My name is Erin Reynolds, and I am currently in my third year at the Coast Guard Academy. I study Government, focusing on public policy. I enjoy the major because, although I attend a STEM school, my heart is in writing. In high school, I loved my literature, art, and creative writing classes, but I was never very fond of adding up numbers. In my major, I get the opportunity to take classes such as Advanced Spanish where we get to read Hispanic literature, poetry, and even watch full-length movies. We discuss the themes of humanity, but it is also just a lot of fun to practice speaking a different language.
I came to the Academy as a recruit for the softball team. I played softball from the age of four until the end of my freshman year in college. My position was catcher, and I absolutely loved controlling the plays on the field. However, after my first year, I started itching to try out some new opportunities. The women on the rugby team constantly talked about what a blast it is to play, and I started experiencing a little fear of missing out. After a lifetime on the diamond, I traded in my softball cleats for a pair of rugby boots having never even seen a game. I’m still learning the sport, but I currently play the position of tighthead prop. I love playing a club sport at the Academy because although it keeps me busy, it does not dominate my life, and it provides me with time to entertain some of my other interests.
In my limited free time, I browse Pinterest and carry out all sorts of arts and crafts projects at my desk. I’ve even managed to drag my boyfriend into it so now you can find us making dreamcatchers, painting, and knitting scarves when the weather starts cooling down. I love do-it-yourself projects, and I’m always working on something. Over the summer, I picked up a ukulele. It would be an exaggeration to say that I play it, but I have fun strumming the strings along with a few chords.
I want to be a cadet blogger because I feel that, like every cadet, I have a unique perspective to offer on life at the Academy. Majoring in Government, I feel that I belong to a small group that favors long essays over anything I have to use a calculator to complete. I have also been lucky enough to have the chance to play multiple sports at the Academy and to be a part of handbell choir, Compañero’s Club, St. Frances DeSales Society, Cadet Activities Council, and now cadet blogging! I’ve gotten the chance to try out a lot of new activities since I left home in Florida over two years ago, and I hope that I can share some of those experiences with prospective cadets, parents, or anyone else who is interested in life at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
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