More questions from The future candidate!

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  1. farewelltoforeignshores24

    farewelltoforeignshores24 Member

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    Hello! It's been awhile, so I've compiled a bunch of questions!

    1. Can you visit on I-Day, even if you don't have anyone "attending."

    2. How much community service is to much?

    3. Does being a female help my chances?

    4. after Plebe Year, if my parents came on the weekend, would I be able to go eat with the, or something like that?

    5. When are civilian clothes permitted?

    6. What does USNA do about bulling?

    7. Can one graduate from Annapolis and go into the Army for say?

    --Some not so important questions I'm curious about--

    8. What are the beds like?

    9. The food?

    10. Does the whole brigade go to the Army Navy Game?

    11. What kind of things can you put on your desk?

    12. What's the toughest class? ((For your major.))

    13. Can you and your roommate help each other with homework and such?

    14. What if you don't get along with your roommate?

    15. Are their any PDA rules at USNA?

    --other questions--

    Alright, alright, I know I'm only 12 and I have a ways to go before I even have to think about a major; but I can't help but wonder what I should do. I really love aerospace engineering, but Arabic also interest me. And chemistry. And nuclear engineering. Haha. What was your major? Do you regret it? Why did you pick that one?


    Thanks a gazillion,

    Katie S.
    Naval Aviation
    ️F/A-18E
    ️USNA C/o 2024
     
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  2. Angie9715

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    I think I can provide some insight into some questions, having done a lot of research. That said, please keep in mind I'm **not** a midshipman (yet). I am a candidate for co 2019. I'll provide all the insight I possibly can. Hopefully my answers can hold you over until someone with first-hand experience can reply!

    3: The "correct" answer is no; admissions is gender-blind. However, a BGO (not my own, but another local one) told me that the Academy is more likely to admit a female over a male, provided they have the same exact qualifications (don't let that BGO's statement get your hopes up). Honestly, no one except the admissions staff knows. But don't rely on your gender or sex to get you into any college (unless you have your heart set on, say, Wellesley).

    4: When I did my CVW, a plebe in my host's company mentioned meeting her parents for dinner on Saturday night. So I'm assuming it's allowed, as long as your grades are up and you are not on restriction.

    5: I believe that civilian clothes are permitted for 1/c and 2/c only, and only when they are intending to leave the Yard. My host briefly mentioned that during my CVW.

    6: USNA has a "peer counseling" system, which means that if you see someone committing an honor violation, you do not have to report it; you may counsel the person(s) first, and then report it to your chain of command if you feel it needs to be taken further. Hopefully, bullying will not be a problem in the Naval Academy, because each midshipman should be a mature adult by that point and should know not to pick petty fights with others or let others' small comments bother them.

    7: You may cross-commission, but someone at another academy has to be willing to "switch" with you. In other words, if a mid wanted to commission into the Army, someone at WP would have to express a great interest in cross-commissioning into the Navy/Marines.

    8: The racks are loft beds, and they have a desk underneath of them. Not sure what they actually feel like, though.

    9: Ahhhh the foooooood! It was amazing. Then again, all colleges make sure their food is amazing when prospective students are visiting. Judging by the USNA Yikyak, though, the food causes a fair amount of, for a lack of better words, "intestinal distress". (Again, please remember I do not have first-hand experience and I am going off of a social media app, so my guess may not be very accurate.)

    10: The whole brigade is required to attend any home football games, and, yes, I believe the A/N game as well. Some restrictions apply, although I am not sure of what those are, exactly.

    11: All I know is that it helps to have an American Flag on your desk.

    13: During my CVW, two of my host's roommates were helping each other. So I assume it's allowed. Just don't give each other answers; that would be cheating!!

    15: You can't date anyone in your company, if you're a plebe you can't date an upperclassman, and if you're an upperclassman you can't date a plebe. Not sure of any other rules pertaining to PDA, though.


    And, hey, I started looking at colleges when I was 11, so don't think that you're doing this too early! The earlier, the better! Wherever I end up, my major is going to be Nuclear Engineering (or, if the college doesn't offer it, a field that will allow me to easily obtain my MSE in Nuc.Eng. in Grad School, such as Engineering Physics). This is because I loooooove Physics, and Nuclear Physics/Engineering really interests me. I find it fun and fascinating. Pick something you love doing, so that "going to work" won't seem like work. Just be careful, don't pick something that will quickly become cumbersome for you (I play seven instruments, can sight-read like a champ, and can write songs in my sleep, and the only reason why I'm not going to a music school and pursuing it as a career is because I know I'd eventually get tired of it and it would turn something fun into something "work-like"; in other words, I like music as a hobby, but not as a career). There's a fine line between "so fun it's not work" and "so much work it's not fun anymore", and you have to find that one thing that will always interest you, no matter how much work you have to put into it.
     
  3. jculligan

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    I'm sorry but why is a 12 year old asking about PDA rules at USNA? Kind of a strange question
     
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  4. farewelltoforeignshores24

    farewelltoforeignshores24 Member

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    True, I'm just curious. I just want to know the rules.
     
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    Seven instruments! I can barely play the piano! That is so cool, thank you for your answers!
     
  7. Blondie1

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    Regarding the food, "I have no taste buds left....you can now feed me anything it doesn't matter... Wish the food was as good as during NASS!"
     
  8. NavyHoops

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    1. Can you visit on I-Day, even if you don't have anyone "attending."

    Yes. USNA is pretty much an open campus. Just need an ID and enter through a gate that allows visitors.

    2. How much community service is to much?

    There is never too much. But, quality over quantity is the key. Don't just do it to look good. Leadership positions and seeing things through are always positives.

    3. Does being a female help my chances?

    Not really. But it can't hurt.

    4. after Plebe Year, if my parents came on the weekend, would I be able to go eat with the, or something like that?

    You can go eat with them Plebe Year. As long as you aren't on duty or on restriction you will have Saturday afternoons until about midnight free. Liberty and overnights increase each year you are there. Heck even on duty you can still see your parents on the yard as long as you aren't supposed to be on post.

    5. When are civilian clothes permitted?

    1/c and 2/c year (junior and senior year on the weekends). 3/c can wear them I believe a certain distance away from campus.

    6. What does USNA do about bulling?

    Bullying isn't tolerated, but this isn't high school either. Can't really remember bullying in college, but if you see it confront it. Chain of command is there to help too.

    7. Can one graduate from Annapolis and go into the Army for say?

    Yes, but the chances are slim. Very few cross commission each year. There must be a compelling argument as to why. Honestly don't count on it. And the whole idea that someone from another Academy must want to switch is sort of a myth. West Point commissioned a Marine the year I graduated and we produced 0 Army officer. We had two go Air Force and they had 0 go Navy.

    --Some not so important questions I'm curious about--

    8. What are the beds like?

    Like a college bed. Its not like home, but it works.

    9. The food?

    Its college food. Its not great, but not horrible.

    10. Does the whole brigade go to the Army Navy Game?

    Yes.

    11. What kind of things can you put on your desk?

    Not much. Your computer.

    12. What's the toughest class? ((For your major.))

    Depends on Major. For most Chemistry and Calc are tough freshman year. Sophomore year is physics and calc. Then it gets to more your major stuff after that.

    13. Can you and your roommate help each other with homework and such?

    Yes, unless a professor specifies help is not allowed. USNA has a policy on how you document receiving help. Don't worry, you will learn it.

    14. What if you don't get along with your roommate?

    Your all adults, you learn to get along. Honestly I rarely saw mine.

    15. Are their any PDA rules at USNA?

    Yes, but they are related to being in uniform. In uniform, basically none. Out of uniform, really not any formal rules, but as future officers, we should all act like a decent mature adult.
     
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