Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Kentriguy, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Kentriguy

    Kentriguy New Member

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    Hey guys,

    Just a few questions. I read on the USMA forum page somewhere in a thread that a candidate receives extra points on his or her application if valedictorian. Is this true for USNA? Is this also true for saludictorian? How does the academy necessarily give consideration to class rank? Is it worth it to press forward, devoting every last minute to become 1st or 2nd, or is it essentially no different than being in the top 5% of the class? I'm not saying I'm going to quit trying in school, I really love learning. There are just many other things/ECAs that interest me, and I would like to devote some of that time to excelling in other areas. Is it worth it to slip into third, fourth, or fifth place to do this? My current ECAs are quite decent, and I am already active in clubs and sports. I'm not trying to join more and more clubs just to look more "appealing," I would just like to try some new things- for my own enjoyment.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

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    I'd be confident a valedictorian and salutatorian get more points than a top 5%, just like a top 5% grad gets more points than a top 10%.

    But pun intended, you're really missing the point if that is your drive cog in asking the question. In other words you're asking, given the ability and capacity to do so, should you work to be #1 or #2?

    What do YOU think the answer to that is regardless of whether you land at USNA or Slippery Rock? Duh!
     
  3. majortheta

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    It pays to be a winner. I'd go for the valedictorian spot.
     
  4. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Maybe a more experienced BGO can state if #1 or #2 get more weight; I haven't heard anything official from Admissions. I would suspect that there isn't much (if, any) distinction in weight, whether WPM or in the eyes of the Admissions Board. Specifically, a #1 at one high school isn't necessarily equivalent to a #1 (or even higher in class rank) at another. My thought is the only point differential is at the different percentages (i.e. top 5%, top 10%, etc). However, WP's point still applies, do as best as you can.
     

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