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The Start of My Adventure

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Johnson Photo Being a cadet here at the Coast Guard Academy has been a whirlwind of an experience, but I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the journey it took to get here. It feels like it wasn’t that long ago when I was a senior in high school trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was in 3rd grade when I had made the statement, “I want to become a marine biologist when I grow up,” but one day my dad sat down with me explaining reality. College is expensive and there aren’t many jobs in the marine biology field other than to work in Sea World. “So what are you going to do about it?” Well, after learning about the Naval Academy and that the closest major they had to Marine Biology was Oceanography, I did some exploring and found the Coast Guard Academy. After visiting the campus, I knew that this is how I would take care of the financial issue of college, have a job afterwards, and be doing something I love to do!


Since choosing to come to the Coast Guard Academy, it has now been three years since I graduated high school and I have now changed majors from Marine Environmental Science to Operations Research and Computer Analysis. So many things have changed and so many things I have learned and it’s been an amazing journey with new friends, new surprises, and honestly, just having the time of my life as I am living out my dream. If you have any questions about anything at all, feel free to email me at


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