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A Shift of Focus

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2018) Permanent link   All Posts
Dalton Photo Fourth class year is in full swing now and I’m starting to get into the rhythm of everyday life here at the Academy. The change from high school senior to Coast Guard Academy cadet is a big one. You go from a big headed high school senior to not really even a person; you are a thing known as a “Swab.” During Swab Summer, you lose your ability to use first person pronouns (I, me, my, etc.) instead you must refer to yourself as Swab “Last Name” when speaking about yourself. The worst part of the summer in my opinion was how regimented the day was. As swabs we didn’t own any of our time. We were timed when we went to the head (restroom), when we went to the scuttlebutt (water fountain), and every shower was timed. Failure to meet standardized times lead to some incentive training. There was no free time to think about anything but the task that needed to be accomplished. Over the summer I learned a lot about myself and my shipmates. The lessons learned during Swab Summer are helping me to succeed during the academic year.

 

When Swab Summer ended back in August, everyday life did not get any easier. The focus shifted from a rigorous physical indoctrination program designed to bring high school seniors into the Coast Guard, to a military college focused on academics and leadership development. This new school year has presented lots of challenging situations, along with a many late nights. I’m looking forward to this year’s wrestling season, and forming memorable bonds with the amazing people in Foxtrot Company.

 

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