Parents at I-Day

Discussion in 'Service Academy Preparatory Schools' started by TEXAS2010, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. TEXAS2010

    TEXAS2010 New Member

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    I am trying to find out how many family members go to I-Day. My husband and I are going to parents weekend. Although I would love to be there at I-Day also I am not sure if I am going due to flight & hotel, costs etc. However, I do not want my son to be one of the only Napsters without a family member there on I Day.
     
  2. USNA'02

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    If you can only afford to attend one I-Day event I would recommend that you choose I-Day at the Naval Academy.

    There will be midshipmen candidates w/o parents. My dad went to I-Day at NAPS but didn't go to I-Day at USNA and I kinda wish he would have. There was a very nice graduation party from NAPS, not sure if they do that anymore, but if so I would recommend you attend that instead of I-Day. Our graduation ball was held at one of the famous mansions, The Marble Masion. My dad and step mom came out for that and it was a wonderful time.
     
  3. Gaia_CKJ

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    My daughter will also be travelling alone on I-day. My father was recently diagnosed with the final stage of lung cancer and we have to make a difficult decision to changed our plans. My daughter is very close to her grandfather and my biggest worry is how to tell her or if I should even let her know if something bad happen.
     
  4. navy_clarinet_mom

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    Gaia ... We had the unfortunate situation of having to notify our daughter at NAPS that one of her grandparents had passed away and to get her home on emergency leave. The staff up there is wonderful and if you need the chaplain on the base to go over and be there then he will gladly do that.

    Motherly advice here is to let her know if something happens. They are very much adults and will want to be kept in the loop as to how things are going. They learn very quickly to compartmentalize things and can handle it much easier if they know what is happening. If you would like to talk more about this privately, please do not hesitate to message me and I will tell you more about our story regarding this.
     
  5. Gaia_CKJ

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    Thank you very much for your advice. I sent you a private message.
     
  6. Maximus

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    DS went to USMAPs and my wife and I decided to sacrifice and attend all events. "R" Day, Parent CC weekend, Graduation and then on to "R" and "A" Day's at West Point. It cost a bundle but well worth it. If money is an issue (as I said, we sacrificed many, many personal amenities to attend) try to at least attend the "I" Day and Graduation Ceremony, and skip the weekend. In most cases, this will be the first time your child, now adult, is leaving home, and it's not into a warm and friendly atmosphere; it's essentially a boot camp with a lot of yelling and unfamiliar territory. Some kids handle it well, others might need the support of a Parent for that "You now have 5 minutes to say goodbye" moment. There is usually not a dry eye in the place and it's one of those "once in a lifetime events" well worth the financial sacrifice. Like I said, we planed well in advance and saved for the trips, things settle down after their first year in the academy, and the only thing left is Graduation. Texas is a haul from RI and we were only coming from FL to NJ so I certainly understand the costs will be higher.

    Just some thoughts.
     

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