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End of my Fifth Semester

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
Meyers Photo Wow, it's been five semesters already. As I wind down the semester and get ready to take my last final tomorrow before going on break, I am taking a look back on 2013 and everything I've done. I'm pretty amazed. In the past year alone, I've been to five amazing concerts, traveled to Colorado for spring break, made a lot of new friends (and lost a few old ones), gotten a gold star all five semesters I've been here (with a term GPA of 3.15 or greater), been cadre and an MAA, sailed around New England for two weeks, and got air lifted into a helicopter. I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff, but those are what I can think of off the top of my head.


With five semesters down and three to go, I'm seeing the world a little differently now. It's not “how much longer until I get to leave”, but “how much longer do I get here”. It's not at all that I'm not excited to go out into the fleet, I'm beyond excited to start my career as a Coast Guard Officer and really work. It's more that I'm realizing how special of a place the Academy is and that I have to make the best of my last three semesters. Every semester has had a sort of “motto” to it that has guided pretty much everything I do. I think for this next semester my motto is going to be “work hard, play hard.” Don't worry, I'm not going to play too hard and get in trouble. I mean to say that I want to work hard on school work on the weekdays and make the best of every weekend. While I'm 21, that does not mean going out and drinking with my friends every chance I get. It means experiencing life to the fullest, sometimes stepping out of my comfort zone to experience something new.


Now, I don't only have great things to look forward to, but great things to look back on. This has been a great year, and I'm sure next year will be even better.



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