CVW

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  1. Miidaangg

    Miidaangg Member

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    This weekend I am attending CVW and I was wondering what I should and shouldn't bring... I don't want to be lugging around a lot of stuff. Should I bring like snack foods? How about homework for during the study period?
     
  2. jpjades

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    My son went out in Feb. and he brought very little. He wore dress casual and brought PT cloths and was able to shower. They will feed you but eat before you get there because they basically served chicken fingers and drinks at the orientation. You can bring homework but it all depends on what is going on if you will have time to study. Many brought sleeping bags but if you don't they will find something for you to sleep on.
    Good Luck and enjoy!
    JDeSena
     
  3. annie_usna

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    Basically all you need to bring is nice clothes to wear to class and around the yard (collared shirt, khakis, decent shoes -- youre not required to dress nice, but it makes a better impression), shorts/tshirt and running shoes for SMT on saturday morning, and sleep stuff.

    You will be sleeping on a cot in your hosting plebe's room, so there really isnt much need for sheets. A small sleeping bag and pillow should be fine. Also, dont foget to bring a towel for showers.

    As far as snack food, youre fed every meal in king hall, so unless you just get really hungry all the time you should be fine. Your plebe will most likely have food of their own that they will be happy to share with you in the event that you get hungry.

    Bringing homework or a book for during the study period is a good idea, because you dont want to distract your plebe from their work. You wont be completely ignored though, most likely your plebe or one of their roommates will be free to show you around and move from room to room.
     
  4. USNA13DAD

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    Echo the above comments my son had his last month, small sleeping bag is better than the bedding they suggest. He had the opportunity to watch some of the brigade boxing matches and enjoyed himself. He already accepted appointment and went through the NASS last summer for him it was more about learning some of the information about academics, majors and a plebes point of view and he came out with some new insights. Good luck.
     
  5. Don

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    On the CVW or even at the Summer Seminar are the candidates being evaluated? During SS for instance is there a debriefing session or a score or notes that are given to and or discussed about each candidate? And does that go into the final decision for an appointment?
     
  6. jbrown

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    Yes. The SS is run by upper classmen who are in turn supervised by ALO's. They do see you, they do get impressed, or unimpressed accordingly.

    Your CFA is also taken at SS and is part of your file. You can of course retake it as many times as you wish.

    JB
     
  7. Don

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    Stupid Queston

    What is an ALO?
     
  8. jbrown

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    ALO = Admissions Liason Officer
     
  9. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    I'm still hoping to attend this weekend's CVW... Haven't been able to reach anybody yet, so hopefully I will get an answer tomorrow. Anyway, what is the general schedule, mainly regarding arrival and departure. My BGO has the date listed as 26-28 March. Are both Thursday and Friday spent at USNA? He also mentioned (but wasn't sure) that a shuttle might be able to pick the candidates up at BWI... True? If so, that would allow me to arrive come on my own. That brings up the question... Do candidates go alone or is it expected that parents also accompany? My parents will just be coming back from Hawaii, so it would be easier/cheaper if it was just me.

    Thanks!!!! Just trying to get answers now so I can make quick action if there is space available at this weekend's CVW.
     
  10. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    There has been mixed feedback from recent mids re whether CVWs entail an evaluation. General view seems to be no. Even if it does, they really are only looking for folks who show up completely disinterested, who say they are only coming b/c parent wants them to, etc. Thus, don't sweat it. Better to be yourself and ask questions than to worry about saying the wrong thing. And, in the vast scheme of things, a plebe will be evaluating you. Not going to change a lot of minds, unless something totally egregious occurs.

    As for NASS, there is an evaluation. However, the evaluators are 3/c -- IOW, folks who were plebes about a week earlier. From what I've been able to tell, if that evaluation is consistent with other evaluations (2 teachers, BGO), it may carry some weight. Or if you show up at NASS and don't care, don't try, etc. But otherwise -- again, unless something very major and very odd occurs -- it is unlikely to doom you if all else is good.

    Bottom line is that the purpose of both evolutions is to HELP YOU decide if USNA is right for you. You should go into it with that attitude and not worry that Big Brother is watching you -- plenty of time for that.:biggrin:
     
  11. bigben6002

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    how much pt will we be expected to do? I'm not in horrible shape but also don't want to embarrass myself...
     
  12. annie_usna

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    When I went last fall, the company I stayed with had SMT at Arlington, and I was subsequently NOT invited. Lol. Theres literally a chance you may not even participate in SMT. But they cant make you do it if you do not want to, so dont sweat it. Just do what you can. Its not like you keeping up or not is going to affect your addmissions evalutation.
     
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    That may be a issue, I called in early February to request available dates.. and the only ones that were at the time were the last two in April. With that said, I will attending on April 16th-18th.

    I will be going alone without my parents, just like NASS.
     
  14. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    Ahh, bummer. I'll be at AF orientation the April 13-14, so that would make the April 16-18 session difficult to go to, and the next week would also be very close to decision time... Will still see what they have to say. This week would have been perfect!
     
  15. azncreazion

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    I hope you get this weekend!! Someone may have dropped out.. etc. give it a try
     
  16. kaullman

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    Snacks to Share

    Since you are a guest in the room of your host, it was not required nor expected, but it will certainly be welcome to bring some small snacks to share with your hosts. Plan for three Mids in the room. My dd found it a great ice breaker.
     
  17. Don

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    Thanks USNA 1985! Very good post. I appreciate it. My son had a very good experience at both the NASS and a CVW.

    Our BGO mentioned that the Naval Academy is short staffed and they are “behind”. I’m not sure what that means but it sounded like they had to let someone go and are busy trying to catch up.
     
  18. MIDNDAD

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    This is just a follow-on comment to USNA 1985 post:

    My mid has had "drags" at CVW and was a Cadre at last years SS.

    General Comments:

    The quickest way to ####off a midshipman is for a cadidate or SS participant to show deliberate disrespect to midshipman. Worse is to show disrespect for the institution itself. The midshipman have very strick rules on what they can and can not do to a candidate but trust me if they have an opportunity to respond they will take it.

    Secondly, phisically candidates are all over the map, midshipman know this. They respect the kids that do not quit, even if they drag themselves over the finish line.

    Just some thoughts
     
  19. Pachrian

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    Why would someone who has come as far as being invited for CVW deliberately disrespect the mids or the institution? I could see it happening inadvertantly but :eek: deliberately?
     
  20. GoNavyMom

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    Buffalo,

    My daughter attended a candidates weekend last fall. She travel to BWI via train with three of her friends that were also attending the weekend. None of the parents went.

    During her weekend, there was a planned info session for parents. Had I known ahead of time, I might have gone for the weekend and I think my daughter would have liked me to attend.

    Otherwise, I would say it depends on your relationship with your parents and what is comfortable for all of you.

    By the way, she had a great time and came home even more determined to attend the Naval Academy.

    Enjoy,

    GoNavyMom
     

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