How do I look so far?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by HopefulAdolescent, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. HopefulAdolescent

    HopefulAdolescent New Member

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    Hello, how is everyone doing? I am a 10th grader that wants to be a Navy/Marine Corps pilot (still deciding which one to pursue). I was wondering how I am looking so far? I do not need a solid answer of "You look great" or "No way you are getting in", just some constructive criticism would be nice. I am really regretting how lazy I was my freshman year, but I can't change that now. Here is my resume:

    -3.22 GPA unweighted 3.4 GPA weighted (Honors Algebra 1 freshman year).
    -Haven't taken the ACT but shooting for a 28 (minimum)
    -I am going to be on Varsity track and field this year and I am going to get a Varsity Letter
    -100+ community service hours by the time I apply
    -FCA Leadership committee
    -Martial Arts for 6 years, got my black belt and became a junior instructor
    -Going to get a job once I turn 16 years old
    -School does not rank but my counselor said we can figure that out when the time comes

    I know it is not that strong at the time being but I plan on taking an extra year of math so I can take calculus my senior year (I will take Algebra II/Trig this summer going into my junior year of high school). So hopefully they will take notice of that and that I am serious about this. I plan to take more APs and Honors classes next year and get A's to increase my GPA to around a 3.7-3.9 unweighted.

    Thanks so much for taking time and reading this. I am open to any and all criticism and advice so please let me know what I need to do.
     
  2. JakeFromWisco

    JakeFromWisco Member

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    Just a couple tips from a current USNA candidate:

    Take the ACT ASAP. I know you're only a Sophomore, but take it this year so that you can gage what you'll have to study for over the summer. You don't want to have to retake it your senior year, so work hard to get it done your junior year. Also, 28 is unfortunately a little low. Aim for somewhere in the thirties. You've got time, you can do it.

    Try to get more leadership positions. Assistant martial arts instructor? Track captain? Something of that nature.

    Apply to NASS, the Naval Academies summer program your junior year. It really gives you a feel for the Yard and what Academy life is like. At least that's what I've heard from other candidates.

    The best of luck to you!
     
  3. HopefulAdolescent

    HopefulAdolescent New Member

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    Thank you for the reply! I actually did take the ACT Aspire (or ASAP) a couple weeks ago because my school requires it. I get my results back sometime in December. I am shooting for track captain my senior year and I was pretty much an assisstant instructor they just have to say junior because I am under 16.
     

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