I hear a lot about how SA's are geographically oriented and was wondering how big of a factor geography and ethnicity play into admissions. A little bit about me: -1st gen ABC in MD-06, which is a very competitive state for USNA -Stats not very good: GPA 4.35 and SAT coming up in June -attending the #1 high school in MD in the supposedly "hardest" magnet program (science, math, and computer science) -2-season Varsity athlete on D1 PomPon squad (drill team) with 2 county championships -President of science volunteer club (Kids are Scientists Too) and member of XSTEM club -National finalist in a national engineering challenge (SourceAmerica Design Challenge) -12 years studying piano, performed at Carnegie hall, US dept of state, Kennedy Center, a few embassies as well (but this may be irrelevant to this situation) People usually don't believe me when I tell them I want to go to USNA, probably because I'm a girl, but I have a strong desire to serve in the military and hopefully pursue a career in Naval architecture/engineering. No one in my family has served (my parents were raised in China) but I am determined to serve one way or another (also trying for NROTC) to give back for all the opportunities this country has given my family. Is USNA an unrealistic goal for someone like me? I'm attending my Congressman's Service Academy Forum tonight to get more information, but I would really like to hear some other opinions. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, it means a lot.