Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse - Summer of Service

Eric Schmid (E.J.)
Freshman | Midfield | Robbinsville, NJ
Major: Management

During my Swab Summer experience I underwent a transition greater than I could fathom as a typical high school student. Over my seven-week indoctrination period, I was pushed by my Cadre to grow from a civilian into a future Coast Guard officer. Although I often doubted myself and my capabilities throughout the summer, I quickly learned that my limitations only existed if I let them. When times got difficult, as they often did, I realized the importance of teamwork and friendship. My company and I developed close relationships, as we often relied on one another during the toughest of times. In addition to my friends in the company, I had already become acquainted with incoming lacrosse recruits in a similar position. The day before reporting in, the lacrosse team hosted a picnic, during which I met members of the team and the incoming class of players. This made Swab Summer a lot easier because I often saw familiar faces amidst the chaos. Each day of Swab Summer seemed like an eternity, but the weeks flew by. Before I knew it, I earned my shoulder boards and completed my first step toward becoming an officer. Although this summer was the most challenging one to date, I do not regret it in the least, as it was the most fulfilling experience of my life.

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