Freshman Year

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  1. rubio1996

    rubio1996 Member

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    I'm about to enter my sophomore year at a top college preparatory school in my area. I recently got my final freshman year report card. My final GPA was a 3.0 (I don't know whether this is weighted or unweighted). I took two honors classes, Geometry Honors and Chemistry Honors. The Chemistry Honors course in my school is usually taken by strong students in their junior year, and the Geometry Honors course is usually taken by strong students in their freshman or sophomore year. My final grades were a C- in Geometry Honors, an A+ in Concert Band, a C in Chemistry Honors, an A- in Multimedia Design, a B- in English I, a B- in Spanish I, and an A- in Foundations of Civilizations. The classes I will most likely be taking next year are Biology (Honors or Regular), Algebra II, Concert Band, English II, Spanish II (Honors or Regular), and World History AP. Looking at my academics, what should I do to improve, so I can gain a nomination and offer of admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point?

    I had two unsuccessful campaigns for ninth grade class vice president and school treasurer, but I was elected class alternate representative for the ninth grade class. Over the course of my freshman year, I had over 50 community service hours, which earned me Community Service Honors. I was also a member of my church's youth group. I was cast in my school's spring drama production. Also, I wrote a play and performed a different play for a school drama festival, which had to be written, performed, practiced, and directed within 24 hours of receiving the topic for the play. Looking at my extracurricular activities, what should I do to improve, so I can gain a nomination and offer of admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point?

    I did not participate in my school's athletic program in my freshman year, as I was focusing on my academics during the transition from a small Catholic middle school to a rigorous college preparatory school. I plan on playing three sports in my sophomore year. Assuming I do everything else correctly for nomination and admission, which sports should I play (assume that I do not have any experience in any of these sports)? These are my options for sports in high school (I may choose one for each season):

    Fall Sports:

    Cross Country
    Soccer


    Winter Sports:

    Basketball
    Wrestling
    Swimming


    Spring Sports:

    Tennis
    Lacrosse
    Baseball
    Golf

    Thank you.
     
  2. OhioSoccerMom

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    Every piece of advice I've seen posted to this forum has said the following: You have to participate in activities that MEAN something to you. You don't have to have 16 (random number!) activites... maybe 3 or 4 that are important to you, and that you can take increasing responsibility/leadership for. You don't have to play 3 sports, unles you WANT to. It sounds like you already have a full plate!! So maybe choose a sport that will fit into your schedule...if you do the spring play agian, then maybe fall is the time to select a sport. Sports that are team based and contact carry the most weight from what I've read... but if that's not where your heart lies, then don't do it! If you're really a golfer, then be a golfer, but try to make Captain of the team your Junior or Senior year! Be who you are, and be the best you can be at it! I think that's more important that trying to "check-off" boxes for an application. It seems that the performing arts are important to you. That's great! Keep doing those plays, and try to gain larger roles up to a principal character, or perhaps maybe assistant director (if your drama department has one). And by the way... this is the same advice I'm giving to my DS who's about to be a sophomore and wanting to go to West Point, too!! He's something like Naptown Goalie 77... scroll through the introductions page, he's on there somewhere!! :smile: Good luck!!
     

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