I'm a high school senior interested in gunning for an ROTC scholarship. I definitely qualify for one — I have a 4.712 GPA, am the only national merit semi-finalist (hopefully finalist, soon) of my school and have been active in ECs every year. I'm more concerned about whether I want one or not. My first choice school to apply to is Johns Hopkins, and I would try to join its Army ROTC. Ideally, I could apply to the school Early Decision with financial worries ameliorated by the full 4-year scholarship I'd end up getting. But I keep getting signs that this isn't for me even though I desperately need it to be for me. Those who I know at JHU say that everyone they know in ROTC hates it. I fear that the time taken up during both the school year and the summer will restrict me from successfully double-majoring within 4 years and using my summers productively to prepare me for my ultimate goal — a career in science. I'm also worried that my 4-year commitment afterward — which I am otherwise glad and proud to serve — will make me a less competitive applicant for the graduate schools I ultimately plan to apply to. Can any of you provide some insight into what rotc life is like, especially at JHU? And also into what goes on after graduation, and after service? Is ROTC the right path for me?