Whelp. Back at the CGA, and man, is everything different. No longer being a fourth class, my life here militarily has become much, much (much) more relaxed. While there’s room to stop and slip by through the cracks, I still try to maintain my military work through my division (Recruitin!) and through helping the 4/c adjust to their new non-swab lives. I also was selected for a spot in the Color Guard, so that’s been quite a grand time as well doing those events. Academics this semester are much better than last year, and I’m doing great in most of my classes. From that aspect, life has improved greatly in Chase Hall.
While all that’s fine and dandy, to say it’s perfect wouldn’t exactly be correct. Command has basically eliminated late racks, and they are now rare to come by. Family-style breakfast every morning is quite the annoyance as well. Still, we live on. In comparison, it’s a small sacrifice for free education and a guaranteed job in the long run.
In terms of extracurricular activities, it’s been as fun as it was last year. Mock Trial and MUN are government fun for me, and now that I’m more used to the clubs, I’m getting better jobs to do. Glee Club/Idlers have had numerous performances, and we will be going on a MD/DC/NYC trip in November which I’m excited for. Fall Lacrosse also has a Maryland trip coming up, so that’ll be great as well! And to sum it up, I got the lead in our fall show, Don’t Drink the Water. So aside from memorizing more lines than I had things to memorize over Swab Summer, that’s also been a blast!
While I miss the Operational CG, the Academy is a different way of me to prepare myself for the future. I saw MKC Gonzales, one of the Engineering Petty Officers at my Station in Alabama, walk right out of Dimick Hall the other day. Proves the Coast Guard really is small, and you’ll see the people you’ve worked with all the time. He told me to keep at the academics, and now that I’ve seen what’s waiting for me outside these gates, to try to prepare for that when the time comes.
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