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Katelynn Lane

Killdeer, ND Major: Mechanical Engineering Sports: Track and Field Clubs: Vice President of Equestrian Club, Aviation Club, Tribal Counsel
Katelynn Lane

Choosing the Coast Guard Academy was one of the easiest decisions I ever made. I knew that I wanted to make a difference, and I have always looked up to my dad who was in the Coast Guard. The Academy supports bringing cadets together in a way that encourages us to support the person next to us and help him/her achieve his/her own goals.

After one year at prep school, I discovered how much I enjoyed challenging myself and I knew that being an engineer would do just that. I had a hard time picking between Civil Engineering and Mechanical, but ultimately, I chose Mechanical Engineering because it is the most hands-on major. Admittedly, when I chose to challenge myself, I did not know how much I would be taking on. Coming from small town North Dakota, I had never seen or heard of some of the material we have covered in the last two years. Fortunately, the Academy understands that we do not all have the same background and there are plenty of professors who will take extra time to help you through whatever it is you don’t understand.

One of the biggest struggles I have faced since arriving at the Academy was during my second class (2/c) summer. 2/c summer is the summer that you step into a leadership role and train the Swabs, Cadet Candidates, or Aimsters. I was a Coast Guard Academy Scholars cadre, which means that in about three weeks myself and my shipmates had to train girls and boys just out of high school how to be a member in the Coast Guard. While on a normal year this is a challenge, my cadre summer happened to be during a pandemic. We were faced with daily changes to our schedules, regular updates to the training objectives, along with many different precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. My shipmates and myself spent lots of late nights and early mornings brainstorming ways to maintain a training environment while following all the given guidelines. Through teamwork and communication, we were able to complete all training objectives and felt proud of the Cadet Candidates when they graduated from their three-week program.

You will face many struggles once you leave high school, but the Coast Guard Academy can help you through those challenges in ways that most colleges can’t Reach out to a cadet at the Academy; cadet can give you so much insight into Academy life and even help you when it comes to you application.