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Ready for the Challenge - Coady

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Mary Coady

I am so excited to be going to AIM!

One of the reasons I wanted to go to AIM is to see what life at the Coast Guard Academy would be like, and I hope to get a glimpse of that. I hope to better decide whether the Academy is the path that I would like to pursue. I also wanted to challenge myself to the best of my ability, and I think that AIM will help me to do so. I look forward to the challenges AIM will offer me. I also am excited to meet people who have similar goals and who could possibly be cadets with me if I ended up at the Academy.

Though I am excited for the challenges ahead I am not without my concerns. I am worried that I will not be able to keep up with the rigors of the physical training throughout the day. I am also worried that I will come out of my experience feeling just as conflicted about my decisions for my future as I was when I went in, and that I will have no insights on the Academy’s lifestyle. In the end though, I really think that I will gain something from this experience.

I am looking forward to this opportunity, but my family’s thoughts on it are bittersweet. I am the oldest of five, with four younger brothers. My parents are happy that I got in, because they know that I really wanted to go. At the same time they are not quite ready for me to begin to look at options for my future, and like many other parents they do not want to acknowledge that I am at a point where decisions have to be made. My younger brothers are happy for me, (possibly also happy for some “guy time” as well), though they aren’t happy that I’m going to be gone for five days and that I won’t be able to call them. To them that seems like a very long time especially since I’m very close with all them, and I haven’t been away for this long without a way to talk to them. In the end though, they are all excited to hear about my experience, and I am looking forward to starting!