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(Choosing the Academy, Class of 2022) Permanent link   All Posts
Elizabeth Carter

If you had asked me months ago what I thought I would be doing now, I would probably say that I had no clue. It feels like years ago ─ receiving my appointment and graduating from high school. At that point, I was laser focused on one thing and one thing only: Swab Summer. The word “nervous” does not seem to encompass the emotions going through my head that fateful morning of Day One. I was excited, anxious, hopeful, and scared. I can remember waking up that morning, knowing that my life would forever be changed. After those long seven weeks, I knew that I wanted to try and provide others with a taste of Academy life, especially those considering applying and coming here.

As a prospective cadet, I would read these blogs to try and understand what Academy life is like. I hope that I can help others with my blogs, to ensure that they are making a well-informed decision before coming here. One thing that became increasingly apparent during Swab Summer is that the Academy requires a huge commitment of yourself ─ physically, mentally, and even emotionally. I urge the readers of my blog to research the Coast Guard, to reach out to cadets with questions, and to learn as much as possible. I hope to provide blogs that give a glimpse of the joys of Academy life, and pass along information that only someone living through the experience can describe.