Summer Seminar

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  1. NAhopeful18

    NAhopeful18 New Member

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    Could anyone tell me what you actually do at the NASS, and if would help me decide whether or not to attend NASS? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Ex.BT.USN

    Ex.BT.USN Member

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    ???? Questions ????

    NAhopeful18,

    If your post name is an indication of you applying for the class of 2018 one can only assume that you are now a senior. If that is the case NASS is not an option for you.

    If I'm wrong and you are a Jr. then from a parent point of view. Our DS had a fantastic time, he continues to talk about the experience.

    This is only one piece of feedback but I think you will find most if not all to be positive.

    Good luck...
     
  3. trainerj2855

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    we have a current plebe and he did summer seminar for both Navy and West Point- was absolutely convinced by the experience that the academy was the way for him. Both are sligthly different experiences but very physical and opportunity to "test" you ability to work under duress-having said that, plebe summer is still several notches up in intensity from the summer seminar experience. Still in total, our plebe is thriving at the Naval Academy.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I would start here:

    http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/nass.htm

    Lots of good info, including an example daily schedule. It dan be very helpful to those who don't know much about the Academy as well as for those who think they want to attend. It is only for rising seniors.
     
  5. d22

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    My son (who is currently a junior) will be applying to NASS. Typically when are applications/summer session finalized?
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    There is an application deadline that is posted. Applications usually open in early January and close around April 1. USNA posts the date by which they promise to notify you.

    There is SOMEWHAT of a rolling acceptance process. Some people get good news right away; many get the good news on or near the last day to hear.

    Remember that NASS is a recruiting tool. Thus, people who live in areas or attend schools that historically have sent very few people to USNA have a distinct advantage.
     
  7. bennington1

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    Our DD went to the 1st session of NASS this year and really enjoyed it. If you have an interest in attending the Academy, I know she would recommend it.

    As to applying, she stayed up until midnight on the night the application period was opening and applied. She heard within 2 or 3 weeks.

    Good luck!
     
  8. d22

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    Thank you USNA1985. In regards to your last point, I'd be interested in looking at a map/chart which depicts the geographical breakdown, by District, of which these areas have a low/medium/high interest population in service academies.

    Does any such breakdown, that you know of, exist?
     
  9. d22

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    bennington1, Congratulations to your daughter! Our son, like many others, has wanted to attend the USNA for several years now. This past summer he attended a water polo camp, which furthered his desire to be apart of such an elite institution, and career.
     
  10. NAhopeful18

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    Thank you!

    Thank you for all the helpful replies!
     
  11. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I'm sure something along those lines exists. I'm equally sure it is not shared outside of USNA Admissions.

    Do understand that kids from districts and schools where USNA is very popular are also accepted to NASS. But USNA is very much trying to promote itself to potential candidates who might not o/w know of, or apply to, USNA.
     
  12. time2

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    ^^^ From a practical standpoint, even if you had access to such a document, there isn't a whole lot you could do with such information because you apply for a NOM based on where you live.
     
  13. sandnnw

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    '18,

    My son attended NASS and hurt himself playing soccer before the first formation, imagine, sling/ice and those "tears" of disappointment which abated quickly, thankfully.

    He was forced to watch while all his new found friends, "had a blast." Despite these limitations, the Navy allowed him to stay and he talked and talked about what a great time it was, despite not being able to participate in much. He was already in JROTC and had a taste of military life, but NASS was different somehow. Bancroft/King, MID squad leader and instructors, the teamwork and multiple challenges, both academic and physical seemed to really impress him - an early taste of purpose perhaps? Facebook had a few new friend links.

    He was allowed to bring home a full set of sweats and his PT gear from NASS. Although the love affair with NASS seemed to fade with school starting and his attention to other parts of HS, he, for some reason, wore those USNA clothes more often than not. Even Mom noticed.

    I did not bug him nor try to persuade him to continue with the NA. I did start purchasing a few Navy items of my own, when football season started - so he could tell where my preferences were, but I also bought schools that he applied to including a couple of the Ivies. I wanted this to be HIS decision, his life.

    He was not accepted for AFA SAS, and despite me trying to get him to finish the AFA application, I believe today that NASS firmly cemented him toward the Navy and he's never looked back. Today, it never ceases to amaze me at how he's assimilated into life at Navy.

    I wish you the best of luck. Navy is really a very special place.
     
  14. 1964BGO

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    Because NASS is a highly subscribed program with limited capacity (about 2400 total participants), and is used for "recruiting" from under-represented areas, I strongly recommend you look into the sports camps at www.navysports.com as a way to get time in the Yard (campus) at NAVY. It is very important that anyone considering any of the service academies spend some time at the school(s) to see if the program is what you expected.
    Also, you can check with your RD regarding snagging a CVW. Best wishes.
     
  15. Ex.BT.USN

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    Agree

    Could not agree with 1964BGO enough....

    Our DS was very lucky to be selected to NASS and along with that attended a sports camp. The kid went in excited and wondering and came out more excited and wanting to know more. Attending both firmed it all up for him.:thumb:

    I asked him what he would do if offered his No.1 school with the NROTC and offered the Academy. He responded and said "Dad, do I really need to answer that?"
     
  16. d22

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    Thank you all for your responses. I was inquiring for all SA, and my general geekiness for statistics.
     
  17. d22

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    As per admissions:

    Summer programs application dates have been determined! The Summer STEM (rising 8th-11th graders) application will open on January 6, 2014 and the Summer Seminar (rising 12th graders) application will open on January 16, 2014!

    Also, the session dates are still being finalized, and should be available within two weeks.
     

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