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Big Decisions

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link   All Posts
Wright Photo Hi everyone.


I know that the Class of 2019 application is open, so there are probably a lot you wondering whether or not you want to attend the Academy. My first piece of advice in making that decision is to visit. There are ton of different ways to do this: Cadet for a Day, Open Houses, Genesis Council, etc…


When I came for an Open House I was interested in the Academy. As we drove away I literally asked my parents to leave me here (they refused). This may sound crazy but it could happen to you. The visit gave me a taste of the amazing camaraderie, activities, and academics that go on here. My second piece of advice is visiting. Visiting can really make or break the deal. My third piece of advice is to visit. I’m sure someone has told you this before but it really is worth it. This place isn’t for everyone and you want to come for the right reasons. My fourth piece of advice is to write down all of the reasons you want to come and then write down all of the things you are unsure of or worried about. Then talk the lists over with someone you trust and respect. If you are still unsure about certain aspects of life here feel free to email me or any other blogger. We will try to answer your questions as best we can.


I will leave you with a few of the reasons I love this place. The biggest one is the opportunity to serve a higher calling than myself. The people are amazing; you will come out of Swab Summer with thirty new brothers and sisters. I love the challenge of this place and opportunities it brings. The academics are tough but you learn a lot more than you realize. There are tons of great clubs and activities. I’m getting paid to go to college. I don’t have to worry about finances or insurance. And at the end of four short years I will be an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard with a guaranteed job.


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