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This Week Changed Everything for Me

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Morin Samples

As a military child I have seen countless military movies about basic training and the life of someone who serves our country. I always thought it was just an easy couple of pushups or just some running and chanting. As a shipmate in the Bravo company we did endure the stereotypical basic training, however, it was not as easy as it seemed. In the past years I have struggled with confidence. In school I would never really say an answer because I was too afraid to share my answer. This week changed everything for me.

I have learned so much about myself and the Academy. This week my shipmates and I explored the different majors. My roommates and I thought that civil engineering and naval architecture were the best majors offered.

I have visited the Coast Guard Academy countless times but nothing matched the experience that I have had so far. This week so far has been tough but also rewarding. We have been so busy, moving from one building to another. I just learned my roommates first names!

I love my group or my platoon. We are so close even though we don’t know much about each other. If one of us is falling behind, we would go back and run with them.

My cadre are intense. It’s difficult to understand with all the yelling that they are good people. I think I saw one of them smile this week. I don’t think I was supposed to see that.

I really enjoyed the PFE, which is the physical fitness exam. Since I run cross country, I liked that everyone was cheering for each other during the 1.5 mile-run. It made me feel a little closer to home.

This week has been great so far. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the week looks like!!!