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Enjoying the Little Things During Swab Summer

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Kearney Photo Arriving on R-Day, I thought to myself how my brother went through all of this. I grew up with him and remember saying goodbye to him on his R-Day. I saw the ways he changed and the ways he remained the same, and I heard the stories of his experience at the Academy. Being here now, I can put together what I visualized the Coast Guard Academy to be and compare it to what I have actually done.


Going through Swab Summer with the company known to be the most challenging on its swabs was difficult but well worth it. Through all those difficulties also came the good moments – small things here and there, Boston and New York on Eagle, and the bonds I made with my shipmates. The workouts were tough and could occur throughout the day. Shaving every day was a first. I had to learn how to memorize information quickly; to get out of bed and put shoes on in 15 seconds; to change out of a uniform, take a shower, and re-dress within 4.5 minutes; and to properly square every corner and every meal. This may all seem daunting but, in fact, it wasn’t as bad as it may sound. It was always helpful to remember that every cadet and officer had to go through the same thing. The key point in making your way through Swab Summer is to give one hundred percent effort. The days are long but the weeks go by quickly on the track of becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Keeping a positive attitude is vital, and I reminded myself that I must always enjoy the little things.


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