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(Choosing the Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2019) Permanent link   All Posts
Jill Friedman

I’m almost ¾ of the way done with my second class year and I’m trying to coordinate my first class summer to figure out exactly what I want to do when I graduate. With all the planning for the future, I decided to do a little reflecting on where I am now.

I thought about my decision to come to the Academy and I’ll admit it’s frustrating missing out on the ‘normal’ college experience. I talk with my friends, who are at civilian schools, about their life and it sounds nice. They tell me about being able to sleep in, leave campus whenever they want, wear what they want to class, not have the added military obligations, etc.

Then I went to New Orleans for a diversity and leadership conference. I reflected on how much the community went through after Hurricane Katrina hit and the role the Coast Guard played in helping the people of Louisiana. I talked to Coasties who spent months in New Orleans responding to Deep Water Horizon and the impact they had on the maritime community in the Gulf of Mexico. I thought of everything the Coast Guard has done and continues to do in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

No, the Academy is not a ‘normal’ college, honestly it can be difficult at times, but for me, knowing that I’ll be able to make a positive impact on the world makes it worth it.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at [email protected].