It sure is crazy to think that there is only one and a half weeks of classes left. This semester has flown by. It has been absolutely wonderful to be home for a bit of a break. I am very thankful for the opportunity to take recruiting leave and leave the Academy on Friday, instead of Tuesday. Recruiting leave was offered this semester for cadets on the Superintendent’s List. This opportunity allowed me to talk to high school students from my area about the Academy. All throughout high school I wanted to be one of the college students that came home and talked about their university. This year I was able to take advantage of this and talk to students at three high schools. It was my first time back to my high school and its was both exciting and kind of weird to see how some things have changed over the past year and a half. I think the funniest part of the whole experience was a group of third graders at my school (grades 2-12) that were completely baffled by who this lady (me) in uniform was. Being at the Academy and in the New London area where everyone knows cadets, I never realized the impact of wearing a uniform on the general public. The third graders weren’t scared of me, but they definitely viewed me with more respect than if I was in civilian attire. It was really cool. As a member of the Coast Guard I wear my uniform with pride, and I look forward to being an officer and making an impact in the community. The uniform represents being a part of something bigger than oneself, and the community recognizes that even if they don’t fully understand what the uniform represents.
Beyond that, it has been great to be home. I am thankful for every bit of time I spend with my family and for all the wonderful food! The time at home is flying by though, and when I get back to school it is crunch time. In the last few weeks of the semester there is a lot to look forward to though as well, like the winter formal and the sailing team holiday party. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! As always, feel free to ask me any questions at Christina.M.Frost@uscga.edu.
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