I have received a Senator's Nomination to the USAFA and did not get the one for USNA (my top choice). I am a sophomore in college applying for the first time so I know my case is a little rare. The interviewers for USNA seemed to be stuck on that and asked why I didn't want to finish out school and go NROTC (there is not one at my current college), or OCS/ODS. I explained that OCS/ODS was my original plan but in a year at a traditional university I felt I wasn't being pushed to reach my full potential. They kept asking the the same kind of question. I also think I may have seemed a little too relaxed for the Navy. Any suggestions on how to improve? I want to attend an academy in the worst way, any of the three, they all have things I like and don't like. I don't want me being older to hurt my chances. I understand that about 1/3 first years are older but feel like it hindered my chances with the USNA people. I have my Congressional Nomination interview this weekend. I am not worried about it really as I interview well but I want to be the best I possibly can. I saw a lot of kids had portfolios or their resume's with them. I did not take mine because I know my resume forward and backward and I was under the assumption that they would already have the information I had submitted. Is is still good to take someting with me? I am not sure what I would do with that as it may be a distraction.