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The Grind

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link   All Posts
Frost Photo A month ago I was home on leave, enjoying the Florida sun with no obligations. Boy, what a difference a month makes. Today, I look outside my window to the drizzling, grey New England sky and can only dream of going home in just over two months. I think every time I come back to school it’s exciting to see everyone for two maybe three days, and then the routine sets in. It’s good; I like routines. I know what’s expected that way. But, personally I like to be able to remember to breathe... Some days I’m not so sure that fits in here. I think as cadets we all get into our routine and things just keep squeezing their way into any little hole of free time they can find. I suppose this is why I am here, because I like a challenge and I like being around other people who also like that. Or, maybe, I just signed that line thinking in four years I will be flying helicopters in Florida or busting drug runners in the Caribbean. Regardless, here I am currently just trying to remember to breathe.


It is so obvious that you can’t get through the Academy alone. I’ve known that. My friends are always there for me, as I am for them. Regardless it’s still stressful, and it only gets more so over the years. I never imagined the difference between the19-20 credit hours I had last year and the 23 I’m taking this year. It’s easy to get buried with work and let it pile up; actually it’s nearly impossible for there not to be a pile. Nevertheless, every day always ends, the work eventually gets done, and the routine goes on. One of the easiest things at this institution is getting bogged down by the present. But the second easiest thing is getting support from the Academy family. That’s what sets us apart from other colleges.


We all have bad days; we all get stressed out and overtired from work. The common struggles we share help us get through it together, because after 200 weeks we are going to walk across the stage. Our dreams will be reality, and we will only be there because of the people next to us. And that is why we do what we do. That is why for four years we work harder than any other college student, with schedules ten times fuller than civilian college students can conceive. So, yes this month has been challenging and full of a never ending to-do list, but as time continues we get closer to the goal. We will get through it, together, and that makes us stronger.


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