Chances At USNA

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by marathonman1234, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. marathonman1234

    marathonman1234 New Member

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    I'm a incoming High School Senior in the Silicon Valley, and was considering applying to the US Naval Academy. I was wondering if I had a chance of getting in

    Academics

    SAT:2300
    ACT:34
    Unweighted GPA:3.78
    Weighted GPA: 4.2
    Classes: Precalculus Honors, Physics Honors, AP US History, AP PHysics C, AP Calc AB, American Lit Honors, will be taking AP Stats AP Gov/econ AP Chem AP Lit

    Extracurriculars

    President of Model UN team
    Secretary of Speech and Debate Team
    150+ hours of Volunteering
    3 years of Track
    Have run a marathon in 3hrs and 15 minutes
    Helped start a nonprofit which aids the homeless and am Chief Financial officer
    Am a two year member of the School newspaper
    Took a college course at community college my sophomore summer
    Worked an internship this summer in marketing/finance
    Speak fluent spanish, hindi, and russian
    Volunteered as part of the Youth Leadership Board in the Environmental Center
    Volunteer at my temple and teach Sunday School
    Coach a youth basketball team every fall since sophomore year

    Fitness:

    20 pullups
    4:30 mile
    63 pushups
    80 situps/crunches
    Haven't timed shuttle run
    Haven't tried basketball throw

    Can someone chance me/advise me on what i need to work on to have a better shot
     
  2. Spud

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    How are you coming along on that cold fusion project?
     
  3. marathonman1234

    marathonman1234 New Member

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    I'm sorry which project are you referring to
     
  4. USNA_Dad2019

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    Marathon, I believe that was a commentary on your stellar resume. Essentially saying, you've done everything, you must be working on cold fusion. That aside, nobody can give you an accurate estimate on your chances on getting into the academy. Your resume is extremely strong, and I think your chances of getting in would be pretty high. But that and a buck will get you something off the value menu at McDonalds. You have to decide if the academy is what you want, and fully commit to the process. Put your application in and see if you get the appointment. But the academy is "Not College"! It is so much more than that; an unbelievable commitment. The question isn't "will you get in?" the question should be "why do you want to get in?".
     
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  5. NavyHoops

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    Agree with Dad2019. Resume is indeed impressive. Get your app done ASAP and your Nom stuff in. None of us can chance you as we don't know where you live, etc. Keep up the good work.
     
  6. marathonman1234

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    Thank you so much! I'm hoping to be able to receive the oppurtunity to serve my nation, and attend the Naval Academy. Also, other than my motivation to serve my country and attend the Academy, what else do Congressmen look for when making nomination decisions.
     
  7. NavyHoops

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    Every MOC is different. None of us can begin to guess how they make their decisions for that specific MOC. Most MOCs, not all, have a board. 9 times out of 10 you will never see the MOC on these Nom boards (it has happened). Most boards are made of their staffers, alumni, military folks, etc. Every board mixture is different. What each member looks for different. Read some of the old Nom interview threads in the Nomination Forum and you can get a good idea of what some candidates were asked and faced at their interviews. More than anything, a good resume speaks for itself. They want to see a dedicated candidate who can make it through 4 years at a SA and become a great officer. Good communication skills, confidence, solid answers will always serve you well for any of these interviews.
     
  8. Midwest

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    Not laughing at you Marathonman, but I enjoyed the response from Spud. A sense of humor is an important - especially when life gets tough.

    Be sure to thank your parents, family, teachers, coaches, friends and faith leaders who have supported you in achieving so many accomplishments.
     
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  9. marathonman1234

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    Haha thanks, I've actually never heard the phrase "cold fusion" before. And yes, the support of the people around me means the world to me
     
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  10. Midwest

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    Just curious... (and I'm sure many other lurkers are too). How did you become fluent in Spanish, Hindi and Russian? Hindi and Russian are not your typical high school language classes. If English is your first language, my DH and I are guessing that you have family from India and Russia and took Spanish at school or an immersion program?
     
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    And ... by the way, cold fusion is geek level conversation. And there are plenty of "cool geeks" at the Naval Academy according to my DD. Might want to do some research. ;)
     
  12. marathonman1234

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    Oh parents are Indian and my friend is Russian(she taught me) so I picked those up along the way. And I took Spanish in school
     
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    @Marathonman
    I will boldly predict that your chances of getting a LOA is almost close to 100%. You are a URM for the academies, your grades are excellent, you are an athlete, fluent in 3 languages [that are currently in need] you are like the perfect candidate they are looking for [in my opinion].
    But the question is, it is unusual for an Indian to be interested in the service academies so I do hope your interests are genuine and not for the free 4 years of college tuition. And I am surprised you are not applying for med school [as in pre-med in a top 10 college/University] or engineering school - and your parents have not yet disowned you for not applying to pre-med [ :) ]? In any case your chances are close to 100%. Good Luck.
     
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  14. Midwest

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    Marathonman... my DD is in India now learning the Hindi language this summer. She would have to agree... Medical and Engineering Schools are the goals for parents who have high achievers in India. Are your parents aware of your Academy intentions or will it be a surprise?
     
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    One thing which would make your resume stronger for USNA would be a team captain position in a sport - such as track team captain.
    And Midwest, I believe USNA would qualify as a top Engineering School if that happens to be the route OP desires to go.
     
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