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.
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