So as some of you have seen me on here before, i'm currently starting my second year at a community college and am pretty excited for this upcoming year. Overall my first year was fantastic and i expect the same for this year. I've been very passionate about the academy since i was very young and it is always been my top school. I am currently entering my 4th time applying for the class of 2020, but recently I've been thinking a lot about whether or not going to the academy is worth losing the 2 years that I've worked hard for in college, all to start over at square one at the academy. My SAT Scores were what held me back always in the application process, but honestly, that test means nothing to me anymore as I've taken it 3 times in 3 years and have had little improvement ( overall scores: (1st time) 1350, (2nd time) 1370, (3rd time) 1380). I'll be honest, i'm not a good test taker, but my college grades reflect me as a great student, (currently a 3.0 GPA, but i had all As and one B this past semester, first semester was a little rough, but that's every college freshman). Unfortunately the academy does base a lot on the SAT even with college applicants, so that has caused a lot problems with nominations and the application itself. I graduated High School in 2014, so majority of the college students who graduated high school in 2014 would commission in the armed forces in 2018-2019, I am currently working on my plan B which is to attend a university after my first 2 years here at community college, but my application for the academy is still open and im still working on it. I know that i'll end up in the same place no matter which path i take (USMC 2nd LT. is the goal, i could go NROTC, PLC, or USNA and end up as the same rank.) So my question is simple: Is it worth losing 2 years to go after a dream, where i can get the same result just going the path that i'm following(attending 4 year after CC)? One more thing i'd like to say is: A leader, regardless of whether military or professional, is not determined or respected by the school or path they take. They are respected by the way they demonstrate their leadership to there subordinates and how they demonstrates themselves as a leader.