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The Cadre Experience: Waterfront Cadre

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo The cadre experience has truly been one in a million. It is hard to fathom the impact that we have already had on these kids and how much their lives are changing each and every day. I don’t know if they can see themselves growing but I know that I can. Every single day they learn something new and grow closer as a platoon, as a company and as a class. It’s also hard to imagine that I, as only a junior in college, have the power to shape the outcome of someone’s life, of their future and their aspirations. This being said, I do, of course, take this job very seriously and am so very invested in the success of these swabs, this Class of 2020; after all, they are joining my Coast Guard and I want them to be prepared to do so.

 

I am unique in the sense that I am waterfront cadre so I don’t spend all of my time up in Chase Hall with the swabs in my platoon. Instead, I am down at Jacob’s Rock, the sailing center, preparing lesson plans, sailing AIMsters around in the Colgates, and teaching swabs about safety and the joy of sailing. I didn’t know very much about sailing before I became a waterfront cadre and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity not only to learn how to sail, but to learn how to teach others to sail as well. I have always loved being out on the water and so I thought that this would be the perfect fit for me and I was right. Teaching the swabs about sailing and being out on the water has been an invaluable experience. I never really wanted to yell at anyone or be mean and that certainly hasn’t changed. Sometimes I worry that I’m not the stereotypical yelling cadre that I should be, but I know that that just isn’t me and everyone has a different leadership style. I love being able to teach and talk to the swabs from every different company in a professional and relaxed learning environment.

 

I know this summer is all about being a swab, but sometimes I think that even they forget that they’re people too. I also get to sail the AIMsters around on the larger Colgate sailboats, which are an absolute blast to sail. Telling them all about the opportunities they could have here at the Academy is both fun and exciting and I hope maybe slightly influential, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Overall, being cadre had been one of the craziest and most rewarding experiences of my life and I can’t wait to see how the Class of 2020 continues to grow and develop. 2020, you’re half way there and you have so, so, so much left to look forward to. Just remember, 2018 will always have your back!

 

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