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(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Morris Photo I can’t believe it’s almost October! In less than two months I’ll be sitting at my uncle’s house back in Tennessee eating Thanksgiving dinner. I didn’t get to go home last year for Thanksgiving so this year is going to be better than ever. It may be tough being away from home for so long but you get used to it after a while. Thinking about the great opportunities I have going for me here at the Academy always makes me feel better when I get a little homesick. Also, with such a stringent workload, there isn’t much time to think about what everybody is doing back home. If you are a little apprehensive about going to school far away, just know that wherever you go, you can always find a good group of friends who are always there. At least that’s what I’ve noticed here at the Academy. After going through Swab Summer and an entire school year with my classmates, I have made some really great friends that I would have missed out on if I was to go somewhere close to home. Being away has also taught me to step outside of my comfort zone and become an outgoing individual. This is something I had trouble with in the past. However, now that I have met so many new and intriguing people, it often seems like a walk in the park to go somewhere different and meet somebody new.


Anyway, the school year as a third class is much better than fourth class year. Yes, the academics are still pretty tough, but I no longer have to continue fourth class roles such as squaring meals and doing clocks. If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry. I was clueless about the inner workings of the Academy before I came here. If you are really interested in coming here, you will find out what those things are soon enough. Since I am no longer a fourth class, I am able to go out on Friday nights and I am also able to do much more on the weekends since I know more people around here now. I also get to go off-base every day for Crossfit. There’s a Crossfit box about a mile away from the Academy and it is awesome. The atmosphere there is great and it’s also a good way for me to get my mind off of schoolwork.


With midterms just around the corner, there is no time to slack off. One good skill to have here at the Academy is time management. If you don’t have it now, that’s ok. Swab Summer will teach you some good skills to manage your time efficiently and there is also a good support system here to keep us cadets on track. I am excited to see where this school year leads me and I can’t wait to see who I will become in my next three years at the Coast Guard Academy.


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