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Our Service as Coast Guardsmen is About Servitude

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link   All Posts
 DePorto Photo It's a short week coming back from Labor Day weekend. As always, I am excited for the weekend. We have an away volleyball tournament and are leaving Friday at 1300 (1pm). I will get to sleep on the bus while my classmates are in school. Oh, the small perks of being on a varsity team.

 

My birthday is this month, and I am dreading turning 22. I remember being 17 and meeting someone that was 22. "You are so old," was all I could think. I am losing my youth. But I have to keep reminding myself that age is only a number. With every day that passes, I learn more and am able to take on more responsibilities.

 

I am the Regimental Workplace Climate Officer this semester. I get to deal with diversity affairs as well as sexual harassment and assault issues. The perks of taking on the extra responsibilities are that I get to keep my car in the upper parking lot, I live on the second floor, and I get to give the 4/c carry-on. I am working to make trainings better and be able to have more open discussions about where we all come from. I am a first generation college student, and much to my surprise so are many of my classmates. We all come from different backgrounds and have faced different challenges, so I believe that if we talk about them we can have a better appreciation for those around us as well as the wonderful lives we all live.

 

Again, my sister and I are the first in our family to attend college. I knew I would go to college since the 7th grade when my parents told me that I could get paid to go to school if I worked hard. Little did I know that I would eventually not only get paid to go to school, but straight out of college I will have no debt and the coolest job I can think of for a 22-year-old. I am living the American dream.

 

That is all I have for my first entry, but I want to leave this with the speech I addressed to the Corps on our first day of school. The weekend before got out of hand and too many people forgot how lucky they are to attend the Academy. It is a stressful place and we are young adults, but we cannot forget what a great opportunity we have been given by coming here.

 

Our Service as Coast Guardsmen is About Servitude (Continued) PDF  

 

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