Just proof that not everyone has the same experience, whether it's through the application process, I-Day, Plebe Summer, academic year, etc. I can assure you, I will never, ever attach the word amazing to I-Day. But I don't begrudge those that do. There's a lot of good, valuable information and guidance here on this forum, but always keep in mind, you mileage may vary.^^Both
I wonder if this has changed over time as we found a lot to do on I-Day, to the point we simply couldn't do it all. DH and I were both really glad that we didn't miss it. That was our first trip to USNA though, so your mileage may vary if you have been there for prior visits. And it helps that we had absolutely beautiful weather.I-Day is often stressful for families. I think that most folks who went through it as a plebe find it one big blur at the time and remember very little of it years later. I'm sure this view is not universal but anecdotally it's what seems to be the norm.
There is very little for families/friends to do on I-Day and it can be very hot (or even wet). My suggestion is for parent(s) to drop off their kid in the morning and then they (with possibly siblings or others) for the Oath ceremony. There will be many opportunities over the course of the four years for family and friends to participate.
So true. While access is a little more restricted post 9-11 (there is a security check), there are always tourists in the Yard. Some of the comments you hear are priceless .... I once heard a mother tell her young daughter --"look, there is a girl one." as a group marched buy.Something that always comes to mind when I hear people asking about bringing a large group is a quip my mid said to me after about 3 months into the AC year his plebe year, " Its like we are animals in the zoo.... everyone is always watching us , even when its pouring rain"!! HAHAH
Thought the "zoo" was in another part of the country...Something that always comes to mind when I hear people asking about bringing a large group is a quip my mid said to me after about 3 months into the AC year his plebe year, " Its like we are animals in the zoo.... everyone is always watching us , even when its pouring rain"!! HAHAH