Most candidates have heard from USNA. If you are one of the 1,000+ who got an offer, and you accepted, you’re wondering what to do with yourself until I-Day at the end of June. This webpage on USNA.edu will provide black and white details, but there’s so much more. A question I often get from women concerns women in a male world. How’s that work?
I asked a recent USNA graduate to help me on that. Lt. Meaghan Murray graduated in 2008, served on the USS Bunker Hill and then the newly-commissioned USS San Diego for her two sea tours, and now is assigned to Washington DC for her stateside tour–the last mandatory assignment before she makes the choice to stay in or become a civilian–and will start an MBA program at University of Maryland. Here’s her advice to women:
Ok, you got in! Cheer up, that wasn’t the hard part. There are a million ways to mess it up now. You’re not a big fish in a small pond anymore. Everyone is Type A and out to succeed. We operate like a team and look out for each other, but we all need to individually get through the same obstacles, too. It’s unfortunately common these days for women to play dumb. DON’T! No one respects dumb people at USNA. People who earn the greatest respect are the ones who get the grades, run the fastest, tell the funniest stories, ooze charisma, and seem to do it all effortlessly. Basically, at USNA we are so used to operating in a world where you out perform the people around you that the way to earn respect is to outperform the out performers. You have to be more than a jack of all trades; you have to be a master of all trades. But trust me, you’ll be better for it! Never settle. Always look for your deficiencies (won’t have to try hard because the upperclassmen will be there to point them out to you) and ALWAYS fix them before they snowball.