You always go through rough patches in your life when it seems that nothing can go your way no matter what you do. At the Academy it sometimes feels as if these moments happen a lot, because there is not a lot that you have control over. I recently had a tough time when two of my friends were put in a difficult situation and may have to leave the Academy because of it. The beauty of the Academy though is that even during times like this everyone is there for each other. I have never felt a bond like this before between our class because we all care so greatly for each other. I am so thankful that there are people in the world that simply just ask how you are because they are genuinely concerned and want to help you. I know that it is never an act because once you enter the Coast Guard you become a family that cares for each other and will always be there.
I am glad that people could be there for me and this situation has taught me a lot about people in general. I know that there will always be someone there to lift you up when you are down. I know that I can use this when I go to the fleet too because there are always going to be tough times in everyone’s lives and I will be there for anyone else just like when everyone was there for me.
When bad moments come it always brings great moments as well. For instance, this past weekend was Parents’ Weekend at the Academy and everyone had their family members visit and spend time together. I think this weekend is very refreshing for cadets as we get to relax and be with our loved ones. I went home for the weekend because I live nearby and I got to spend a lot of time with my parents and sisters whom I have not seen for a bit of time. It was a very relaxing weekend filled with sleep and memories. I look forward to weekends like this and hopefully they will occur more often than the rough times that I have had lately, but regardless I know I will get through it with the help of my friends and family.
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