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Developing an Identity

(Athletics, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Tousignant Photo Throughout my life, my identity has been rooted in my athleticism. In high school, I was known as the basketball player, the volleyball player, and the thrower. Being an athlete was all I ever knew. I had always been part of a team and took pride in my athletic achievements. When deciding to come to the Academy, I was told to join a sport because my teammates and coaches will look out for me. I took this advice and became part of a team that I then considered my family at the Academy. My identity continued to be rooted in being part of a team. This group identity has always allowed me to depend on other people to look out for my best interests even if I did not.


Now that I am no longer part of a sports team, I am able to develop my identity separately from a group. I have to rely on myself, which is making me a stronger and more independent person. Now I have to develop my own opinions, which is helping me to speak up for myself and I am gaining a new confidence that I never had before. I am confident in the individual that I have become and have been brought to the realization that there are so many more important things in life than sports. I did not join the Coast Guard to play sports. I joined it to save lives, and this is what I want to focus on.


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