I’ve wanted to be a soldier for most of my life. When I was a five-year-old, my mother asked me what I wanted to do when I was grown up. My childish reply was that I wanted to “be a shoulder!” Now, I am grown and have the opportunity to act on that dream. I know what being a Marine entails, and am still 100% committed to being an officer. Being a soldier is a more physically and mentally demanding than usual civilian life. As a manly individual, I crave this lifestyle. As a very patriotic American, I want to serve my great nation. As a highly confident and proud individual, I am attracted to the Marines, where greatest challenge and greatest honor meet.