Pima and I have been active posters on this site for a while now. Basically, we've seen A LOT! One thing we see every time this time of year are the posts from those who got what the were hoping for; either that slot at the Academy of their dreams, that wonderful ROTC scholarship that allows them to afford the college they want to go to, or that slot in Summer Training they have competed for over the past two years. Congrats to all of you! You should be proud of your accomplishments SO FAR (and I say this, because this is only step 1 of a Loooooong series of challenges over the next decade of your life, minimum). But Pima and I also notice something else. Those posters who didn't get that slot, or that scholarship. Some post the news here, some don't. Some stay on here for a while, some don't (but they may lurk watching for news on some of the folks they met here and became friends with). And a few years ago, I passed on MY story, in the hopes that some of those who are feeling a little crushed now learn that just because things don't go your way today, it doesn't mean you can't get your dreams tomorrow. The real challenge if you want to eventually get your dream (and it can easily still happen) is to NEVER GIVE UP! Just because you hit a roadblock now in your path doesn't mean you won't get to your ultimate destination if you keep trying. Sometimes, we all need to hear (read) that. So, rather than posting my (LONG) story yet again, I'll simply link you all to it HERE Not a "look what I did!" attempt, just a simple story to let you all (kids and parents) know that if you never give up, and still work your butt off for it, it can happen. Shake off toady's disappointment, and keep on trying! You see, even this idiot could do it. And you folks all seem smarter and more capable than me.