Help! My daughter has an official visit to USNA in a week and I think she should wear a pant suit the first day, dress pants and a basic (classic) button shirt the other two days. She had picked out “skinny” dress pants. Both her Dad and I were in the Navy and our feeling is she should look the part. She has been invited by the women’s rowing coach.
First, congratulations to your daughter. An official invite is a big deal. It means everyone’s serious. Now, your daughter won’t be thrilled with me, but I think you’re right. Looking the part makes the job of ‘selling’ herself easier. She very well may need no help because of other stellar qualifications, but who knows who she’s competing against?
Having said that, if she insists on dressing as she wants, she’ll be fine. ‘Non-serious’ clothes will not make or break her application. That will be based on lots of factors.
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When my daughter wanted a book on how to get into the Naval Academy, all she could find were books that told her how hard it was, how selective they were, how very few could achieve it. My daughter brushed them off, but I wondered how many kids would be discouraged by that approach and decided to write a book explaining how to achieve the goal, not why kids couldn’t. I stressed how teens can solve the problems that stood in their way rather than why they couldn’t, how they could get where they wanted to go rather than why they couldn’t get there. That worked for my daughter and I had no doubt it would work for others. From what I hear from readers, it’s true.