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My Appointment to the USCGA: January 8, 2014

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Kokomoor Photo It has been more than three years since I received my appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and there are plenty of moments around that time that I can no longer recall, but January 8, 2014 is not one of them. I remember that day as if I could be living it all over again, right now. I wanted to go to the Coast Guard Academy…REALLY BADLY. I was getting nervous that I had not heard back yet from my early action application submission, and I was starting to doubt everything. I thought about what other colleges I did and didn’t apply to and started to get nervous, more so than I like to admit.

 

On January 8, 2014 I went to morning swim practice, I went to school, and then I went home and took a nap. I knew that I had to get up soon to go to afternoon practice, but it was cold outside and so warm in my bed. I was contemplating extending my nap through practice when my phone started to ring from across the room. I almost didn’t get up to answer it; I never answered my phone in high school. But for some reason, still unknown to me, I got up, dragged myself across the room and picked up the phone. It was John Westkott, Head Coach of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Swimming and Diving Team.

 

Everything from there is cookie cutter, an awkwardly exciting conversation with my soon to be college swim coach, some jumping around my room followed by a quick call to my mom, and then my dad, and then my sister, other sister, brother, high school swim coach, everyone, you name them, they got a call. I was off the wall excited to be going to the Academy.

 

After a few weeks the excitement faded and was replaced by nerves. It was something I thought I wanted more than anything, and I started to second guess myself. I had other options, easier options, to consider, ones with less commitment and definitely less stress. But something carried me through those few unsure month. R-Day and Swab Summer came and went and all of a sudden I’m three years in and I haven’t yet made a decision that I regret. It really does all work out in the end!

 

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