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Lorton, VA - Class of 2018
Major: Marine and Environmental Sciences 
ABOUT GILLIAN

My name is Gillian Gerton, but most people call me Gil, and I hail from Fairfax County, or more specifically Lorton, Virginia. I am a military brat with Army parents. I also have an older brother and an older sister who is starting her master’s program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. I however chose the Coast Guard because of the small size and atmosphere of the service, the great missions, and the unlimited opportunities available to women. Here at the Academy, I am a member of the women’s basketball team where I play center. I am a Marine Environmental Science major and love every minute I get to spend in and around the water. This includes some of my favorite hobbies such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, as well as just relaxing on the beach. Conversely, I also love to go to the mountains and hit the slopes on my snowboard!

The Academy is a challenging but rewarding place. I have learned many new things about myself as a person and as a leader. I have gained some of the best friends I will ever have in my life and we were brought together through the shared experience of life at the Academy and our major. I know without a doubt that the Academy is where I am supposed to be and cannot wait to get out and fulfill my duties as an officer of The United States Coast Guard!