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AIMster Chang

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link   All Posts
Chang Photo So, attending AIM was a good experience. It was only a week long, but gave me insight as to what it takes to make it at the Academy. Teamwork, motivation, grit—all the small things that make up Swab Summer and beyond. There are even a few people in my class right now who were in the same AIM section that I was. Granted, we were all high school kids running around being told what to do, and I didn’t even know what I was getting into coming to AIM, but it was something that encouraged to me to try my hand at this place.


I’m glad I went to AIM. It definitely helped me through prep school and Swab Summer, and I’ve even seen some of my old AIM cadre out in the fleet! I didn’t expect to come to a service academy at all but AIM happened to be a trial run that went well. Even if you go through AIM and decide not to come to the Academy, you at least learn some pretty good life/leadership lessons, and come out with some awesome memories.


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