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Light Amongst the Darkness

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Corbett Photo There is currently a grudge match at the Academy. The dark and cold of winter versus the exasperated cadets who just want to make it to that spring break location. This time of the year is commonly referred to as the “Dark Ages.” The upper-classmen have warned the 4/c of this depressing time at the Academy all year. Now being a part of it, I can’t help but think, why give this time the satisfaction of depressing us all? I began to think of happiness and what it means. What does it take for someone to be happy, here or anywhere? What I came up with is that the pursuit of happiness is a lie. Now hold on, I am not going off the deep end here, I am a very cheery person I love my happiness and optimism.


Here is what struck me though, in my many daydreams. Why does someone always pursue happiness? If you are on a pursuit of happiness doesn’t that mean you are currently not happy, and your goal in life is to become happy? If you follow the pursuit of happiness psychology you are treating a human emotion as an end product of your life plan. I have a quote as the background on my phone so I am always reminded of my recently discovered ideology. This quote reads, “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling” ~ Margaret Runbeck. Think about that for a second. Instead of being on a road to happiness, why not be on a journey of happiness. That probably sounds like something a cheesy children’s author would write, and maybe that is another problem. We all think we are just too grown up and mature for the silliness and games that truly make us happy. Even in the military, it is wake up and smell the coffee, this is real life. Well, I want real life to be fun! I enjoy being a goofy, tall, lanky kid because I am at least enjoying my journey here. I have had, and am being offered, opportunities of a lifetime that a very small group of Americans can say they share, or shared. Why should I be bogged down by a little winter weather? It is a small portion of the year and then it is back to sunny days. Then you and I will have even more reasons to be happy. Keep on trucking through the winter and whatever it is that occupies your time. And of course remember, always look on the bright side of things, and continue on a road of joy not a journey to it.


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Finishing Second Class Year, Moving On to the Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo The downside of being extremely busy constantly (besides that in itself) is that the weeks, semesters, and years seem to fly by. I cannot believe there are five weeks left of my 2/c year at the Academy. I find myself having to constantly take a breath and enjoy the opportunities I have been given this semester, and take the time to enjoy being in a place with so many of my friends.


I am extremely grateful that I was able to be Guidon for Golf Company this semester. My 4/c are exceptionally hard working and disciplined, which has allowed me to step into more of a guidance role instead of an enforcer one. I’ve enjoyed developing them as followers, and feel confident that they are all ready to take the next step as role models. They will all be great representatives during their upcoming summer in the fleet as well, and I look forward to working with them next year.


For this summer, I will be doing six weeks aboard Eagle, and then five weeks in Sitka, Alaska aboard the CGC Maple. I’m very excited for both of these phases, as Eagle is a great way to prepare for the Maple, and an awesome way to master the subjects I have been learning in NautSci this year. I’ve also never been to Alaska, and cannot wait to experience what it is like in the summer while I’m aboard the Maple (a 225’ seagoing buoy tender). This summer, I will also be treated as more of a junior officer at my assignments, so I will be able to get a look into life after I graduate. Summers at the Academy are where cadets truly learn and develop, and I cannot wait to get started.


More about Lindsay.