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September To Do List for USNA Applicants

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next: First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 31, 2016

Five Popular Excuses for NOT Going to USNA–Still

Building a high school grad worthy of being anointed ‘USNA midshipman’ isn’t easy, but nothing worth your effort is. As President John F. Kennedy said, A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not l...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 23, 2016

First Day of the Next Four Years of His Life, Take Two

On August 17th, 2011, my oldest son embarked upon his four-year journey through high school. On that day, I wrote what I wished I could have told him (First Day of the Next Four Years of His Life) but didn’t dare due to the whole teenage angst thin...
by Writing - It's My Thing on Aug 17, 2016

You Want to Be a USNA Midshipman? Start Today

update You’ve had the summer off to reflect and plan and now it’s time to start the most seminal period in your lifetime to date, the years that will decide what happens After High School. Do you get accepted to the college of your choice...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 16, 2016

July To Do List for USNA Applicants

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next: First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 10, 2016

Headed for USNA? Prepare Yourself–Freshman Year HS

update Here’s a summary of what your freshman year in high school might resemble if your goal for college is USNA. This is based on the real experiences of a successful Naval Academy applicant, what she did for the four years of high school to...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 7, 2016

Are You Going to I-Day? Part I

Here’s info from the USNA website on how to prepare: Induction Day Information 29 June and 30 June Gate Access (I-Day minus one and I-Day) Gate 8 Open 24 hours a day for both vehicles and pedestrians Gate 8 will be the only gate authorized for...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 19, 2016

Summer Like a Midshipman

With summer approaching, I thought I’d repost this review of how a newly-minted Mid’s summer is significantly different from his/her high school friends: When a high school graduate selects USNA, their first year begins right after high s...
by USNA or Bust on May 22, 2016

23 Books That Will Make You Sound Like an Intellect

Perception is greater than reality. Give the impression to anyone paying attention that you are intellectual, even before you’re old enough to be one, and it becomes their reality about you. How do you do this if all you’ve got is a brief...
by USNA or Bust on Apr 17, 2016

Hey Macarena!

As I began my freshman year of college in August 1996, America was a different place. Bill Clinton was in the White House, the internet was just starting to become a thing, and this was the top song on the … Continue reading →...
by The Cutter Rambles on Apr 14, 2016

April To Do List for USNA Applicants

update Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy,...
by USNA or Bust on Mar 31, 2016

USNA and Summer STEM

Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), is a week-long, overnight camp at USNA each June. It is available to students who are currently in the 8th-10th grades. Here’s information from the USNA website: Engineering is a...
by USNA or Bust on Mar 29, 2016

How to Think (Critical Skill #5 for Future USNA Applicants)

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, you know this is the fifth. We’ve covered: How to solve problems How to manage your time How to prioritize How to get along If you’re an honors student taking AP and IB classes, How to think...
by USNA or Bust on Mar 3, 2016

How to Manage Your Time (Critical Skill #2 for Future USNA Applicants)

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, and How to Problem Solve, you know this is the second of the five critical skills: How to Manage Your Time. It may be second on the list, but it’s probably the most important.Every day, you ar...
by USNA or Bust on Feb 14, 2016

How to Prioritize (Critical Skill #3 for USNA Applicants)

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, you know this is the third of five (check out How to solve problems and How to manage your time). At the root of problem solving and managing your time is prioritizing. Read carefully. You probably...
by USNA or Bust on Feb 3, 2016

How to Problem Solve (Critical Skill #1 for Future USNA Applicants)

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, you know this is the first. If you haven’t yet learned to solve your own problems, now’s the time. Make today the first day that you ask yourself, How do I ***, before asking friends/par...
by USNA or Bust on Jan 24, 2016

Five Must-Do Skills to Accomplish During High School

Lou Holtz, the University of Notre Dame’s erudite ex-coach, entrusted with turning UND football players into graduates, once exhorted, “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you...
by USNA or Bust on Jan 17, 2016

Talk Like an Ivy Leaguer

Start this as a freshman in High School, because getting into an Ivy League college is not for the faint of heart. I know, on the East Coast, they start in preschool, but we Californians are a bit more laid back. It still works fine, if you’re...
by USNA or Bust on Jan 10, 2016

December To Do List for USNA Applicants

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next: First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a...
by USNA or Bust on Dec 3, 2015

November To Do List for USNA Applicants

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next: First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a...
by USNA or Bust on Nov 1, 2015


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