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Thankful for Little Shipmates

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo Last night my roommate began packing her suitcase, cleaning our room, and feverishly talking to friends at home about plans over Thanksgiving break. For her, this five day break will be the first time home in 100 days and one of the few times a year she’ll be with her parents. Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated breaks at the Academy because cadets go home to their families – for me, it is a brief trip to remember the family I came from and appreciate my Coast Guard family here.


To drive home from the Academy I have to take a left out of the main gate, a left at the stoplight, follow the Boston Post Road, and take four more turns through my neighborhood. The entire trip takes about seven minutes, making me the closest 3/c cadet to our school. At first I liked this, the informality of going home, seeing my cousins around town when on liberty. But this year with the independence of being a third class, I have realized that close proximity makes it more difficult to transition into my new family. I have been very fortunate to make many friends at the Academy and am thankful that I am well liked, despite my compulsive organization and outbursts when my favorite teams have a bad game. Somehow, through all of the demands and obstacles, I have managed to have a close group of friends. These “shipmates” as the Commandant, Admiral Papp, would call them, are the only reason cadets graduate: shipmates are always my inspiration and motivation. Before leaving for break myself I created a list of the five gifts I am most thankful for. Of course “little shipmates”, my Coast Guard family, is at the top. I am thankful for 1) shipmates, 2) freedom, 3) laughter, 4) two successful shoulder surgeries, and 5) chocolate.



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A Lot to be Thankful For

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo 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



More about Christi.