Any nomination advice?

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  1. Hopeful MDN

    Hopeful MDN Member

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    As some of you may know, I received a letter a few weeks ago from USNA that I was scholastically qualified. I am not sure if I should attach a copy of the letter with my resume when I go for my nomination, because they will then see that my grades are up to the Academy's standards.

    If anyone also has any additional advice for me that would be great.
     
  2. marvin7794

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    Give them what they ask for and nothing more. They know what they are looking for.
     
  3. harmi

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    EEEKS!! What are you speaking of re- resume?? I thought everything they need has already been submitted to the MOC's?? Is a reume' expected? Should my son prepare one?
     
  4. GoNavyMom

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    Each MOC may ask for something different whether in their application package or to be brought to the interview.

    Follow instructions from your particular MOC and don't worry about what others may be doing for their MOC.

    GoNavyMom
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    My daughter wrote a resume. It was very helpful in filling out her application and easy to refer to. She made copies and put them in a folder and brought it to her interviews.
    None of the committees requested it.

    When she walked in before she sat down she handed everyone on the panel her resume. It was not required but she felt it helpful to have the resume in front for her for answering questions. All three panels were impressed and thought it was a great idea. Some members even referred to it in the interviews.

    If you have correspondence from the academy you certainly may make that available to the nominating committee. It will become a part of your overall package. For some it may help, for others it may not matter.
     
  6. falconchic88

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    Follow your MOCs instructions on this, my son's all said not to bring ANYTHING to give the board the day of he interview. Now, I do think him taking his resume for his own use to review prior to the interview is a great idea.
     
  7. harmi

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    Thanks all...I did call the MOC office...they said DO NOT BRING ANYTHING EXTRA!! So...that answers the pressing question for our particular interview...however, all MOC are different --best to call them if any question......I wish all of the possible nominees the best of luck in the upcoming weeks....this is such an exciting(and stressful!!) time for all!! All of the candidates hard work, perseverance and patience will hopefully be rewarded soon!! :biggrin:
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

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    agree. If they specifically specify to not bring anything into the room then don't. Take it to review and then leave it in the hall.
     
  9. Knarf

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    How many parents attend these MOC interviews (waiting in the hall, of course)?
     
  10. jscam87

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    The answer every year is 'too many'.
     
  11. falconchic88

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    I attended with my son--mainly because it was not an easy location to find and get to, so I didn't want him stressed about that right before the interview. I drove, so he could collect his thoughts. FWIW, every other interviewee had a parent with them, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that--
    I'm well over 18 and I still love having my parents present for important events in my life.
     
  12. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    :eek:

    Seriously, are parents really showing up? Okay, my time going through this was in the dark ages but my parents would NEVER have even THOUGHT of going into the building with me. Nor would I have wanted them to and I was as close to my parents as anyone. They didn't even drive me to the MOC interviews (although I can understand why some parents do for various reasons).

    My advice -- for what it's worth -- do NOT go into the building w/your child. Driving him/her there is ok but wait in the car. If it's really cold, go to a local strip mall or food place or whatever. There are cell phones now so your kid can call you when he/she is done.

    Maybe parental attendance is common in the era of helicopter parents but it smacks of too much control/involvement for my taste. Not going into the building doesn't mean you don't care about your child; it means you recognize your child needs to start handling things on his/her own. You can provide just as much moral support in the car or waiting at home.

    As for "everyone else is doing it," -- never a good reason to do anything in life and maybe your child will stand out for being able to do it "on his own."
     
  13. jbowman55

    jbowman55 USNA Parent 2014

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    Maybe this is not the same, but when my daughter had her BG interview, the BGO kind of encouraged parental attendance--actually in the interview. Spent the two hours biting my tongue!!!:rolleyes:

    Our Senators (Texas) do not interview, but our representative does. Since it will be in another city, we will drive the daughter there but not hang around.
     
  14. Knarf

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    I too plan to drive my daughter to both hers. The Congressman's interviews are at a local high school, which is no problem. The Senator's interview is in downtown Columbus. I'll drive and hangout closeby...
     
  15. Just_A_Mom

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    Don't worry about taking your child. Just know that this is not YOUR interview.
    My daughter had three interviews they were quite a distance and she had no idea how to get there. One was in a large government office building downtown in a large city. Her Dad and I drove her there and escorted her into the building - it was a school day afternoon.
    It was not a big deal at all. They had a place for parents to sit.
    Her other interviews were on a reserve military installation. I drove her to one and she went herself to the other. There were tons of kids and parents. She followed the crowd in and I waited in the parking lot. Lots of parents went it. She was one of the few who was alone.

    IF You go - do NOT embarrass your child by talking about him/her especially if he/she is standing right there - you would think this would be common sense but.....
    A much better topic of conversation is the weather. or bring a book.
     
  16. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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  17. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    ^^^^^
    Have seen parents accompany their candidates into the building for MOC interviews. The wise ones will get them to the room and then make themselves scarce. The candidate will call you or most often immediately get out of the room and find a place to breathe; they'll call you.

    Kids going into these interviews are very nervous (one young woman sitting at the interview table was moving her knee up and down so vigorously that the table cloth was slowly creeping toward her; we stopped, made some small talk, got her to laugh and started again):redface:

    Some parents think making small talk and hanging around with their son/daughter before the interview will calm them down, I really vote against this. Let them center themselves and maybe even talk to the other candidates; it's nice to see how they interact with one another!

    I wouldn't recommend that parents go up and get chummy with the receptionist or staffers. Their job is to maintain the schedule and parents are not a part of that. If you are sure the length of the interview or exit strategies, let your S/D ask the questions, it's their time and learning experience.

    Around our area it is best to have parents drive their S/D to the interview as the weather can get iffy in the winter and finding some of the venues and parking can be tricky. No one wants to see a nervous candidate get into trouble on the road.

    This is just one of the many times that parents should use their best judgment. The apron strings are slowly shredding :rolleyes:
     
  18. Just_A_Mom

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    well said!
    If your son/daughter is nervous, don't sweat it. The car ride there may be very quiet and that's okay.
    Respect your son/daughter's wishes. If they ask you to stay in the car then don't go in. If they ask you to go in, go in but follow the above advice.
     
  19. mtvena

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    Hopefully if you are trying to go to an academy you won't need your parents to check you in and make sure you are o.k. You should definitely be working on being independent:zip:
     
  20. navalacademy12

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    sorry to take from the topic but what GPA should I aim for to meet the Academy's standards?
     

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