Extra sport

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  1. C/B Lattanzio

    C/B Lattanzio Prospective

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    Hi all!

    Lattanzio here, with a question: I currently play varsity hockey in the winter / fall. Also in the spring I run, but with no team. Now, would it look better on my application if I signed up for school track team for the extra varsity letter?
    Thanks for reading
    -Lattanzio
     
  2. Melitzank

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    Every little bit helps. The SA`s like to see multi-sport athletes, but it`s not something that`s a must, from what I`ve seen. If you want to, do it but don`t do it because you feel like you have to.
     
  3. kinnem

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    I agree it's optional. But I also think if you have the time you should do it. Great way to stay in shape in the off-season and also the spring before reporting to the Academy. Besides, it might help your running ability.
     
  4. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    On a completely unrelated note, what's with everyone putting quotes from themselves in their signature lines?:confused:
     
  5. Melitzank

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    Just a quote I came up with that I think everyone should live by...something that goes hand in hand with getting into and going through the SA`s...quitting won`t get anyone anywhere. I know, it does look kind of weird by putting "me" at the end. :rolleyes:
     
  6. C/B Lattanzio

    C/B Lattanzio Prospective

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    Thanks all!

    In reply to the quote I did sort of copy off 97133m because it looked nice, so I took my life, and tryed to bottle it up into a quote, does that make sence?
     
  7. GoSox

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    If you are going to quote yourself, you should probably proofread your quote more, as it looks like you are missing some words. Try this: "Try your absolute hardest; for if you do [it] the right way, [you] will find a way."

    To your athletics question, yes, it would help a bit to have two sports versus one. The best thing I think you personally could do is start reading good books, and lots of them, your in spare time -- even if that's just in the summer. Your posts have so many spelling and grammatical errors that it suggests it's not just a matter of typos from your phone, and also suggests you may have issues on the verbal part of the SAT/ACT. Reading helps with vocabulary, sentence structure, and spelling.
     
  8. kinnem

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    Ouch. But perhaps true. If you decide to tackle the reading look at some of the available reading lists... like the one here: http://navyreading.dodlive.mil/
     
  9. GoSox

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    I'll invoke pickup basketball rules and call fouls on myself for hijacking your thread asking about the athletic piece of the application and for being excessively blunt. Now I'll drive the lane again. The original poster is a high school sophomore, I think, which is great -- time to work on any weak points in the application profile. I think a fair amount of candidates get so caught up in the idea of maxing for extracurriculars/leadership/athletics that they may not focus enough on job one: putting themselves in the picture academically. Improving one's writing isn't easy, but a fantastic way to work on it, while having fun along the way, truly is to read, read, and read some more.

    Kinnem's done a good job with a link. And any high school English teacher would be glad to give book recommendations for optional summer reading, I'm sure. For somebody with a military interest, some well-written books that involve military topics are as follows:
    • The Unforgiving Minute (Mullaney) (nonfiction: young U.S. officer in Afghanistan) -- try also The Junior Officers Reading Club, by Hennessey, for the view from a Brit officer in Afghanistan
    • Absolutely American (Lipsky) (nonfiction: a look at West Point from about '98 - '02)
    • A Sense of Honor (Webb) (fiction -- set at USNA during the Vietnam War)
    • David Poyer's Craig Lenson series (fiction -- military thrillers in a Navy setting)
    • Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (nonfiction -- amazing story of WWII hero in a Japanese prison camp; her book Seabiscuit, on a famous 1930s racehorse, is also really well written and a great read btw)
    • A Rumor of War (Caputo) (nonfiction -- maybe the best memoir of Vietnam combat)
    • Making the Corps (Ricks) (nonfiction -- interesting look at how the USMC makes civilians into Marines and what it says about the divide between civilian and military cultures)
     
  10. Melitzank

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    ^That`s a very good idea. I`m currently working my way through the Commandment of the Marine Corps`s reading list, definitely not for the faint-hearted, some of these books are meant for Captains and Colonels, not for teenagers, but I love to read, so it helps. http://guides.grc.usmcu.edu/mcrl

    I highly recommend Unbroken (Haven`t read any of the others yet, so couldn`t say personally) but Unbroken is a fantastic book that really makes you stop and think, and makes you thankful.
     

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