Am I a good candidate?

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  1. CelinaBobcat34

    CelinaBobcat34 Member

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    I am currently a high school sophomore and hope to attend USMA.

    I have a 4.10 weighed/3.95 unweighted GPA and am ranked 4/181 at my school. I take all the honors classes given to me and make all A's.

    I am on JV for football, basketball, and track for my high school, and play on the golf team(if that matters). Hopefully varsity letter for 2/3 sports next year...

    I can run a 5:30 mile and lift weights everyday at 5:30 a.m. (if that means anything). I am
    currently 6 foot and 150 lbs.

    Nationally top 10 percentile on the PSAT this year and top 5 percentile for mathematics.

    I am Student Council representative and plan on being an officer(hopefully president).

    National Honor Society is inducting the end of the year and I believe I will a part of it.

    I am also a member of a church and help fill in the lead worship band if someone is missing.

    I am very interested in going to USMA and ask that anyone here gives me some advice for a better chance of admission.
    Thank you!


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  2. civic29

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    Read chance me thread at top of the page.


    2019 WestPoint class appointee

    Recipient of 4 year army rotc scholarship.
     
  3. SF1775

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    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?threads/what-are-my-chances.14787/

    Look at the above link… nobody can definitively say anything about your current chances, but I know you're just looking for advice to increase your chances.

    In my assessment, it looks like you have accomplished a lot and are going to be an attractive candidate once you apply next year. You have a lot on your plate right now, but remember that quality is usually better than quantity. I think you should keep up the good work in all aspects of your high school career, as you have been, but also focus on learning as much as possible about USMA and the Army. Read, read, read.

    I believe that often times, the Academy takes the candidate who has the best motivation to serve and knowledge of what it means, rather than the person who has the better numbers. For me, being able to articulate the reasons why I want to serve and showing my awareness of what it's all about, was probably why I recieved a principal nomination where candidates who looked much better on paper didn't.

    The first question they asked in my Congresswoman's nomination interview was about the books I have read that I mentioned in the application. That's saying something. Good luck!
     
  4. CelinaBobcat34

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    Do you have any recommended books to read that's will give me more knowledge of the USMA and the Army?


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  5. SF1775

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    To narrow it down to a few, I would read:

    "Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point" by David Lipsky (must read candid account of life at USMA)

    "The West Point Candidate Book" by Sue Ross (great guidebook to applying and preparing, lots of advice)

    "The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education" by Craig Mullaney (autobiography of Captain Mullaney's life at West Point, as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and as a platoon leader in Afghanistan)

    "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell (autobiographical account of Operation Redwing by a Navy SEAL… book has no references to USMA, but it's an amazing account of patriotism, sacrifice, and service. Best military book I have ever read.)

    I would definitely read these books if you haven't already. No online article, or movie, or video can capture the themes or details of these books. And don't stop with just these. For me, reading has been invaluable in my preparation.
     
  6. CelinaBobcat34

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    Ok thank you very much for your help!


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  7. Sledge

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    Yes, you're on the right track. Crush the ACT/SAT and try to become a team captain as well as a Student Council/NHS officer.

    Good luck, Texan.​
     
  8. CelinaBobcat34

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    Thank you sir! I'm guessing you got Texan from my username haha


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