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The Itch for Something Different

(Choosing the Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2022) Permanent link   All Posts
Ryan Hurst

Back in high school, I had an itch to do something different from all my classmates after graduating. I did not know what it was, but I decided to explore unique and exciting options. One of the options I was exploring was the Coast Guard Academy. Eventually, after searching the web, I was able to find ample information on the Academy, especially on the cadet blog pages. I decided The Academy was where I wanted to go.

I applied early to the Academy and was devastated when I got wait-listed. I knew it meant more impatient waiting. After not hearing much over the next few months, I assumed it was the end of the road; that I would not get into the Academy. I came to accept it and was actually excited to attend the University of Tennessee with all my high school friends. Ironically, I received my appointment while at University of Tennessee orientation. I had to decide on the spot, and I chose the Academy in a heartbeat. It was not easy to tell my friends that I was leaving them, and in the back of my mind I had my doubts. My road to the Academy certainly was not an easy one to traverse, nor very clear cut, but in the end, I made it.