Writing to you once again from USCGA, but this time the whole corps is back, one day and a half into our academic year. Having the corps of cadets back was a very welcoming experience compared to last year. This year, coming back meant being reunited with good friends and familiar faces, everyone smiling and saying hi, as if I was a new person, transformed from the untouchable 4/c I was last year. It was awesome!
I am enjoying my classes so far, although my schedule is very full of larger-credit courses compared to last year. I am now a Marine and Environmental Science major and I am taking the classes Marine Biology and Meteorology this semester. I am excited to take the new MES boats out for biology labs and to learn more about the organisms with which we share the seas. I am very excited about my major and about all of the things I am about to experience.
Speaking of experiences, over leave, my family took a two week trip to the northwest United States. We spent a few days in Washington, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and the Teton Mountains. I didn’t expect to see much of the Coast Guard when I left the Academy, but as we explored the coastline of Washington State on a whale watching tour, I found that we were everywhere. My dad excitedly told many people about my Coast Guard connection as a cadet, and the captain of the boat we were on asked for me to take the helm as we brought her back into the marina. It was pretty embarrassing as I was photographed by the majority of the people on board for the tour, but it was fun and something I’ll never forget.
Although academics are going to be keeping me busy, I am looking forward to this year!