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Exciting April

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo We are getting so close to the end of the semester and its very exciting, but very stressful. There is so much for everyone to do aside from schoolwork that it gets overwhelming. We are all working on qualifications for next year and a lot of things are due in the next three weeks. School is picking up and it’s a race to the finish. The third class found out there cadre assignments, which makes second class summer seem so real. It’s crazy to think that we have almost made it; I can remember this time two years ago being so nervous for this summer and having so many questions. I will be a waterfront cadre, which means I will be down with the swabs teaching them how to sail. I am really happy I got waterfront cadre and think it’s the perfect fit for me. I can’t wait to be involved in developing the newest members of the cadet corps and indoctrinating them into life in the military.


April is an exciting month and the morale is high. Next weekend I am going down to Georgia to see my best friend, but I need to focus this week so I don’t get overwhelmed. Third class formal is also this weekend and it will be really fun for my classmates because they bring dates and it’s always nice to have a social event with all of your good friends.


Exams will be at the beginning of May and then we will all depart for the summer and the first class will become ensigns. This year has gone by so fast and I know this month will fly by. It’s been a great year and I love the Academy more and more everyday. This summer will continue to develop me into a leader while I have the opportunity to lead the swabs.


Congratulations to the class of 2017 for their appointments; you should all be very proud of yourselves because it is a tough school to get into. As you go into Swab Summer remember the reason you wanted to come. It is easy to forget why you chose the United States Coast Guard Academy, but the light at the end of the tunnel will appear and you will be happy you stuck through it.


More about Sara.


Restored Shore

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Rossi Photo For those that have been following me, know that I am from the little town of Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island on the coastline of New Jersey. Despite what is depicted on MTV’s show the “Jersey Shore,” the town I live in is nothing similar to the show. Ship Bottom is one of a few small towns on our 18-mile island and probably has about 500 residents in the winter months but a few thousand in the summer. The beautiful Island, along with the rest of New Jersey and New York had been due for the “Fifty Year Storm,” and it just so happened to come this past October. Unfortunately, my family was directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy and had to be away from home for five months. Luckily, my loving Uncle opened up his home to us and let us stay with him while the house was being rebuilt. Fortunately, I was able to stay with my family in our house over Easter weekend. Although everything was not finished, it still felt nice to be in my home with everyone.


Despite the delay in returning home my family, with support from our friends and relatives, were able to overcome. I’d like to especially like to thank my Uncle Matt, my best friends Bobby and Brian along with their families for opening their homes to me over winter leave, and lastly my close friends at the Academy (you guys know you who you are) for being my support, I could not have made it through with out you all.


More about Michael.