Is school affecting USMA chances?

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  1. USMAalltheway

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    Hi,

    I go to a small perpatory school that's very competitive in academics. Although its competitive, it does not have certain opportunities that public high schools have such as: student council, class president, debate club, and varsity sports(only three in our school-baseball, basketball, and soccer). Because of the absence of these oppotunities, will this hurt my chances of getting nominated? ( In case you were wondering, my GPA is 4.0. SAT score mean-620. Member of NHS. Club officer,and I also volunteer to work at many community activities.)

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  2. America's Finest

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    I would say it is. Make sure to let the academy know of this.

    Try to make up for it with other activities besides the ones offered at school. I'm sure your community has many teams and clubs.
     
  3. USMAalltheway

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    America's finest,

    Okay this might sound stupid, but who would I contact to let USMA know about my unfortunate circumstances? I am making all this up with commmunity and club activities. I planning to devote my whole summer to muscular training, extra-curricular, and leadership activites. Do you know of any national clubs or accossciations that would help me wih leadership experience? Thanks for responding.

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  4. sterlingmom

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    Try to find out about Boys State. It is sponsored by the American Legion and is held in early June after Jr. year of HS in our state. It carries a lot of weight with the academies besides being a great experience. My son and another student from his school, who is also going to USMA both attended. Ask your school guidance counselor for info or Google "name of your state Boys State". In our state the deadline to apply is early May and it is competitive, so check into it soon.
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    Your school will NOT affect your chances of an appointment. The academy takes into consideration what your school offers academically.

    Don't blame your school for lack of leadership. There are plenty of places to show leadership you just have to be creative and find them. That is what a leader does. My cadet had virtually NO leadership from her school activities - other than co captain her senior year in a sport.
    She did have lots of long going leadership from outside of school.
    The whole idea is - have you made the most of the opportunities that have been afforded to you.
    One way I see is that you can be active in NHS - perhaps design and carryout a community service or school service project with your NHS chapter.
    If you volunteer - are you a follower or a leader? Try being a leader, organize an activity and carry it out.
     
  6. USMAalltheway

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    Thank you sterlingmom and Just A Mom for replying back. I greatly value your input and advice and will do my best to indeed be a leader for my country. Thank you again! :biggrin:

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