My dream of becoming a United States Marine began in 2010 when I first contacted the recruiting office.
Gunnery Sergeant Arao called me almost immediately after I submitted my “inquiry.” The first time I walked into the recruiting office in Eugene I was terrified. He had me explain my goals, how I pictured my future with and without the Marine Corps, and we started getting the ball rolling.
When I left the office that day I felt accomplished. I knew what I wanted for once in my life and I couldn’t wait to begin the journey. First thing’s first though, I had to get in physical shape. In order to meet the standards of the Marine Corps I needed to lose 45 pounds. I needed to run 1.5 miles in 15 minutes or less, hold my chin above a bar for (a still questionable) 18 seconds, and complete 55 crunches in two minutes.