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Gwen Slaughter: Pre-AIM Interview

Gwen Slaughter | July 21, 2023

Gwen SlaughterWhat interests you about the Academy and what made you apply to AIM?

I’ve always been interested in the Academy, even from a young age. My dad went to the Academy and hearing about his experience and the opportunities he had at CGA and after he graduated is the main reason why I want to attend and go into the Coast Guard after. I applied to AIM because I’ve always heard how hard Swab Summer is and wanted to experience this first-hand to see if this is something I can handle.

What is the #1 thing you’ve done to prepare for AIM?

The number one thing I’ve done to prepare is working out, getting prepared physically, running and strengthening, especially practicing push-ups. Lots of push-ups.

What would you like your fellow AIMsters to know about you?

I would want my fellow AIMsters to know that I love working in teams and believe that that is the best way to be successful. Growing up I have always been in teams that are always changing, whether for sports or school, and am excited to get to work with a new group of people from all around the country.

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to sailing. I’ve never sailed a boat before, but I love being on the water and it seems like a fun experience to do with other AIMsters.

Any hesitations about your AIM week?

The biggest thing I’m hesitant about is being in a new environment with mentally challenging tasks. While there is an emphasis about being in shape and being physically challenged, these are the things I can prepare for beforehand. The mental aspect is a lot more challenging to prepare for, especially in a new place with people you don’t know.

What do your peers think about your service academy aspirations?

Most of my peers are surprised when I tell them and don’t know much about how service academies work or have only heard of West Point or The Naval Academy. But they are also really interested in hearing more about it.

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