Posted by: Jacqui Murray | June 20, 2011

Here’s a Method That Worked for Other Future Plebes

Visit the Naval Academy. Many USNA parents say their child became addicted to the Annapolis dream by visiting the school–more so than any other way. Others, it cured them. So do your child a favor and take a tour.

You don’t have as much time as you think. It’s the first three years of high school that make or break college applications. You thought you had four years? Look at the college-bound timeline:

  • You apply for college early senior year.
  • If you’re applying ‘Early acceptance’ to your favorite schools, it means you’re application is in well before senior year grades solidify.
  • All others, including USNA, applications are due by December.
  • Senior grades often are not counted for acceptance, though many schools want them forwarded to be sure you didn’t fall apart (including UC schools)

I’ve included several YouTube tours to get you started (you can see the USNA tour here). These are Zoe’s college choices. We can’t afford a trip to the East Coast right now, so we’re only going to local colleges (Harvey Mudd); the rest will be via the internet until she’s further along.

Harvey Mudd–this one’s great.

Very informative (but not as much fun)

USC. A must-stop on Southern California college tours:

Tune in tomorrow. I’m going to share some letters a friend received from her son’s cadre during his Plebe Summer. Did you know you’ll be receiving weekly-or-so updates on your child’s progress? Check back tomorrow.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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