Time has been moving a mile a minute here at the Academy over the past few months. It is surreal to believe that I will be done with classes in just three weeks and graduating as in officer in the world’s best Coast Guard in a little over a month.
Just one month ago, I was living up one of the best weeks of my life in the British Virgin Islands on my last spring break of college with several of my classmates. We rented a 47’ sailing yacht to adventure through the islands of the Caribbean. Needless to say, we did some incredible sailing and made some unforgettable memories.
More importantly, I finally know where I will spend the next two years of my life – flight school in Pensacola, Florida! On a night in the first week of March, the Academy staff, my classmates, and I gathered together for our Billet Night, one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The Class of 2012 will be dispersing across the country from Alaska to Guam and Hawaii to New Hampshire!
I have kept busy nearly every weekend with other memorable events ranging from snowboarding to concerts to our class’s final formal, Castle Dance held in Newport, Rhode Island. Although loaded with school work and training as can be expected at a military academy, this year has been awesome. It is hard to believe my time here is nearly drawing to a close. As I reflect back on my total experience over the last four years, I can honestly say that have no regrets, regardless of the challenges I faced. I have made some lifelong memories and friends, and CANNOT wait to enter the fleet to serve in America’s Coast Guard as a future aviator.
To any graduating high school seniors out there and future members of the Class of 2016, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Semper Paratus.
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