Tell us about your kid.

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  1. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    We keep hearing about TWE's and BFE's, and all the joys and heartaches that accompany them. Why not take a minute to tell us about the one that all this hoopla is about?

    How dedicated has he/she been? What kind of effort do they give to: homework, sports, volunteering, etc. What kind of son or daughter are they? What will you miss about them when they move on to college?

    Without giving names or too much specific info, why not take a minute to share about your kid?
     
  2. 2018midmom

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    What I will miss most is simply everything! He's funny, smart, sporty, and keeps me on my toes. He has inspired me to achieve greater things in my own life. I could not be prouder of him for choosing the course he has and I will take great pleasure in watching him achieve his goals.
     
  3. mjm

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    Dad will miss most

    I think the most terrifying thing for my husband after my DS leaves for USNA will be the fact that he will be the only male in the house with his wife and 3 teenage daughters. If anyone happens to see a tent outside of the USNA ... you will know it is my husband :yllol:
     
  4. Prepswimmom

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    My son is a TWE recipient. He is bright, intuitive, well spoken, interested in politics, government, current affairs. He speaks Chinese exceptionally well for a non-native speaker. He plays piano and trumpet and is quite accomplished in both. He has been a swimmer all his life. His weak point would be math. No AP math class. His sole focus was USNA and serving his country - eventually as an FAO. He will reapply. What I will miss most besides him at home will be his piano playing. It is the background music of my life since he was 5.


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  5. Blondie1

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    I am NOT looking forward to an empty nest!!! :frown: I don't know how I will stand him being on the other side of the country. Will miss soccer tournaments, and just the quite times together! My husband will miss his kayaking buddy!
     
  6. NavyHoops

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    Prepswimmom... Sounds like a great kid. What does he want to do before he tries to lateral transfer to FAO (Navy side) or do a tour as a FAO (Marines)?
     
  7. spelly

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    My son is a TWE recipient as well. He is of course exceptional, as all of our children are to us. He has taken AP classes, dual enrollment classes, co-captained football as the kicker and baseball. He is honest and compassionate. I will be somewhat lost next year, even though he will be a 4hour car ride away. I will be an empty nester seeing that DS is my youngest. I will miss his wit and morning hugs. I will however, be on the forum preparing for round 2. DS would not think of giving up. We try again!
     
  8. Prepswimmom

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    He was thinking SWO or investigate Sub duty (although that made me nervous)! I use to joke with him that if a ship sinks he can swim - if something goes wrong on a sub....
     
  9. Prepswimmom

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    Spelly we will support each other...
     
  10. NavyHoops

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    Hahaha! Subs were not for me nor was I allowed to pick them. At USNA a lot of ships pull into the Chesapeake and plebes get to tour them. Hopefully when he is a part of '19 he will get to see them. Nuke school is no joke, but not impossible. I have friends who are now COs and XOs of subs (I am sure if they ever saw what we did as Mids they would never allow us to be in charge of anything). The other part of Nuke school is if he gets out the job options are really good. SWO is a great pick too although it isn't necessarily 'cool' like flying it's the heart soul of the Navy. 30 days after graduation they are on a ship leading sailors and doing what they trained for. Good luck!
     
  11. spelly

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    prepswimmom, I'm here for you
     
  12. MIHOSER

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    My S is a Firstie with 60 days to go.

    He started to focus on USNA as a high school junior. He applied for both USNA and the NROTC scholarship. The NROTC scholarship came in 1st in November. His USNA appointment came in mid-January.

    His SAT scores were 600 Verbal, 800 Math, although he never officially sent his SAT scores to USNA, but they had them. He sent in his ACT scores which were also high, but more balanced. I truly believe the 800 Math was the magic number. I was told this by our B&G. He was also a 3 sport athlete in high school, always a player but never a star.

    He has had a great (almost) 4 years in Naptown.
     
  13. Prepswimmom

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    Nuke was on the table as well as it did interest him. He felt everyone wanted to be a pilot so that was not in his plan.


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  14. NavyHoops

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    I never wanted to fly. Actually it's not as uncommon as most would think. Plebe summer there are 1000 Plebes who say they want to be SEALs or F/A-18 pilots. When in reality something like 85-90% get their first pick of service selection, so obviously those numbers change over time as Mids learn about the services, reality, what is best for them, etc. SWO doesn't sound "cool" but I have had a friend launch over a 100 missiles into Iraq, fight pirates and now commands a warship... I mean that is pretty cool if you ask me. There is the surface nuclear option also.
     
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    DS has never gone with the crowd or wanted to do what was "cool". He is more cerebral and does what he feels is right for him.
     
  16. Dial the gate

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    As with all our accomplished kids, my son will do well wherever he lands. He is smart, fun, funny, competitive, musical, caring, compassionate, tough, dedicated, responsible, strong, determined, likes to argue with his dad, fight with his brother, wrestle the dog and snuggle the cat. I will miss him more than I could possibly tell anyone. He has grown into an amazing young man and through this very long last year and a half has become my SAF stalking buddy. I will miss how when he comes into a room, he will bend down so that I can kiss the top of his head. When he comes home at night, if I am already in bed, he will still come in and say he's home so I can tell him I love him. He is either the coolest kid ever or we are just awesome parents!
     
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    or Both?
     
  18. cajost

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    Hummm....I think daughters and mothers are different than mothers and sons. Oh, I'll miss her, but not the laundry, hormones, and just being a teenager. :rolleyes:

    Since I'm a Navy Vet, enlisted, I am looking forward to the first time she comes home. When I came home after a year in the Navy, I was embarrassed by how I had behaved as a daughter prior to the Navy. I apologized to everyone.

    I am very proud of Victoria. She declared in 4th grade that she was going to college at USNA. Naturally, I was like, "That's nice sweetie." But, it never went away. She called the women's rowing coach and had her official visit scheduled in less than a day. She gets very good grades and actually did - okay on the ACT and SAT. She has always been the "unofficial" leader of most every group she is with. As her Congressional Rep said, "She fits the 'whole person' concept perfectly."

    I'm looking forward to I-Day and parents weekend. Her BGO officer will be at her graduation and announce her appointment - I will have tissues ready for that. :redface:
     
  19. tri_mom

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    Good luck with that! I agree that DDs can be a bit more of a challenge. I'm guessing your DD is similar to mine who was/is a leader in everything and also rowed for a Div I school. She started becoming a normal person between 20-21, but I have yet to hear an apology. She does come to me for advice all the time now while those teenage years were for friends/boyfriends only. Maybe you'll get your apology at end of plebe year. Maybe I'll get one after her graduation next spring. We do laugh that everytime DD comes home it's like a hurricane went thru. :wink:
     
  20. Blessedmomwithagoodboy

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    I know I will miss my sweet boy terribly as I am going to be alone in the house and nobody is going to say "hi mom" when I get up in the morning and "good night mom" at night and "thank you mom" before meals everyday. He is my only child and my world.
     

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