Hey there! I recently visited the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and I loved it. I got to have a very nice conversation with the swim coach there and he gave a overview of the Academy but I have a few more questions that I didn't think to ask actually. First off, can someone explain the AIM summer program to me? -I don't know much about it really. I really am interested in applying and getting accepted into the Academy. Freshman year I did well, Sophomore year (last year) was more of a struggle and I did pretty poorly in Algebra II and Chemistry. This year, Junior year I'm planning on being a lot more focused, these are the classes: -Honors English III -Pre-Calculus (Considered Honors too, +1 weight) -Honors German III -AP United States History -AP Biology (2 periods, the actual AP course and then an Honors lab) -Study Hall I was wondering if these classes are good, I've heard that the Academy really wants students strong in science and mathematics. I could take AP Chemistry or Physics senior year but I want to know if it's absolutely necessary and which course would be better, I'm leaning towards Physics because of my bad Chemistry experience. An acquaintance of mine got into the Academy but she got into the AIM program and was a Valedictorian so...I'm wondering how realistic my "dream" is. Overall, I want to know what to expect from the AIM program and how to go about applying and the same goes for applying to the Academy and hopefully getting admission. Thank you! Oh and a side note: I've received the Bronze and Silver Award in Girl Scouts but have not been able to start working on a Gold Award Project as I haven't been able to come up with an idea as of yet. I haven't been able to get many service learning hours due to the fact that I'm a competitive club swimmer. (aka. I practice after school 5 days a week and don't get home till 7 pm every night, plus I practice Saturday mornings unless I have a swim meet which are relatively often.) Thanks again!