Lauren Steenson found hers over 12 years, five stations and countless adventures.
Lauren Steenson, ’23, had always been interested in visual storytelling and photography. But it wasn’t until she joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 2011 that she discovered how to turn her interests into the future she wanted.
Steenson wanted to become a public affairs specialist — it was her goal the moment she joined the Coast Guard. She found an internal job opening and decided to add her name to the wait list for the Coast Guard’s Public Affairs A-School — a program needed to qualify for the job. But the A-School only admits a few Coast Guard members at a time, so Steenson patiently waited for more than three years.
Finally, Steenson was admitted. She began a 12-week course at a Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland, focusing on news and feature writing, photography and military policy on public information. She completed her course in 2015, officially becoming a public affairs specialist. After graduating from the Public Affairs A-School, she was stationed in Kodiak, Alaska for two years — and deployed to Central America and the Arctic — where she put her new skills to good use documenting the Coast Guard’s work through many different avenues.
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