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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2013) Permanent link   All Posts
 Brooklyn Andreasen 7 December

I grew up in the Central Valley of California, surrounded by the mountains that witnessed the Oregon Trail and so much more. I always knew that I would go to college and wherever I went, it would be the experience of a lifetime, and that’s how I chose the Coast Guard Academy.

Since my arrival on R-Day, it would not be an exaggeration to say that nothing has been what I expected – this applies to aspects both good and not so good. One thing, for example, that continues to surprise me is the fantastically laughable similarities the United States Coast Guard Academy shares with “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. These small idiosyncrasies represent a minor chunk of this place that makes it special to me. Each person is different – our childhood, our beliefs, our personalities are what have helped shape who we are, but they do not determine who we can become.

The prospect of being able to share my time here at the Academy is both exciting and challenging; I will strive to be accurate and let future cadets make their own judgments based on my entries. I remember looking at the faces of past cadet journalists and reading their excerpts, always with the thought that they seemed so unreal. The things they talked about and the things they were doing were all a part of another world to me. It is still incredible that I have joined that world and have found out it is real. I hope my favorites list helps you to get to know me a little better. If you have any questions or comments please contact me at my email address:

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