Ivy League Vs. USNA

Navyhopeful563

New Member
Hello. I have recently accepted my appointment to my dream school:The United States Naval Academt. However, I applied to an Ivy League school that requires me to interview. My parents have been badgering me to go through with this interview, but I just don't see the point of it. They believe it will be a good back up just in case God forbid I get injured before I-Day. If anyone has any insight for me, it will be appreciated.
 

Sydney C.

5-Year Member
[QUOTE="Navyhopeful563, post: 535108, member: 35707"My parents have been badgering me to go through with this interview, but I just don't see the point of it. They believe it will be a good back up just in case God forbid I get injured before I-Day. If anyone has any insight for me, it will be appreciated.[/QUOTE]

Mom says... "God forbid I get injured before I-Day" and you say "I don't see the point"..Mom's got this...you don't.
Here's cautionary tale for you...my DS did NOT do the interview ( what's the point?)....three weeks before I-Day, sports injury and DQ'd. He had to literally beg his way into a college for that fall and was lusky to do it. In the end, it worked out and he went to the academy the following year .
Do you want to take that chance? Willing to roll that dice and say it won't happen to you? Nobody thinks it will happen to them.......listen to Mom.
 

Dad2020

Member
Listen to mom. Do it. It was a great way to convince my DS to turn down Princeton when he saw the person they sent to interview him. Makes the decision to go to Navy even better
 

Just Dad

Member
Interviewing (verbal communication generally) is a valuable skill that can be improved with practice. You will "interview" scores of times in your naval career, your career outside the navy, in life generally. Plan B or no Plan B you do the interview.

You might learn something about the workings of the "Ivy Mind" that will come in handy later, and who knows, maybe the future "Mrs. Hopeful" will need some convincing.
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
Do it....its good practice .. Doesn't matter where your life leads, you will be interviewing again. Besides, there is nothing more fun than interviewing when there is no pressure. (I did it a few times when I was looking for my first job out of law school). Relax, be yourself, you'll knock it out of the park, and then you can brag the rest of your life that you were accepted to (fill in the blank....Harvard, Yale, etc....)and turned them down.
 

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
Hello. I have recently accepted my appointment to my dream school:The United States Naval Academt. However, I applied to an Ivy League school that requires me to interview. My parents have been badgering me to go through with this interview, but I just don't see the point of it. They believe it will be a good back up just in case God forbid I get injured before I-Day. If anyone has any insight for me, it will be appreciated.
Or take the long view...you decide to go after and are successful in getting approval to go right to same Ivy for a Master's out of USNA. Good karma - at your interview for that, you get to work in, "I enjoyed my last visit/interview here, with Dr. Smartbunz, as I made my decision on undergraduate work. It was a tough choice, but I knew USNA was the path for me at that time. I am excited to return and pursue an advanced degree here at Ivy, the best of both worlds."
Bad karma - Ivy folks look you up to see if you applied there. Interview declined. "Why bother?"
Or even later, you separate or retire from active service and decide to use your GI Bill ed benefit at that Ivy. You can work in a mention of how the great impression formed during an undergrad interview you had at that Ivy has stayed with you, and now you would like to do advanced work there.


S**t DOES happen, so don't stop tending a Plan B until you absolutely know you can let it go.

Your Mom knows how Murphy of Murphy's Law loves to be tempted. Trust her on this.
 
you're smart enough to earn an appointment to the USNA, I'm sure you are smart enough to listen to you know who, they are right and you should know that by this point - signed, a father whose kids always knew better than me and sometimes are still paying for it
love finding likely minded parents! you often wish kids learn from other's mistakes, but often the prize isn't as sweet as when you paid for it with your own mistakes (and sweat and tears). somehow the lessons resonate more if you actually experienced it yourself
 

MIHOSER

5-Year Member
Just saying - an Ivy interview has very little impact on the accept/deny decision by the school. My D has done them for years and she has always thought that she is there basically to weed out the clinkers that don't pop up on the application and recommendation letters.

Why not do the interview? The pressure is off as far as you are concerned.
 

parktrack

"Hoov!" "Target In Sight"
Do it....its good practice .. Doesn't matter where your life leads, you will be interviewing again. Besides, there is nothing more fun than interviewing when there is no pressure. (I did it a few times when I was looking for my first job out of law school). Relax, be yourself, you'll knock it out of the park, and then you can brag the rest of your life that you were accepted to (fill in the blank....Harvard, Yale, etc....)and turned them down.
Ditto that:lolatyou:
 
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