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A Deciding Factor

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Dillard Photo The main reason I want to join the Cadet Blog Club is to inspire high schoolers reading my entries to come to the Academy for the challenge and to have the experience of a lifetime.


Throughout my two years as a cadet, I’ve been tested and stretched in practically every way possible. I’ve had the opportunity to overcome challenges I never would have envisioned myself facing when I applied to the Academy and, as a result, I’ve grown into the person I am today. I am thankful for the truly amazing opportunities I have received as a cadet, and can truthfully say that I’ve learned to be appreciative of the struggles Academy life hands you daily.


As a senior in high school, I obsessively read practically every cadet blog—without doubt they were one of the deciding factors in my choice to apply here. Now that I’ve made it through half of my Academy experience and can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I want to be able to reach out to others as a cadet blogger to offer some positivity, encouragement, and practical advice to future cadets.


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