Leena’s Road to Success

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Leena with Rosary alumna Katie MacPherson.

Leena with Rosary alumna Katie MacPherson.

Photo Credit: Leena Carvalho

Photo Credit: Leena Carvalho

Leena with Rosary alumna Katie MacPherson.

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As May 1st approaches, many seniors have been making their decision about where they will spend the next four years. Senior Leena Carvalho, Rosary’s Valedictorian, will be attending the United States Naval Academy and The Royal Reporter was able to interview her about her decision.

RR: What made you want to go to the Naval Academy?

Leena: Until he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, my uncle served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and he continues to exist as my inspiration to serve my country and exercise my responsibility as a leader in this world.  After having attended the USNA Summer STEM program and Candidate Visit Weekend, I solidified my decision to apply to the service academy.

RR: What was the application process like?

Leena: My application took a very long time to complete. I started my preliminary application when I applied to Summer Seminar during the spring of my junior year, and I completed my application at the end of this past March. Because of my injury (an tendon tear in her knee near the end of junior year), I was granted a two-month extension for the Candidate Fitness Assessment. Also, in order to be appointed to a service academy, you need a nomination from a congressman or senator.

Photo Credit: Leena Carvalho
Despite tearing her Patellar Tendon, Leena did not let her injury stop her from achieving her goals.

RR: How is the application to the Naval Academy different from other college applications?

Leena: The Naval Academy is quite different from other civilian colleges because you are there for the purpose of serving the country. You give up a traditional college experience in order to gain the necessary leadership skills to serve as an officer in the Navy.

RR: How did your injury affect your application to the Naval Academy?

Leena: I initially thought my injury would prevent me from attending the Naval Academy, and I felt like that door of opportunity was closed to me. When the time came to start my application, I wasn’t even going to apply because I didn’t believe I had a chance of being appointed, but my Blue and Gold Officer advised me to complete as much of the application as I could.

Photo Credit: Leena Carvalho
Luckily, Leena’s knee injury did not affect her application to the Naval Academy.

Leena will report to the Naval Academy on June 28, 2018, for Induction-Day, which marks the beginning of the 7-weeks of Plebe Summer.

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