Well, winter leave has finally come to an end and it is time yet again to start another semester here at the Academy. With the fall semester under my belt, I feel excited and ready to take on the spring. Over the break, I realized something very important: how much I really do love the Academy. Now let me define the term love a bit more: I don’t exactly enjoy waking up at 0550 and staying up late to do homework. Yes, I wish I was taking fewer classes and had more down time to goof off. And yes, I wish I had more liberty on weekends to go out and relax like most other college freshman. However, I would never want to be anywhere else. At the Academy we are getting a great education that is preparing us to be successful in whatever endeavor we take on after graduation. We cadets are afforded with numerous opportunities many other college kids could only dream of. The friends you make here are one of a kind. And most importantly, when we graduate, we become officers in the best service our nation offers, with the ability to change lives. The Coast Guard is a great service that I take so much pride in being part of, and the USCGA, while it comes with its many (many, many, many, many….ok, you get the picture) challenges, is a great place to live and learn at. Such was my great epiphany over leave. To all the 2017 applicants out there, if you got an appointment – congrats! Realize you have just been given the opportunity of a lifetime. For all of those who still don’t know or did not receive an appointment: never give up on your dreams! If the Academy is what you want, stop at nothing to get here. I promise it is worth every drop of sweat to work for.
In other less serious news, the indoor track team had their first meet the other day (12JAN) and both the men’s and women’s team won! I ran the anchor leg in both the 4x200m and 4x400m relay. Taking part in a collegiate level sports team takes a lot of dedication, but it is really great to watch the hard work pay off at meets!
As always, if you have any questions about the Academy or 4/c life, shoot me an email and I will answer back as soon as possible. Allyson.J.Roesch@uscga.edu :)
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