CVW Dilemma

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  1. Gatton18

    Gatton18 Member

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    I was invited to a CVW this September, but even though I really want to go I don't think I will be able to. My high school course load is entirely college courses, and with a 22 credit hour Fall semester I just don't think I can miss the two days of class.

    I know in another thread it was said that with a valid reason, not accepting a CVW invitation would not hurt the candidate's application. Would the above be considered a valid reason? Also, the email said if I wish to not attend I don't need to do anything. Would it be in my best interest to let them know why I can't attend, or just simply not fill out the acceptance form like it says?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. mdrob214

    mdrob214 Member

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    CVW

    The CVW is for you to look at USNA, not for them to look at you. If you can't make this visit, see if there is another weekend you can make it to. This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to see if it is really what you want.
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Your commitment to academics is admirable -- and I'm being serious. It will stand you in good stead at USNA where no one wants to miss class either.

    However, this is potentially your future. The opportunity to do a CVW (if you can financially afford it) is not to be missed. If you were to be ill for a couple of days, you'd miss class. Various other things could happen to cause you to miss a day or two of class -- in fact, this will happen at USNA when you have to stand watch, etc.

    One of the skills you'll need for USNA is adapting on those days when you do need to miss some class time. You get notes from a colleague, meet separately with the prof, get your assignment ahead of time, etc.

    My strong recommendation is you find the WE that works best for your schedule (preferably in the fall) and then do you best to ensure you keep up with your h.s. coursework.

    However, in answer to you question, if you are unable to attend for any reason, it will NOT hurt your chances of an appointment.
     
  4. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Strongly concur with USNA1985.
     
  5. USNA2016Dad

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    Call Admissions

    It looks as if you're getting good info here. But if for some reason you still have questions, I'll tell you what I told my son and that was call admissions and ask the person in charge of your region and have a chat. The folks at admissions have always been friendly and helpful. Good luck to you.
    Cheers...
     
  6. Memphis9489

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    Both my sons, both of whom are seniors at USNA and recieved LOAs, received CVW offers and neither decided to attend. It made no difference whatsoever.

    If you can't go - you can't go. Don't worry about it.
     
  7. 1964BGO

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    My personal caveat to this OP is that you really do need to visit any school you plan to attend before you sign on the dotted line, AND this is most particularly true of any of the service academies - they are not your typical college and you need to know what you are getting yourself into from FIRSTHAND observation, not videos, talks with friends, etc. These schools offer exceptional opportunities, but they come at a price and you need to have some insight into the components of that price. That being said, you have received several excellent responses to your inquiry, and you should consider them carefully. If you still question the importance of the responders' concerns read down the list of recent posts to the one from a plebe who, one week into academic year, already is considering resigning. One of the biggest concerns of BGOs I've met and/or worked with is that we not send someone to NAVY who does not comprehend what awaits at Annapolis, or does not have the commitment to survive and thrive at the academy.
     
  8. Gatton18

    Gatton18 Member

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    Thank you all for your very knowledgable information. I had to pass on the September CVW, but I have been invited to my choice of three different CVW dates later this year. I believe I will be able to attend the CVW on November 29 through December 1. This should give me enough time to talk to my professors, and work out how I can make up any work or tests missed in class.

    1964 BGO, I really like your post in particular and I completely agree. I definitely need to visit USNA before I can be 100% sure I want to attend. I have felt like it is the place for me for many years, but I need to confirm that before accepting an appointment, if received.

    Thanks again everybody.
     
  9. mellowgator

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    When my dd attended her interview with our moc they were impressed that she had visited the sa and had spent time with a plebe. She told them about her experience and I'm certain this helped her secure her nom.
     

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