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And Away We Go!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo And finally, the end of the academic year! Granted, this one ended…differently than I had expected, but nevertheless, it is over. I’ve found out my Summer Assignment (Station Dauphin Island, Alabama, Eagle Phase 2) and my new company (Echo!). We will officially be getting our 3/c rank and shoulder boards when the Firsties graduate, which is May 16. Some stations do ceremonies; I’m hoping mine does one. It’d be really cool for that to happen, to get recognized for the hardest year of my life.

 

Looking back on my 10+ months in the Coast Guard, it’s been the roller coaster I had expected it to be. From formals to drill to lacrosse to Idlers, and everything in between, it’s just been a wild ride. Coming back next year without having to do any of the odd tasks of bracing up, squaring meals, well, that will be just great! However, it’s important to note that the role of the 3/c is to mentor the 4/c, so I’ll be sure to just that.

 

To members of 2016: Stay strong during Swab Summer! It’s a tough, mentally and physically challenging seven weeks, but I promise, you’ll get through it. One day at a time. Good Luck!

 



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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo Well, I never thought this day would come and yet here it is. The last day of school my fourth class year! I have reached the light at the end of the tunnel! It is a great feeling to have all of the weight pulled off of your shoulders even though it will be dumped back on in a few months. Although I still have finals and fourth class duties, classes are over for the cadets. This is a bittersweet time at the Academy; I am really excited to have accomplished the rigors of my first year, but I know that I will be leaving my best friends for fifteen weeks. I never thought I could miss someone so much, but this year and this semester I have made so many best friends that it will be hard to be apart for so long.

 

This summer I got Station Charleston, South Carolina, which I am REALLY excited about! I am going with another fourth class girl and I know we are going to have a lot of fun. At the station, I hope to obtain as many qualifications I can, but I am most excited to get out into the fleet and see our missions underway. After six weeks in South Carolina, I will be on the Eagle for six weeks departing from Baltimore, Maryland and arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia with three stops along the way. This is Eagle’s 2012 schedule to let everyone know when and where the Eagle will be in port. If you live close by it would be a great opportunity for you to come aboard and get a tour of the ship. There is a lot of history behind Eagle but it is currently the Coast Guards’ cadet training vessel. After Eagle, I get three weeks of leave where I will be soaking up all the sun I can get in Florida before coming back to the Academy in mid-August. I know this summer is going to be filled with experiences and fun and I cannot wait to go!

 

I believe this will be my last post until August (unless I find time at my station) so, to the class of 2016, I wish you all the best with Swab Summer. Remember that you would not have been chosen if they didn’t believe you have what it takes to get through. The class of 2015 went through it last summer and in one VERY FAST year you will be on your way to a summer assignment. Stay strong, make lots of friendships, and most of all believe in yourself and know that every cadet before you and after you will go through the same thing. If you have any last minute questions do not be shy to email me! I had lots of questions when I was packing and I recommend that if you’re not sure what to bring you should ask because you don’t want to be find out you were wrong when you get here (trust me…it won’t be pretty). Good luck and I will see everyone in August!

 



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