Two weeks left of school doesn’t sound real, and neither does wearing red shields. It may not sound real, but there isn’t a cadet around who isn’t ready to get out of here and go on their summer assignments. I got my assignment last week and I originally put in for a buoy tender on the West Coast and I got a 270’ out of Boston, Massachusetts. I got the exact opposite of what I wanted, but I am actually happier with what I got that if I got what I asked for. I will be living in a real East Coast city and will get to see the law enforcement side of the Coast Guard. I will determine if either it is a good fit for me or decide if I should eliminate it from my options in the future. I have high hopes for Boston, but also for Eagle. I am on Eagle for six weeks before I head to Boston, and we will start in Savannah, Georgia, then go to New York City, Norfolk, and Baltimore, so I will get a really cool East Coast tour that I have never seen being from the West Coast. Eagle is going on a War of 1812 tour this summer to hit the major ports and battle sites of the war and joining the Eagle will be almost 20 tall ships in Operation Sail, which happens every couple of years bringing some of the coolest tall ships around the world together for one big sailing event. Not only are the ports cool, but this summer will be the first time we as cadets get to see the operational fleet and what work the Coast Guard really does. So six weeks on Eagle and six weeks on USCGC Spencer out of Boston and then three weeks at home, which I cannot wait for either. We are all ready for a change of pace and this summer will be a great opportunity to get a little experience under our belts too.
It’s hard to stay focused with only two weeks left when you know what is coming, but with our last few tests and projects due along with a week of not so fun finals, these last two weeks are the crunch time so I’m off to study Chemistry II!
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