Seaman Recruit Annie Nguyen: My name is Annie Nguyen. I am from Marietta, Ga. I'm 19. I graduated from James County High School up in Carnesville, Ga. I've been working a lot, and I did go to college for a little bit, found out it wasn't for me. I guess it's just because I've been in school pretty much my entire life, and sitting in a class for an hour and a half listening to a lecture about something that I read in a book, it just didn't appeal to me, I guess. I felt like I wasn't doing anything with my life. I've been traveling a lot, so I guess I just wanted to stay somewhere close to home in a way, and I wanted to do something with my life.
So I looked up the Coast Guard and found it interesting. I actually looked on the Coast Guard website, and then I looked at all the news and everything like that and I found it really appealing. I guess it's just an experience that most people want to do but can't, and all that. I wanted to make a difference. It makes me feel pretty great to know that the GI Bill will help me with money costs and everything like that. I don't have to worry about getting into debt, pretty much, with financial aid.
I actually emailed my recruiter, and then he called my cell phone because I left it in the email, and then we just started talking about it. He asked me a bunch of questions, and then we set up an appointment for me to come in at 10:00 in the morning and that was rough because at the time I was just, like, sleeping in a lot. I got set up to take the ASVAB that day, and then I found out my score, which was a 70, and I was kind of shocked at first because I didn't know if that was good or bad. So I started freaking out. He told me that it was okay. It was better than normal. This entire week, I am booked. Like, I don't know if I'm actually going to be able to sleep, if I'm going to be able to spend more time with my family or anything like that. I am completely booked because I still have to work. I hear that it's really stressful at first. I can deal with stress. I've dealt with it my entire life, so it really doesn't bug me that much. I think I'm going to go into this with a calm head, just seeing how tough the Coast Guard really is.