Open letter to all parents on this forum with soon to be members of the next class at USMA or those who have sons or daughters waiting for the next wave (or two or three) of appointments. After going through this twice (have a current Firstie and a COW) the best advice I can offer is RELAX! First know - if your son or daughter has made it to this point in the process - no matter what - they have proven themselves to be incredible young men and women and are among the best this nation has to offer! So either part of USMA or not - they are going to be incredibly successful! Show your pride!!! That leads me to my next point which is - regardless of their path after high school - you have only a small amount of time left with your son or daughter and they have enough going on in their mind that all the worry and stress you bring to them is not going to make their last semester of high school any easier for you or for them. Trust me - if they are this far in the process - they know what needs to be done! Also remember - it is their journey - and we are privileged enough to be a part of it. One of the strengths of this forum is for you as parents to ask questions and vent so you don't have to ask questions and vent to your son or daughter. We are here to help! With that my advice is to laugh a lot! Do your best to relieve the stress they are feeling and not to add to it. Instead spend your time weighing into family traditions - go to movies - binge on Netflix series - find time to visit with extended family - hit your favorite restaurants - give out hugs and when they need it - give them space to internalize the reality around them and stay off their candidate portal LOL! Just be there for them 'cause whether they show it now or not - they will turn to you for support between now and the day they begin the next part of the journey. Remember - they are incredible young men and women! Be proud of the work you did as a parent and be proud of all your son or daughter has accomplished - you all have done so well! God bless and enjoy the ride!