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Self Reflection

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
 Alex Min As the semester comes to a close I thought it would be a great time to reflect and think back to why I chose the Coast Guard and what gives me the motivation to keep giving all I have everyday. First off, I am here because I wanted to do something for my country, as President John F. Kennedy captured in his inaugural speech, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” The Coast Guard opened doors for me to give back to my country and also helps me achieve goals I have set in my life.

Secondly, I am here for the challenge. It was hard to leave Hawaii, but life on the islands never changes so I was ready to see the world and gain new experiences. The Coast Guard has already given me many experiences I never dreamed possible; anchoring right outside the Statue of Liberty during my Swab Summer Eagle experience, visiting Washington D.C., and meeting some of the finest people I have ever met.

Finally, I am here because I owe it to so many who have also done what I am doing. I owe it to my family, friends, teachers, and those who have come before me. As I am often reminded, I am carrying on the “long blue line,” and it brings me a lot of pride that I am here doing what so many before me have already done. During the most trying periods of time during my first semester as a 4/c cadet, I find it rewarding to take a few minutes to reflect back and remember why I am here and what I am working toward.

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