It’s already April. Soon I will be headed off to a summer internship and a Coast Guard cutter to get some real Coast Guard exposure and experience before entering into my final year at the Academy. I can’t believe it. Honestly, the entire time I have been at the Academy, it has felt as if the cycle of classes, crew practice, and homework will never end, and that I will be here forever (thank goodness that’s not the case!). As a matter of fact, just earlier today I was reminiscing with a classmate about the many trials and tribulations, summer experiences, and exciting and trying times that we have been through together, and I cannot believe that I have already been here for three years!
As I finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, graduation and life after the Academy becomes more and more real. I am beginning to focus on the many things here at the Academy that I really do enjoy, and that I will someday look back upon with nostalgia. Don’t get me wrong, I cannot wait until graduation, my wedding closely following graduation, and the life beyond the Academy, but there are definitely many things about being here that I will someday look to with fond memories. So while I am here, and as I finish up my final year, I hope to take full advantage of the opportunities that I have and fully appreciate the privilege that I have to attend the Coast Guard Academy. This is a special place, and I’m looking forward to what the final year has to offer!
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