This summer I had the privilege of spending a week at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Our every move was strictly controlled and every minute of the day was accounted for. The program (AIM) was to give us a taste of what life at the academy will be like. It was both mentally and physically challenging but I walked away feeling so accomplished and even more sure of the future I want in the Coast Guard. Everything we did had a purpose and a goal to teach discipline. Nobody was an individual, my fellow aimsters and I were one unit. Our days began at 5:30am and ended at around 9pm. We had to square our corners & our meals and had to look forward (eyes in the boat) at all times unless we were told otherwise. We were taught how to walk and how to stand, how to greet respectfully, and even how to make our beds. Our showers, using the bathroom and even getting water were all timed. Our Cadre forced us to let go of being an individual and learn strong discipline. I found my experience to be highly rewarding although it was very difficult. I made new friends from different states and shared a bond that others who have not experienced AIM won’t understand. I’m so greatly for this opportunity because it made my love for the United States Coast Guard grow times ten.