Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 29, 2012

Checklist for Getting in the USNA: A Timeline

The last item on the book’s Timeline (page 123 of Building a Midshipman if you’re following along) is to begin evaluation of potential college choices. I posted a blog here about visiting colleges early to clarify thinking. Now it’s time to set up a spreadsheet or a table in MS Word. Think of yourself as that ship that sets out to sea. The Captain knows his destination but not how to get there. He might wander his way there by accident, but not likely and not quickly. He’ll get there much faster if he knows where he’s headed and what obstacles he’ll face.

List each college that interests you right across the top. On the left, list your strengths, as well as what’s important to you in a college experience. Why both? Your strengths will be what sets you apart from others, factors that will help a college choose you. What’s important in a college is what sets a school apart in your eyes–how you’ll make a choice. Two different agendas but both critical to your decision making process.

This is Maggie’s (the main character in the book, Building a Midshipman):

Schools across the top; decision factors down the left side

Schools across the top; decision factors down the left side

There’s a blank table in the book so I’ll use that.

When you’re done, you have a profile of the schools that interest you and know where you’re headed.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger,IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write AnythingCurrently, she’s editing a military thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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