Chances? College Student, Graduates in 2011

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by VU2011, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. VU2011

    VU2011 New Member

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    21, Caucasian, Male
    6'6", 210 lbs., 20/20 vision (if that matters)

    College Information:
    • Undergraduate at Top-20 university
    • Undergraduate GPA: 3.90/4.00
    • Honors program, writing an honors thesis this year
    • Dean's List every semester of college
    • Four separate academic scholarships
    • I transferred to the T20 university after four semesters at my state university

    College Work Experience:
    • Public Policy Intern, June 2010 – August 2010
    • Student Worker at University's Medical Center, March 2010 – present
    • Numerous volunteering activities, including World AIDS Day
    • Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (selective summer program)
    • A few other internships and part-time jobs

    High School Information:
    • GPA: 3.70 (unweighted), 3.95 (weighted)
    • SAT: 2060 (660V, 760M, 640W)
    • ACT: 30 (Superscore, 29 on 2 separate exams)
    • Varsity basketball (3 letters, team captain, All-District, team MVP)
    • Varsity baseball (1 letter)
    • National Honor Society
    • Mu Alpha Theta
    • University of Virginia Book Award
    • 7 AP classes, earned college credit on 5 exams
    • Economics class award, Latin AP class award
    • Honor Council President (student disciplinary organization)
    I have been doing a lot of thinking about my future lately and have come to the realization that I want to pursue admission to West Point. I have always been interested in military service, and with the global developments of the last few years, I feel more compelled than ever to devote my life to the service of the United States.

    Why not just go to OCS? First, I wish to continue my formal education. The Americal Legal Studies program at USMA is my major of choice; although not specifically defined, my career goal is in the realm of international law on behalf of the US. I want the West Point experience and am more than willing to spend four years there. I do not mind that I would be older than most of my classmates.

    I have begun drafting a nomination request letter, but I am looking for support/advice/input from anyone with worthwhile information. Am I delusional? Do I have a shot at admission? Please do not think this is a panic decision - I have considered this for a few years, but life circumstances (family issues, in particular) have required me to be near home. Now that time's running out, I do not want to squander this opportunity.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
  2. BAJohnson

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    I'd say you have a good shot. There will certainly be questions about your age and whether it is a good thing or a bad thing I don't think anybody here can tell you but I would go for it.
     
  3. scoutpilot

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    PM me with your info, including:

    1. University
    2. Major
    3. Date of your 23rd birthday
    4. SAT/ACT scores.

    I'll see what I can find out for you on the admissions side
     
  4. VU2011

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    Thanks for the responses thus far! ... Anyone else have advice/input?
     
  5. Luigi59

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    If the goal is to become an Army officer and to serve the country, why delay it for another 4 years?

    In the Spring of 2015......

    • Via OCS, you'll most likely be a O-3 with close to 4 years of experience.
    • Via West Point, you'll still be college.

    How is the Army (and the country) better served by you delaying your officer accession by 4 years?
     
  6. scoutpilot

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    You are neither crazy nor delusional. You want to serve the country, and you want to be educated at the world's premiere leadership institution. I commend you for both decisions. Check your PM box. We'll see if we can't get things moving in the right direction. Your location is excellent. My wife is a doctor at your university's hospital, so I am more than a little familiar with the institution. Congrats on your decision, and you've come to the right place.
     
  7. Maximus

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    I'm going to take a flying guess (to myself) at the School and say wow... V! My business partner's brother and sister are alumni from there and a 4.0 there should swing you easily into Plebe year for Class of 2015 at West Point :thumb:

    As an adult that missed some opportunities like this, allow me to put a perspective on this idea from what I've read in your postings here, go for it! You'll never forgive yourself down the line if you don't at least try!

    JMVHO and Good Luck!:thumb:
     
  8. VU2011

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    Thank you all for your input so far! Anyone else have advice/input?
     
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