I have a very unique billet (job assignment) following graduation because it is not a normal trackline followed by graduates. You see, about 85% of graduates go to sea, 10% to flight school, and 5% to sectors. Yet, my assignment is none of these! Well, for now at least...
I will be reporting to flight school in September, however, until then I am stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Admissions division. I helped to supervise the Academy Introductory Mission (AIM) program and gave briefs to visitors. I requested Admissions as my summer tour before flight school for two reasons: one, because I wanted to avoid the grueling Pensacola summer, and two, because I worked a lot with the Admissions division as a cadet and knew I would be happy working with the amazing staff.
It is certainly interesting to go from applying to the Academy to being a cadet to working as an Admissions Officer and being able to see all three sides. I bring a unique perspective to the team, especially being a recent graduate and knowing the latest answers to questions about cadet life and regulations.
Many of my friends think I am 'crazy' for asking to stay at the Academy – after all, I have spent the last four years of my life here. Yet, I built very strong relationships with faculty and cadets here, and I honestly wasn't ready to head off to Florida. The break of school work was great and I am now fueled and ready to go for flight school in one month!
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