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My Choice

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
 Sara Cantrell One year ago, I remember myself back home trying to figure out which school to go to. This is a huge decision for anyone applying or already with appointments and the best advice I can give is to choose the place YOU want to be. I stress the “you” so much because I know last year at this time I was trying to decide between the Coast Guard Academy and the Naval Academy. I knew I wanted to go into the military, but I wasn’t quite sure of what service to pick. My Grandpa was team Naval Academy and my parents were for the Coast Guard Academy, but either way I went, I knew that my family would be proud of me and would support me the whole way through. I made a list of pros and cons for both schools and by myself choose what service I was going to be a part of.

I visited both schools and talked to multiple people trying to get perspectives on each service. By February I had no doubt in my mind that my place was in the Coast Guard. After being a part of this incredible service for six months I can say that I made the best decision of my life. I love everything single aspect of this Academy and this service and I cannot see myself at any other place. I am also proud of the fact that my decision was solely based on me and what I wanted, because you will not make it far in anything you do if it’s not you who wants to do it. As you continue to apply and receive acceptance letters you will receive many opinions from others on the school they believe you should attend, but remember in the end it’s your life and your hard work that will be committed to the organization. Good luck with the application process and congratulations if you have been accepted!

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