CVW 2019 question

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  1. bhimom

    bhimom New Member

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    DS (HS Junior) just got invite for Jan 2019 or Feb 2019 CVW. Choosing the Jan option. Do parents actually stay or do they drop off? Thank you in advance.
     
  2. 18Hopeful

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    Our DS went to CVW in October and he attended by himself. We dropped him of at the airport and he flew nonstop to Baltimore. Once in Baltimore he hopped on to the shuttle and went to the academy. He was a little nervous attending alone but he had a blast and it was a great chance to experience at independence.
     
  3. THParent

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    It really is a perfect time to let him travel by himself. He will no doubt be nervous if he hasn't done it before, but change is good.
    My DS went and made 3 friends at Gate 1 immediately. They all walked into Downtown Annapolis (DTA) and had a sandwich at Jimmy Johns, before they reported to Mitscher Hall to start the weekend.

    If you live close enough to drive him - drop him off at Gate 1 - and don't come back until Saturday morning.
    Don't expect a call or a text or anything. His dance card will be full the entire time he's there.
     
  4. Jackflerp

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    Some parents go. They have stuff for parents to do while they are there, but they don't stay on academy grounds. You won't see your DS much if at all from Thursday night to Saturday morning.
     
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  5. bhimom

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    Thank you all.
     
  6. navy22

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    If you have never seen USNA, I highly recommend going while your DS is at CVW because the tour for parents at CVW is much more informative than the typical tourist tour. Also guides give great application advice for DS or DD
     
  7. HCopter

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    DD is a junior and chose 01/24-26/2019. I am considering going because they do have something structured for parents from 9-4 on Friday and because the flight schedule makes it so close to check in on Thursday that we probably should fly in the night before and stay in a hotel. Do most parents take advantage of Friday's park & shuttle option at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium? Any advice for the parent on parking Thursday at check in and Saturday at pick up? Thank you!
     
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  8. Wagmore

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    I highly recommend going to the Friday parent sessions - especially if you are a non-military family and this is all new to you. The presentations were very informative and well-worth the time. They really give you an understanding of the Academy mission and experience.
     
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    Parents need to Go for the crab cakes!
    Nice spread of food put on by them at welcoming
     
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  10. Navy Lion

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    There was no food when I went there with my DS last year but they do provide time to speak "one-on-one" with admissions counselors. They were happy to answer any question I had.
     
  11. Jackflerp

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    I would really consider getting your DD there on Thursday. The plebes will take her out to do PT with them early Friday morning. I played muddy tackle football with my plebe's company, but many others had a formal exercise plan. Friday is pretty fast paced so it may (and probably will be) difficult for your DD to get to the plebe's room, drop their stuff and head out without the plebe missing class.
     
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  12. shock-n-awe

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    Actually it was when we dropped him off for NASS. They had food and beverages in the hallway outside the briefing auditorium.
     
  13. HCopter

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    Thank you @Jackflerp ! Her check-in says 4-6pm on Thursday, check out at 9am on Saturday, so we are flying in very late on Wednesday night instead. The flight schedule just feels too tight and it would be a shame to pay all the $ of travel to have any weather/mechanical delays cut into her visit. Then she can relax/explore Annapolis or even do some school work on Thursday before check in. I'm not really familiar with Annapolis, but flying into BWI, renting a car, and staying in one of the hotels that seem to be in a 3-4 mile cluster from the Naval Academy.

    I'm really looking forward to the parent day on Friday!
     
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  14. CrewDad

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    Definitely stay in Annapolis and explore. Participate in parents tour. You should also enjoy the trip. You deserve it. Your kid’s going to love it and have a blast. It’s usually a decision changer to most to accept the Appointment once given. Your kid may become more determined and motivated to complete the App and wait! And that’s with all college Apps. Most think after college visits they want to go there ASAP ^^. My DS is a host this year. He had 2 visitors one junior one senior. Very different kids he said. He and his roommate liked one and didn’t like the other. Make sure your kid behaves and take the best of it. There is a feedback given by their hosts. Recommend your kid to enjoy learn and participate. That’s the key! You’re going to enjoy it too as a parent! Annapolis is lovely.
     
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  15. Flea

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    Hi, my daughter is attending the Feb session and we have been on the fence about attending. I have read many comments that parents should attend and we are a non-military family so I know it would be beneficial. She is hoping to get into their Summer Seminar and if she does we are thinking of visiting during that time. Are there any parent sessions during SS? I know we would be taking a chance since she might not get into SS but was curious if they offered the same information sessions for parents.
     
  16. CrewDad

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    You can attend info session any days walk on by appointment at all Academies. Doesn’t have to be CVW or NASS for parents and candidate to attend info session. Air Force invited parents at the end of AFASS to join dinner. USMA didn’t. Not sure if USNA does or does not invite parents at the end of Seminar. It certainly was nice to interact with Detailers and get their scoop together with your kid. Navy and Air Force have Summer STEM West Point only offer to rising 9th grade. You may attend and interact with Detailers and faculty but may not participate or interrupt sessions. Coast Guard you can as family parents participate in their invitations to Academy Experience Program while your kid is shadowing or dragging with current Plebes. Minor difference by Academies how they incorporate parents in each programs. I liked programs that invited families to participate in dinner or luncheon and visit areas at the Academy.
     
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  17. Wagmore

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    The one-hour walk on sessions are good, but nothing compared to the all-day CVW parent sessions. CVW had presentations by current Mids, USNA parents, and professors in addition to admissions. We attended both...no comparison.
     
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    We drove our mid (8+ hour drive)and stayed in a cute little rental within walking distance to the academy with plans to eat and explore the area. When we dropped him off we were surprised to then be handed a pretty full parent schedule. Honestly, I was supportive but a little on the fence about the whole academy thing. But after the parent info sessions and Q/A with mids, professors and admissions I was sold. We had done the public admissions brief but this was a whole other level. Don’t worry... You’ll still have time for shopping and some amazing restaurants just outside the gates while your kid is exploring the dream :)
     
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  19. Flea

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    Thanks! I am currently on the fence and not sure about any of this. Everything I have learned has been through this forum, which has been great! :)
     
  20. Jackflerp

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    There's a thread on here somewhere for restaurants and things to do in Annapolis. I'm partial to the Iron Rooster. I spent the afternoon in Annapolis before I checked in. We went and toured Maryland's Capitol building and then wandered around for a bit.