Thanks for your advice on the PFE. The running is the part that comes most easily to me anyway, as I ran cross-country way back in middle school. I'll continue to improve my upper body/core strength to max or get close to max on the sit ups and push ups. As for my parents, I'll do my best to educate them about the Coast Guard Academy. If we can't visit it in person, I will definitely show them the website and some of the videos on it that I feel give a really good representation of the academy. It's just so hard to help them understand that this is what I feel is best for me!