- Jun 8, 2006
One of the things she heard was "2.0 good to go". That is settling for mediocrity and something that doesn't appeal to her.
"2.0 and go. 1.8 and wait." - The battle cry of ANY Midshipman or Cadet.
Does this mean they don't TRY to shoot for 4.0? No, but it doesn't change the fact that the ultimate goal is to GRADUATE. The rest is gravy.
A word of warning: Wanting to excel is fine and expected. However, judging your classmates harshly because some have their eye on graduating first, exceling second, is a recipe for being tagged as a snob. Everyone goes in wanting to excel. Some do and some just pass, but in the end, they all leave together.
I guess all of this discussion is pointless. I can see that the majority of you think she should suck it up and go for it even though it wasn't her ideal situation. She wants nothing more than to work her but off and become a soldier.
If she wants nothing more than to become a soldier, then I fail to see how USMAPS is a bad thing. I don't mean to sound harsh, but your description of her is making me wonder if she's a bit spoiled. She wants West Point NOW, and that's IT! Well, West Point DOESN'T want her now, but will certainly take her next year. If she wants to be a soldier that bad, then what's the problem?
On a side note, she has been in JROTC for four years, worn a uniform several times a week for those years, understands ranks, chain of command and what is expected. She has won area awards for IDD, orienteering, gone to national JROTC symposiums, qualified for the National Junior Olympics two years in a row in marksmanship and the biggest honor this year was receiving the Army JROTC Legion of award this year (25 this year nationwide). She lives off of this stuff! I in no way am saying that JROTC is the same as an academy because it is not. I also know that this is something you don't announce at an academy because the majority of people think it is a dumb program.
Or because so many of them will simply reply, "So? I did all that, too. What's your point?"