For the prospective cadets out there, good luck with your application process! I hope the advice I gave in my last blog about the application process has been helpful. At this time, I’d like to advocate for a program I believe is the best way to see if you’ll like the Coast Guard Academy, it is called Cadet for a Day. This program offers you the opportunity to come to the Academy, meet an academic advisor in person, and spend a Thursday afternoon/night and Friday morning with a cadet.
So far this year, I have hosted two prospective cadets. During their visits, they got to go to my golf lesson, Leadership and Organizational Behavior class, and Physics class. Additionally, I was able to get them both to practice for the sport they want to play here at the Academy so they could meet the coaches and the cadets on the team. Both students thoroughly enjoyed their experience. During their visit, they were able to see what cadet life is like first-hand and get a sense of what we do here every day. If your still wondering if the Coast Guard Academy is right for you, sign up for the Cadet for a Day program on the website and come check out the Academy first hand!
During my Cadet for a Day experience, I got the feeling that I fit in. The camaraderie was great, and all of the cadets were really nice to me. I got a chance to practice with the rugby team, and I fit in well with them, too. I felt like the Academy was the best fit for me after my visit. I hadn’t been accepted yet, but visiting before I even submitted my application gave me the opportunity to write about my visit in my essays. I definitely recommend visiting the Academy if you’re not quite sure yet.
If you have any question about the Cadet for a Day program, or the application, please feel free to email me at Hunter.D.Stowes@uscga.edu . Good luck with those applications!
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