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Finishing the Semester

(Choosing the Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2021) Permanent link   All Posts
Erin Holland

This morning I took my last final and am currently sitting at the airport waiting to board my flight. The relief from being officially done with finals is one of the best feelings. This was a tough semester, but I finished strong and am excited to get home. It is crazy that I am halfway done with my junior year at the CGA, and it has caused me to reflect on my experience thus far. Getting accepted into the Academy is hard. Like, really hard. You have to be in the top half of your class, be involved in extracurricular activities, and write a ton of application essays and get recommendation letters. If you do get accepted, you begin to prepare for Swab Summer. Swab Summer is a scary thought and it’ll hang over your head until you are sitting in Billard Hall listening for your new company to be called. During Swab Summer, you will be questioning whether this was the right decision until you find your groove and resolve to keep going. Swab Summer DOES end even thought it seems to last forever. Here’s the scary news. The application process is the easy part. Swab Summer is the easy part. The hard part is the school year. The hard part is struggling with academics and being away from home and family for over six months. The hard part is failing tests and figuring out how you are going to balance academics, military obligations, talking to your family, and squeezing in any time for yourself. 4/c year is full of time-consuming tasks and obligations that seem ridiculous half the time, and it will test your patience and desire to be at the Academy. You will call your family and friends to tell them about your week or different things you did, and they probably won’t understand. The Academy is a unique place that no one truly understands unless they attended themselves. I’m not being a debby downer or trying to dissuade you from coming here, but I am being realistic about the process. It is really hard. You will be mentally and physically tested every day, and it will be up to you to figure out if it is worth it. Only you can decide to make it through the Academy and stick with it through the good times and the bad times. That being said, I have had some amazing times at the Academy. I have made the best friends I have ever had. I have traveled all over the world on a sailing vessel. I was stationed in SoCal for a summer. I’ve been able to ski in the winter with my best friends and have gone camping and hiking. I have never regretted my decision to attend the CGA. This place is not for everyone, but if you really want it, the long days will be worth it.