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  1. schaly15

    schaly15 New Member

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    I'm a junior in high school and I would like to the apply to the Naval Academy but i'm not sure if i would be qualified. I haven't taken my ACT yet and i have not done any athletics in school. I plan to take my ACT in Feburary. Is this good or bad? :confused:

    Btw my mother is not very supportive of me applying to the Naval academy or having anything at all to do with the armed forces, but my Dad is okay with it.
     
  2. Daniel Lee

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    Your fine. I didn't take my SAT until June, but I was stupid and didn't submit my scores until late October. I'm still a candidate for the c/o 2013.
     
  3. schaly15

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    So if I haven't done any athletics does it mean I still have a chance?
     
  4. Daniel Lee

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    Well if you look at the admission layout on the website, it states that around 90%(or was it 95) of the class of 2012 were in some form of varsity sports. So 10% did not participate in a varsity sport but they were still accepted.

    However, Westpoint is looking for well rouned people and being physically fit is one of its requirements. So my conclusion is that the 10% who did not participate in a varsity sport either did an outside sport or performed well on the cfa as well as having an excellent academic resume.

    Also, its only your junior year. You can still join a winter and spring sport.

    Don't take my word on everything as I'm only a candidate, but I am basing my info on facts that I have seen from the website and this forum. Wish you the best.
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    schaly15 - only admission can make this decision. There is no "requirement" for athletic participation. But - looking at admissions statistics over the years - it is there undeniably.

    Have you ever participated in athletics? Were you in sports as a youngster and then quit or have you never had the opportunity? There are many factors but I will say - the service academies have found that they are a better "fit" for athletes than for non-athletes.
    You will have to be an athlete if you attend. How do you feel about that? Is the Naval Academy a good "fit" for you?
     
  6. schaly15

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    I have been in the marching band since the 7th grade. I heard that this did not count as a sport though. So should I join a spring sport this year and next? I cannot join in a fall sport because it interferes with band and I do not wish to quit something I have been doing for so long. Also I have not been in any clubs in school. Does this make a difference? Should I join something next year? :confused:
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I realize band takes a lot of commitment, has physical elements and somewhat of a "team" environment. That said, it's not a sport. Thus, it counts, but not as a sport.

    The short answer is "yes," you should join a spring sport. I suggest a team sport that requires running, such as lacrosse, soccer, spring football or a sport that requires a lot of strength and stamina, such as swimming, water polo, squash, tennis, etc. However, it's important that you do more than "join." You want to demonstrate a commitment and a certain level of talent/success, etc. Thus, my strong suggestion is to play this winter and spring and then do one or two sport camps this summer in the sport you've chosen -- if you can financially afford to do so.

    What do you do other than band? Are you involved in activities outside of school, such as church, scounting, etc.?

    Also, it's not just about "joining" things -- clubs or teams. Rather than just join a club, figure out ways you can demonstrate leadership. Maybe it's within band -- are you in charge of anything for that or can you volunteer to take charge of some band project where you have to lead and manage people and things? Maybe set up a program where certain band members teach music appreciation to community children . . .

    If not, what else interests you? What are your passions? For example, if you are an animal person, is there some way you can volunteer with a local rescue program and maybe set up a pet adoption program? If there is a particular subject you enjoy? You could start a tutoring and mentoring program.

    As you can see, the possibilities are limitless. Generally, you are happier and more successful engaging in something that interests you -- figure out what it is and how you can use that to make a difference.
     

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