September has been one busy month and its only half way over! It always takes a while to get back into the normal routine of school, sports, and military, but I have finally settled in. We had the Secretary’s Cup on September 8th, which was full of school spirit and fun. The Merchant Marine Academy came to the Coast Guard Academy to play soccer, volleyball, and football. The Coast Guard Academy won both the volleyball game and soccer game, but lost to their football team. It was a really fun Saturday for me because I was able to see my friend who attends the Merchant Marine Academy, who I haven’t seen in months. I also got to see Cathy, who is a second class here but is on exchange this semester at West Point.
This past week was full of homework and tests for most of the corps, but now it’s the weekend and we can all take a breather. I can’t believe we are already two weeks into September and before I know it, it will be October. Next weekend I’m going to a country concert, which I’m really excited about because I’ve never been so it should be a lot of fun. Fall semester is always a lot of fun for the corps of cadets and the morale is very high.
Third class year is SO MUCH BETTER then last year. You realize how much you got through and know that now you can do almost anything. As I walk around the p-ways I catch myself feeling badly for the fourth class because I know how hard it is for them right now, but I have to remind myself that everyone goes through it and it only makes you a stronger leader. I just hope that the fourth class will not lose sight of the reasons they chose to attend the Coast Guard Academy and not allow the daily life as a fourth class cadet to overpower that purpose. This year I am in Foxtrot Company and have a great group of shipmates. We all work really well together and get everything done that needs to be accomplished. Our Company Officer and Company Chief are also really great. I respect their leadership styles and hope that when I become an Officer I can serve my subordinates to the same standard as they do.
Diving starts up on September 24th and I am beyond excited for this season! We have a new fourth class who is from California and is an amazing diver. He should be a really great addition to our team. We also got a new coach this year and I am very excited to work with her and improve my diving skills. My goals for this year are to break my records that were set last year and make it to Nationals. With a lot of hard work and determination, I know I can do it! As always, if anyone has questions feel free to send them my way. Even though I’m not a fourth class anymore I remember it very clearly and will be able to answer any questions pertaining to life as a fourth class. Sara.E.Cantrell@uscga.edu
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