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The Challenge of a New Semester

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
 Sara Cantrell Being back at the Academy has, no lie, been tough but now that the first week of classes is over, I am beginning to get the feel for everything and getting back into the swing of things. After successfully finishing my first semester at the Coast Guard Academy, I went home to Florida for two and a half weeks. It was one of the greatest feelings to take off my uniform and put on civilian clothes! I will admit, at first I felt a little awkward in blue jeans, but after a few hours that wore off and I was happy to be home. I got to spend a lot of time with my best friend, Alexa, who attends the University of Georgia. We went to the beach almost every day and we got to talk about everything that had happened these last six months. It was also great to spend Christmas with my family! My mom was so happy that my brother and I were both home because this has been the first year that she has dealt with both of us being gone, so I know she was really happy to have the whole family together again. While I was home I realized how much I missed my friends back at CGA; you don’t really know how close you get to everyone until you are thousands of miles away and your only communication is a phone. Although I missed my friends, there’s no doubt that winter break was simply amazing.

I received my schedule for spring semester classes and I am very happy with my classes and professors. This semester will be tougher than last, but I know I can get through it. I have been swamped with homework this week and it doesn’t look like it will let up anytime soon, but I am ready for the challenge. This weekend the corps has a long (we can stay out overnight) because it is Martin Luther King Day on Monday, but I have a swimming and diving meet on Sunday so I will be hanging out at the Academy.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holidays and good luck in this New Year. For all of the seniors, I want to say enjoy the rest of your senior year because it can be a lot of fun. Go to as many school functions as you can and cherish the moments with your friends because in just a few short months your lives will all change and the memories is what will keep you together. Good luck to everyone applying and if anyone has questions about the application process or anything at all send me an email!

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