Help For Appointment

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  1. army2021

    army2021 Member

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    Hello everyone. I was wondering if I could receive some advice from you all on what I can do to increase my chances of gaining admissions to the Naval Academy. Here's a little about me:
    I am currently a sophomore at a strong in academics high school. I hold staff in AFJROTC. I have participated in color guard a few times but will be a ton next year. I am in the Civil Air Patrol. My grades are alright. My projected weighted GPA for the end of this year is roughly 4.0-4.05. My un-weighted GPA is roughly around a 3.7 something I believe. My class rank is around top quarter (I think, class rank on school computers are messed up so waiting to hear back fr0m my counselor). I have taken the PSAT and my counselor projects I should be able to get roughly a 1200 on my next PSAT (2 Part Exam). Will be taking the real SAT several times so should hopefully be able to get over 600 in each section. Over the summer, I will be attending a summer leadership seminar at smith mountain lake. I applied to the STEM program at USNA and will be attending that if accepted. If not I will be attending another leadership seminar, this is at The Citadel. I may be applying for more ROTC and academic camps too, also may do camps through Civil Air Patrol. Currently I wrestle for my school and will be starting lacrosse in a few weeks. I am wrestling all four years, will be doing lacrosse for three, and will also pick up cross country next year and do that for two years. I am in various clubs including BETA, will be applying for NHS next year. Will be working over the summer and will also be getting many community service hours on the side. My schedule next year is loaded with 8 weighted courses to hopefully boost GPA and class rank. Taking either 3 APs, 2 IBs, and 3 advanced courses or 4 Aps, 1 IB, and 3 advanced courses. Believe that I will do good next year academically as my mind is set on doing whatever I can to gain admissions to USNA. Also just as an extra little thing, I'm two years ahead in mathematics and will be trying to gain leadership positions in the clubs I am in. Thanks for reading. If anyone has literally ANY advice, whatever it may be, please list below. Especially what I need to improve upon. Willing to do anything to increase my odds of admissions so all feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks and have a nice day.
     
  2. USAFA83GradWife

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    Wow! Pretty impressive on what you have accomplished and your goal settings considering you are only a sophomore. With all that being said, all I can say is keep your nose clean, stay out of trouble, and keep the pedal to the metal young man! There is no limit to what you want to accomplish and from reading your post you are in the right path. Keep your eyes on the prize and never slow down!
     
  4. army2021

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    Thank you very much. Been working towards it for awhile now. Constantly am stressed thinking I'll be rejected so that's why I'm reaching out, trying to figure out how I can increase my chances. Been working on things for the CFT. Not my strong suit but no doubt I can definitely can improve physically and do well above average on it. Worried I'll have some random thing from DoD health check not clear and will hold me back even though have nothing wrong with me. Or worried about nominations as from what I've heard, my district is very competitive.
     
  5. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    It looks like you are doing awesome so far! Keep up the good work.

    My advice would be to do all you can to improve that GPA (from the sound of it, you are already doing this). 3.7 UW is a great GPA, but as you probably know, it has to be TOP-NOTCH to satisfy USAFA ;). Suffice it to say that it is impossible to do too well with your academics.

    You may also want to consider getting some work experience, something part-time that requires leadership if possible (sports coach, tutor, etc.). Have you contacted your BGO? It's too early for you to apply right now, but your BGO could give you great advice to help keep you pointed in the right direction.

    One more suggestion--use paragraphs :biggrin:. It's easier for us to appreciate your many outstanding accomplishments if they are listed in a more user-friendly format.

    I wish you the best of luck as you begin your journey :thumb:.
     
  6. army2021

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    Thanks! I'm hoping my gpa will be roughly 4.2 next year. Loaded p my schedule so should help. I may be able to get a job as an assistant mechanic at an auto shop so hopefully they would think that's good. I'll defiantly talk to some people at my school and see if I can start tutoring. That'd be a big help I'd assume. Also haven't contacted BGO yet. Guess I'll hop on that ASAP. Thank you for the advice!
     
  7. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    Any time ;). Again, best of luck to you!
     
  8. GAUSNA2018

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    It looks like you are off to a great start!

    I would second gaining some type of work experience. That can show leadership and also a great deal of time management as you can handle academics, extracurriculars, and a job on top of that. Try to gain more leadership experience too. It will help you no matter what happens.

    One last thing, don't stress! Whatever was meant to happen will happen. Don't think about it as rejection but rather deferral. I've been a candidate and reapplicant for over two years now and learned that stressing isn't the way to go. If you truly desire to go to the USNA, you will find a way.

    Keep reaching for the stars and don't let anything hold you back.
     
  9. RDG143

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    You appear to be headed in the right direction. As are many other candidates. In addition to the good advice already given I would add SAT/ACT preparation. You still have time to take these many more times. Scoring higher on the standardized tests is a great way to set yourself apart from other equally qualified applicants.


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  10. d22

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    I'll defer to the above suggestions. However, here are a couple of items to think about as time draws closer:

    1. Prior to your MOC nomination interviews I would suggest setting up a couple of mock interviews.
    2. The end of your junior year talk to your Math and English teachers and respectfully ask them for alternate email addresses for you to submit with your application (sometimes school districts email filters and your teachers either don't receive them or they go into spam folders.)
    3. And here is why I suggested #2: Get your application in early...at least by the end of August and if your back up is NROTC...ditto.

    All the best!
     
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    JChaulklin. No need to be constantly be stressing out thinking you won't get accepted. You are just a sophomore. Enjoy your time in high school and while that is happening, start preparing for the Naval Academy. You only have 2.5 years left in high school; you'll have at least 9 with the Navy.
     
  12. army2021

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    Thank you very much everyone. Do I actually start filling out application during spring of junior year and when do you start talking to MOCs to try n beat people to the punch? Thanks for all the advice. Greatly appreciate it!


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  13. falconchic88

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    The earliest way to start the application is to apply for summer seminar during the early winter of your junior year. This application will serve as your initial application to USNA as well. If you are accepted to summer seminar, sometime around June USNA will open up your portal so you can start working on the rest of your application. If you are not accepted, but USNA deems you competitive for admission, they will open up your portal about the same time. If you do not apply for summer seminar, I believe you have to wait until early spring to fill out the preliminary application. (I am not sure about the timing of that, as all mine applied to NASS.)

    As far as the MOC goes, usually spring of your Junior year is the soonest you can access your MOC applications. The best bet is to get on to your MOCs website. Most of them have a Service Academy tab that gives a great timeline for contacting them and when their applications are due.
     
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  14. army2021

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    Thank you very much. This was very very helpful!




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  15. Midwest

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    JChaulkin. Sounds like you are on a path to succeed in anything you do. Learning about the Critical and World Languages could be an additional area that you might want to explore.

    I'm not sure what proficiency you have in languages, but as a sophomore, there are opportunities available to you to learn some of National Security Languages such as Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Hindi, Korean, Chinese, Tajik and others. My DD & DS have attended Concordia Language Villages (CLV) , receiving high schools credits in both Russian and German. CLV offers language study immersion in about 17 different languages. Not only did my children learn about languages, they were immersed in the music, food, clothing, traditions and history of the country.

    My DS has been to Russia twice during high school and he is currently serving in Japan as a Naval Airman. My DD who is a Junior in high school has traveled to Germany and is currently a semi-finalist for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). She hopes to receive an all expense paid (except for fun money) scholarship to India to learn Hindi this upcoming summer and we are keeping our fingers crossed. She also plans to apply for the class of 2020 academy/ROTC scholarships.

    http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/ Scholarships are available and due VERY SOON.

    http://www.nsliforyouth.org/ Scholarship applications are available in September with a deadline of late October each year. The application process is rigorous and requires several essays.

    As a family we have hosted more than 10 exchange students and teachers from Russia, Germany and Japan. What we learned about the world from hosting has been invaluable. Perhaps your family might raise their hand to offer to host a student for a two week period or maybe even a year. (shorter stays worked better for us). We considered it a service to our country. In return, we have received invites from around the world to visit their homes.

    We have also improved our Cultural Intelligence or CQ as some like to call it. Being a military brat and military wife, I learned many customs of the world, but this course has given me tremendous insight since now I am a incurable travel enthusiast. My son watched the program to figure out Japanese & Russian culture. What I liked about the course is learning about the ten different world clusters and the 10 characteristics of each culture. Your ability to see beyond the city and country you live in is an asset in any leadership position.

    I bought this course as a Christmas gift for the family for about $69 through the Great Courses. (I shop carefully on this site and never pay full price.) These courses go on sale throughout the year; so wait for the sale if you think you want to invest in this program. I highly recommend reading the class reviews. Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are Course No. 3092 . Sometimes the link may take you to other places.
    http://www.thegreatcourses.com/cour...l-intelligence-to-adapt-wherever-you-are.html
    or the author's website - http://davidlivermore.com/

    And one more thing, your local library may offer some Great Courses or other brands of classes to add to you knowledge base in addition to the plethora of FREE online classes and language applications. There are some wonderful programs to keep you engaged. EXPLORE!

    https://www.duolingo.com/ One of my favorite FREE language apps .... it's fun, addicting and much better than Candy Crunch...

    In summary, I'm not saying this information will get you the academy appointment you want, but being a globally aware citizen should enhance your life journey and develop you as a whole person.

    Living in the Midwest, but traveling the world. ;-)
     
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  16. usna.hopeful19

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    Here's the real secret to getting into USNA, worked for me. You're going to want to go to 121 Blake Road, Annapolis, MD 21402. Slip 1 unsealed envelope under the door with 500 dollars cold, hard cash, untraceable of course. Knock two times on the door, do a 360, and then say precisely, it is crucial you pronounce every word correctly, "ravioli ravioli show me the secret forumuloi." 2 weeks later my BFE came in. Lucky coincidence, maybe. maybe not.
     
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  17. bubalma

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    A little quiet in Bancroft tonight, is it?
     
  18. frt-18

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    Actually, with six weeks, it's pretty busy right now.
     

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