Well we are starting our second week of the summer and I have already learned so so much! This summer I got stationed on CGC Valiant (210’) for five weeks and then Sector Honolulu, Hawaii for six weeks. I am very grateful that I will be experiencing cutter life before I start my ensign tour, but there is definitely a lot to learn.
To back up a little, the end of the semester came up quick (as usual). There were a lot of group and individual projects to be completed before final exams. I was fortunate enough to only have one final exam so I was able to study and hang out with my friends before everyone departed for the summer.
I reported to CGC Valiant on Sunday and I’m not going to lie, I was very overwhelmed. It was just a lot of change in such a short amount of time. You don’t realize how much security you have at the Academy until you get pulled away from it. You are always with your friends and you have a strict routine that you learn to love. I had 78 new faces to learn by name, rate, and rank, while learning where everything was on the ship and where I am supposed to be and when. It is doable of course, but it was definitely stressful and had me missing the Academy and my friends A WHOLE LOT! After the first couple of days, like anything, you start to understand more of what is happening and you can get into the groove, I am lucky enough to have a really great crew and command on my cutter who are willing to help me with anything. I continue to learn everyday and I know that will continue for the rest of my time in the Coast Guard.
I am not rushing the summer away, but I am so excited for firstie year. It will be strange being at the top, but I know my class is ready to take on the responsibility and lead the school. It is going to be a great year. :)
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