I know it's a little ways off, but some of this information is good to know beforehand. Anyone else who's been there, done that, feel free to chip in. I'm sure I'll forget something. Preparing for Seminar 1. Be in shape, and be confident about the shape you're in. It's only a week-long event, but I saw it wear down on people within 2 or 3 days. 2. Get used to waking up quickly. You will be waking up at 0500-0530 every day and working out. Be ready for that. 3. Bring loads of socks/underwear. Seriously, you will blow through those things like there is no tomorrow. 4. Bring some kind of laundry detergent and a can of spray deodorant. ...In small amounts. By day 3 you're going to want to be anywhere but in your PE shirt. You would do anything to get rid of that smell of 'Liberty' as my roomies called it. It sounds insane, but do your laundry (don't wash your colored shirts, you'll wear those only once) in the sink. Seriously. Everybody will think you're the coolest....or they will have already done it themselves. The deodorant is to muffle the wonderful smell of liberty emulating from the pile of socks in your closet, and from you. While at Seminar 2. Don't try to one-up anybody. Ohh that should be advice for life. But seriously, you will find yourself surrounded by guys and girls who are just as good as you, if not better. Don't bring yourself down by making your ultimate goal "being the best." 3. Likewise, lift others up. The mids in charge of you won't get much more impressed than the way they do when you help out your squadmates/others who are struggling. My squad had a great girl who was struggling through her run on the CFA, so another squadmate and I who had already finished went back and ran the rest of the way with her. This puts you in a very positive light. 3. Spend as much free time as you can memorizing the rate sheet. At the beginning of the week, you will be handed a sheet with simple things like USNA's vision, several quotes, several names, and the ranks for all the services. It's not that hard of a task, and knowing your rates will keep you and your squadmates off the sweaty floor during mock indoc night. 4. Have fun, darnit. Don't take the week so seriously that you can't enjoy where you are and who you're with. Make friends. Joke around with each other, and not just with other candidates, but the mids too. I nicknamed my squad leader "mom", and made sure all the other mids gave her trouble for it. Some of them have been where you are right now. Keep in mind that these guys will be your future classmates, so make sure that they'll want you to be around come next summer.