Every candidate understands the prerequisite of academic success prior to attending USNA unfortunately, from my understanding, some academic worthy candidates do not flourish academically upon arriving at the United States Naval Academy. For example, John Doe has a 4.0 GPA at High School X, upon the completion of his first semester at USNA, he is rewarded with a hefty 2.3 SQPR. Why is that so? How rigorous are the academics at USNA? Any midshipman who has a 3.0 SQPR please give your much appreciated response. What time management procedures can one take in order to solidify a 3.0+ SQPR? What is the difference, in terms of study habits/ work ethic between a valedictorian midshipman vs. the average midshipman? I apologize for the length of this post. It is my staunch belief that candiates can benefit from any information based on the hardship of the academy. I believe that the Academy has a lot of information about getting ADMITTED, but not as much about SURVIVING/THRIVING at the United States Naval Academy. * Any midshipman, USNA graduate, midshipman parent, professor, etc may respond. All responses may provide value to not only myself as a 2nd time applicant but, all the candidates who also aspire to become midshipman.