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From Swab to Fourth Class Cadet

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2023, Swab Summer) Permanent link   All Posts
Frankie Linso

Hello everyone! My name is Francis Linso and I am currently a 4/c in Golf Company. Right now, we’re just wrapping up midterms, but I’ve had an eventful past couple of months.

July 1st was my first day at the Academy, Swearing In Day. I had so many mixed emotions going in to it. I was thinking about my family, my friends, and was anxious about what was to come. The hardest part of the day was the 15 minutes in which I got to see my family and say goodbye. Knowing that was the last time I’d see any of them until August was hard to process, but I knew it would be worth it in the long run. Swab Summer was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my lifetime, but also one of my proudest accomplishments. The hardest part about it is the length. After the first day you felt like you’ve been there forever, then you get to bed and realize this is day 1 of a 7-week journey.

Once you get settled in, you start to know your schedule and daily routines, which helps because it gave you things to look forward to. For example, I always looked forward to my Swab Summer math class with Mr. Phil. It was a chance to relax, eat, and get to know my fellow shipmates in Zulu 1. Swab Summer ended with a week on Eagle, which was one of the coolest experiences and most memorable moment of the summer. I was able to see my family at the port call in Salem, MA then sail to New York City. One of the coolest moments was when we were anchored outside The Statue of Liberty and I had the opportunity to climb to the Royals, the highest point on the ship. The view was amazing and it’s something that not everyone can say they did. Being on Eagle made me excited more for 3/c summer and gave me motivation going into the school year.

Moving on to the school year…it was hard to adjust back to a more normal lifestyle, but it was nice to meet the rest of your company, and the kids on the hockey team. The best advice for getting adjusted quick is to rely on your fellow 4/c and have each other’s back. I made great friends over the summer in Zulu 1, and we are constantly helping each other out and making sure we’re staying on top of our schedules.