Hello, I am 4/c Nicholas Trefonides, and I was born and raised in Londonderry, New Hampshire. I say that first because I love my town, my state, and my friends and family back home. I graduated from Londonderry High School, where I was a captain on the soccer team, played some lacrosse, and decided to play for the volleyball team with my friends during senior year just for fun. I play soccer here at the Academy – soccer practice and games being my favorite part of my days. For my high school newspaper, I was the College and Career section editor and I look forward to the writing I’ll be doing for these blog entries! I love mountains, photography, and nature, so I hike and ski a lot to make me happy.
In high school, I wanted to go to the Coast Guard Academy more than I’ve ever wanted anything for myself. I worked my tail off. Once and a while, I will look in the mirror at the embroidered words “U.S. Coast Guard” on my uniform and get that “holy cow, I’m actually here” feeling, since hard work had never paid off as much as it did when I got my appointment. But I’ve learned that the hard work cannot stop if one is to be successful at the USCGA. It is challenging, but rewarding in that I am able to give back to my country and be a part of a service that makes a difference every day.