At 3:46 PM on December 4, 2013, we received the anxiously awaited phone call from our honorable congresswoman, personally informing us that my son would be receiving an official letter of appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. A few days later, the package came in the mail. It included a beautifully bound certificate of appointment, a letter of congratulations and an offer of appointment from Vice Admiral Miller of the U.S. Navy, a certificate of acceptance/declination, a police record check form, and a few informational pieces. It would be impossible to put into words the feeling of relief and elation that immediately filled our entire house. My son immediately tweeted, “All of my dreams have come true! I was just offered an appointment to the Naval Academy!” I cried because I’m a Mom and that’s what we do. It was a long and difficult road, and we finally made it to our destination.

Welcome to AcademyMom.com. In the coming days, weeks, and months, I plan to share our entire experience including summer programs, the application process, congressional nominations, and anything else I can think of that might be of interest. Before we started this process, we knew nothing about what it would entail. We had a million questions which seemed to be answered by a million different sources. It was time consuming, tiring, frustrating, and even a bit scary at times. In the end it was rewarding, but I don’t believe it should have been so disorganized. If you or your child hopes to one day become a student of the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, or West Point, the information on this site just might help to make your experience a bit less stressful. Read on and good luck!