Hello . . . my name is USNA2017Mom and I am a stalker.

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  1. USNA2017Mom

    USNA2017Mom Member

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    Hello . . . my name is USNA2017Mom and I am a stalker. I have been reading the various forums for the last few years and have never posted. Why? To be honest, just by reading everyone's questions tended to answer all mine.

    For the last few years, I have read the posts regularly and reported the questions and answers to my family at the dinner table. I did not do this to be the typical "helicopter parent". Like most potential SA hopefuls and/or candidates my DS's other activities took priority to "cruising" the forums. I would pass on information that I thought would be helpful to him. Sometimes he followed it and sometimes he followed his own path or passion. Through this forum my DS fully realized the competition he would be facing and the current economic and political trends of the military. I have to admit that we, as a family, became very attached to LFry and were saddened with him last year when he did not receive his appointment. We also cheered like maniacs when he received a slot at the USAFA Prep school. (You would have thought he was a long lost cousin!)

    I wanted to take this opportunity to comment on the wonderful people that post answers on this forum. The kindness, support, and sometimes proverbial kick in the butt have been informative and extremely helpful. The posters like Pima, Christcorp and many others who continually answer questions (many times the same questions) over and over with such patience that would even have tried Job.

    My DS ecstatically received his appointment to USNA this past weekend (Presidential). It motivated me to join and post so that we, my family, could thank you. (Also, I know as soon as anyone posts that they received an appointment or LOA there is an increase in anxiety among parents and candidates.) I was hoping that by posting in the community introduction that this post would be taken for what it is meant--a very appreciative and gracious thank you.
     
  2. Blackbird

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    USNA2017Mom,

    Welcome to the SAF and congrats on your son's appointment to USNA!

    I suspect that there are lots of excited folks in your house. What a blessing to hear so early. Many candidates have a long wait before they will hear anything. Now that you have joined, you can share your experiences with everyone.

    Again, welcome. . .
     
  3. USNA2017Mom

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    Thank you Blackbird. I remember your helpful posts also from last year. We realize that he was extremely lucky to hear early and that is one of the reasons that I hesitated to post on the regular forums. My thinking was that this was the appropriate place to thank everyone without causing anxiety for those that are still waiting. Maybe next year I, too, can help with the tales of my family's experiences.
     
  4. Christcorp

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    USNA2017mom: Definite welcome and congratulations. It is very exciting to hear such good news. Especially so soon. You "Stalking" the forums definitely doesn't make you a helo parent. You are correct that most of the students/applicants have a very busy schedule. Spending time in a forum can be difficult. For what it's worth, my son, who has now graduated from the academy and is attending grad school (At the same school as hornet), has never spent time on this or any other military/academy/ROTC forum. Being a military brat and a parent who knows a little bit of the application process probably had something to do with it. But I tend to believe that we see more parents on the forum than actual applicants. Could just be my perception.

    But suffice it to say, this doesn't make you a helo-mom. Just a concerned parent who discovered an additional resource to help your child make decisions and go after what he wanted. Nothing wrong with that. I hope you will take a lot of that knowledge and experience you have gained here and help pass it on to others who are applying now and in the future. Each applicant and experience is unique. No one poster on this forum can have all the answers. We need people like you to contribute your experiences. Welcome and congrats again. Mike....
     
  5. dcmom3

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    Loved your post..my kids call me a creeper on this site but you motivated me to post !! This board has been a wealth of information on what to do and not do. Many of our dinner conversations involve lessons and information I learn from all the well versed posters.
    Congrats to your DS I hope I too can post great news in the near future. My DD is a USAFA 2017 hopeful and a USMMA recruited Athlete.
     
  6. rkrosnar

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    Helo... my name is

    USNA2017Mom

    Congratulations, to you and your DS. This will be an exciting time for not only him, but the enrire family.

    God Bless and God Speed,


    RGK
     
  7. Longhorn

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    Usna 2017mom

    Welcome Aboard,

    My son is a plebe,been on this site for a couple years. He had appointments to West Point & USNA and chose the Naval Academy. He has been through alot in his brief period at the academy,but he is a member of the Sprint Football team and doing well in school and said to me this past weekend.

    Dad"They are all great people here,you have to step up or you should move on"!
    * He played at Princeton this weekend and said it's nice a campus,but nothing special like the academy.

    " We welcome your son to one of the finest institutions in the world,he will be beat down,taught with intensity,embraced with botherhood & pride and will turn into an educated leader that all will envy"

    We are the United States Naval Academy!:thumb:

    Go Navy 2017MOM!
     
  8. USNA2017Mom

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    Thanks to all

    Thanks to all that have been so welcoming. Now if I could just get my kids on here to help me figure out all the bells and whistles-this is the first forum ever for this tech challenged mom. :confused:

    DCmom3,

    I will be "stalking" the forums looking for updates! Best of luck to you and your daughter.


    Longhorn,

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. I will definitely be copying and presenting this at the table tonight. Might even hang it on my mirror! It is so nice to hear you son is so happy and committed to the path he has chosen to serve his country.

    GO NAVY!
     
  9. Flyboy522

    Flyboy522 USAFA 1986

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    Nominations

    I was told by our West Point liaison officer that even though my son has a Presidential appt to WP that he should still continue to try and receive a senatorial or congressional appt. If he gets one of those then his Presidential can be given to another candidate. Congrats to your son! We are heading to West Point tomorrow for my sons overnight visit - pretty psyched for him.

    Although if your son has received an official appointment already that is great and probably makes my post obsolete.

    I'm an '86 USAFA grad and am now reliving some of my memories that I had not thought about for years. My son recently pulled his app to USAFA (sad day for Dad slightly), and has decided he wants to go to the USMA or USNA. USNA overnight visit will be end of November.
     
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    Flyboy522 USAFA 1986

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    Minor correction to previous post

    Found out at WP this last week that the reason they suggest you acquire more than one nomination is not because your Presidential can be released to someone else, but that it allows you more opportunities for you to be given an appointment.
     
  11. esu8

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    Enduring the "process"

    I happen to be the person that introduced the idea to the candidate. The candidate a well rounded young man with a strong academic background community service oriented and sports involved had no clue that the service academies were open to him so it wasn't a consideration. I had no idea of how the process worked. I researched different sites and asked plenty of questions.With his grades he was accepted to NASS. Then the real journey began. He failed his CFA at NASS. Wish we had known I would have had him ready. He became an official candidate. There were many supportive people that were happy to hear that he was applying. Then we ran into unforeseen delays. His junior year english teacher and his junior year pre-cal teacher refused to do recommendations stating that they did not do email recommendations. His grades were in the 90's and he wasn't a conduct issue. He waited until his senior year for the recommendations his english teacher did it immediately, and raised his SAT scores 200 points wow what an extra bonus, great teacher. His calculus teacher made him wait until the end of December. His DOD physical was done in July he was listed as qualified in august. In January he was notified that he didn't meet height and weight standards. He returned the forms to show he meets the standard and is now waiting to see if he is granted an appointment. Two Noms no primary lets go national pool. He is as cool as ice. I'm a nervous wreck. I know enough now that i can better serve the next young man. I"m just venting. whew!
     
  12. Hazqueen

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    esu8 ~ good luck. The waiting must be torture. My son was very fortunate (along with all the hard work we all can attest to) to receive an LOA and appointment but I know that every step was agonizing for him and us.

    During his Sophmore year I mentioned that our Congressman was having an Academy Day and did he want to check it out. He said no, his sights were set on Yale. That summer, rather than playing football, he would dedicate himself to going to cross-fit everyday. Out of the blue he said he wanted to apply to NASS. I think the confidence from his new level of fitness gave him the boost he needed. He was accepted and knew from then on that he would do everything possible to have the opportunity to attend USNA.

    We also lurk on here a lot and have family discussions about what is posted. So much great information. So thanks to all of you who take the time to answer questions...over and over and over! :wink: Maybe one day I will be able to help the newbies too.
     
  13. renee99

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    Newbie and fallen hard for this site!!!

    To the above post: CONGRATS to those being accepted to SA...what a huge HONOR.
    My son/ our family never knew he may have a chance or opportunity to even try for something like this...We just thought you had to be almost the #1 kid in your class w/ a 4.4 and a 35 on act, etc etc etc...
    But my husband is involved in helping out politically, b/c he is just that type person to support the person he believes in and while my husband was telling this staffer for our congressman (who btw, we are close to our congressman b/c he is an AMAZING person/ leader) the staffer (not mentioning any names here) says to my husband in general conversation that our ds wants to do foreign service...well, has your ds looked in the service academies??
    SO whirlwhind to this and I'm copying and pasting here:
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    My ds wants to go into the foreign Service. He has just discovered the USNA so to speak. (none of us are military)
    His GPA is 3.7 unweighted, he is 12 out of 228 class rank, president of Jr. Class for Student council, plays soccer and tennis, NHS, accepted to NASS... But here is the downfall... He's only scored a 25 on ACT. Hasn't taken the SATs yet, but will this weeknd.
    He will most likely get a congressional nom (long story) He is very respected among his peers as a leader in and out of school. Good chance he'll be chosen for Boys state. Also going to Spain on the Rotary Student exchange program this summer as well.
    He's taking extra classes to up his ACT score...what do you think?
    Pipe dream or reality?
     

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