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The Memorable Spring and Summer of 2019

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Elizabeth Carter

Hello readers!! It’s been a while since my last blog post, so I believe it’s an opportune time to catch everyone up! Spring 2019 was one for the books, filled with experiences I will never forget. I auditioned for the spring musical, securing a spot in the ensemble of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. For the next month or so I spent hours upon hours rehearsing, dancing, and singing for the performance. This was the first time I had ever auditioned for such a thing, and it was such a rewarding experience. I became closer to previously unknown shipmates – upperclassmen included – and had a new family within the theater crew.

Around this time, summer assignments came out as well. It is often recommended for those interested in the Academy to ask cadets about their summer experiences, and I could not agree more. While yes, the school aspect of the Academy is essential to the development of an officer in the fleet, nowhere else can better prepare you than being in the fleet itself. For the first half of the summer I was sent to USCGC Waesche, a national security cutter out of Alameda, California. The ship was in port for the whole of my stay there, meaning while I still lived on board, the majority of my time was spent on land. In addition to studying for my Basic Damage Control and OC spray qualification (ouch!), I was able to explore the surrounding area of San Francisco, Oakland, and Alameda. I had requested to be in this area because I had grown up nearby and could not have been happier with where the Academy sent me for the first five weeks of the summer.

Then, I met back up with my classmates, and we were sent to Rouen, France to board USCGC Eagle. Eagle is the bread and butter of the Academy experience in my opinion. As swabs you barely get a glimpse of underway life aboard Eagle for a mere five days, yet as 3/c you are treated to a whopping six weeks. The first phase of my class sailed Eagle around Europe, and when my half of the class met her, we made the transit back across the Atlantic. With stops in the Netherlands, the Azores, and Bermuda, I was pleasantly treated to both European and tropical port calls. I learned many life lessons along the way and made some unexpected new friends as well.

I could go on forever about my transatlantic voyage, and with the journey still fresh in my mind I highly recommend asking questions! You can reach me at: [email protected].

I hope everyone enjoys their last few weeks of summer and forever Go Bears!