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Passing on the Influence

(Choosing the Academy, Class of 2020) Permanent link   All Posts
Matthew Kim

The AIM program had just ended and I was on my way back home to California. This was the summer of 2015. I was absolutely hooked on the Academy. Although it was my first time visiting the Academy and, at that, only spending a week there, I still felt as though I could call it my home.

Once I got home, I did some exploring on the Coast Guard Academy website. I pressed on every tab and on every link. Eventually, I stumbled upon what I thought was the coolest thing on the website – cadet blogs. That’s when I read every blog by every blogger. From reading about what the 4/c cadets did to what the 1/c cadets did, I was excited. Everyone seemed to have a natural, honest view of the Academy and reading about what they have accomplished while in the Coast Guard was motivating. The most inspiring bloggers, though, were those who have started their 4/c year and have continuously updated their blogs throughout their Academy career. It was a strange feeling for me, the reader. Although I have never met the person, I felt as though I was growing with them. I was struggling with them as they described the tough environment at the Academy. I was in awe of them when they were describing what different experiences they had at Coast Guard sectors and on cutters over the summer. I had so much fun reading these blogs because they pushed me to work harder. They gave me hope that one day I would be able to attend one of America’s finest military institutions. That’s the kind of influence that I would like to pass on.

The cadet blogs have inspired me and now that I have made it to 4/c year, it is time for me to pass on that same inspiration to others across the nation. I hope that through my blogs, prospective cadets will be motivated to work their hardest and remain concentrated on one day becoming a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy.