Decision

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by TWinter, May 5, 2009.

  1. TWinter

    TWinter Member

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    Hey guys, it's been awhile!

    I know alot of you helped me out when I was having difficulty with the admissions process, and also helped me alot in fighting for my acceptance. I now alot of you were very happy with your acceptances, and congratulations to everyone who will be attending the Naval Academy for the class of 2013! To those who missed this opportunity, we are all gonna have to work extra hard to motivate ourselves to stay fit and perform academically (or get guidance from NROTC :p)

    Thanks for all the helpful PMs, as well as advice! Unfortunately, I declined my acceptance to the Naval Academy, and attend Claremont McKenna College. I have received a full scholarship, as well as been offered a spot on the Varsity soccer team.

    They way I saw it, it was a logical choice for the following reasons (these are my own, they don't apply to everyone. I just feel like I owe the people who helped me so much an explanation.)

    1) I have been close to my parents for so long, and this process put heavy strain on both my mother and father. They have both agreed that if I attend a civillian four year college, they would fully support me entering the Military. This reduces the conflict between us.

    2) It's also a test: if I can remain physically, emotionally, and academically motivated to perform through my own willpower, as opposed to being forced (or helped, depending on your point of view) to perform.

    3) I feel as though academically, Claremont McKenna and the Naval Academy are equals, and that both offer excellent preparation for the future. Both institutions focus on developing leadership, and both have the idealistic goal of graduating people who will change the world.

    This has been without a doubt the hardest decision I have had to make, and I am already in contact with the Claremont Marine OSO in order to submit my application for the PLC-Juniors class after Freshman year.

    Special thanks to pmlutton, NorthernCalMother, MindyG, mpkn, mjcjac, kamajama, and hopeful13. I really appreciated your endless help, and support.

    If all goes according to plan, I will see you in the Fleet when we all graduate 2013!

    Any questions, comments, anything, feel free to email me at scratchwinter@hotmail.com or PM me.

    (Note: I understand that to many this appears a chicken**** decision, if I had the option I would love for you to tell that to my face, trust me. As it is, please restrain yourself from saying that. I’ve heard enough of that BS from my friend’s parents. I assure you all that I have EVERY intention of attending Marine OCS, TBS, and entering the fleet Marine force.)

    Sincerely,
    TC
     
  2. jbrown

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    TWinter,

    Good luck to you on your endeavors. PLC is a great program, and if FMF is your goal, it's a direct path.

    JB
     
  3. Capt MJ

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    Twinter, I will look forward to your posts updating us along the way, including the one where you report you have your gold bars and mameluke. Good luck to you. I applaud your decision to go the way that meets your needs and desires.
     
  4. Mom1315

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    TC! Congratulations on your decision! Posting your reasons I am sure will be helpful to many who read this in the future. Particularly those struggling with the choices and decisions facing them. You are to be commended for choosing a path that you will not regret. I also look forward to hearing of your progress in the coming years! Thank you for your words and gratitude, I am so glad I was able to help when it was needed! Your parents I am sure are hugely proud of you! I hope my son will meet and work with you in the fleet.
    (I have never met you and I am proud of you!)
    PMLutton
     
  5. NorthernCalMother

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    For those who don't recall, our TWinter was the senior who had to find a way to fund his own senior year @ a private high school, and he did -- working in the office, after hours, etc. Lucky, lucky Claremont to have attracted this kid.

    Congratulations on your scholarship, very best wishes for a successful college career, and go get 'em ... fightin' Peahens? Or something like that?

    It's an exceptional school, and I sincerely hope you love every minute of it. If you enter the military following you bachelor's degree, our country will be lucky to have you.
     
  6. TWinter

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    Just the second semester, NorCalMother, but thank you :smile:

    Thank you so much again, everyone, for being supportive of my decision! Your kids are very, very lucky!
     
  7. mpkn

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    TWinter:
    Congratulations on your scholarship and your decision! You are an outstanding young man who overcame so much in the past few months. It is great to hear that you are in such a good place. Good luck to you in your college career. May you enjoy it and prosper!
    MPKN
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

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    TWinter - you will get a great education at Clarmont McKenna. It's a fine opportunity and I am glad you and your parents are happy with your decision.

    Don't feel like you are chicken or let other people make you feel that way - no one should ever feel obligated to accept an appointment just because they receive one.

    If you haven't read it yet - read "One Bullet Away" by Nate Fick. He went to Dartmouth (gasp!) and PLC. Good Luck!
     
  9. TWinter

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    Yeah I read it thanks :)
    It's actually what inspired me to go into the military. I have a quote from that book taped up on my wall and my locker.
     
  10. jennyp

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    TWinter: Congratulatons! Thanks for posting your reasons. I think that will help those who follow to make their decisions. Don't let anybody put you down for your decison. It is yours to make. Best wishes.:thumb:
     
  11. Mindy G

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    Congrats TWinter, I know you struggled with your decision. No one has the right to judge or call you anything. You made the decision that was right for you at this moment in time. Enjoy your experience and keep us posted. Add Lone Survivor by Mark Luttrell (I think that is the spelling) to your list. My son will meet you in the fleet in 4 years going the USMMA route. There are many roads to 1 destination.
     
  12. kgrmom

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    There are no "easy" decisions where you have been! Anyone who would tell you so has no real understanding of what this process involves and what it's all about. Kudos to you - you are a young man who has his head on absolutely straight and has a great future to look forward to. :wink:
     
  13. TWinter

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    Thanks everyone! (This goes for the PMs as well)

    And I've read Lone Survivor as well. I'm a geek :rolleyes:
     

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