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    1. william2337
      william2337
      My nomination was congressional
    2. william2337
      william2337
      My college grades were/are pretty good. I have just under a 3.9 GPA right now, never anything less than a 'B'. I think one thing that helped me was my research experience. I came up with a research idea, got funding, lab space, other people, etc. Engineering research is much different than physics research, but I would highly recommend you try to get a position working in some one's lab. IMO it shows drive and initiative and is a bullet point on your resume that high schoolers can't match. Even if you don't go to the academy, engineers and scientists need research experience coming out of school.
    3. william2337
      william2337
      usnareapplicant,

      I was able to finish high school in 2 years so I started college at 16. At that point I was so busy with what I was doing, that the academies were never on my radar; this was my first time applying. At first I was planning on OCS and didn't really know much about the academies. One day I stumbled upon the curriculum for USNA and was pretty much sold at that point. Not that I have anything against OCS, I just thought the academy was a better fit for me.

      If this had been 10 years ago and there was a war being fought and people were needed, then I'd have gone to OCS in a heart beat. But with the downsizing and withdrawing from the Middle East, I see no rush. Plus, nothing's wrong with more school.
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