Hey folks! My name is Alexis Chavarria-Aguilar. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, but not to worry. A lot of people struggle with the pronunciation of my last name and have compromised by simply calling me “Chav.” I was born in Georgia, but grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, playing soccer and rowing crew throughout high school. Both of my parents work in healthcare, which influenced me to pursue a career that also involves helping others. Motivated by a passion for aviation, I volunteered at an air medical transportation service, where I met a former Coast Guard HH-65 pilot. He advised me to look into the Coast Guard Academy as a possible strategy to flight school. After some research, I was hooked, devoting the rest of my time in high school to earning an appointment.
Despite my valiant efforts, I did not receive a direct appointment into the Academy, and was instead offered a scholarship through the Coast Guard Academy Scholars Program. I accepted and subsequently spent two semesters at Marion Military Institute in Alabama. Not only did my experience at prep school strengthen my zeal for the Academy, but it also presented me with a variety of exceptional memories, including an opportunity to take private flight lessons. Eventually, I commenced from MMI with a quality GPA, roughly 25 flight hours under my belt, and an appointment to the CGA with the class of 2015.
Nowadays, I spend the majority of my time navigating through an endless sea of work, shooting with the rifle team in the range beneath Chase Hall, and waking up from Swab Summer nightmares with my face planted in a textbook. Again, have no fear. The long hours and lack of a social life are simply minor sacrifices on an arduous voyage to success, and I couldn’t be happier about my decision to attend the Academy.