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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

“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

“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

“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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“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

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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

@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

“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.

#cadetsofwestpoint #COWP #GoArmy #BeatNavy #stories #admissions #college #collegelife

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