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From a Green Shield to Those Looking to Don One

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Corbett Photo As a 4/c, you don the green shield insignia. As a 3/c, you don the red shield insignia. 4/c year is but four weeks and three finals away from being over, 40 days from today if you count like I do. So here are my reflections and advice for those twenty eighteen-ers who happen to read this.

 

When I think of the colors green and red first thing that pops in my mind is a stop light. As a 4/c you are constantly moving. Its go go go, be here be there no stopping. You are always being asked to do more and push yourself further. That is just how the system works. I have squared my meals for nine months. Just this week the Class of 2017 was granted carry-on at meals. Life here moves so fast and just keeps going as a 4/c so you never take the time to stop and think about what you have done. It’s been nine months of not looking at my meals; I had not realized that until I stopped. The red shield. As I begin to see the end in sight and that red shield closer to my grasp I stop, as a red light would tell me to. I stop and think of what I have done and where I am going. I reflect and am humbled to know that I did something that I honestly cannot believe that I did… 2018 you will realize that it’s a tough life, but every moment is worth it if you stop and appreciate it. Problem is I am still green and I am moving too fast and only now, in the last few weeks, began to realize that stopping and reflecting is what needs to be done to fully appreciate what goes on here.

 

To the incoming class of 2018, congrats, you are shoving off into an unknown, new piece of your life that will challenge you beyond your limitations. While you are experiencing the summer, here are some survival tips. First off the summer is a game. The first day you will be given a few rules to start. You will play the game each day and learn new rules each day as you mess up, accidentally, but the cadre won’t see it as an accident. As you learn rules, remember them, the game starts anew at the sound of the bugle in the morning. Each rule and piece learned in the summer becomes crucial as the summer builds and as you approach the academic year. Don’t give up. The moment you give up will only be a moment away from being done. When you are being punished, know that those punishing you went through the same thing; everyone around you is with you and supporting you. No one wants you to fail; the summer is 90% mental and 10% physical. Stay strong and you will overcome anything you get thrown at you.

 

That is all I have for now, I will do another post before school lets out. Just to touch base with everyone and give a last few remarks to 2018 before you join me and the rest of the corps in the coming fall. Good luck all and stay classy!

~Corb (Shane.P.Corbett@uscga.edu)

 



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