LongAgoPlebe
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    1. LongAgoPlebe
      LongAgoPlebe
      Of course, be my guest.
    2. MJP
      MJP
      LAP,
      Do you mind if I share your "secrets to successful freshmen" with my DS senior that is struggling with calc 1 right now? I like everything about it.
    3. LongAgoPlebe
      LongAgoPlebe
      Very best to you, SouthPaw.
    4. SouthPaw
      SouthPaw
      Your reply was really helpful. I feel better now about leaving: I have my goals set up for a new career, my parents are still supportive (I love 'em for their love), and I'm about to start the disenrollment process.

      Thank you for your help - There needs to be more people like you, who are actually informing and supportive rather than badgering and spiteful.
    5. LongAgoPlebe
      LongAgoPlebe
      I think that as long as you are focused on your goals, short and long term, you will do fine. If you are floundering around, it probably means your goals aren't enough to be pulling you forward.
    6. LongAgoPlebe
      LongAgoPlebe
      You have to remember that, back when this was happening for me (summer 1990), we didn't have cell phones and the internet was just getting started. So plebe year at USNA was REALLY isolating. I think I had phone privs on weekends. I didn't get many letters. But I was (am) really outgoing, so it was HARD, only having informal contact with classmates. Even in my chain of command, upperclassmen and plebes had very formal relationships until Herndon. So, being in a home with two happy and well-adjusted adults, going to work every day, socializing with friends on the weekends - it was great.

      Like I said I never looked back. I figured out, for real, that I didn't want to be an officer in the USN. I didn't hate the place (well, any more than any other plebe!) and I loved my time there as much as one can. I just had a different idea of what I wanted to do in life.
    7. LongAgoPlebe
      LongAgoPlebe
      How I did? Broad question. You mean academically, mentally, socially? I'll take a stab at it, and if you have clarifying questions let me know.

      I did really well. I outprocessed right after Herndon at the end of May - I didn't mean to stay so long after the semester, but I put in my separation papers kind of late in the semester because I didn't want to get pulled out before I had completed. I knew where I would be in the fall (which college). All I had to do was figure out what to do over the summer, and a high-school friend's dad offered me a summer job and a spare room. (I've written elsewhere that my parents were not supportive of me attending USNA, so it's not that I wasn't welcome at home, it's just that I was worried about how awkward it would be.) I worked all summer and went to college that fall.

      (Part 2 to follow)
    8. SouthPaw
      SouthPaw
      I want some advice as of how you did when you left the academy.
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    Location:
    Frozen Tundra
    Occupation:
    College professor
    Class Year:
    Alumni-1993
    I was appointed to USNA and completed my plebe (freshman) year there. I left not because of grades or conduct or physical (I had a 3.4 CQPR). I just figured out I didn't want to become an officer in the U.S. Navy. I did not, and do not, regret either my choice to attend for a year, or my decision to leave. I hated, really hated, a lot of things about that year - and I'm so grateful for it.