I am a female freshman in high school. Suggestions on what to work on would be greatly appreciated! Academics: (these are the classes I will be taking this year) Honors Algebra II Spanish II Honors Biology Freshman Seminar (advanced placement English class) Ancient History P.E. Honors Orchestra (violin) -Last year I made an A+ in everything except for Geometry (A-) and Spanish (A). My GPA for this year will be calculated after the first quarter. Athletics: -Will be on JV field hockey team (trying for varsity) -Will be on varsity track team (I do pole-vaulting) -My mile time is around ten minutes (does anybody have suggestions on how to breathe while running? My problem isn't as much that my legs get tired, but that I run out of breath and get pretty bad cramps). -10 push-ups -35 sit-ups in a minute -two pull-ups Community Service: -30 hours volunteering at local hospital -Girl's Service Club member -45 hours volunteering at the Special Childrens School (this is from the previous summer, when I was still in 8th grade...will it mean anything on my application? Should I leave this off because it was before high school?) Leadership: -Working on my Girl Scout Gold Award -Next summer I'll be on a 5 week VISIONS service project to Peru (team building, Spanish, hiking, camping, 65 hours service building schools and classroom additions, irrigation canals, wells, potable water septic systems, and cisterns) -Hoping to get into Girls State or Governors School Thanks for taking the time to read this! And also, should I take both the SAT and the ACT? Are both required, or just one? And when should I apply for a congressional nomination? And what is an LOA? Sorry for all the questions. I know I crammed a lot into one thread.