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My First Impression of the USCGA

(Choosing the Academy, Class of 2022) Permanent link   All Posts
Greg Costello

My time here at the Academy has already gone by so fast. I am months in and it feels like I started just yesterday. Actually, it feels more like it was just yesterday when I sat down at my computer at home and started looking for more information about the USCGA and found myself reading blogs upon blogs discussing all the amazing components of cadet life. I read stories about clubs and the outreach they do, the unique summer experiences cadets have, and the types of bonds formed here between “shipmates.” The more I read, the more intrigued I became. Being here is a dream come true and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You are challenged to be the best version of who you are, and you learn more about yourself than you ever have before. All the stories I read about this place and what it had to offer provided an almost unreal glimpse into how life actually was. The writers did not seem to water down any of their descriptions of the most challenging aspects of being here, instead wrote from an honest and fair point of view, which was refreshing. I wanted to be a blogger because I want to inspire the next group of future Coast Guard leaders to take that next step and apply to the Academy. I feel as if there is no better way to connect to the potential students who are looking at this fine institution than to talk about my experiences, what I love, and what I am challenged by.

The cadet blogs provided me with my first real impression of what it was like to be a cadet and I am super thankful for the openness of how they were written. I did not get into AIM so I based a lot of my information on this place from what I read from first person sources. The blogs touched on a wide array of topics and answered a ton of questions I had, but I still think there is room to improve and that is another reason I want to be a blogger. Cadets could create their blogs while incorporating other sources of multimedia potentially. This way, the readers can have a better view of the Academy that isn’t just purely in words. Collaboration between bloggers to diversify their topics also could improve the final product.