Candidate Visit Weekend

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  1. hopefuloregonmid

    hopefuloregonmid Member

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    Hey all,

    First off, this forum's been a huge help for me in my application process. I recently received an e-mail inviting me to a Candidate Visit Weekend. Before my parents drop the cash on flying me out to Baltimore, I have a couple of questions about it.

    -How big of a deal is this invitation?
    -Should a parent come with or can I go by myself?

    Thanks for any help you can give!
     
  2. Spud

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    -How big of a deal is the Academy?
    -Who's going to the place, you or your parents?
     
  3. Ex.BT.USN

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    Only You

    hopefuloregonmid,

    IMO only you can answer this question. Many will understand your question and it's a good question; however, only you! You got the invite, that's a nice thing. As a parent standing and watching my DS go through the process I have seen that the more he engages the more he knows for "himself" that this is for him.

    So ask yourself... How much do you really know about the academy and how much do you want this for yourself?

    If my DS was to ask me I would send. My DS has already toured the Academy, spoke to a firsty he knows, attended NASS and attended a sports camp. Lots of experiences; however, the more he knows, the more he knows. It's a big decision to go to any military academy.

    In regard to your parents... Sure let them go but let them go off and do their own thing; they can catch up with you when it's all over. There is plenty for them to seek out and discover on their own. The experience is good for both you and your parents in differerent ways, share your thoughts on the trip home.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. SuaSponte

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    I'm pretty sure they send an email to all Official Candidates about it, but don't quote me on that. If you want to get a feel for what the academy is really like then I would do it. I went to both NASS and a CVW and the CVW was definitely a better indicator for academy life. You don't need your parents to come unless you'd like them to come with you.
     
  5. WestPoint2017

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    I think the OPs first question is basically asking: do most people get these invitations or is it a good sign that he/she got one?
     
  6. kinnem

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    Not everyone gets an invite but at the same time I wouldn't read too awful much into it. It IS better than not getting an invite.
     
  7. rocatlin

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    From the FAQs on the Admissions CVW site...

    You were invited to CVW because you possess the qualities that we’re looking for in our candidates. Based on your application thus far or previous information we already had, we determined that you could be a good fit for USNA. We’ve invited you to CVW in order for you to see all that USNA has to offer you and determine if you, too, think that USNA is a good match. You will still have to go through the same application process as every other candidate. CVW attendance will be transparent in the admissions process.

    So basically it looks like it's a good thing, but the statement basically balances it out by noting it's transparent in the admissions process.
     
  8. Shawn

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    Not that big of a deal. Many candidates get them. In fact, you can pretty much request one. Like the posters above me said, don't read too much into it.

    If your parent can come, then yes, he or she should.... There's activities for the parents during CVW (briefs and a tour of Rickover with you) and they'd probably like to see the campus, DTA, etc... especially if you're thinking about spending the next four years here. It makes scheduling rides to and from the airport less stressful, as well (assuming you're flying).
    Do they have to come? No. But it's all up to you.
     
  9. hopefuloregonmid

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    I should have phrased my question better, but westpoint got what I meant. Thanks for the advice all, I signed up and am stoked to go to the visit!
     

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