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The Reality of a Dream

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2020) Permanent link   All Posts
Heinrich Photo Screaming, sprinting, gasping for breath and living one day at a time is not how I imagined “living the dream” would be. That’s what tends to happen when you have a dream: you never fully realize the hard road you will have to take to get there. You think of the benefits, the beautiful sunset at the end of the day, but the sweat, the courage and strife needed to get there is often an afterthought if it is even a thought at all.


Swab Summer changed me for the better; every person who successfully completed the training program will tell you the same. Although I endured hardships like nothing I’ve ever faced before, I would do it again. I would relive every sweaty, funny, tough moment of this summer, because CGA is my dream, and the reality of my dream is far better than anything I ever imagined. I and every fourth class will need to earn their place at the Academy and as officers in the Coast Guard every day for the next four years. This is no cake walk but like anything that is worth something in this life, you have to fight for your dreams.


I want to be a blogger to report the reality of fourth class year: the tears of joy, the tears which stream down your face from laughing too hard, and the tears from struggling through the challenges of the CGA. The 2016-2017 year is going to be yet another amazing experience and I can’t wait to share mine with you.


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