Hey! I’m Peter Driscoll, from New Bern, North Carolina.
I am the oldest of six children. My mom and dad are both Navy officers; one is a retired SAR helicopter pilot and the other is an engineer-turned-doctor. We’ve moved several times: Pennsylvania, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the Florida Panhandle, and eastern North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!).
In high school, I was a straight-A student. I was the varsity swim team captain and active in my parish and school clubs. When I came to the Academy, instead of swimming, I chose crew; I am the novice coxswain for the men’s team. (Sometimes it sucks, but sometimes it’s lucky, to be the smallest guy in a group.) I also participate in Mock Trial and the Catholic Club, but I don’t want to overbalance academics and extracurriculars.
Speaking of academics, I am a tentative Government major who is considering whether or not to switch to Marine and Environmental Science. I would love to double major, but that is almost impossible here. No matter what happens, when I graduate, whether first in the class or last, I will still become an Ensign.
Which leads me to my last point, unless you’ve already hit the “Back” button on your browser… I chose the Academy because I wanted to actively help people, not sit behind a desk. The leadership opportunities available to graduates make every second here worth it; my goal is to gain promotion to Flag level while serving in the fleet, go to graduate school, and possibly work as a professor. That is what motivates me to get through the challenges and stress of the Academy environment.
Now, to close with a funny story… Part of the reason I chose the Academy is that my mom, an Annapolis alumna, wanted me to go to Annapolis. The more she pushed Annapolis, the more I said “NO.” And I started looking at my Academy. I fell in love with my Academy because of the small size and close-knit community, and great opportunities both here and in the operational Coast Guard. Go Bears, Go Books, Semper Paratus.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at Peter.M.Driscoll@uscga.edu.