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Monday, June 2nd, 2008
8:16 pm
[btosm14]
Information?
 Hello!
My Name is Alana and I am hoping to go to USMA! I am a freshman this year!
I figure the best way to understand how to prepare and what it is like is to ask people who have already been there!
So I would like to know what ya'll did to get in, what i need to do, and what is going to be like!

any information is very thankful
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
7:32 pm
[astronomychica]
Hi guys.
I'm Jordan
I'm a junior at an all-girls Catholic college prep, and no, I am not gay, lesbian or bisexual.
I'm highly considering a military academy.
whether it be Westpoint, USAFA, or Annapolis, I'm not sure just yet.
I just wanted to give you guys a brief introduction:
Like I said, I'm a junior
I've been considering a military academy since October of last year
Westpoint was my first option
I want to be a pilot
I want to be an astronaut
I want to study languages.
I'm not the class of 2009, but I'll be the graduating high school class of 2008 and the Academy's graduating class of 2012.
That's me, and that's all I got.
Thursday, September 7th, 2006
7:52 pm
[npy2005]
Thoughts on the new facebook?

good luck on physics.

What are yall majoring in?
Monday, April 10th, 2006
10:17 am
[daigle123]
Is it a coincidence that it rained and was cold and shitty on my one full day of a B weekend in NYC, and then there was a nasty headwind when I ran the APFT this morning, or does the BTO really have a pact with the devil just to fuck cadets?
Friday, February 17th, 2006
10:35 am
[bendyourknees]
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
8:19 pm
[npy2005]
Happy 1200th night, plebos.
Monday, January 16th, 2006
11:58 pm
[npy2005]
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
3:55 pm
[npy2005]
Cadets,

Remember on Monday night to lock your doors.

Signout to bed if you will be asleep before taps. Do the right thing. No sarcasm.
Monday, January 9th, 2006
9:27 am
[npy2005]

Happy new year.  One more semester.

Sunday, December 11th, 2005
8:32 am
[npy2005]
Merry Christmas
'Twas the week before term ends, and all through the Corps,
The Cows, they got less sleep, and the plebes, they got more.
The spurs were all oiled and ready to spin,
For those after-taps brain cramps that always kick in.

With plebes by their desktops, blowing off knowledge,
With visions appearing of some easier college,
And my roommate in P.J.'s, and I in the sack
Had just settled down for some hard winter Rack

When out from the Plain, there came a loud BOOM!
It spilled my Doritos all over the room.
I ran to the window and saw O.D. green,
It was a parked M1Abrams, and in it, THE DEAN!

With a ruck full of markers, all filled with red ink,
He was ready to help P's make those QPA's sink.
His laughter rang loud from all A-Co to I-CO,
And he shook when he laughed like ole' Norman in Psycho.

He held up some papers and looked at who made 'em,
And he said "What the hell, let's let DPE grade 'em."
Then he started the engine, which spurts with a flare
(Think of all the hydroflorocarbons he put in the air),

"ON Thermo, ON Physics, ON Dirt, ON Computers!"
"ON quill from lights-out, ON floppy disk tutors!"
Then he said as the star shone bright on his cap,
"Merry Christmas to all, and I'll see you in STAP!"

-Unknown
Saturday, December 10th, 2005
8:49 am
[albinorunner]
Yay! TEEs!!! Anyone else as excited as me? Gotta love the sarcasm... whatever.
The only good thing about 'em is that at the end of this long, dark, perilous journey is the glorious light of that plane ride home. Thanks to some recent, last minute flight changes, I am now out of here on the 15th after English (I'm leaving at like 1130), and then not coming back until the 2nd. That's freaking awesome- I added 4 days to my vacation!

According to the countdown on my clock, there are 5 days, 2 hours, 12 minutes, and 36 seconds until I get out of here!
Sunday, December 4th, 2005
8:37 pm
[npy2005]
School
Where would you guys be if you weren't here?
Sunday, November 27th, 2005
7:36 pm
[xoxpeachyxox]
Hello everyone!!

Forgive me if this post isn't relevant to the community.. it's the only LJ community I could find geared toward USMA cadets.

However, my name is Samantha and I'm a sophomore at high school. I'm seriously considering applying to West Point. It's been in the back of my mind since 7th grade, but I never wanted to say something about it because I realize it's a serious commitment you have to make.

Since you're all currently attending West Point, would you be able to give me some tips on how to start preparing now? I'm in advanced/honors classes, and I'm taking AP US History as a sophomore. I'm not athletic, but I'm involved with band, chorus, and jazz band as well as Science Olympiad, Mock Trial, and Student Council among other activities. I play organ at church, teach piano, every Saturday at the local hospital. I have about a 3.9 GPA, (but I'm working on getting that up to at least a 4.2).

So, in particular, what do you think I should focus in on right now as a sophomore? Anything else I should do in my last years of high school? Am I in good shape as of right now?

Thanks so much! I really appreciate any advice.
Friday, November 11th, 2005
8:48 am
[bendyourknees]
Curious...
Are there any special ceremonies held at the Academy to commemorate Veterans Day?
Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
1:30 pm
[npy2005]
The Army Team
A rewritten version of the army fight song...by a new grad, chemixology:

The Army squad's the biggest fraud
The Corps has ever seen
The Army team was never worse
If you know what I mean
And when the team is losing
On their too-expensive field
The Corps is busy throwing up
Their inedible meals.

On, Brave old Army fans
On to despair
As good as things may look
Our team will never quite get there
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
8:05 am
[daigle123]
I don't know if any new cadets are checking this community yet, but what are yall's academic year companies and barracks? I'm in H-1, Pershing Barracks.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
12:38 pm
[arcane_paladin]
To all New Cadets just receiving their computers, if you are a member of this community and would actually like to meet me in the flesh before Thursday night, send a comment here or email to Abbott J, x72217 F4. Use the global address list on Outlook or ask your team leaders to show you how to use it.

Just in case you didn't know, I am leaving the Academy for my two-year religious mission and will be joining your class in August 2007 at the affirmation ceremony.

I just wanted to meet you before I leave.

Best of luck and God-speed.
Sunday, June 26th, 2005
10:18 pm
[liverpoolkiss]
Good luck you guys, I'll see you next year....

Stick together. Check for ticks. Don't quit. DON'T QUIT. I'm gonna spend a year at a prep school to get to West Point, so don't you dare even consider quitting.


go army!
Friday, June 24th, 2005
11:05 am
[tproot]
Off you go!
You are about to embark upon the great crusade. My apologies for plagiarizing GEN Eisenhower. So this is it. You're packing the bags, maybe running one more time, saying goodbye to friends and loved ones, and generally freaking out at the prospect of starting this new life. Good. It's part of the system.

Having gotten to know a few of you through the perverted little window that is LJ, I've thought a lot about my experiences in Beast. I thought perhaps I could help you to some great degree - be the wise Old Grad (a whole year ago now) whose littany of mistakes could somehow come in handy for you as you traverse the path from high school kid to young officer candidates. But I think now that Beast is something you own, and everyone's experience will be tailored to wear on them in the spots that need work.

I was a very egotistical but very scared New Cadet. In my mind, I was one of the best. There was nothing I couldn't do. Then the Beast bell rang and reality came out swinging. I discovered there were a multitude of things I was terrible at. From personal relationships to the APFT. I was sucking hard in a lot of areas. And for the life of me, I couldn't understand it. Three sport athlete, top of my class, accepted early. I thought I was going to be the poster child for West Point. I felt more like the dumb kid who had to be seatbelted on the school bus than a successful future officer.

You will fail too. You'll be told you're a screwup. Maybe your platoon leader will tell you your attitude sucks. Maybe the XO will give you some "special attention." Maybe all of that will happen to you, as it did for me. Take heart in knowing that it's a part of the system.

Despite my obviously skewed views on life, West Point, and the world in general, I thought I would nevertheless boil down the essence of Beast survival into three tips:

1. Never feel sorry for yourself. The number one killer of the mind in situations like that is self-pity. Ask anyone who's been to Ranger school. Self-pity leads to a whole nest of destructive thoughts. When you start to feel sorry for yourself, remember that 9 kids are working at Taco Bell this summer so you could have that slot. Remember that there are kids your age in Iraq for a 15-month tour. I advise you against these thoughts because self-pity was my forte.

2. Never fail your squadmates and your roommate. If one of you is screwed up, everyone else needs to screw themselves up to match, provided you can't fix the screwup on the one guy first. Don't ever leave your buddies dangling. Servant leadership starts with the idea that you are the last man on the totem pole by choice. Listen to the differences in people. Your squad will be a mix of race, religion, and origin. Love them all like brothers, even the ubiquitous idiot.

3. Never give in. Fight for every inch. Push yourself that much harder. Do everything you can to make your family and yourself proud. As Solzhenitsyn said, "the bitter doesn't last forever." It's true, so make it count.

Don't let your old life get in the way of your new one. I went to WP with a girlfriend of four years, very much in love. She's married now, and not to me. I went as a selfish teenager, but I think I left as a generous adult. Don't fear the change. Embrace it.

Hopefully I'll get up there this fall for a football game, and throw a tailgate for you guys.

It's been a pleasure getting to know you. Thanks for letting me invade your lives and bend your ears for awhile.

Endeavor to persevere, or "keep on keepin' on." You all have what it takes. And someday, you'll look back fondly...and laugh.

-TJ

LT, AV
USMA '04
10:38 am
[bendyourknees]
Good luck
From someone who withdrew her nomination from an academy and still wonders if it was the right decision years later, I just wanted to say good luck and be strong to everyone who is entering the Academy this year. I've been reading this community for a few weeks now and I've seen the anxiety go up as the first day approaches.

If it helps any, remember that you are the best. Only one out of ten applicants actually made it in, so there are nine people sitting at home wishing they were you. The Academy's admissions experts believe you can succeed. If they didn't, they wouldn't have given you the opportunity. Think hard now about why you want to do this so that you can remember later when things get tough. And if you do think about quitting, *please* sit down and really think about it before making a decision. If you quit, you will have to live with that decision from now on. And believe me, regrets and "what ifs" don't go away.

Lean on your friends and classmates. Remember too that there are supportive folks out here in lj-land. Use us.
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