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Rainbows and Unicorns

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
Ulbricht Photo From the last time you heard from me we were waiting patiently for spring break to come. Well now that it has quickly come and gone, all we can do now is smile when we think of all the fun we had during that week. I went with a group of friends from the Academy (most of them preps from last year) down to Hollywood, Florida. We stayed at a place a minute’s walk from the beach! It was so great. I could wake up in the morning and go for a run, and not be afraid of getting cold because it was already 70 + degrees out. Coming back from spring break was tough. All we wanted was to stay in sunny Florida where all our worries of passing classes, getting through boards, and where we were being sent for our summer assignment was non-existent. This semester by far has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I had a rocky start to classes, which almost caused me to give up my passion of running and staying on the track team. I luckily was able to work out a plan with my coach so I could still participate in track and get the help I needed with my classes.


Many times throughout this semester, I have thought about leaving. Not because I don’t like it here but life would just be easier. I hate the long nights of staying up late studying for a test that I only end up failing anyway, or wanting to be home or anywhere but where you have people constantly telling you what to do and when to do it. Many people keep telling us emotionally distraught 4/c that the summer is right around the corner. More like over the cliff, and in between that is boards preparation, final exam studying and other random military obligations thrown in the mix. Welcome to the life of a military cadet!! By no means do I hate it here. The Academy gets the best of us that’s for sure, but I would not trade anything in the world for my spot here. You learn to work through the many challenges you face everyday in order to survive and make it to the next one. In the end you will be a better officer because you learned to work hard and not take anything for granted. By focusing on the little joys in life, the bigger ones just seem that much better.


Best of luck as you finish your senior year.


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