Personal Narrative: Becoming An Officer In The Coast Guard

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There is a famous quotation attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus that roughly translates to: “The only constant in life is change”. I cannot recall the first time I heard this quote, but I know the first time I could truly identify with it. During the summer before seventh grade in 2008 when I was doing laundry in my basement like any other regular night. Suddenly, my mother came down the stairs and told me that she and my father were getting a divorce. At the time, I only had the slightest idea of what this meant. I had no idea that it could and would change so many various aspects of my life. I also would never have surmised it would offer me the skills or abilities of a leader soon. Becoming an officer in the Coast Guard will be an excellent way for me to effectively lead others by exhibiting these skills, all while participating in a cause that is greater than just myself.
Since the time my parents split, I have moved to different homes on seven total occasions and was required to switch high schools just as I was supposed to begin my freshman year, as decided by a court ruling. Consequentially, I practically lived out of a suitcase throughout high school since my brother and I had to split weekdays between my parents who lived nearly thirty miles apart. It was necessary to embrace change and I became quite decent at it, even though it was
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These are all skills I know I possess and have honed throughout my life. The chance at becoming an officer for the United States Coast Guard would be the greatest stage to display them, and would only contribute toward any future missions or objectives I am