Got the call today from my Congresswoman during a layover in Newark. Needless to say this is a great start to my spring break. This was my third time applying. I was wait listed last year and subsequently didn't get in. I'm not going to blab too much because I'm writing this from my smartphone at the airport, but to any of you who don't get in the first time...don't give up. Looking back, I wasn't prepared to go to USNA out of high school. Fortunately an Air Force ROTC scholarship gave me the opportunity to go to West Virginia University. Since then I have improved academically and matured a great deal. I thought I wouldn't be able to handle engineering, but I was able to build a 3.7 GPA and get a 4.0 last semester. I would not trade anything for the experiences I had these past two years at WVU. And now I feel ready than ever to meet the challenges at USNA. Bottom line, don't quit. If you don't get in, it's not the end of the world. If you decide to reapply again, I guarantee you'll be more prepared and mature if you work hard in college. God Speed!