Candidate Visit Weekend

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by truenorth, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. truenorth

    truenorth Member

    Nov 6, 2015
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    After reading some of the threads on the CVWs, invites, etc., I thought I would share my thoughts on our recent experience. Others may find it helpful.

    We attended the CVW last wknd with our DS. If possible for candidates and their families, I strongly recommend attending.

    After checking in on Thursday evening, DS was assigned to a Company where he dropped off his gear. We then attended a joint candidate-parents session, where several current Mids discussed their backgrounds and an overview of the admission process. The candidates were then dismissed and we didn't see DS again until Saturday morning.

    There was a full six hour schedule the following day, Friday, for parents. It included two robust Q&A panel sessions. The first one had two admissions officers and a parent of a current Mid. The second one had four Mids, one from each year, talking about life at the Academy. There was a session with a professor focusing on STEM, and an in-depth tour of the campus. As parents, we found the entire experience highly informative.

    The next morning, Saturday, we picked up DS. He had spent the previous 36 hours as a "drag" for a Mid 4/c. Everywhere he went, DS followed: classes, work outs, meals, activities. He slept on a cot in his Mid's room in Bancroft Hall. He shared with us that he sat up talking with his Mid and his roomies (3-man room), learning about life as a plebe, their application experiences, etc. The conversation continued over the next 1.5 days while immersed in life there.

    DS thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and has since committed to applying. Given our completely separate but parallel experience, we support his decision. It was time well spent for all of us. DS now ventures forth on the windy road of an application process. Fingers crossed for him - and us!

    Good luck to all.
  2. Fairhope dad

    Fairhope dad Member

    Jan 31, 2016
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    My DS decided he wanted to go by himself last Feb. He flew into Baltimore and got a shuttle to Annapolis. He really enjoyed his visit even though the high was 7 degrees. Being from the Alabama gulf coast he was out of his environment. The return flight was cancelled because of snow and he sat on and off a plane for 11 hours. I would suggest going in the fall if possible. He missed that one because of the state cross country meet. I thought he would surely give up on this but it actually strengthened his commitment to get a nomination. What I'm trying to say is that there is no bad day in Annapolis.
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  3. Letsdothis

    Letsdothis Member

    Oct 9, 2015
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    We were there that weekend, too. That was a seriously cold CVW!
  4. EOD/SEALmom

    EOD/SEALmom Member

    Oct 28, 2015
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    We were there that weekend also, they said it was the coldest it's been in history. Our flight was cancelled too, spent another night in a hotel, haha!
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  5. HassamaMama

    HassamaMama Member

    Dec 19, 2015
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    I received an invite to a CVW just yesterday with my LOA; I requested to go during the last weekend in April because that's the least conflicting with my Spring Track schedule. By then I hope I'll be Appointed already and I'll be checking out how my life will be soon after!
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  6. SCMids

    SCMids Member

    Jan 14, 2016
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    My son was a drag last September in his brother's company. It was a cool experience in that he got to see how the Plebes react to their training Sargent, his brother. He accepted his appointment last week and can't wait to join his brother in June.
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  7. Future2020

    Future2020 Member

    Dec 28, 2015
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    I'm gonna stop complaining about how cold it was there in November haha

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