My name is Derek Silliman and I’m from a little village called Cotuit on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Feel free to shoot me an email at Derek.Silliman@uscga.edu if you would like to ask me questions about the Academy. I ran track and cross country back in high school, but I just joined the dinghy sailing team and we have a blast! I’m a Mechanical Engineering major and I hope to become a commanding officer of a small cutter once I graduate from the Academy. Ever since I visited the Academy in eighth grade, it was my dream to come here. Through hard work all during high school, I was able to get where I am today. I was actually wait-listed at first but after being persistent with my Admissions Officer, I got in with less than two months to R-Day. You give up a lot of your freedom to be here but it is an experience like no other. I have had some great experiences already in my short time here, but there is still a long way for me to go.