Last year I applied for the class of 2018 and I didn't get in. I wasn't the most excellent candidate, but I would consider myself competitive for the most part, being triple qualified. I went to NASS which was most definitely a great experience and further solidified my decision to want to apply. Anyways, I was eventually denied in mid april and needless to say I was crushed. At first this was one of the worst things that could happen to me, but now, as I am in my 2nd semester of freshman year, things are not as bad as I thought they'd be. I feel like I am getting the experience and education that I wanted. I won't lie and say that there isn't a time where I think about how my life would be if I were at the academy, but going to a "regular" college is just as great. What I'm trying to say is that it doesn't matter where you go. As long as you have drive and ambition you will be successful anywhere. Life is what you make of it and if your goal is an academy, re-apply. Personally I didn't, but out of the 5 people I know who re-applied, all of them received an appointment. Take it from someone who received a TWE, not going to the academy isn't the end of the world.