academy, which should happen in the near future. Everyone is anticipating our first game this weekend, possibly demonstrating how our season as a whole could turn out. I look forward to the rest of the season and hopefully we will be even better than last year.


More about Brianna.