BGO Interview

kezim

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I will soon have my BGO Interview and I am wondering if my parents need to be present during the interview. I hope that I will do most of the talking and not my parents. And will the BGO ask about my volunteer activities, leadership experiences, academic work, and SAT/ACT scores in front of my parents? I think I will get nervous around my parents because they will sometimes talk about unnecessary things.
 

mpete2150

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The BGO also hopes you will do most of the talking and not your parents! :) They each do it differently, whether it's at your house, coffee shop or your school like my daughter had. If it's your house, certainly your parents could be in the house. The BGO knows they will also have questions about this big step in your life so they will probably make time at the beginning or the end for that but most of the time should probably be just you and the BGO talking in privacy. Hope that helps.
 

time2

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Sounds like you are asking several questions. Many BGO's meet at your house since they also want to answer any questions your parents may have about USNA and the military. Typically, they also want to meet privately with you to get a sense if this is something you really want and aren't being pushed into it by your parents. Part of this process involves interviews (BGO & MOC), so it will be to your advantage to be able to speak for yourself with self-confidence and sounds like you need to work on that to be successful. You are competing for a limited number of appointments with students from all over the country. Participation in sports, ECA's and leadership opportunities also helps you to gain self-confidence, so hopefully you have been working on that all throughout h.s.

If your parents tend to speak for you or talk over you saying things like (......"what he means to say is............") that reflects poorly on your self-confidence during the BGO interview. I would have a frank discussion with your parents BEFORE the BGO interview to avoid any awkward situations. Also encourage you & your parents to read through the many prior threads on these topics.

Hard to tell from what you posted what year you are in h.s. It would be VERY late in the process for this year to just now be having your BGO interview. The window for NOM's has passed for the current cycle, so perhaps you are a junior in h.s. just getting started in this process.
 

USMMA2021

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I will soon have my BGO Interview and I am wondering if my parents need to be present during the interview. I hope that I will do most of the talking and not my parents. And will the BGO ask about my volunteer activities, leadership experiences, academic work, and SAT/ACT scores in front of my parents? I think I will get nervous around my parents because they will sometimes talk about unnecessary things.
I can't speak for all of the BGO interviews since they are all different, but mine was at my house. The first hour or so, the BGO talked to my parents and I about the admissions process, the Academy, and other general information about USNA. During that time we mostly listened to what he was saying and asked questions if we had any. He then asked my parents to leave and talked to me face to face. That was about a half and hour and they will ask you questions such as, Why do you want to go to USNA, etc. Just be honest and answer their questions truthfully. Again you can ask questions if you have any.

It is also handy to have a copy of your resume with you so the BGO can quickly look at your leadership, volunteering, etc, and to know your standardized test and CFA scores because they may ask for them. Good Luck!
 
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