Hello readers! I am fourth class Michaela Heinrich, hailing from Ponte Vedra (fancy wording for southeast Jacksonville), Florida. I play on the women’s rugby team, and am hoping to get involved with the Glee Club during second semester. I enjoy my weekends at my lovely sponsor family’s home in Stonington, Connecticut, during which I spend my time relaxing; playing with Fenway, the golden retriever; and biking the Connecticut country hills, which are definitely a change from the biggest hills being speed bumps back in Florida.
My mentor, Captain Scott P. LaRochelle (USCG, Retired), peeked my initial interest in the Coast Guard and inspired me to check out the Academy through the AIM program. Fantastic decision! It was a real eye-opener to the challenges I would face if I pursued this collegiate path. I am so grateful that I was blessed with an acceptance to my dream school and I am excited to complete the rigorous 4/c year.