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Beginning of the End

(Athletics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2013) Permanent link   All Posts
Ward Photo The Academy consists of a lot of clichés and simple statements. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” “Adversity makes you grow closer.” “It’s the people who make the difference.” “This place changes you.” None of them are the full picture of my experience here, but they do give a silhouette of this institution. In a week I will know where I will be stationed for the next two years. It’s really exciting, and in many ways fulfilling to see the finish line after almost four years here. I am holding on to the moments I have left with all my friends and sports, but I am also ready to try new things.


In many ways I wonder where the years went, how they flew by so fast, and then I look back and 4/c year seems a long time ago. High school? When was that? In a few years I can hear myself saying that about the Academy. Looking back, I can’t say that there aren’t regrets, but I’m so proud of all that has happened and so excited for the opportunity to use what I have learned in the fleet. As I finish my last season on the crew team, my last semester of college, my last time of living with so many friends, I hope I enjoy them as much as I can before they are gone.


Keep your fingers crossed as I find out where I’m stationed!


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