What a summer I had! I left the Academy on May 5th to go to a small boat station, Station Georgetown in South Carolina. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much. The crew at the station was so helpful and taught me so much about life in the fleet. I was able to go out on the small boats almost every day and participated in multiple training evolutions. I was also able to go down to Sector Charleston and speak with officers to learn more about sector life and what operations go on there. The exposure to the Coast Guard I got on first phase was incredible. It showed me that this is the service I want to be a part of and how lucky I am to be part of this family.
After six weeks in South Carolina I headed to Baltimore, Maryland to board the USCGC Eagle. We sailed for two weeks up to Boston, which was an awesome experience. Underway was very exhausting with little sleep and constant work, but it was well worth it because I learned so much and got to interact with different people working in different departments. We stayed in Boston for about a week, which was really nice because we had liberty and I was able to see the city. I also went to the Blue Man Group and it was the highlight of my time in Boston; I recommend it! Once we left Boston we sailed down to New London with Admiral Papp the commandant of the Coast Guard, which was a really unique experience because he hadn’t been on Eagle since he was the commanding officer. We departed from New London and headed up to Halifax, Nova Scotia, which was a week and a half underway. Halifax was a very neat city and I would love to go back and visit more. The best part of Eagle was getting to know my classmates so well. I got close to a lot of people my 4/c year, but once on Eagle you have more time to talk with your friends and classmates and you get to know everyone so well. I had a great group of girls in my berthing area and made some really great friends.
After a successful summer experience in the fleet I flew home to Florida and was able to spend three weeks of fun in the sun. Leave was very relaxing; I did something in the sun every single day and hung out with friends and family. It’s fun to go back and see how the first year went for all of my high school friends. I even went to the University of Florida to visit my brother, which was a great time, but made me realize that I would not want to be at a university and I am so happy I am in the Coast Guard and attending the Academy.
The corps came back on Sunday and it has been pretty hectic around Chase Hall. It is very different being a 3/c and realizing that you don’t have to square corners or meals or do clocks. It is a good feeling to say the least! I am all packed in so I haven’t been too stressed. The academic year starts on Monday and I am nervous, but I know it will be a good year and I’ll get through it. I’m really excited to see what this year brings after an awesome summer!
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