Hello! I’m Justin Sherman from Columbus, Ohio, and I love being a Coast Guard Academy cadet. The Academy has turned out to be an even better fit for me than I anticipated two years ago when I began my cadet “career.” The past two years at the Coast Guard Academy (and in the Coast Guard) has been incredible, and I know absolutely that I am happier here than I probably would have been at any other college or university.
What makes it so great is the people I’ve met here and the opportunities that I’ve been privileged to participate in. I’ve built great friendships with people here—whether it’s the students in my major’s classes or in the clubs and activities I do, I have been introduced to some pretty cool individuals. My major is Operations Research and Computer Analysis (ORCA) (which, simply put, is applied math). I started my time at the Academy as a Marine and Environmental Sciences major, but decided that the ORCA major was more to my liking in terms of academic pursuits. But the Science Department hasn’t seen the last of me. I still regularly visit Smith Hall (our science building) to work with one of the physics professors on an independent study/lab. I’m working with him and a few other cadets to establish a fully-functioning plasma lab—plasma as in the fourth state of matter…not part of blood—in which we can do research to contribute to the research of larger labs across the world!
In terms of activities, I’m involved with Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF), which has become one of the most important aspects of the Academy for me. I’m a member of the leadership team, so I can serve my classmates by helping to organize events and other aspects of the OCF club we have at the Academy. I’m also a member of the Sustainability Club, which strives to improve the Academy’s ecological impact by introducing innovative ways for cadets to be more “green.” I participated in Windjammers, Regimental Band, and the Jazz Band during my first two years, too. I haven’t lost any opportunity to keep up with my musical talents (I play trumpet and piano)—and music is a great way to relax in the hectic, busy, and often overwhelming environment at the Academy.
Another way I relax is by doing other activities that I love: I still run often, and it’s a great way to explore the New London area. Every time I try a new running route, I find something interesting. Who knew Connecticut would be so exciting? Or, if I don’t feel like running, I’ll walk and bring along my camera. I’ve always enjoyed photography, but have definitely developed a more mature approach to taking photographs. Sure, I still have fun, but I’m always shooting pictures in an attempt to get better. In the meantime, the yearbook is gifted with hundreds of photos from me.
Well, this has gotten mighty long, so I’ll end there. As you can see, I’ve got a lot going on here, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to reply to any emails with questions about the Academy. I really enjoy answering questions about the Academy and cadet life, so please email me with all your questions. If I don’t know, I’ll find someone that does! Here’s my email: Justin.P.Sherman@uscga.edu. Take care, and I hope to hear from you!