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The Long Blue Line

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Keith Photo Classes finished? Check.


Capstone presentation? Check.


PCS paperwork? Check.


As the days wind down to graduation, it’s so strange to think that I only have 19 more days in Chase Hall. In some ways, it’s bittersweet because I will be leaving all of the amazing friends and mentors that I have met along the way of this journey, but I know that we will again cross paths at some point.


I am incredibly excited (and almost in disbelief) that I will be graduating in a few short weeks and commissioning as an ensign in the Coast Guard! Especially with an electrical engineering degree. You see, I originally came in as a government major but decided to take on the challenges of engineering. Even though I’ve always enjoyed writing, I thought I would be better off if I stretched myself intellectually and learned more about math, science, and the technological world in which we live. It’s been the hardest thing that I have done to this point, and there have certainly been times where I thought I would fail out, but I’m confident that all of the things that I’ve learned will be useful as a junior officer – and it’s not even all technical. The ability to work together as a team to solve a problem, to think of an idea and actually create it in the real world, to keep pushing even though the end doesn’t seem in sight…those are the things that I will be taking out of the gates of this Academy, all thanks to studying engineering.


The section chief of my major, a Commander (O-5) just had his retirement ceremony in the lobby of Mac Hall and it dawned to me how unique this Academy and organization, as well as the continuity of the Long Blue Line, is. Days after he leaves the organization, my classmates and I will official enter it and begin our service as officers. While it’s sad that the Great Class of 2014 will be scattered throughout the country, and will never again be together as a whole, I know that we will get to see and experience amazing things while carrying out the missions our country has tasked us with. Several of my mentors from the classes of 2011 and 2012 have already left their ships and are well onto their second tours. My friends from 2013 are a year in and will be showing us the ropes while assigned to our ships. And those from 2015, 2016, and 2017 will be here, working through this 200 week program that is the USCGA. For those fortunate enough to be coming in as the Class of 2018, get excited. You’re in for one life-changing journey, one that I would do all over again.



More about Jordan.


A Reflection on the Past as I Look to the Future

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Carani Photo It’s already April. Soon I will be headed off to a summer internship and a Coast Guard cutter to get some real Coast Guard exposure and experience before entering into my final year at the Academy. I can’t believe it. Honestly, the entire time I have been at the Academy, it has felt as if the cycle of classes, crew practice, and homework will never end, and that I will be here forever (thank goodness that’s not the case!). As a matter of fact, just earlier today I was reminiscing with a classmate about the many trials and tribulations, summer experiences, and exciting and trying times that we have been through together, and I cannot believe that I have already been here for three years!


As I finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, graduation and life after the Academy becomes more and more real. I am beginning to focus on the many things here at the Academy that I really do enjoy, and that I will someday look back upon with nostalgia. Don’t get me wrong, I cannot wait until graduation, my wedding closely following graduation, and the life beyond the Academy, but there are definitely many things about being here that I will someday look to with fond memories. So while I am here, and as I finish up my final year, I hope to take full advantage of the opportunities that I have and fully appreciate the privilege that I have to attend the Coast Guard Academy. This is a special place, and I’m looking forward to what the final year has to offer!



More about Luke.