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Life after Swab Summer

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Glick Photo Swab Summer was definitely challenging and we all miss parts of it now that the academic year has started. I could go on forever about Swab Summer, but I would go way over my word count. It was the experience of a lifetime—challenging, fun, trying, and tiring.


The way of life here during the academic year is very different, and we’re all still adapting to the new routine. Having been to a traditional state university for a year, I can say firsthand that this education is entirely different—it’s very hands on, and professors really care about your success. Here, you’re not just a number. When you come here, you are “somebody” in Chase Hall, in the classroom, and on the sports field. If you want to be a part of a family who wants to see you succeed, this is the place for you. The academics are very demanding, and I’m not necessarily your top “math-guy” but that’s why I came here: to get the best education possible to develop as an officer in the finest seagoing service.


The culture here is very unique, and so is the way we have fun. The Merchant Marine Academy game last week was insane (for a variety of reasons), but it was a whole lot of fun. Spirit missions, or good natured pranks on the upper-class cadets ran rampant the week before, and the energy on campus was exhilarating. The energy here, whether it’s during Pass and Review (drill), sports events, or campus activities, is what keeps me going. Just about everyone here is on the same page, so we all know how to have a good time. That’s another thing—all nine hundred or so people here are all working toward a common goal. I think cohesion among cadets here can only be matched by a few other places on the planet.


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