Offer Extended

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  1. lil3laiin3laiin

    lil3laiin3laiin Member

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    I just checked my status on DODMERB and it was changed to "offer extended."

    I just wanted to thank everyone for their support and help over the past year. To be honest, I wouldn't have gotten so far without your support and advice because having parents who aren't supportive made the process even harder. With all your help I made it this far. Thank you!

    I know I have a long journey ahead of me now, the biggest hurdle right now is breaking the news to them but I hopefully can become a plebe this July. Thank you everybody again :)

    -Elaine
     
  2. singaporemom

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    Good Luck! Hopefully my son will see you in July. Make your own path. You will need to eventually. I'm praying for you tonight.
     
  3. jennyp

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    Congratulations! You must be "over the moon!" I, too, will pray that your family comes to support this wonderful path you have chosen. As you begin at USNA, make sure you have some strong support at home or somewhere.

    When the going gets tough, all plebes need someone to say "You can do it!" and "You need to do this!" as opposed to "Well, I told you so, just come on home!"

    For now, though, CONGRATULATIONS!:groupwave:
     
  4. marciemi

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    Congrats and good luck to you as well Elaine! :thumb::thumb:I remember back when you were trying to figure out how to do summer seminar without your parents' support. Glad to see you stuck in there and I'm so sorry that you don't have the support, enthusiasm, and backing you deserve! Getting an appointment should be the high point of your life so far, and it would be great if they could share in that joy with you instead of you having to worry about breaking it to them! :frown: Feel free to come here whenever you want and we'll join in your excitement!
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I worked with a young woman a number of years ago who had an ambivalent dad and unsupportive mom (divorced parents). Dad became an instant fan and, beginning I-Day, mom got on board. Daughter did extremely well. Parents both happy with daughter and her success (even if not with each other :rolleyes:)

    You're now an adult and make your own decisions in life. It is easier if you have parental support and, hopefully, you will. If not, the fact that this was entirely your decision should help you. One thing you'll find in the military is an instant support group. Roommates, classmates, profs, chaplains, sponsors -- they'll all be there to help you fulfill your dream.

    Congrats and best of luck!
     
  6. 1964BGO

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    CONGRATULATIONS! If you can't get your parents on board, how about grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings? There are days when every midshipman needs some support; I hope you find yours.

    Do your best all the time; it actually is easier that way. Best wishes to you and your new classmates.
     
  7. lil3laiin3laiin

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    First, I want to thank you for all your congratulations. As for telling my parents, I let slip an hour earlier to my dad and he seemed fine about it. The only person I now have to tell is my mother. I don't know how my mother would react but I plan on telling her once I have to actual paperwork on hand. I told my father that I have already withdrew my Juilliard application and that if he really wants me to (just as a back up) I'll audition for the last remaining school.

    To 1964BGO: I don't have any immediate family members who are on board with me because we all differ in opinion. Most of my family still resides in China, and hold very "last-century" ideas. The only person who did encourage me was my great-uncle (who is in his late 80s) and a former merchant marine officer, he said that if I ever did get an appointment that he would personally walk me (or I would wheel him) through the gates of Annapolis on I-day. I think, hopefully, I can count on my friends that I have known since preschool to offer me the support I need.
     
  8. smle

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    Congrats to you! Things in life without help become very difficult. Good Luck to you.
     
  9. USNA

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    God bless you Elaine. I know it must be tough, not having supportive parents. But, I've gotta' tell you, I am riding on my son's coattails this year. As parents of a plebe, we have had a whole new world opened to us. It's been intense, but it has also been absolutely wonderful! A couple of months ago, a bunch of other nurses were talking about the best times in their lives. I pondered briefly, then blurted out, "I'm in it now!"

    We are not a military family. But, I'll let you know something that might lead to a little attitude adjustment when it comes to you attending a service academy. My son could have attended Marquette University or Madison (WI) through ROTC, or as a civilian. Yet, I would have worried about him going there much more than at USNA. Even though USNA is over 900 miles away, we are much closer in the things that matter most. USNA will support your character development, as well as your academic proficiency. There are great opportunities for sustaining your spiritual growth as well. This was important to us, as parents.

    I applaud your efforts and acceptance at USNA. You will soon begin a magnificent journey. I trust your parents will come to accept this great honor. Hey, you could have been a drug addict! What's wrong with going to one of the most prestigious colleges in our country, and having a GUARANTEED job when you get out? Last year there were 15,000 applicants, for 1,200 spots. Those who don't stand a chance, don't apply. The process is just toO cumbersome.

    Big woot for you!!! Congrats!
     
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    I just wanted to say, I don't know why, but I found this part particularly touching. I even teared up a little.
     
  11. GoNavyMom

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    Elaine,

    Congratulations to you. A major accomplishment. I wish you all the best.

    My daughter is a plebe and though I have always supported her on the outside, on the inside I did have my doubts. To put it in perspective, when we went for an Academy visit on a hot July day, my daughter sternly told me to try not to look like a hippie. Once I saw she was committed to the application process and the USNA, I became fully supportive (probably over the top because I felt a little guilty). I hope the same happens for you.

    There are kids at the Academy from all different walks of life and all different life situations. From the stories that my daughter tells me, you will find the strength within you and when your needle seems to be on empty, your friends, company mates, other plebes, upper class and strangers, give you the strength that pulls your through.

    Congratulations again and thank you for wanting to serve your country.

    GoNavyMom
     
  12. singaporemom

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    Don't forget that even before you walk through those gates, we have all adopted you as ours..... you will never be alone.
     
  13. NavIss58

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    Elaine, I've got my fingers crossed for you. I watched your postings while my son also pursued this route and secretly inside wanted him to remain my son, you know, the one crawling on the floor tugging at my newspaper, the one I had to get to soccer practice too many (NOT ENOUGH NOW) times!, Yea, that one. But now he's a man of his own. I'm still trying to keep him out of trouble, reminding him to study and be careful, and I probably always will. I also tell him that there are lots of kids out there wishing they had someone hounding (read: parental support) them every day like that. The route he's taking will put him in harms way someday, for me, for his brother, for his country, for our freedom. So....

    If your getting that feeling a some point that no one is there to support you just reach out here and there will be several people here to remind you of your destiny, of your personal greatness, of your inner strength.

    And when you do get to wear that uniform, I salute you! Stay strong and let the flame within burn brightly!
     
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    Big Blue Folder

    How does the Big Blue Folder usually arrive? via Fedex or USPS? Thanks!
     
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    USPS Priority Mail
     
  16. lil3laiin3laiin

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    Does anybody know approximately when we will recieve the package?
     
  17. NewNavyMom

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    My son received appointment two weeks ago and his DODMERB status still says "In Process". Who knows? He received letter from Senator on a Friday and the Blue Folder was in mailbox on Monday.
     
  18. jennyp

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    Last year, we got call from Senator, then folder several days later. DoDMERB status had not changed....of course we quit checking it!
     
  19. lil3laiin3laiin

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    I called the admissions office just to double check that I had received an appointment and they told me I had. The irony of it all was that I wasn't supposed to find out and the DoDMERB status wasn't supposed to be changed. My regional director told me that my MOC was supposed to call and contact me; in fact, he said, "when they call, please act surprised and thrilled.":yllol:

    So to those who are checking their DoDMERB status by the hour (or minute) the status might not change, however, many people might not find out through DoDMERB but actually through their nominating source or USPS mail. So hang in there!
     
  20. NavIss58

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    Yaa Hoo for you Elaine! I was going to say the Letter Carrier will know just before you when you'll get your package! But you know now! The package is secondary.

    I'd say any time between now and March 1st when you need to reply.

    Good Luck! :jump1:
     

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