What are the enjoyable things about attending USMA?

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  1. cajunrouge2021

    cajunrouge2021 Member

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    The things that aren't amongst the most enjoyable aspects of West Point such as Beast are talked about often and for good reason. But I'd like to hear everything you have to say about the things one could enjoy or you personally enjoyed most at USMA.

    Clubs, classes, leadership, Camaraderie, food, etc.
     
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    Do you remember the movie Shawshank Redemption? You don't like being there, but you stay because of your friends. And finding as much "athos" as possible.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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  4. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    Your friends. Also, some awesome opportunities (internships, foreign travel, military training, academic research) but really your friends.
     
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  5. mmb5

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    Although Beast - and many other things about plebe year - are miserable, there is an attitude that once you're there, they want you to succeed. Unlike a civilian college, the instructors' goals are to make sure that students learn the material. Extra help is easy to come by. Honor code is instilled. My son said that they "wanted him to become his best self". Not something you find too many places.
     
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    I would offer that not every cadet would agree with the "good place to be from, not to be at" sentiment. My son actually enjoyed beast, enjoys the PT, Sandhurst, and has often said room/class mates and his professors are just awesome people. We chuckled over some of his letters from Beast as they almost sounded like propaganda pieces with all the apostrophes and "awesomes"... but it's held up so far. So as always your mileage may vary.
     
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    You get to meet interesting people - an A-list of people come to WP to meet with the cadets. As a parent I am often in awe of the caliber of speakers who visit WP. If you asked my cadet, he'd say that so far the high point for him was meeting a few of the cheerleaders for the Florida Panthers (Panthers played the NJ Devils at WP a couple weeks ago. Cadets could get free tickets!). And yes, he has a memento pic to prove it. :) His second fav would be hearing Jeff Dunham do a show at WP. All of the cadets could attend for free (everyone else paid $400 for tickets!).
     

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