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Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by 2013Parent, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. 2013Parent

    2013Parent Member

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    We are very very very early in the class of 2013’s journey. A couple of bumps in the road have been communicated regarding flu virus, a quarantined company, dehydration etc. etc. These are more than likely not new experiences faced by the qualified and competent staff at Kings Point.

    Let’s be honest here. There is a broad level of parental experience on this board. ……(ranging from ZERO no children, to multiple children and spouse’s that have graduated from the academy) If the folks out there chose to, they can be a great resource for those of us that are first time parents in this situation. Like I said before, when my son is successful here, I promise to give back. He will earn me that right. It has not happened yet……we’ve always joked around, and I told him that I was not putting a window sticker on my car till he was a Second Classman (Junior I think) And please remember that each of these fine young Americans is NOT having the same experience at KP. Some are recruited athletes at the top of their game. Some are academically gifited beyond measure. Some had already developed relationships with coaches and team members prior to the first day of INDOC. Some are awkward and have never experienced anything like this. Some of those same candidates knew on paper what they were getting in to, but actually did not have a clue. Some DI’s are more laid back than others. Until you actually put the shoes on, you cannot walk in them. These young people put the shoes on…..bravo!

    Just like high school, the Captain of the football team and the Homecoming Queen have different experiences than the introverted socially challenged unathletic bookworm. It is what it is. And it will never change. Here, at KP, any successful candidate must find a way to succeed. They must rise to the occasion. That is their job……Regardless of which experience they are having or what their background is.

    In the interest of setting expectations, remember, we are going to lose approximately 100 of the 2013 I-Day candidates before graduation. That is a fact. (Injuries, Illness, low motivation , lower than acceptable abilities, etc.etc. will take their toll) But, I am not going to even give that another thought. Today my son is a candidate at the USMMA. I will write a letter to encourage and remind him he is not alone and has what it takes. I am thankful for the mother that posted she did not receive a phone call. Why, because now, if I don’t get one this Sunday it won’t bother me nearly as bad……why?....because of the posts from more experienced on here reminding us the call is not guaranteed, and that no news is indeed good news. Thanks everyone.

    I gotta get to work…………….
     
  2. jamzmom

    jamzmom Founding Member

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    Just wanted to add an official thank you from the Service Academy Forums for all of the kind words about the forums and thank the new contributing members to the Kings Point community as well.

    Being and having a Kings Pointer can be a mysterious adventure at times and the sharing of knowedge here has been truly helpful.

    Again, THANKS ALL! We're very happy that you've chosen to be a part of the SAF "family". Best wishes to you & yours.
     
  3. bz22mom

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    Thank you!

    I, as a new Mom and first Boy off to.....anywhere really! I appreciate your post and kind of slapped some silly into my brain. I know all this and just have moments of forgetting. Thank you for your kind words and encouragment! I am going to focus on the fact that I am a proud Mom of a USMMA Candidate and appreciate each day...phone call or not, letter or not. Thank you!
     
  4. zonker

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    Excellent observation, Parent2013. And this is a trick the Candidates will work to develop -- staying motivated by focusing on the positive (often in SPITE of everything staring you in the face ;) )
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    Everyone is here to help. And I have benefited from the experiences of parents before me, as have others (thanks JM/et al)
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    Some of this is shocking/hard/frustrating... and that's just for the PARENTS:) It's harder for the kids. but they are doing great. Some have impeccable study habits. Others, well, they will work on developing them ... the quicker the better.
     
  5. doktrmom

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    thank you parent2013

    Well, I am an experienced parent with two already out of the nest, but I needed to hear that. Thank you. They are grown up (well nearly) we did our job and now we just need to stand back and watch them fly. They will here or wherever they belong. Thanks for the wake up. :thumb:
     
  6. KJ2012

    KJ2012 New Member

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    some advice

    It's a step into the unknown, although it may be scary at times, your candidate has just begun the adventure of Kings Point. There will be highs and you better bet there will be lows. The best advice i can give to the new parents is to listen to what your son or daughter has to say and stay positive. I can't tell you how many times i called home with tears in my eyes becuase i didn't think i was capable of getting through this academy. You are going to hear things from your candidate that make them sound absolutely miserable, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel - it does get better.

    They have begun indoc but thats just the beginning, it's a whole new story once the academics begin. It's going to be hard, its going to be a bumpy road for both you and your candidate... but remember, the best things in life are the ones we have to work the hardest for.

    I ask that you be patient and encouraging in the times that your candidate is down and to enjoy the moments when their spirits are up.
     

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