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Doing Something Different

(Choosing the Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2020) Permanent link   All Posts
Jacqueline Jones

Unlike a lot of my classmates, the decision to come to the Academy was tough for me. I had applied to about 15 colleges and I narrowed it down to two. One was a small private school in Baltimore, Maryland, only about an hour away from home. The other was the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, which is about six hours away. To my friends, the decision seemed easy; they expected me to go to the school near home. However, I wanted to do something different and try something new. I wanted to experience life and help others while doing it, and the Coast Guard Academy has not let me down yet.

I decided to become a cadet with the help of mentors, my Admissions Officer, and the cadet blogs. As a senior in high school with a decision to make, I became an avid reader of the cadet blogs. It was interesting to read how cadets felt about the Academy, their struggles, their likes and dislikes, and their many adventures as a cadet.

I am beginning my sophomore year at the Academy, and I can tell you that freshman year was hard and Swab Summer was even harder, but I do not regret my decision to come to the Academy and I cannot wait to tell you guys about the people I have met and the experiences I have had. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]. Thank you for reading!