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Coast Guard Family Month

(Choosing the Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link   All Posts
Hannah Eshleman

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am going to take this blog post to write about what I am thankful for. Cadets are often too busy to take the time to reflect about how lucky we truly are, but when you take a pause from the craziness of day-to-day life it is easy to see how amazing this opportunity we are being given truly is.

The Coast Guard family is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. I came to Connecticut not knowing a soul. I’d been in Colorado for the year prior to my fourth class (freshman) year, and I was worried about starting over again. I had made amazing friends at college, and I didn’t want to have to start from square one. Thankfully, the Coast Guard Academy welcomed me with open arms. The best thing about the Academy is that no matter who you are, when times get tough, people will be there to support you. Everyone cares about the well-being of their shipmates, and while cadets are competitive, it is friendly and good-natured and encourages you to be the best you can be. Through my teachers, sponsor family, command staff and, most importantly, my classmates and peers, I know I have people I can lean on and I hope that they feel the same way.

The Academy, people say, is a great place to be from but not always the most relaxing place to be. With the challenges we are faced with here, having a strong support network is important and thankfully I have found that.