Last week was spring break. I really wish it was more than just one week, but I had desperately needed the time at home. This week so far has been great due to having gotten the break. For my own spring break I flew back to California to see my boyfriend, family, and friends. Others have come back from Israel, Cancun, and many other exciting places.
This upcoming weekend will be 2017 4/c Formal. A dance where our class crest is finally shown to the entire class. As 2017 Treasurer I have been working with the rest of 2017 class council and other volunteers to get the Formal designed, set up, and ready to go. It has been a lot of logistics, but I am really excited to see how it finally turns out.
There are only five people left in our class to pass the indoctrination boards. Once they pass soon afterwards we will have wardroom carry-on, and then full carry-on, meaning we will be able to be normal people.
Everyone has received their summer assignments, or billets for the firsties soon to be officers. I get to spend the entire summer in the Gulf region: 1st phase Eagle headed down to Brazil and such, and then reporting to Galveston, Texas, on the CGC Dauntless, a 210. I am with five others from 2017, and one from 2014. I don’t know the other cadets very well, but am excited and nervous to get underway and begin to learn about what I will really be doing in the Coast Guard.
I have also found that it took all the way through 1st semester, up to now, for me to really begin to improve on the skills that I desperately needed to work on, as well as adjust to all of what is required of me here. I feel happier and healthier after spring break, and through plenty of struggles have learned the RIGHT ways to deal with situations. So, yes, it is a big adjustment. I have been very happy here, but some personal issues have made it harder to adjust and focus on the Academy.
Never give up, it may seem like an eternity to get through challenges, but once they are over so much can be learned, and you can be proud to say you got through it. Swab Summer felt like an eternity when going through it, but now it’s seems an eternity ago. The first semester went by at least as fast as Swab Summer, and now time is flying. It is always worth it in the end.
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