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“I was born in Ghana. My mother won the Visa lottery, and when I was four years old we moved to the United States. My parents worked their butts off, both working two or three jobs. The U.S. sent us back to Ghana for three years, and when we finally returned, I was entering the third grade. Naturally, I struggled in school, but by middle school, I was in a rhythm and loved to learn.

My junior year, the offensive coordinator for Army Football came to my high school. Coincidentally, I was wearing a camouflage Under Armor shirt that day. He gave me a packet of information about West Point and said it was the best school in the country. I thought he was full of it. Of course, my mom started asking around, and learned about West Point’s history, reputation and prestige. At that point, I knew I had to at least try to get in.

West Point is a lot harder academically than I expected. But I’ve learned you don’t have to be a perfect student to do well here. No matter your background or how you get here, you can succeed, as long as you’re willing challenge yourself.” —CDT Jeffery Malm-Anan Class of 2017 #cadetsofwestpoint @jeffymambo32

“My mom said I couldn’t go to college in a big city until I’d actually visited a big city. So in October of my Junior year, we planned a trip to New York. I was so excited to shop and see the sights. My mom was in the national guard and my dad is a huge history buff—so as soon as we got there, my mom said, ‘Hey, by the way, your dad and I want to go visit West Point, and the best way to see the campus is with a prospective student. So guess what? You’re a prospective student!’ My first reaction was military school? Gross. All I knew about the military was all those stereotypical movies and things I’d seen on TV— the general shouting orders, soldiers running around like robots. That’s all I thought it was going to be. I pushed back pretty hard, but I’m so glad I was overruled.
I shadowed a cadet around for half a day, and at first it was unfathomable because I didn’t think West Point was for me. But the more I talked to her and her friends, the more I got the sense that they were all a family. They kept joking around, looking at each other and saying, ‘Do you remember that one time…?’ and then they'd tell some ridiculous story about some military training they'd survived or challenge they'd overcome. I could see that even though they didn’t always like what they were doing, they were doing it together. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to come to West Point.

West Point is all about the people. That’s why you come here. That’s why you stay here.” — CDT Melissa Anderson Class of 2017 #CadetsofWestPoint

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“There’s no greater school in the world than West Point to teach leadership. I use West Point every day of my life. Every time I️ go on the court, I use the lessons that West Point taught me.” - Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Class of 1969

Congrats on 1,000 wins Coach K! #CadetsOfWestPoint 🏀
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@goarmywestpoint
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Cadets of West Point Academy: "When I decide to transition out of the military, I will be fully prepared to take on the challenges that are presented in my life." Savannah Ashton Baker (Mechanical Engineer) ‘17 - Fort Rucker, Alabama 🚪🌍
#CadetsOfWestPoint #goArmy #Army #lynnwoodrecruiting #planforsuccess #makingplansforthefuture #college #debtfree

“My Mom came from a really poor upbringing. My Grandma worked in a sewing factory, and my Grandpa worked in the coal mines. My dad went to USMA @usarmy — he had a lot of opportunities that came out of the military. I had the opportunity to go to the other service academies, as well as Ivy League schools. I chose West Point because my Dad played football here — he graduated in 1991.” - Savannah Ashton Baker (Mechanical Engineer) ‘17 - Fort Rucker, Alabama
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“I’d lost interest in Boy Scouts around my freshman year in high school. But a few years later, my mom sat me down and told me that I was only a few merit badges and a service project away from becoming an Eagle Scout. I knew she had a point. So I joined a new troop—and these guys I’d never met before suddenly welcomed me in like I was family. We started my service project—building benches for my school. And some nights, we would be out there building at one or two in the morning, and these guys I’d only met six months earlier were out there with me. Right by my side.
West Point is a lot like that. At many times it can feel challenging, but I know I will never regret the deep friendships that I’ve made here in such a short time.” — CDT Michael Clark. West Point Class of 2020. #cadetsofwestpoint

Are you watching our Instagram Story this morning? CDT Jordan Johnson of the Class of 2018 is showing us a day in the life of a cadet, starting with this unreal view of The General. Let us know if you have questions for her! #herecomesthegeneral #georgewashington #whynotwestpoint #westpoint #cadetsofwestpoint #cadetlife #collegetour #newyork #hudsonriver #morning #sunrise #theplain #campus #beautifulcollege #usma #serviceacademy #usma2021 #usma2022

“My company was one of the greatest families I had at West Point. We studied together. We ate together. We did life together. I had the opportunity to be Company Commander. My job was to create the vision for the company, (alongside the company First Sergeant and Executive Officer) to decide what we wanted our company to achieve. We were one of the best companies in the regiment, which required balancing high physical, military, and academic standards. I recently reported for Flight School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. I’m looking forward to flying helicopters and experiencing life as a young LT." - 2LT Dani Failor, Class of ’17 #CadetsofWestPoint #LongGrayLine

“When I was in high school, I didn't know much about West Point. All I knew was that it was a really good school. I remember going to my high school guidance counselor and asking her for help on the application because there were so many steps and I had no idea what I was doing. She told me I would never be able to get in—that West Point was like Yale, but for the military. She told me I should try to go to community college.
When I got my appointment, I made a photo copy of it and I dropped it on her desk and then walked out. If someone tells me there's something I can't do, that only makes me want to do it even more. I don't see discouragement as a set back. It's just motivation to do even better." CDT Kieran Howard. West Point Class of 2017.

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“There’s no greater school in the world than West Point to teach leadership. I use West Point every day of my life. Every time I️ go on the court, I use the lessons that West Point taught me.” - Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Class of 1969

Congrats on 1,000 wins Coach K! #CadetsOfWestPoint 🏀
(Head to our Facebook Page to watch the full video)
@dukembb @espn @bleacherreport
@armywp_mbb
@goarmywestpoint
@usarmy

#Repost @westpointadmissions (@get_repost)
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“There’s no greater school in the world than West Point to teach leadership. I use West Point every day of my life. Every time I️ go on the court, I use the lessons that West Point taught me.” - Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Class of 1969

Congrats on 1,000 wins Coach K! #CadetsOfWestPoint 🏀
(Head to our Facebook Page to watch the full video)
@dukembb @espn @bleacherreport
@armywp_mbb
@goarmywestpoint
@usarmy

“There’s no greater school in the world than West Point to teach leadership. I use West Point every day of my life. Every time I️ go on the court, I use the lessons that West Point taught me.” - Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Class of 1969

Congrats on 1,000 wins Coach K! #CadetsOfWestPoint 🏀
(Head to our Facebook Page to watch the full video)
@dukembb @espn @bleacherreport
@armywp_mbb
@goarmywestpoint
@usarmy

“My company was one of the greatest families I had at West Point. We studied together. We ate together. We did life together. I had the opportunity to be Company Commander. My job was to create the vision for the company, (alongside the company First Sergeant and Executive Officer) to decide what we wanted our company to achieve. We were one of the best companies in the regiment, which required balancing high physical, military, and academic standards. I recently reported for Flight School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. I’m looking forward to flying helicopters and experiencing life as a young LT." - 2LT Dani Failor, Class of ’17 #CadetsofWestPoint #LongGrayLine

"My mother put me in Big Brothers Big Sisters when I was seven years old. When I was in 10th grade, I told my Big Brother that I was interested in aviation and he asked if I had ever considered attending a service academy. But I had no idea what those were.
Over time, he informed me about all of the academies and I focused everything I had on gaining entry to West Point. But after I'd voiced to my family and friends that I wanted to go to an academy, there was a lot of pressure. I knew that if there was a day that I wasn't on my game, that it would reflect poorly on me and could potentially impact my application. The fear of failure made me want to drag my feet. I thought, why work on this application if I know the answer is going to be no?
Then I had a come-to-Jesus moment with my mom. She said, 'No. You're going to give it your all, and at the end of the day you'll at least say you tried your best, even if the answer is no.' After that, I didn't give myself room for doubt. I just went full speed ahead. Today I'm a Second Lieutenant in the Army, serving at Fort Benning." -- Juston Daniels, Class of 2017 #CadetsofWestPoint

Cadets of West Point Academy: "When I decide to transition out of the military, I will be fully prepared to take on the challenges that are presented in my life." Savannah Ashton Baker (Mechanical Engineer) ‘17 - Fort Rucker, Alabama 🚪🌍
#CadetsOfWestPoint #goArmy #Army #lynnwoodrecruiting #planforsuccess #makingplansforthefuture #college #debtfree

“I loved my experience at Air Assault school. It the first major Army training school that I completed, and I had a really great time. But like a lot of things at West Point, I’d categorize Air Assault school as 'Type-Two' fun.
Type-One fun is fun that you have while you’re having it. Like riding a jet ski. Type-Two fun is an experience that’s fun to talk about afterwards, but might not be that fun while you’re having it. I have come to really appreciate the Type-Two kind of fun.
West Point puts you through all kinds of Type-Two fun because shared adversity really bonds people. Sure, there are definitely nights when I can’t look at SnapChat because my friends from high school are all out partying or something. But when I think about the long haul, I know that the memories and friendships I’m making here will be worth the sacrifices, because I know they can survive anything.” -CDT Benjamin Laird, USMA Class of 2018. #cadetsofwestpoint

“I’d lost interest in Boy Scouts around my freshman year in high school. But a few years later, my mom sat me down and told me that I was only a few merit badges and a service project away from becoming an Eagle Scout. I knew she had a point. So I joined a new troop—and these guys I’d never met before suddenly welcomed me in like I was family. We started my service project—building benches for my school. And some nights, we would be out there building at one or two in the morning, and these guys I’d only met six months earlier were out there with me. Right by my side.
West Point is a lot like that. At many times it can feel challenging, but I know I will never regret the deep friendships that I’ve made here in such a short time.” — CDT Michael Clark. West Point Class of 2020. #cadetsofwestpoint

Great story on overcoming obstacles! Repost @westpointadmissions “Everyone remembers their first breakdown at the Academy. First semester of plebe year, I accidentally forgot to answer a question on a math test, and so I’d failed. It was the first time I’d ever failed a test in my life. During the next class, my English 101 professor, Major Erin Hadlock, gave us 55 minutes to answer a surprise in-class essay. I stared at the computer screen and couldn’t think of a thing. I started crying right there in the middle of class. Somehow, the page filled with an answer, and I turned in my paper.
But after class, MAJ Hadlock pulled me aside and said, ‘Talk to me. Whatever you need, just get it off your chest.’ This professor, she was amazing. She was an Apache pilot. Super fit, beautiful. She was so cool and had a great personality and I remember she really challenged my perception of what a woman in the military could be. She hugged me and let me cry, woman to woman, not officer to plebe. She looked at me and said, ‘I admire everything you do. You’re kick ass and you’re going to rock this place.’ I can’t tell you how cool that was for me.

At West Point, you have moments that are hard, of course. But there are people there to catch you, to lift you up and keep you moving. To this day, MAJ Hadlock keeps tabs on me. She let me know I was special and loved and part of this huge family. That is what West Point and the Army is all about.” Cadet Bailey Bowlin, Class of 2018. #cadetsofwestpoint

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“Everyone remembers their first breakdown at the Academy. First semester of plebe year, I accidentally forgot to answer a question on a math test, and so I’d failed. It was the first time I’d ever failed a test in my life. During the next class, my English 101 professor, Major Erin Hadlock, gave us 55 minutes to answer a surprise in-class essay. I stared at the computer screen and couldn’t think of a thing. I started crying right there in the middle of class. Somehow, the page filled with an answer, and I turned in my paper.
But after class, MAJ Hadlock pulled me aside and said, ‘Talk to me. Whatever you need, just get it off your chest.’ This professor, she was amazing. She was an Apache pilot. Super fit, beautiful. She was so cool and had a great personality and I remember she really challenged my perception of what a woman in the military could be. She hugged me and let me cry, woman to woman, not officer to plebe. She looked at me and said, ‘I admire everything you do. You’re kick ass and you’re going to rock this place.’ I can’t tell you how cool that was for me.

At West Point, you have moments that are hard, of course. But there are people there to catch you, to lift you up and keep you moving. To this day, MAJ Hadlock keeps tabs on me. She let me know I was special and loved and part of this huge family. That is what West Point and the Army is all about.” Cadet Bailey Bowlin, Class of 2018. #cadetsofwestpoint

“Everyone remembers their first breakdown at the Academy. First semester of plebe year, I accidentally forgot to answer a question on a math test, and so I’d failed. It was the first time I’d ever failed a test in my life. During the next class, my English 101 professor, Major Erin Hadlock, gave us 55 minutes to answer a surprise in-class essay. I stared at the computer screen and couldn’t think of a thing. I started crying right there in the middle of class. Somehow, the page filled with an answer, and I turned in my paper.

But after class, MAJ Hadlock pulled me aside and said, ‘Talk to me. Whatever you need, just get it off your chest.’ This professor, she was amazing. She was an Apache pilot. Super fit, beautiful. She was so cool and had a great personality and I remember she really challenged my perception of what a woman in the military could be. She hugged me and let me cry, woman to woman, not officer to plebe. She looked at me and said, ‘I admire everything you do. You're kick ass and you're going to rock this place.’ I can’t tell you how cool that was for me.

At West Point, you have moments that are hard, of course. But there are people there to catch you, to lift you up and keep you moving. To this day, MAJ Hadlock keeps tabs on me. She let me know I was special and loved and part of this huge family. That is what West Point and the Army is all about.” Cadet Bailey Bowlin, Class of 2018. #cadetsofwestpoint

#Repost @westpointadmissions with @repostapp
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Are you watching our Instagram Story this morning? CDT Jordan Johnson of the Class of 2018 is showing us a day in the life of a cadet, starting with this unreal view of The General. Let us know if you have questions for her! #herecomesthegeneral #georgewashington #whynotwestpoint #westpoint #cadetsofwestpoint #cadetlife #collegetour #newyork #hudsonriver #morning #sunrise #theplain #campus #beautifulcollege #usma #serviceacademy #usma2021 #usma2022

Are you watching our Instagram Story this morning? CDT Jordan Johnson of the Class of 2018 is showing us a day in the life of a cadet, starting with this unreal view of The General. Let us know if you have questions for her! #herecomesthegeneral #georgewashington #whynotwestpoint #westpoint #cadetsofwestpoint #cadetlife #collegetour #newyork #hudsonriver #morning #sunrise #theplain #campus #beautifulcollege #usma #serviceacademy #usma2021 #usma2022

“I was born in Ghana. My mother won the Visa lottery, and when I was four years old we moved to the United States. My parents worked their butts off, both working two or three jobs. The U.S. sent us back to Ghana for three years, and when we finally returned, I was entering the third grade. Naturally, I struggled in school, but by middle school, I was in a rhythm and loved to learn.

My junior year, the offensive coordinator for Army Football came to my high school. Coincidentally, I was wearing a camouflage Under Armor shirt that day. He gave me a packet of information about West Point and said it was the best school in the country. I thought he was full of it. Of course, my mom started asking around, and learned about West Point’s history, reputation and prestige. At that point, I knew I had to at least try to get in.

West Point is a lot harder academically than I expected. But I’ve learned you don’t have to be a perfect student to do well here. No matter your background or how you get here, you can succeed, as long as you’re willing challenge yourself.” —CDT Jeffery Malm-Anan Class of 2017 #cadetsofwestpoint @jeffymambo32

@Regrann from @westpointadmissions - “My mom said I couldn’t go to college in a big city until I’d actually visited a big city. So in October of my Junior year, we planned a trip to New York. I was so excited to shop and see the sights. My mom was in the national guard and my dad is a huge history buff—so as soon as we got there, my mom said, ‘Hey, by the way, your dad and I want to go visit West Point, and the best way to see the campus is with a prospective student. So guess what? You’re a prospective student!’ My first reaction was military school? Gross. All I knew about the military was all those stereotypical movies and things I’d seen on TV— the general shouting orders, soldiers running around like robots. That’s all I thought it was going to be. I pushed back pretty hard, but I’m so glad I was overruled.
I shadowed a cadet around for half a day, and at first it was unfathomable because I didn’t think West Point was for me. But the more I talked to her and her friends, the more I got the sense that they were all a family. They kept joking around, looking at each other and saying, ‘Do you remember that one time…?’ and then they'd tell some ridiculous story about some military training they'd survived or challenge they'd overcome. I could see that even though they didn’t always like what they were doing, they were doing it together. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to come to West Point.

West Point is all about the people. That’s why you come here. That’s why you stay here.” — CDT Melissa Anderson Class of 2017 #COWP #CadetsofWestPoint - #regrann

Are you following @westpointadmissions? I love how they spotlight stories like this one. The academy has a great Physics and Nuclear Department, plus they have a rifle team. All the things a girl need! #westpoint #westpointacademy #militaryacademy #GoArmy #Army Repost @westpointadmissions with @repostapp
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“My mom said I couldn’t go to college in a big city until I’d actually visited a big city. So in October of my Junior year, we planned a trip to New York. I was so excited to shop and see the sights. My mom was in the national guard and my dad is a huge history buff—so as soon as we got there, my mom said, ‘Hey, by the way, your dad and I want to go visit West Point, and the best way to see the campus is with a prospective student. So guess what? You’re a prospective student!’ My first reaction was military school? Gross. All I knew about the military was all those stereotypical movies and things I’d seen on TV— the general shouting orders, soldiers running around like robots. That’s all I thought it was going to be. I pushed back pretty hard, but I’m so glad I was overruled.
I shadowed a cadet around for half a day, and at first it was unfathomable because I didn’t think West Point was for me. But the more I talked to her and her friends, the more I got the sense that they were all a family. They kept joking around, looking at each other and saying, ‘Do you remember that one time…?’ and then they'd tell some ridiculous story about some military training they'd survived or challenge they'd overcome. I could see that even though they didn’t always like what they were doing, they were doing it together. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to come to West Point.

West Point is all about the people. That’s why you come here. That’s why you stay here.” — CDT Melissa Anderson Class of 2017 #COWP #CadetsofWestPoint

“My mom said I couldn’t go to college in a big city until I’d actually visited a big city. So in October of my Junior year, we planned a trip to New York. I was so excited to shop and see the sights. My mom was in the national guard and my dad is a huge history buff—so as soon as we got there, my mom said, ‘Hey, by the way, your dad and I want to go visit West Point, and the best way to see the campus is with a prospective student. So guess what? You’re a prospective student!’ My first reaction was military school? Gross. All I knew about the military was all those stereotypical movies and things I’d seen on TV— the general shouting orders, soldiers running around like robots. That’s all I thought it was going to be. I pushed back pretty hard, but I’m so glad I was overruled.
I shadowed a cadet around for half a day, and at first it was unfathomable because I didn’t think West Point was for me. But the more I talked to her and her friends, the more I got the sense that they were all a family. They kept joking around, looking at each other and saying, ‘Do you remember that one time…?’ and then they'd tell some ridiculous story about some military training they'd survived or challenge they'd overcome. I could see that even though they didn’t always like what they were doing, they were doing it together. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to come to West Point.

West Point is all about the people. That’s why you come here. That’s why you stay here.” — CDT Melissa Anderson Class of 2017 #CadetsofWestPoint

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