Any tips for admissions visit?

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  1. charlestonmom5

    charlestonmom5 Member

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    Hello, all! My son and I are visiting the Naval Academy next week. Anyone have tips or suggestions? My son is a high school junior (Class of 2022). Thanks!
     
  2. Topher673

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    Take the tour!
     
  3. momofmod

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    Take the tour and enjoy the beautiful area. Be sure to get yourself a killer lunch downtown....our favorite is Chik and Ruth's Delly. Has he applied to NASS?Good luck to him! Also, I can't recommend American Legion Boys' State enough. Great points on the app!
     
  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Annapolis Restaurants/Where To Eat 2016/ I-Day CVW Visit Graduation PPW

    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?ur...&share_tid=47991&share_fid=79838&share_type=t


    Edit: This is the link from iPhone app. Just search in USNA Forum for "Annapolis Restaurants."

    - The USNA Visitor Center walking tour
    http://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors/public-tours/
    - Gift/Logo Shop in Visitor Center. 10% discount with military ID.
    - Naval Academy Museum
    - Noon meal formation if weather permits
    - Check USNA Music Dept page for any concerts
    - check www.navysports.com for any sports events. You can walk on Yard with Govt photo ID or driver's license

    Map:
    https://www.usna.edu/_files/documents/USNA_Visitors_Map.pdf

    Night: Walk Main St. Annapolis in DTA (Downtown Annapolis). Grab a Walkie Cup at Annapolis Ice Cream Company.




    I assume you are going to the Admissions briefing?
     
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  5. charlestonmom5

    charlestonmom5 Member

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    Thanks! We are definitely planning on taking a tour! Maybe one of the performances? Anything else to do at night? Momofmod, he will do Boys State in June.
     
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    DrMom 5-Year Member

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    Tell him to really listen to the brief--about what USNA is seeking in a candidate: grades, courses, honors/AP, varsity athlete, leadership...Sit in the first or second row--don't hide in the back--you want to see the pictures and the screen is small.

    When we went to the admissions visit just before the start of #3's junior year--the young LT admissions officer--and impressive looking helicopter pilot-- stamped his foot and said something like, "We want you to be Eagle Scouts" or something like that (It may have been, "Eagle Scout is a clear demonstration of leadership").
    #3 had been in a slump--and the next day out of nowhere he said, "Mom, I want to get more seriously into scouting again." (I was like, "I'll drive.")
    It totally woke him up. He did the impossible at Scouts in a year--cutingt it right to the edge with the Eagle Scout and the congressional nomination application deadlines.

    So, tell your guy to listen, take the tour--and then definitely walk up to Chick-n-Ruth's for a milkshake. (Great crabcakes too)
     
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  8. Sydney C.

    Sydney C. 5-Year Member

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    The Capt. has given you lots of good info. on the restaurants and such. There's a little night life in Naptown but you need to look it up. Also, it's still only March so the waterfront scene will be quiet. If you want to drive a bit DC is close and so is Baltimore but Annapolis isn't eactly going to be rocking this time of year.....if you want to come back in June though...I know a guy.
     
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  10. NotCollege

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    Consider bringing his plebe a treat they can share with the rest of the company. Brownies or other homemade baked good were really a hit for me. It can be something small. Mostly tell him to listen and ask lots of questions. If the plebe is not busy with homework Saturday night have him ask for a tour. I did this with my plebe and got to see a lot of cool things.
     
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    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    Is this a personal visit or a CVW?
     
  12. time2

    time2 10-Year Member

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    I had the impression the OP and her son were just visiting USNA and not part of a CVW. Would encourage your son to talk with mids who have some free time if you see them on the Yard or in other public areas. Most are more then willing to share their experiences and can probably answer many of the questions you might have.
     
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    pleber16 USNA 2016 5-Year Member

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    If you do talk to/interact with mids, know they'll be just coming back from spring break...not that mids are ever cynical but...
     
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    time2 10-Year Member

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    Actually it is good to hear whatever they have to say to know there will be good times as well as bad.
     
  15. NotCollege

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    My apologies my brain is on CVW. For just a regular visit if he has an interest in a particular major try reaching out to a few of the professors for a meeting to talk about the major and life at USNA and beyond. I was able to talk to professors from three different departments. I have kept in touch with one of them. It gave me a really unique perspective on USNA.
     
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    In terms of meals, I suggest you eat right on base at the deli in the middle of campus. I forget the name, but others will offer it. There is also a daily lunch buffet in the officers club building, which is more expensive, but good. The deli is quite decent, and very reasonably priced. Better though, its in a neat building and lots of people coming and going, which is a good thing when you are visiting. There are a lot of cool places to eat in town, but you are visiting the academy to get a feel for the place. The places on base are good quality and do give you a feel for the environment. My kid goes to West Point, and I wish we had that deli there.
     
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    Correct, my son is a junior, not even a Candidate (yet )! But I love the suggestion of taking goodies! Will definitely do that if he gets invited for CVW in the future!
     
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    Did he apply for NASS? Application closes in two weeks. I suggest NASS, then CVW, in that order.
     
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    We had this trip planned back in October, but Hurricane Matthew caused us to reschedule.
     
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    The Drydock, in Dahlgren Hall, not far from Gate 1.
     
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