How do I look?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Zie, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. Zie

    Zie Member

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    Hello,

    I thought I would follow in the footsteps of others and ask about how I look as an applicant for the Class of 2019.

    I am a homeschooled junior in highschool. I have a 4.0 GPA for my highschool classes and am waiting to hear back for the two college classes I took this past semester. However, my college GPA will also be high.

    I got a 195 on the PSAT, a 30 on the ACT, and am waiting for my SAT score.

    I have been a competitive swimmer for 7+ years. I swim club and highschool and will compete at the state level in both. I am team captain for my club water polo and will be for highschool for the next two years.

    I am currently a C/SrA in CAP and will have my Mitchell by the time I turn in my application for USAFA. I am also in my squadron's Color Guard.

    I am also an active volunteer.

    Thank you for reading! I would be grateful for any advice you all can give.
     
  2. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    Looks like you're on the right track. Keep taking the ACT and shoot for the highest score you can get. Nice work so far. You have my respect as a fellow homeschooler. Let me know if you have any other questions.
     
  3. Invisibility

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    Looks like you're doing good so far!
    Test scores are going to matter a LOT for you, since from what I understand the Academy essentially ignores your GPA, as they have no real way to evaluate the rigor of your curriculum. College courses they will probably look at with more respect--keep taking them, and do WELL!
    It's essential that you have some good extracurriculars, especially as a homeschooler. And a varsity letter. Looks like swimming, CAP, and volunteering are yours. Great! Make sure to get your Mitchell--there's a box on the app for it. If you can, get your Earheart.
    One thing that isn't mentioned anywhere on the application: at least when I applied, I was required to submit what was essentially a "homeschool philosophy" document. My counselor didn't really give me any details on what that was supposed to entail, so I wrote out 6 or so pages on how I'd done classes, grading for those classes, which tests I'd taken and how those backed up my grades, extracurriculars (math team, etc) which also reinforced my academic ability, typical schedule (I get up early! Really!), accreditation, etc. Unless things have changed, you'll have to do that too, so be ready. It's your chance not only to prove that Mommy and Daddy haven't just been giving you A grades because they're biased, but also that you're a great student by any measure. Take advantage!
     
  4. Zie

    Zie Member

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    Thank you LFry!

    Thank you Invisibility!

    I have never heard of anything like that, but I will add it to my list of things to prepare for.

    I do have another question. What was the process of getting an ALO like, as former homeschoolers.
     
  5. Invisibility

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    You're assigned one when you start applying, just like everyone else. Shouldn't be a problem.
     

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