Meagan Cox '15: United States Coast Guard

I am a Communication major and Politics minor at Saint Anselm College. As a rising senior, I am really starting to buckle down and find out exactly what it is that I want to do when I graduate. I have always had what I thought was a “set-in-stone” life plan consisting of where I would end up living and what I would end up doing professionally. However, as I am nearing the end of my college career, I’m realizing that sometimes you don’t choose the things that you are meant to do, sometimes they come to you.

Growing up in a military household, I have always had a great amount of sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the men and women that serve our great nation. Although I have always had a sincere appreciation for our military, I did not think that enlisting was for me. Instead, my love of politics and the opportunities provided at the NHIOP drew me towards Saint Anselm College.

When I began my first year at Saint Anselm, I planned to apply for internships at local news stations, a plan that I had focused upon strictly. However, while I began researching local news stations to apply to, I was granted an opportunity that I had never even considered previously. In the midst of my active search for internships, I was directed towards an opportunity to intern for the United States Coast Guard. I decided to pursue this opportunity because it was something different from what I was exposed to, and I knew it would be an interesting change and a new experience. It was a true leap of faith that I am so grateful to have taken, as it has truly given me a direction as I near the end of my college career.

This summer I began interning for the External Affairs Office of the United States Coast Guard. Here, I assist admirable and honorable men and women, mostly enlisted, in creating events and facilitating communicative relationships between the Coast Guard and politicians. This internship has brought together two things that I love- politics and the military. Every day I walk in the office, I am surrounded by brave, focused individuals who are helping to maintain the safety and security our nation. Even more than that, these men and women are undoubtedly some of the most respectful people I have ever met. Every task that is done in my office is done with great purpose and meaning, and their actions positively affect a great number of people every day.

I have always known that I wanted to make a difference in this world, and being surrounded by so many inspirational men and women at my internship has further fueled this desire in me. I have found a new passion in the investigative side of the work field, and I plan to pursue it when I graduate this spring. My life plan that I had so adamantly followed focused strictly on becoming a reporter, but through this internship, I have realized that there is so much more that I would like to do, and so many more opportunities waiting to be explored. Working for the Coast Guard has helped me to find my passion. This summer internship has been such a unique experience, one that I will forever cherish.

  • SHERICE CUADRA

    Great Article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank Life plan form to fill out?

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