Types of questions to ask

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  1. d.mcknight

    d.mcknight Member

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    Okay this is probably going to seem like a weird question, but here we go.:rolleyes: Sometime next week I am meeting with a MIDN in the city where my high school is as part of the OPINFO program. He basically just wants to meet with me to address any questions or concerns about USNA.

    Now, I'm terrible with coming up with questions. It's sorta hard to explain. I know I should ask him about things I may be interested it there. And the "What has your experience been like?" type questions. But is there anything to ask that would benefit me? I don't want to make him go out of his way to meet for 15 minutes just to explain what he does there.

    Sorry for the weird sorta rambling question, but any help is appreciated. :biggrin:
     
  2. NorthernCalMother

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    DMcKnight: I sent you a PM.
     
  3. Mongo

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    Ask yourself two questions: "What about the Academy really scares me?" and "What about the Academy am I really looking forward to?" Think of questions along these two lines and try to figure out if your concerns/excitement is realistic. He will have current first hand information.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    In addition to Mongo's excellent questions, here are a few additional ideas:

    What thing or things did he wish he'd done before Plebe Summer -- either to be better prepared or just stuff he'd done as a civilian beforehand for fun?

    What was the hardest and the easiest part of Plebe Summer and Ac Year?

    What type of "electronics" privileges does he have? Is that based by company or the brigade as a whole? Has it changed at all since Ac Year started? Will it?

    What does he do on WE liberty?

    What ECAs is he involved in? Does he like them? How much time do they take?

    Is there anything that he knows now that would have influenced his decision to attend USNA (this could be something that makes him more sure it was right or just that he'd known to think about)?

    What one (or more) things has he experienced that he didn't expect?

    Finally, you might ask him to discuss his experience -- when and how he decided USNA was right for him, what his Plan B was, why he finally chose USNA, etc.
     
  5. hopefulparent

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    Great questions. Maybe some folks on this forum could share some answers from their mids or their personal experience.
     
  6. jumprope_11

    jumprope_11 USNA 2015

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    What thing or things did he wish he'd done before Plebe Summer -- either to be better prepared or just stuff he'd done as a civilian beforehand for fun?

    I think this is definately a great question to ask. The majority of applicants are graduating high school seniors. Making a committment such as the academy is a HUGE deal. Not only will you be transitioning from civilian to military lifestyle but you will not have anywhere near the same independence as your friends going off to a state university. For that matter, you have to take advantage of the "last chance" opportunities because I-Day is early in the summertime. When everyone else will be at the beach or the pool, you will be getting yelled at while you have a freshly shaven head:eek:

    I would be extremely interested to the answer your mid gives if you ask this:thumb:
     

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