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College and the Academy

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2013) Permanent link   All Posts
 Jessica Ward R-Day does come upon you fast, but be sure to enjoy what you have now. I think sometimes people (myself included) are so focused on the military/physical aspects of the Academy that they forget that the this is also a college and brings with it those trials and difficulties such as leaving home for good, finding new friends, getting used to roommates and close living environments, etc. College anywhere marks the finality of your "childhood" and the Academy also does this plus the end of your "civilian life."

Of the many difficulties I faced during Swab Summer, I came to realize that many of them would be found at any college. The initial adjustment to life here is hard because you’re facing the burden of those two major endings, but it just means you develop closer friendships and get to see greater personal growth. But before all this comes, enjoy the life you have at home because you will never have it again, and that’s true no matter what college you go to.

Please continue to send me your questions, I enjoy receiving your email.

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