Any tips for day visit

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  1. inzane99

    inzane99 Member

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    My son and I will be coming for a day visit soon and advice or tips would be appreciated.

    Is there parking available closer to the admissions office or would it be better to park at Buffalo Soldier Lot and take the shuttle ?

    The letter we received states 1:00PM- Until Complete
    Candidate interviews with BOD and Admissions Specialist is available to answer questions. What does the interview entail and approximately what time is "until complete" ?

    Thank-you
     
  2. 845something

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    There is one BOD, so depending on how many people are visiting and want to talk to them, it could take awhile to get in.

    As far as parking, it's primarily along Thayer Road. Flat walk, no more than a mile. The earlier you get there, the closer you can park.
     
  3. Dixieland

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    I don't believe the shuttles run anymore.

    From West Point Garrison Facebook: In an effort to conserve valuable government resources for essential functions, West Point is cancelling its regular weekday post shuttle service that runs from 0615 - 1600 hours, and the weekend shuttle service that runs from 1200 - 1600 hours. The last day of the weekday services is Friday, 15 March and the weekend service will be Sunday, 17 March 2013.
     
  4. soccmomer

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    inzane - we are going for a day visit first week of April! My letter said to take the shuttle, and I was counting on that, but now it sounds like it will not be running...however, since we have to be there so early, maybe we can park closer.
    I asked about the interview on college week live chat, and they said it is basically to ask questions. I had a few I want to ask, but we have a long ride home so if the wait gets too long, I will get my answers some other way.
     
  5. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    park at the clinton field lot (behind the plain). much closer to all the buildings
     
  6. inzane99

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    No shuttle

    Thanks for the info all....and glad to know about the shuttle....we have to be somewhere later to meet my wife so that is why I was wondering when the day would end.
     
  7. MDMOM2017

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    I highly recommend trying to get your 15 minutes with the BOD. On our visit, he told us how to strengthen my DD application, identified erroneous information already in her file that was submitted by her HS. It also put a face to the name. The RC does not make the decision alone. Having a 2nd person "familiar" with you is a bonus.

    During breaks, I "hung" around in the hallway, talked to the admin fella, so when he started the list of appts for the BOD, I was able to be the 2nd one. They also may start before 1300 depending on their schedule. Go in with your kid. It's not a time for interview experience.The BOD is there to help. Ours was very blunt and succinct (unlike me). Kind, but matter of fact. When he suggested she turn in a resume, she had one ready to hand him. We also went to one of those briefings they do around the country/seminars and met talked to the RC and FFR. Again, not our intention that night, but it put a face to the name.


    As for parking, we were able to park on Thayer Road leading up to Admissions. I dropper her off so she would be on time,doubled back, parked and walked less than 10 minutes & I was pretty far back.wear comfy shoes. They will walk you all over. Hope this helps....
     
  8. soccmomer

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    MDMOM - what type of information did your DD put on the resume?
    Mostly, I would like to find out if the classes my DS is planning on taking as a Senior are the ones he should be taking...
    At what point during the morning do they start the list of appointments for the BOD? Also, about how many students are in one of these day visit sessions? Thanks!
     
  9. MDMOM2017

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    Soccmomer: The RC's have a template, but her's was pretty much just like it. I mirrored it after mine which WORD used to have on a template. Internet has templates for free.

    Besides POC info and Candidate # and class year, if you have it, she had:

    Objective: Seeking an appointment to The United States Military Academy
    Education: High School name and location and something like:

    "Pursuing a rigorous course study including numerous Advanced Placement courses such as Biology, Macroeconomics, US Government, European History, Statistics, Chemistry, US History and English." along with weighted and unweighted GPA and SAT score

    Work History (including unpaid positions)
    Affiliations, Sports and Activities
    Honors and Certifications
    Outreach and Community Service
    Hobbies

    These were listed bullet style with class year, i.e. National Honor Society (2011-2012, 2012-2013)

    There wasn't room for References (mainly because bullet style takes up a lot of room), so she put: References provided upon request at the bottom

    She included this resume with all of her MOC nomination packets. It worked! She got a nom from both the Senator and Congressman. :thumb:

    As for the classes, the BOD, RC and FFR can look at his proposed schedule. She was already a senior when she decided. They always say the most difficult that you can do well in. Get A's and B's.

    As for the times with the BOD, our guy started before lunch. I didn't want to miss the tour and wanted her to be the primary one he talked to, so I waited until the 1300 time slot.

    Also, wish I hadn't forgot to mention this last night, he specifically told us where she stood rank wise in her congressional district and how to improve her rank.
     
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  10. soccmomer

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    Thanks for the tips! I need one more: a good place for parents to eat?
     
  11. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    On West Point - you are pretty much limited to Grant Hall unless you go to the PX (Taco Bell and BK). There is also a Subway about 3/4 of a mile from the main "campus."

    Off Post (Highland Falls) - McDonald's, Schade's, and a variety of other smaller restruants (burgers, wings, pizza, etc. )
     
  12. inzane99

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    Thanks for the tips on the resume...will do.
     
  13. R.Martin95

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    Sorry, I don't know a more techsavy way to go about this; here is the copy of the Sample Resume that I received from my FFR during my application process. Hope it helps you to understand what exactly USMA is looking to know!

    Candidate Name (First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name) Candidate ID Number

    Candidate Address (Street/Road, City, State, Zipcode) State Congressional District (example: CT01, GA08, IN04)

    Phone Number (home/cell) Email address


    Educational Preparation (list chronologically, schools, colleges attended from 9th grade to present)
    Spring 2012 XYZ Community College – (City, State) (program of study, if applicable)
    2010 – Present XYZ High School – (City, State)
    2008-2010 XYZ Middle School – (City, State)

    Academic Achievements (list chronologically; some examples are included, see notes on page 2)
    2012 National Merit Scholar
    2012 XYZ Award for Mathematical Excellence
    2011 – Present National Honor Society Member
    2011- Present Ranked #3 in class of 485
    2011- Present XYZ Award for Scholarship
    2008 – Present Academic Honor Role – 7 semesters

    Athletic Achievements (list chronologically; some examples are included; see notes on page 2, add Varsity Ltrs)
    2011 Conference 1st Team in Basketball
    2010 – Present School record holder in 50, 100 and 200 meters
    2008 – Present Tri-Sport Varsity Athlete; Soccer(3), Basketball(2), Track(4) and Team Captain

    Leadership Achievements (list chronologically; some examples are included; see notes on page 2)
    2012 Eagle Scout (Gold Star) Recipient (Troop XYZ)
    2012 Editor of School Newspaper
    2011 – Present Captain, Soccer Team
    2010 Student Body Vice President
    2011 Boys (Girls) State Attendee

    Club / Extra-Curricular, Community Achievements & Awards (list chronologically, see notes on page 2)
    2011-Present Model UN Team Member
    2011 Habitat For Humanity Youth Coordinator (performed in Bridgeport)
    2011 (Summer Break) French Club Member; Traveled to Paris for Cultural Immersion
    2011 Lead Role in a Dramatic Performance (Fiddler on the Roof School Musical)
    2009 Debate Team Member; placed 2nd in regionals
    2008 – Present Marching Band, Pit Orchestra Member (1st chair clarinet)

    Special Certifications & Unique Qualifications (list chronologically; see notes on page 2)
    2011 American Red Cross Water Rescue & CPR Certified
    2003 – Present Fluent (write, speak, understand) in Spanish and Portuguese

    Other Interests & Special Activities (list chronologically; see notes on page 2)
    2005 – Present Acolyte & Communion Assistant; XYZ Church

    Resume Preparation Notes

    General Note: Insure you list each accomplishment in chronological order (by year), most recent first

    Academic Achievements:

    List all honors & achievements, award banquets, to include ROTC Scholarships and other College Scholarships received. It is NOT viewed unfavorably to reflect recognition from other top tier schools. Do not be humble in listing your achievements.

    Athletic Achievements:

    If you have extensive athletic accomplishments (worthy of Div 1A recruited athlete consideration), you might include a separate attachment, reflecting your “personal best” times in competition, or your statistics in your respective sport (Go to www.goarmysports.com & fill out the application for your respective sport) . Regardless, list each sport, separately & clearly indicate which sports you have achieved varsity letters and/or team captain positions. If you are a member of a club that may not be traditionally considered as a regular sport (i.e., boxing, equestrian), insure you provide the same detail. You will be given credit. List each honor for conference, regional, national separately.

    Leadership Achievements:

    This is a very broad area, as a candidate can hold leadership positions in virtually every endeavor (church, scouting, drama, band, chorus, science club, language club, debate team, Model UN team, Junior Achievement, Future Farmers of America, Civil Air Patrol, Student Government, Girls/Boys State, drama club, school newspaper/yearbook, junior ROTC, etc. etc.) For each leadership position, list separately and provide the specific title (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Team Captain, Editor, Little League Coach, Sunday School Teacher, etc.) and the leadership progression ( Example: scout member to senior patrol leader to eagle scout; 3 distinct activities). If you are a “member” of an activity/organization/club but do NOT hold a leadership position, you can still receive credit, but you should list your non-leadership participation in the “Club/Extra-Curricular, Community Achievements & Awards Section”.

    Club / Extra-Curricular, Community Achievements & Awards:

    This section provides the opportunity to list membership in all of your various clubs, teams, volunteer and work activities, in which you participated (but have not previously highlighted, through leadership accomplishments). This could include a “summer abroad”, “work study program” or “summer community work” with a homeless shelter, hospital, soup kitchen or other civic, church and community activities. Do not be humble in listing your accomplishments, even if the activity seems somewhat nontraditional for a military academy (Chess Club, Cheerleader, Baking Award, Musical/Band Awards, 4-H, FFA awards, etc. etc.)

    Special Certifications & Unique Qualifications:

    This category encompasses the “all other” significant accomplishments in your life. It could include, but is not limited to EMT Certification, Fire Fighter Certification, Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor/Lifeguard, Sports Officiating Certifications, Ham Radio/Broadcasting Awards, Literary Awards, Linguistic Skills, etc. etc.

    Other Interests & Special Activities:

    This category encompasses the “all other” activities and special interests, to demonstrate passion, mastery of a skill, or interest, but may not reflect specific accomplishments. This could include a wide range of activities, to include examples such as cycling, historical restoration, gardening, painting, web design, photography, etc. etc. This could also include summer jobs or special projects, not listed above.
     
  14. jbrannon

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    Officer's Club or Grant Hall Cafe (right beside admissions)
     
  15. Theyellowfellow

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    can you please send me this file. It would really help to have it on document.
     
  16. buff81

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    Don't think you are going to hear back from R.Martin95 on this as they haven't logged on since July 2013.
     
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