I'd like to share some thoughts I had with candidates and appointees. I think it's appropriate as we are winding down on the selection process.
One of the greatest gifts a child could give a parent is to be a better person then we are. You are brighter, faster, and stronger then we are. You are morally better, with a greater sence of compassion and empathy then we possess. Every time we witness you accomplish life challenges better then we can, our level of pride for you is unequalled. You have already done this, appointed or not.
I was speaking to my Daughter last night about her plans if she did not get an appointment to the Naval Academy and she taught me a lesson when she said, "I want nothing more right now then to attend the Naval Academy, but I would hope that 4 years spent at a University would not define who I am for the rest of my life. I would like to think I have more to offer".
Like I said Parents. They are smarter then we are and you should all be very proud. Now if we could only get them to clean their room! It's a disaster!
My first year applying, I knew I was going to be turned down. My CFA sucked, my ACT was around a 23 (not competitive), etc. The only thing going for me was team captain and 3.9 unweighted GPA. But I was still down for a few days afterwards.
I then studied ACT like a madman, increased my english score by 9 points, and my math by 4 points. I earned my Eagle Scout, became an Assistant Wrestling Coach for High School, and an Assistant Scoutmaster. Maxed out almost all of my CFA. I signed up for difficult courses (college chemistry) got an A in all of my 34 credit hours (presidents list), joined the honors program, and other achievements. This year I was Wait Listed (I think ACT is holding me back)!
I believe that determination and drive is a HUGE factor. You can apply until you are 22 years old. If you really want to attend USNA, a year or two at a civilian college isn't that bad. I have grown so much since high school (everyone does in their first year of college).
If you do reapply, think: what was my application lacking (my first application was lacking almost everything) and go try to improve your application; make the admissions board hate to not appoint you!
I made two promises to myself after my first turn down. 1) I was going to reapply until I aged out and my MOC is tired of seeing me. My second promise to myself was during the dreaded CPR time this year, I was stressing and checking my portal every couple hours: I decided to take my worries and doubts about my application and do something about it. I told myself that I was going to the Naval Academy this summer, whether I was accepted or if I took a trip for a tour and talk with an admissions officer about what I need to improve on.
Take a week off to chill and think.
From here, we can only improve, and eventually we will get in!
You won't regret that freshman year at A&M in my opinion. My son is there now in the Corps of Cadets and NROTC. He just got his appointment. He truly believes that he is much more prepared for the academy now and he also got to experience "regular" college life a bit. He also asked his NROTC instructor for a nomination and thinks that the written recommendation from that really helped his application. Good luck!Just got TWE last night as well, disappointed but a freshman year at Texas A&M can't do anything but help. Looking forward to being a plebe next year.