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The Biggest Adventure of My Life

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2020) Permanent link   All Posts
Beckert Photo My parents have always referred to me as the brave one in the family, the one who was willing to move to a tiny country in South America for a year, and now I am the one who is attending a military academy. I, however, don’t feel I am brave; in my mind, I just was seeking an adventure and some way to make a positive difference in this world. That is what attending the Academy is about; it’s preparing me to someday make that difference. It’s not easy being here, by any means, and trust me that you have to want it. You need to find the motivation that helps you get through Swab Summer and the academics that come after.

 

That being said, I honestly love it here. While only having been here a few months, I truly feel that I have had so many amazing experiences, and it is my happiness being here that I want to convey through this blog.

 

I took a year off before coming here and spent it living in a small town in Uruguay as an exchange student. Taking that year off, I feel, truly helped me become ready for college and taught me how to fend for myself when I didn’t have anyone else to support me. It was also the greatest year of my life, and if you are interested in taking a gap/exchange year, I fully recommend it. Second to choosing to come here, spending a year in Uruguay was the best decision of my life.

 

Well, if you have any questions about the Academy, Swab Summer, or just my life in general, feel free to shoot me an email at Clara.I.Beckert@uscga.edu and I will be glad to respond to you!

 

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