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Joe Sagan

Joe Sagan

When Joe Sagan started looking at colleges, he realized he didn’t want the typical college experience. He wanted something unique, and the military academies, and in particular the Coast Guard Academy, fit that description.

On choosing the USCGA

"I chose the Coast Guard Academy, because the service is more humanitarian in nature than the others, and it is easy to see the results of your work. To this day, I know I made the right choice."

On selecting a major

"Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering was an obvious choice of major for me. I realized not only will there be a constant need for ship designers, but it would be beneficial to understand exactly how the ships, that I will be aboard throughout my career, operate."

On the rigor and support

"While the classes in the major can be difficult, there is always a vast support network available. NA&ME students and instructors are friendly and willing to help if you are struggling. This is definitely one of the most close-knit majors because of the small size."

On the value of NA&ME

"A background in NA&ME is a valuable skill to have in the Coast Guard. Whether it’s for inspections of commercial vessels, acquisition of new Coast Guard cutters, or even just day-to-day operation aboard an underway cutter, it is a major that will prepare you well."