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(Choosing the Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2021) Permanent link   All Posts
Katherine Doty

The Cadet Blog program was very influential in my decision to both apply to the Coast Guard Academy, and my decision to accept my appointment. Because very few people from my high school have ever attended a service academy, I had little exposure to the Coast Guard or service academies in general. Through the Cadet Blog program, I gained insight into how cadets felt about their experience here and life at the Academy.

That being said, I love it here so far! Yes, Swab Summer was challenging, but I learned so much about myself and how important teamwork is. Nothing over Swab Summer was impossible; rather, you just needed to put in 100% effort 100% of the time. I fell short and failed many times, but I learned how to overcome my failures and grow as both a person and a leader. The transition from Swab Summer to the academic year has been interesting, to say the least. I have enjoyed my classes so far and have gotten used to the workload. I know that there will be many challenges in the future, but they will shape me into a better leader and ultimately an officer in the United States Coast Guard. With my friends by my side, and a positive attitude, I am confident that fourth class year will be amazing!

As always, feel free to email me and GO BEARS!!