For the benefit of everybody else who (like me) applied for NASS but didn't get invited, here's my story. I hope this helps anybody who was feeling as discouraged as I was about the implications of being "rejected" for Summer Seminar. I submitted my online application for NASS 2011 at midnight the night that it came online, along with one of my best friends who also had his heart set on going to Annapolis. After a couple months of waiting, we both got the same letter in the mail that there were too many applicants to all be accommodated and sorry but we can't offer you a spot. I was tremendously discouraged by this and worried sick about the admissions implications of not getting accepted for Summer Seminar. I actually nailed the letter to my wall (I know, maybe a bit melodramatic ) to remind me to keep working 100% if I wanted that appointment. My friend, sadly, decided that he wasn't competitive for admission and stopped working on his file. I kept with it. Last week, I got a Letter of Assurance in the mail. It was one of the best days of my life, and it never would have happened if I'd let myself get discouraged or quit along the way. I hope this is encouraging to any others who were turned down for NASS and think it means that they are not strong candidates. Just keep working at it, and don't let anything turn you aside from your goal. I am not in any way trying to brag or show off, but I really would have liked to have seen something like this back when I was feeling discouraged, and I hope this can be of value to candidates in this year's and future admissions cycles.