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  1. theraven

    theraven Member

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    well i have now just heard about the I-ball and i plan to be a part of the two percent club so i was wondering if anyone knows when that usually is so i can start to plan with my girlfriend.
     
  2. NavyMom2008

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    what is an I Ball?

    Hi Raven,

    What is an I Ball? BTW, that 2% club is VERY hard to be in after 4 years!!
     
  3. bmorris244

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    Can anyone pleeeeease elaborate??
     
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    The 2% club is that very small percent of people who go into SA's with a girl/boyfriend and keep them while they are there.

    The I-Ball stands for the International Ball that happens at USNA in the spring...
     
  5. theraven

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    what time in the spring?? i guess i could just look it up on the calendars
     
  6. HuskiesMama

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    If you are trying to plan for something a year away from now at USNA, then you have not fully comprehended the ways of the Navy nor the Academy!!

    "Spring" is as close as you can plan for.

    Even once something is on the calendars, you've got to be in close vicinity of the event to know for sure that the date is SET.

    You're going to have to be MUCH more flexible, as is your girlfriend, if you want to succeed at USNA, let alone be in that 2%. ;-)
     
  7. theraven

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    haha thank you for the advice, I'm not trying to buy airline tickets just yet but i was curious just to see if her college would be out at that time seeing as shes going to a state school (here in california) she cant just drive up for the weekend. but i guess if she can come, she can come, if she cant, she cant.
     
  8. HuskiesMama

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    Ahh! Now that's the spirit!!

    There are other dances/balls, too. See what works for your schedule AND for hers. Take it a semester at a time, and make the best of it!

    :thumb:
     
  9. Capt MJ

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    Great advice from HuskiesMama... just be very flexible (this is why "semper gumby" is seen so many times on this forum!).

    Maintaining a relationship can be done, but it takes work by both sides, and the civilian g/b/friend will have to be extra understanding of the restricted life of plebes and even upperclass compared with Civ U.

    Something to keep in mind... who plebes can ride with in cars (or has been, haven't reviewed this year's plebe regs yet) is severely restricted. It's usually parents, sponsor parents, officers on the Yard, 1/C under certain conditions... no g/b/friends.... So if girlfriend comes up, you will have to be very creative in the <10 hours you might have with her within the specified miles of the Yard. That said, walking around DTA, hitting the Italian gelato place, figuring out how you can legitimately get to a movie theater without violating plebe regs, can add some humor and shared adventure.

    Just take it a day at a time. Midshipmen have been figuring out how to have long-distance love lives for a long time, so experience and advice will abound.
     
  10. usna2012mom

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    Our son's girlfriend attends a CSU. Christmas worked out ok, but spring break will not coordinate. If either one of you participate in sports, that will complicate things. This year's I-ball and son's first Dining Out occured during girlfriend's spring break, but she runs track and couldn't get to Annapolis.

    When our son left for I Day, he told us that his academy experience was going to be training for girlfriend too. He will be gone for months at a time for most of his life. This way she could see if that was something she could live with.

    Girlfriend was able to join us for PPW last summer. She got to see the yard and has some kind of reference when son tells her his stories. She says that she hopes to visit sometime this fall, especially since he won't be a plebe.
     
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    To add any info to this subject, I had a CVW April 16-18 and the I ball was the 18 because all the Plebes were talking about it during SMT.

    I was curious about the dating as well since I intend to keep dating my current gf. I asked my host and a couple other plebes and they said it's hard at times, but definitely not impossible. One said its hard to find time to call and stuff and they have to learn to be understanding about it, but they also said with text messaging and facebook it does make it easier.
     

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