My name is Caroline Miller, and I’m a 4/c at the Coast Guard Academy.
Before I came here, I lived in New Jersey. Neither of my parents were in the military; my dad works for Colgate and my mom stays at home, keeping everyone at my house organized. I’m the oldest of seven, so it’s a hard task.
In high school, I did fencing and field hockey, and also tried lacrosse and track. I love being outside and doing sports, so I was a little disappointed that the Academy didn’t have a field hockey team or a fencing team. I ended up joining rowing, however, which is awesome. It’s such a good break from the academic and military aspects of the Academy and the team is just terrific.
I’m currently enrolled as a Government major, although I might switch to Marine and Environmental Sciences. I’d actually like to double major, but whenever I say that everyone kind of gives me this weird look and warns me not to.
As a junior in high school, I never really considered applying to any service academies. My family isn’t a military family, and I always thought I would go to a liberal arts school.
Last October, I went to an informational meeting about the Coast Guard Academy on a whim, and I decided to apply—the whole package of good academics, good athletics, and good jobs after graduation seemed to be a perfect fit for me. I ended up applying regular action, and waited.
I ended up getting wait-listed, and the largest reason was because the admissions officers saw a lack of interest on my part, which was understandable—I didn’t do AIM, or Cadet for a Day, and the first time I stepped foot on campus was the day before R-Day.
Fortunately, I was able to get off the wait list and make it here.
The Academy isn’t always tons of fun—especially the Swab Summer aspect—but it’s such a good fit for me, and I am so glad I was able to be here. At least, most of it—I probably would be just as happy if I had missed some parts of Swab Summer, even though I’m sure I’m a better person now for it…I think.
If you really want to be here, make sure that you demonstrate that. I almost lost out on a huge chance to come here. Definitely learn from my mistake—while I was able to make it happen, I had to do a lot of work to get off the wait list, and that’s not exactly what you want to do at the end of your senior year.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Caroline.Miller1@uscga.edu!