How should I improve?

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  1. hopeful2020

    hopeful2020 Member

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    Hello every one!
    I am currently a junior looking to apply to West Point for class of 2020 and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice based on my resume as it is now as far as what my weaknesses are and how to improve them! Any and all responses are very much appreciated!

    Academics:
    Class Rank: 1 of 65 (I come from a very small school)
    GPA: 4.236
    SAT Critical Reading- 720, Math- 640, Writing- 670
    Honors Classes: Honors English 9 and 10 (also in the "harder" math classes- geometry (9th) and alg-trig(10)- though they are not considered "honors")
    Weighted/Advanced and AP Classes: 10th- Advanced Biology, AP Biology Independent Study, and Anatomy/Physiology
    11th- Precalculus, Adv. Chem, AP English Language, AP US Gov and Politics, AP US History
    Next Year (most likely)- Physics, AP Chem, AP English Literature, AP Calculus, AP Psychology

    Leadership/ECA:
    United States Academic Decathlon team member (4 years total)- So far, 6 time medalist at the regional and state competitions. I've held the Secretary position 10th and 11th grade, and mostly will hold an officer position next year.
    Student Council representative since 7th grade, currently the treasurer.
    National Honor Society since 10th grade, currently the Secretary
    Member of the chess club and competition team- two first place team wins and co-vice president 10th and 11th.
    Member of the math club and competition team- 10th and 11th (first place team finish)
    Current Vice-President of the Junior Class
    Co-Founder of my school's Red Cross Club
    Member of Future Teachers of America (2 years), Reading Competition (3 years), Foreign Language Club (4 years), Science Olympiad (4 years)

    Athletics:
    Jr Varsity Volleyball 10th grade
    Varsity Softball 9-12th grade (Will *most likely* letter 4 times)
    2nd team all conference pitcher in 10th grade
    I have a high likely-hood of being captain 12th grade and possibly this year
    Played on a tournament team 9th and 10th grade summers

    I have numerous volunteer hours: pitching lessons, tutoring, hospital, student council and NHS activities, church, and community dinners/events

    I understand that it is impossible to truly tell me if I have a chance of getting accepted into West Point, however any advice is welcome as to test scores, ECAs, APs, etc. It is my dream to attend USMA and any advice will be fully appreciated!! Thank you for taking the time to read this!
     
  2. MomWPgirl

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    Impressive profile. Would think you have an excellent chance at appointment. Also impressive is your small school...they offer so many AP's. Curious is it public or private? Continue to excel and challenge yourself and good luck next year with your application.
     
  3. civic29

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    Great candidates sometimes don't get in and bad candidates sometimes do. Just worry about your application in the upcoming year and make some back up plans. Have a strategy for your application and follow through with it.


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  4. kinnem

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    Agree with above comments. Try bringing your Math SAT up. Not that it's bad but it's an area where you have room to improve.
     
  5. hopeful2020

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    Thank you all for your replies! I do attend a public school. I have a few more questions. As a girl, I have a tough time with doing pull ups. Does anyone have any advise for that? Also should I take the ACT as well as retaking the SAT, or should I just stick with improving my math? Thank you all again!!!
     
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    I would say take the ACT as some folks do better on one over the other. Also retake the SAT to try to raise the math that way as well. At least that's what I would do.
     
  7. hopeful2020

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    I'm planning on retaking the SAT in the spring, I'll look into taking the ACT this year as well. Thank you!
     
  8. MomWPgirl

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    My four kids..all did better on the ACT. Definitely take ACT as well. As for pull-ups others may be able to give you more targeted advice but strive to be exceptional in physical fitness. Female cadets with high levels of fitness appear to gain respect more readily than those that simply make the minimum female standard. You should aim to pass APFT within the male standards. Aim high!!
     
  9. hopeful2020

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    I certainly will aim high! Thank you so much for the advice!


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