Entering my second year at the Coast Guard Academy, I am a third class cadet in Delta Company and still a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering major. I am a coxswain for the Men’s Rowing team as I recover from shoulder reconstruction and hope to eventually return to rowing on the women’s team. Besides rowing, I also participate in Cadet Activity Council, Scouting Club (Vice President), Christian Bible Study, Women’s Leadership Council, Aviation Club, and of course, the Blog Club. When I’m not at school, I love to read, sail, fish, shoot and develop photography. Despite the challenges of the Academy I have maintained close relationships with friends and family at home, in East Lyme, Connecticut.
As a Connecticut native, I had early interest in the Coast Guard Academy because of its close proximity. It was not until my senior year of high school, however, that I actually learned about the missions of the Coast Guard and decided they were a better fit for me than those of the Navy or Army. The Coast Guard, unlike any other college or military service I have seen, is a true family. Not only do I trust my classmates, but after being in the fleet this past summer I also trust all of the men and women who I met, officers and enlisted. There is no other place like the Coast Guard Academy, no other family like this: if you have any interest please make an attempt to learn more and consider if Academy is the right choice for you. I am always available to answer questions through email at Sarah.A.Kukich@uscga.edu, please do not hesitate to ask anything.