"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
"The only way to find the limit of the possible is by going beyond them in to impossible."
Arthur C . Clarke
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs, Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
Dale Carnegie
"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work."
Thomas Edison
"To finish first, you must first finish"
Sam Walton
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
Elbert Hubbard
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
Dale Carnegie
"I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near."
Margaret Thatcher
"The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life."
Charles Schwab
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!"
Earl Nightingale
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
H. L. Hunt
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
John Ruskin
"Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great."
Fernando Flores
"It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up."
Babe Ruth
"Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen."
Dave Weinbaum
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill
"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
Thomas Jefferson
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is."
Yogi Berra
"The more I want to get something done the less I call it work."
Richard Bach
"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition."
Sir William Osler
"The common denominator for success is work."
John D. Rockefeller
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"Life is about creating new opportunities, not waiting for them to come to you."
Salma Hayek
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
Michael Jordan
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."
Althea Gibson
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Chinese Proverb
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."
Jimmie Johnson
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal."
Joe Paterno
"Ingenuity plus courage plus work equals miracles."
Bob Richards
"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."
Richard L. Evans
"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
Jackie Joyner-Kersie
"I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given."
Michael J. Fox
"There are no office hours for champions."
Paul Dietzel
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure."
W.J. Slim
"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."
Merry Browne
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
Vincent Van Gogh
"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you."
Frank Tyger
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
"Winning doesn't always mean being first."
Bonnie Lair
"It's always too early to quit."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
John Wooden
"I choose to focus on not what has happened but what we can do."
Ellen Pompeo
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington
"Courage faces fear and thereby masters it"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"He who dares nothing need hope for nothing."
"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
Henry Drummond
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain
"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
Soren Kierkegaard
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill
"Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers."
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
Ambrose Redmoon
"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."
Keshavan Nair
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by doing the thing which you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent."
"We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face."
"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out."
John Wooden
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
Dale Carnegie
"There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control a firm resolve of a determined soul."
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt

Summer Program

Ensign Alan Janigian, USN, USNA Class of 2011 and Greystone Class of 2007 - Severn River Sailing!

For those candidates who are serious about earning their academy nominations and appointments, the summer following graduation from high school provides an extraordinary opportunity to get ahead of the other candidates competing for your appointment!  While those other candidates are in the “party” mode, you will be getting yourself prepared for the year that will change your life!


Midshipman Kevin Young, USMMA Class of 2012 and Greystone Class of 2008 - Aviation Summer Training!

Beginning in June, Greystone students who have committed to Schreiner University (paid their $100 commitment fee) are eligible to participate in a once-a-week series of online training sessions (GoToWebinars) hosted by Greystone.  Each training session is designed to educate and train the candidate and parents on items like nomination sources and academy pre-applications.  Students not only learn about ways that Greystone maximizes the application process through a proven Greystone method, but students will also be provided with valuable training needed to excel at the university and academy level.  During the GoToWebinars, students learn to create their own individualized Greystone products – The Matrix, Goals and Ambitions Statement, Resume, Personal Statement, Letters of Recommendation, 30-second Elevator Speech and a personalized Physical Conditioning program designed to get you ready for Greystone PT.  These products are used as the foundation upon which candidates will build their nomination and academy applications, as well as serve as instruments that introduce each candidate to his/her true purpose behind seeking their academy appointment.  The more a candidate refines each of the products, the more he/she becomes comfortable using their contents in discussions and interactions. This knowledge in the document is internalized by the candidate who can then relay that information to their nomination interviews, academy recruiter interviews and interviews with those who will write their Letters of Recommendation.  Our goal is to use the summer GoToWebinars as training opportunities that give our candidates a significant leg up over their competition.

Midshipmen Cassidy Simmons and Meghan Connor, USNA Class of 2014 and Greystone Class of 2010 - New Youngsters!

By using the summer to get a running start on all that must be completed prior to the beginning of the academic year, candidates will launch into their first university semester free from the administrative burden placed upon them by the nomination and academy application process.  And as such, they are free to focus on those things that the academies are very interested in – their performance as a full-time university freshman, athlete and leader!  For the re-applicant, the academies are looking for improvement across the broad spectrum of qualification criteria – sustained academic excellence, athletic improvement on the CFA and further development as a leader.  Therefore, the more that can be accomplished during the summer, the further ahead the student will be during the entire semester.  As the semester progresses and interest items (grades, CFA scores, SAT/ACT scores, ECAs, Community Service, etc.) are improved and accomplished, updates will be submitted to the nomination sources and the academies.  The intent is to ensure your best information is always on file during the application process. 

Early Arrival

Cadet Kelly Walsh, USMA Class of 2015 and Greystone Class of 2011 - Post A-Day Parade!

Non-Greystone candidates who get behind in any part of the academy application process – especially while on your own without oversight and supervision – are more apt to submit a sub-standard application.  Keep in mind; the academies are looking for reasons to say “no” to a candidate.  A poorly written, incorrect, inaccurate or late application provides several such reasons!  Do yourself and your future a favor and use the summer to maximize your advantage.  While all other academy re-applicants are enjoying their summer doing things that will not help them earn that all-important academy appointment, you should be engaging in a program that empowers you to excel as a candidate – far beyond where you were at the end of the last application cycle.  Thus far, Greystone is the only program offering a structured and organized summer program that is focused on you and the achievement of your academy dream.

The Greystone program is constantly evolving, thanks to input received from the academies and most importantly from our graduates.  Their recommendations and insight help to ensure that time spent at Greystone provides a significant return in terms of meaning and applicability to the challenges to be faced by each candidate. To ensure that the nomination and academy application packages are complete, correct and ready to be sent, Greystone candidates arrive a week early for our Summer Session and are provided one-to-one oversight of their academy packages.  During this additional week, students move in to the Greystone dormitory and experience what is referred to as "Greystone Lite" - a modified Physical Training (PT) program and abbreviated daily routine focused on completion of packages.  Early arrival not only ensures completion of the admin challenge, but students will begin the bonding process of the “team.”  Again, the purpose behind the early arrival program is to provide candidates with the opportunity to have the Greystone staff, University faculty and our volunteers review each part of the nomination and academy application packages.  Additionally, academy recruiters (ALOs, MAARs, BGOs, FFOs, etc.) will also be present during this period to discuss the specifics of their academies and provide advice, guidance and recommendations.  

Greystone Teammates from the Class of 2010 at the Army-Navy Game!

As part of the feedback opportunity afforded to the academies and our former Greystone students, Summer Session is now part of the Greystone experience for the purpose of ensuring that all application packages are not just completed – they are perfected. Time that has historically been devoted to completion of the nomination and academy applications during the academic year will now be dedicated to academic, physical and leadership excellence!