Going to a New School as a Junior... HELP!!!

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  1. g_warren2022

    g_warren2022 "Greater love hath no man than this..." John 15:13

    Sep 2, 2016
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    So for the past two years, my dad (now retired) was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. As a result, I attended Lejeune High School, which has about 500 students. While there, I was my class's president, I played varsity baseball and ran cross-country, was in a school play, Honors classes, JROTC, and NHS, finishing my sophomore year with a 3.8 GPA. I had done everything I could possibly do to be competitive for the service academies. However, this summer my family moved to northern Virginia, where I am attending a high school of over 2000 students. Although I am in 3 AP classes and still in NHS and JROTC, I am somewhat scared about how this reflects on my record. My new school offers AP classes to freshmen and sophomores- classes I would have taken had they been offered at my old school. I've also realized my chances of being student body president here are down the drain since I don't really know any other juniors at my school. I passed on running cross country this fall so that I could do the fall baseball league at my school in order to be more competitive for varsity baseball in the spring. I've tried to do as much as I could manage for this year, but I still feel that my transition here halfway through high school came at a terrible time and will mess up my previously good record. Will the admissions board understand why so many things changed, or will they just assume I stopped trying?
  2. tug_boat

    tug_boat Member

    Jun 18, 2012
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    In my opinion, I think you're on the right track. I like the fact you're focus has changed to just one sport to be good at. Work hard on ACT/SAT test scores. And continue to work on your GPA to place yourself in the top 15% of your class. Start planning now and look into SLE and Boys/Girls State in your area. Start looking into getting a NOM from your area. Your parents who are in the military will be a huge advantage in this area.

    Virginia in general is a competitive area. However, attending a larger school will be more competitive and thus the cream will rise to the top. You want to rise and be in the 15%

    Push Hard, Press Forward
  3. ktnatalk

    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

    Feb 20, 2016
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    OP, I stumbled onto this thread because of your question regarding aviation in the other forum. I agree with tugboat regarding work hard in what you have control over, but also want to point out that:

    1. admissions understand that children of service members don't get to pick their schools

    2. instead of a bad situation, think of it as an opportunity to tell the board via your essay how you overcome your challenges

    3. Just like other applicants, you need to have a few plan b's.

    Good luck to you!

    P.S. I wonder if the lack of responses has to do with "Camp Lejeune" in the West Point forum... :scratch:
  4. forumjunkie

    forumjunkie Member

    Jun 11, 2014
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    Busy celebrating and dreaming of Beating Navy in the big game!
  5. hamleton

    hamleton Member

    Jan 6, 2016
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    I'm not on here very often anymore, but I went through the same situation before my junior year of high school. If you want, message me and I'll give you my cadet email if you have any questions about any aspects of the application process. I personally found that starting again at a new school allowed me to try out new activities I couldn't do at my previous hs due to commitments I had made to other clubs. - current plebe

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