1. Bird85

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    DS received his final TWE from an SA (USCGA) today, so it's definitely on to VMI. DM and I are happy as we live only 2 1/2 hours away and will get to see him more often during his 4 year stay. Many decisions still need to be made (STP, ROTC, major). I'm just glad he can now focus on one plan. Pennak, bjkbuds, et al. - I look forward to our discussions between now and Matriculation. :thumb:
     
  2. RahVaMil2009

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    Good luck!

    It's tough being a VMI Parent, from what I've been told... definitely try to get connected with the Parents Council. They were an awesome resource for my poor mother. :smile:
     
  3. patentesq

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    Congrats!!!!
     
  4. pennak

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    Congrats! I think VMI is a perfect fit for my DS. he is really looking forward to it. See you at STP.
     
  5. pennak

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    Good advice. Why so tough? The kids are doing all the work. We just watch, wait and hope.
     
  6. RahVaMil2009

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    Sometimes, that is the hard part.

    You'll be amazed at how quickly four years can fly by while lasting an eternity. You'll probably worry about things that you never imagined you'd ever worry about. But in the end, it pays off.

    I'm pretty sure there are days now when my parents are more proud that I graduated from VMI than I am. :cool: :thumb:
     
  7. pennak

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    That's saying alot! At some points parents have disinvest themselves from their children's lives. Or so I'm told. Sure is hard now. College is a big step for any kid and my sense is that VMI is a very big step indeed.
     
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    I thought parents at VMI are required to go through Rat training along with their kiddos! Is this no longer the case?
     
  9. larry2013

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    Welcome aboard!

    RahVaMil2009 is correct! The parent council is terrific resource - once your son/daughter accepts their appointment to VMI there are MANY letters you will receive. I was so impressed right from the start, VMI does respect parents, does an excellent job of informing you, along with your cadet. As many have said here, in my opinion, STP is invaluable! I know that Bruno's and RahVaMil2009's posts were so helpful during this time for me - but that was 2 years ago! Can't believe my cadet is almost halfway thru - its a terrific journey - your cadet will appreciate your visits as often as you can get there! For now enjoy these last few weeks! I am happy to answer questions or provide whatever information I can - VMI has so lived up to my son's expectations, their marketing. I realize VMI isn't perfect, but they are most sincere in their desire to try. My son is NROTC and Mech Eng so if you have any questions I am most familiar with those. But my larger pack of neandrothols are from all walks - MO NROTC and AROTC - their majors are all different. STP does give a cadet a head start, historically about 1/2 the incoming class attend. My congratulations to your cadet - it is a journey worthwhile - larrys mom
     
  10. pennak

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    LOL!! If that were true, the Rat class might be very small indeed, like twelve.
     
  11. pennak

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    Larry2013, I am sure I will be taking you up on your very kind and generous offer!!
     
  12. bruno

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    Hmmm- interesting thought- I need to lose about 20 pounds maybe that's an idea? Maybe an option for making some money for the school while the barracks are empty: "Shape up the VMI way- lose 20 pounds and feel closer to your kid at the VMI spa and chubby farm":wink:
    I would still have to get weekly haircuts, but mostly ear trims as opposed to off the top:eek:.
    On second thought- I'm having visions of that black collar on the blouse- on a woman they call it a muffin top for that roll over the low rise jeans- what do they call it for an old guy turning cherry red with all of that excess neck spilling over the top of the collar? Not a pretty picture I'm afraid.
    Nope- Parents need to avoid the Ratline at all costs! Just enjoy seeing young "cosmo" or "cosmoline" at the swearing in Ceremony at New Market or on Parents weekend and be prepared to feed them and their roommates, let them sleep in your Hotel room and be properly awed at their stories (but keep in mind that those stories have a way of being magnified the more times they tell them!)

    Congratulations and good luck to those who have decided that VMI is "it". And enjoy your last months in HS!
     
  13. bjkuds

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    Bird Congratulations!! Sorry about the TWE though, yet I know it's a great school that is capable of bringing the best out of our kids. Welcome:thumb:
     
  14. Bird85

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    Bjkuds, thanks so much. Sorry for the fat finger in my last post. I misspelled your screen name. Anyway, DS told me he was not "bummed" over the TWE. During this process I believe VMI became Plan "A". We are very happy for him! :thumb:
     
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    I am glad that he is happy and you have the ability to see him more. I don't think they realize how important that can be, at least mine doesn't think ...or, I should say, didn't consider homesickness etc when visiting schools. I think he is starting to realize how much his life is about to change and is glad he will be 5 hours away instead of a long distance. Having the choice of ROTC/commissioning etc was the big seller. DS is thinking NROTC unless AROTC kicks us a scholarship, then he will try that. He doesn't really know. Navy is a pure guess as to which branch may suit him the best. He wants to serve, but has no idea what he will like and what he won't. He can be brutally honest and I am afraid he might just tell his PMS or Commander that he is just here for the year to check it out:eek:. But knowing him, he will give a 100% effort regardless.
     
  16. Bird85

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    Good morning. (OBTW, I am quoting my own quote!) Anyway, just to update the VMI SAF world, DS made his final decision over the weekend on the Army scholarship and will be notifying NSTC in writing today of this declination of the NROTC scholarship.
     
  17. bjkuds

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    Cool...maybe my DS can grad a 3 year Navy deal now:shake: I'm just glad your DS is able to make a choice that pleases him. That is the goal:thumb:
     
  18. bruno

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    Chairman of Joint Chiefs VMI Commencement Speaker

    For those of you who have decided as the title implies that: "VMI is it" - I Thought that you would find this interesting:

     
  19. pennak

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    Way cool Bruno. Congrats to the Class of 2011! May God go with them.
     
  20. bjkuds

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    What a great accomplishment, and what an honor to have Adm. Mullen speak. I hope there is someone who can upload it on youtube. I would be interested in hearing what he says.
     

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