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Staying Afloat

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Roddy Photo During the chaos and rush of Swab Summer, I had come to view the academic year as a time of comparable rest and relaxation, but now that I’m in the thick of first semester I realize I could not have been more wrong!


Since the school year began, I’ve found my life is busier than I could ever imagine. The Academy is not meant to be easy, and as someone who was able to excel through the academics of high school without trying too hard, it has all been a bit of a shock. I often find myself up to my neck in homework, only to see more military obligations and sport commitments pile up on top of it. Like anything though, it’s always the first few weeks that are the hardest and I can already feel myself getting into a better routine. Things like ironing, shoe-shining and weekly evaluations that used to take me an eternity are now second-nature and I find myself able to set aside more and more time for academics.


No matter how hectic things get here, there’s never any doubt in my mind whether I made the right decision in choosing to attend the Academy. I’m surrounded by 200 other 4/c all taking the same classes, all with the same struggles, and I’ve found everyone is willing to reach out a hand and help a shipmate in need. The best motivator for me though is that this is military training, and at the end of it, no matter how bad it feels, I’ll be commissioned in ensign, and so as long as I keep my eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel, I can persevere through some hardships along the way!


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