Nominations ?s

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  1. dlee96

    dlee96 Member

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    Hello all, I am currently a junior in HS and will be applying for nominations in the near future.

    At first I felt I had a chance for a nomination, but after hearing talk from local folks of same race (Asian-American) who have had trouble receiving nominations even with stellar apps, I have heard that getting a nomination is not what you know but WHO YOU KNOW.

    Any thoughts? Essentially, has anyone gotten a nomination through hard work alone (my situation) w/o knowing the politician? Thanks in advance :thumb:
     
  2. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    I did.

    And I'm pretty sure most did as well. Sure, "knowing" your MOC is helpful - they are there to nominate people who they think will be good leaders... but you're making it sound like they would nominate an undeserving person over a deserving one if the former knew the MOC beforehand.

    You seem to be complaining, actually. Here's the thing: even if you were right about being "WHO" you know (you are not, by the way), why are you venting about this? If anything, you should be working even harder to stand out instead of sitting on your computer and complaining about it.

    I did NOT know my MOCs (nor did I ever meet them... I only talked to their staff) before applying for nominations. But I made an effort to meet them personally in the Summer and then come again for the interviews (which was not as simple as getting in a car and driving to their offices). They (the two who nominated me) liked my effort, they liked what I did during H.S., they liked me. So, do not complain. Rather, do something about it.
     
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  3. Patriotic

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    Yes. I come from a competitive district in Michigan and received all 3 nominations to the SA with a principle to Navy. I did NOT know the Congressman at all.

    The interview was crucial. It was a time to show the board that I deserved the nominations. I too, am an Asian-American.

    Moral of the story; it tends not to be political. However, you do have to be at your 100% best during the process.
     
  4. JWP

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    My son received his nomination through hardwork, preperation and the desire to realize his goal. We are relatively new to our state and had no connections with the congress person. I can see how it would be easier to blame other factors like, it is who you know and not what you know. But at the end of the day, you will receive your nomination based on what you take to the interview and how competitive your application is. Best advice...work hard, study hard an prepare yourself as best you can.
     

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