It's coming up fast. Citadel is 8/13; VMI is 8/20, Norwich is 8/21; Mass Maritime is 8/20; NY Maritime is 8/14 (and I'm not sure about Texas A&M or Va Tech). But in all cases it's rolling in fast in a very hot summer. you should all have received pretty detailed matriculation packages, with lists of items to bring and places to be. My advice: - Follow the checklist and bring the items they tell you to bring - Go do your PT, but don't kill yourself trying to cram 4 months - of PT into one week; - Don't use your last week to break in new shoes (unless you don't have any then be careful), - Don't go out and shave your head etc... They will do it for you if that is the plan. Just show up looking presentable. - Do take care of last minute stuff at home and enjoy your last few days with your family and home town buddies. The next time they see you, you will look different and think a little differently too! Mom & Dad: Don't sweat it. Be proud of them, be supportive but also don't give them a ready made waffle. IMHO- you need to make sure that they go wanting to be there, but then once they are, you should reinforce that they need to be there long enough to learn something about themselves and the school: ie... don't tell them "if you don't like it just call". Personally- they should be making a commitment to make it thru the rough times and then deciding whether that school is for them. It's 99.44% mental- so buck them up before they show up for matriculation. They can make it (and you can too). This is Corny but true anyway: BTW- if you are going to VMI- the Website changed a lot this week: here is the link to the matriculation information page: http://www.vmi.edu/content.aspx?id=7353 So- good luck and HANG IN THERE. I expect to see all of you thrilling your parents on parents weekend with stories while they are awestruck at how good looking you are in your uniform parading for them!