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cadet blogs

Home Sweet Home

(Athletics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo Well, winter leave has finally come to an end and it is time yet again to start another semester here at the Academy. With the fall semester under my belt, I feel excited and ready to take on the spring. Over the break, I realized something very important: how much I really do love the Academy. Now let me define the term love a bit more: I don’t exactly enjoy waking up at 0550 and staying up late to do homework. Yes, I wish I was taking fewer classes and had more down time to goof off. And yes, I wish I had more liberty on weekends to go out and relax like most other college freshman. However, I would never want to be anywhere else. At the Academy we are getting a great education that is preparing us to be successful in whatever endeavor we take on after graduation. We cadets are afforded with numerous opportunities many other college kids could only dream of. The friends you make here are one of a kind. And most importantly, when we graduate, we become officers in the best service our nation offers, with the ability to change lives. The Coast Guard is a great service that I take so much pride in being part of, and the USCGA, while it comes with its many (many, many, many, many….ok, you get the picture) challenges, is a great place to live and learn at. Such was my great epiphany over leave. To all the 2017 applicants out there, if you got an appointment – congrats! Realize you have just been given the opportunity of a lifetime. For all of those who still don’t know or did not receive an appointment: never give up on your dreams! If the Academy is what you want, stop at nothing to get here. I promise it is worth every drop of sweat to work for.


In other less serious news, the indoor track team had their first meet the other day (12JAN) and both the men’s and women’s team won! I ran the anchor leg in both the 4x200m and 4x400m relay. Taking part in a collegiate level sports team takes a lot of dedication, but it is really great to watch the hard work pay off at meets!


As always, if you have any questions about the Academy or 4/c life, shoot me an email and I will answer back as soon as possible. :)


More about Allie.


The Price You'll Pay

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2013) Permanent link
Nolan Photo The Academy recently made the front page of Yahoo in the form of an article entitled “Five Colleges You Can Go to for Free.” I’m here to tell you that that is the biggest misnomer that the Academy will ever get. You pay to be at the Academy. You pay for it in over 7,000 hours of lost liberty time a year, you pay for it in inspections and in work, you pay for it in the time spent looking after your division, performing collateral duties, you pay for it in cleaning for formal room and wing and preparing for personnel inspections, you pay for it in drill and in practicing for it. You pay for the Academy in lost summers spent half a world away from home while your high school friends return to the nest and party. You pay for it in being told what to wear and when to wear it, and most importantly you pay for it with that proverbial blank check you write out to the People of the United States of America that, upon your graduation you are willing to pay any price, up to and including your life, for them. So yes, your bank account will not be any less full for your attending the Coast Guard Academy, you will not exchange money for your education and tutelage at this university, but remember that it is not free. You are paying a price, a rather large one at that, but that large price tag doesn’t mean that the Academy is not worth it. It’s quite the opposite in fact. Every pain and hardship, everything you give up, is worth it for the friends you make along the way, and for the honor of serving.


More about Stephen.