Well it's the time of year where everyone who is still CPR begins to freak out. I was left at CPR until April 4th, 2016. I was sitting in my truck before school, and I saw the email. I remember leaving thinking I was going to cry. However, I never did. I thought about how I had failed at a life long dream, then all I could think about was I technically had 3 or 4 more shots at it. If this was my dream, I could get it. I became a college programmer in NROTC and successfully reapplied. In the movie Annapolis, the man giving the opening speech says many of these kids do not know failure. If i was a direct entry, I would have fit in to that statement. And all I can say is thank God I didn't get in direct. I remember I was dropped off at a university 6 hours away and I cried. This was the first time I can remember crying in a while, being dropped off at the academy would've been a death sentence. I got a chance to grow and to become not so dependent on my parents. Also, at my new student orientation for ROTC, I got blasted by a staff sergeant. Honestly, I may never be the same after that, it was when I hit that reality of what I am signing up for. I couldn't have imagined realizing that so far from home. I honestly believe that a year before USNA was just about the best thing I could've have gotten. If it is really your dream you should have no issue with picking yourself up and trying again, best of luck to all 2022 college reapplicants.