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Everything's a Circle

(Choosing the Academy, Class of 2021) Permanent link   All Posts
Malia Haskovec

Something that I hear a lot at the Academy is that the Coast Guard is one giant family. As the smallest branch of the Armed Forces, we must be able to adapt and do more with less. Therefore, in the fleet, there is a high chance you will run into someone that you already know. The same thing happens at the Academy. It is easy to make connections here from the Bears Day program, AIM, STEP, and other Admissions events. There may even be a fellow cadet from your same hometown. That’s one of the major reasons why I chose to come to the Academy – the small, genuine, family-like environment where everyone knows everyone. When researching the Academy, I remember reading cadet blogs on topics like Swab Summer, time management, and Academy clubs. Learning about the bloggers’ experiences through the written word solidified my intention to receive an appointment for the Class of 2021. Now I am a 4/c cadet in the same division as two of the bloggers who impacted my life so greatly. I no longer know them from their profile pictures on a computer screen. Now I know them as real people. It’s truly amazing to see how everything at the Coast Guard Academy comes full circle. My hope as a blogger is to inform prospective cadets about Academy life in hopes of completing many more circles.