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A Service Member’s First Veterans Day

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Corbett Photo Every year I would sit in my high school and watch as Veterans Day would come and go. My school invited roughly 100 veterans and active duty to talk to the students and eat lunch with them. When I accepted my appointment here I thought, “Maybe one day that’ll be me!” When the invitation to attend this year’s events came from an old teacher I responded without delay. Next thing you know I am standing in front of a class of sophomores being introduced as Cadet Corbett from the Coast Guard. I was worried I would not know what to tell the curious minds that wondered about my presence; how just last year I was in the hallways with them, that tall senior. Standing there, talking became easy. I talked of what the Coast Guard does and how little I have done physically, yet how much I have done emotionally. Committing to a service and going through the indoctrination program alone shows a lot of skills and assets such as random things I picked up in my high school days like discipline, or time management, even stress management. I was able to put myself in the student’s seat and tell them what I would want to hear as a student. I told the ridiculous summer stories, and of course about Eagle, things a sophomore in high school finds mysterious and wonderful. I talked with pride of what I have done and what I plan to do. It was my first Veterans Day as a service member, a day I will not let slip from my memory.

 

 


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Autumn Fun

(Academics, Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Beck Photo You’ll hear it a lot from cadets, but it really is true how fast time passes here. Just like during Swab Summer, the days are long but the weeks are short. The days are significantly shorter now that we get to manage our own time, though!

 

Academics are ramping up as finals approach, but October ended on a really high note and we’re all ready to stick with our studies for a few more weeks. Halloween festivities last month were far more enjoyable than I expected, never really being the type to dress up before. Myself and 3 other shipmates in my company dressed up as Ghostbusters (and a slimer!) for the evening’s events. These included a very upbeat dinner together as a corps culminating with a costume contest and trick-or-treating at the Superintendent’s (and her staff’s) houses on campus. There was also a pumpkin carving contest and I went nautical with my company Fourth Class’ pumpkin and carved a square knot into it with a friend’s help. It turned out great! It was such a great night and really brought us together for some mindless fun.

 

That night also turned out to be the last warm night of the year, it’s only gotten colder since. I hope you have some thick skin and motivation to work out to stay warm here! Crew season is over for the winter but I still find myself working out for 1-2 hours every day when I would have had practice. After a full day of classes, I’ve really learned to value the mental break that exercise provides.

 

 


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