Junior (chances???)

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  1. ahaimoud94

    ahaimoud94 USNA/USAFA Hopeful

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    Hi. im a junior at a high gifted public magnet school in los angeles.I will be applying to the air force academy and naval academy. both my brothers go to berkeley. i am an immigrant from morocco. i came here when i was 7. i will be applying as either arab or african-american.

    (according to school computers i have a 3.58 gpa unweighted) :frown:
    Here is my transcript.
    9th grade fall
    h english 9 A
    h chem A
    h geometry B
    h world history A
    adv pe A
    french 1 A
    9th grade spring
    h english 9 A
    h chem A
    h geometry A
    h world history A
    fros/soph swim A
    french 1 A

    10th grade fall
    h english 10 B
    ap chem C
    h trig/precalc B
    ap euro B
    adv pe A
    french 2 A

    10th grade spring
    h english 10 C
    ap chem C
    h trig/precalc C
    ap euro B
    fros/soph swim A
    french 2 A


    My sophomore year sucked. I was suspended for 2 days in sophomore year for a facebook cheating ring. A classmate took pictures of a test we were allowed to look at for the period and posted them online. He convinced me to help him answer the questions and post the answers only. Out of the 2 euro classes in our year, 39/50 people joined the group. I have learned from my mistake. I am in no way letting this incident define who I am as a person.

    My AP Scores are as follows- Ap euro (4) ap chem (3)
    As of now, i only took sat subjects. Math 2 (640) Chem (630) World History (610)

    I am now in junior year. here is the list of classes im taking.
    AP Calc AB
    AP US
    AP English Lang
    AP Bio
    H Physics (yes. 2 science classes this year)
    AP Psychology
    AP Comparative Govt

    I have an A in 6 of these classes. and a B in ap psych.

    I am the President of Beta Club. I've been a member for all 3 years.
    I was secratary of bicycle club freshman year but the club disbanded.
    I am a member of film club. (joined this year)
    I've been a member of a red-cross affiliated club called Youth Against Poverty. (10th+11th grades)
    Member of Reach Club (anti-human trafficking club). (10th+11th)

    Swim Team: 9th grade: Frosh/Soph League 3rd 50 Fly, 2nd 100 IM
    10th grade: Frosh/Soph TEAM MVP. League: 1st 200 free 1st 200 medley relay 3rd 50 fly

    I have work experience as a computer lab technician and student helper. (10th grade)
    I have been a mentor through the gear up project since the beginning of 10th grade.

    I plan to intern with Council member Tom Lebonge. He is a highly popular politician in los angeles connected with the senators and representatives.


    Thanks

    ps. I would also like to attend the summer seminars!
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Well, your 10th grade spring grades are a definite detriment to your application. The number of APs you are taking is a boost. Athletics are OK. Leadership might be a bit on the weak side. Your SAT subject scores are OK.

    The cheating bit is a serious red flag. The academy takes honor very seriously. Honor violations are THE fastest way out of the academy (with the possible exception of committing a major felony). About 30 of my classmates were expelled for a very similar cheating scandal as the one you described. If I were you, I would definitely make sure you have some strong references (especially with regard to your character).

    I can't really give you any chances. No one but the admissions committee can do that. If you rebound from that one bad semester, you should be reasonably competitive.
     
  3. tonk002

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    I’m not very familiar with USAFA, but I did have a few wrestling friends go there last year.
    Of course I, nor anyone else here, can tell you what your chances are to gain admission to USAFA. That’s up to the administration to decide. However, with regard to the cheating that you mentioned:
    A senior at my boarding school is applying to the Coast Guard Academy. My school has a very strict policy about integrity, and all items of work that we hand in must have a specific honor pledge written on them. This student violated the honor code in his freshman year on a math exam. He was put on a DP (disciplinary probation), and was allowed to return back to school, which is rare. However, over the next three years, he worked very hard and is now on the student honor board and judicial committee. In a sense, he has come full circle. He received a nomination to USCGA, and had an LOA, or whatever the Coast Guard does. (I really only know about USMA and Norwich).
    You should be trying to show in some manner that you have learned your lesson and understand that what you did was wrong. To the student mentioned above, this was by earning back the respect of teachers and getting a coveted spot on the Honor Board. This showed USCGA that he was committed to being honorable and learned a lesson on the importance in integrity. Honor and integrity are important in ALL service academies, federal or private. Find something like this at your school to do. Good luck to you.
     
  4. ahaimoud94

    ahaimoud94 USNA/USAFA Hopeful

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    thanks for the advice. i just wanted to know if the suspension and bad grades in 10th grade would mean that i would get automatically rejected.
     
  5. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    I can't comment on whether or not USAFA will consider you, especially since 10th grade grades are not exactly stellar. When combined with the cheating scandal... well, you've a steep road to climb there.

    Are you a US citizen?

    Also, just so you know: people from the countries of Africa which are adjacent to the Med are not considered to be "African-American." So, unless you have relations from sub-Saharan Africa, you would be middle eastern or arab, but not African American. People from Morocco are not African-American according to US government standards (nor are Algerians, Egyptians, Lybians, etc).
     
  6. ahaimoud94

    ahaimoud94 USNA/USAFA Hopeful

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    yes. i am a naturalized us citizen. i am half berber half arab
     
  7. Bundy

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    I don't want this to sound too harsh, but you asked...

    Your use of correct punctuation and capitalization of the English language needs a lot of work. If you've lived in the U.S. since the age of 7 you should have a pretty strong command of English by now. If you filled out your application and composed your essay the same way you've composed these posts, I'd be surprised if the board would look very favorably upon the application.
     
  8. ahaimoud94

    ahaimoud94 USNA/USAFA Hopeful

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    I appreciate your incite. I'm not offended but as most teenagers my age, my style of writing online is very different than my writing in class. It tends to be informal, which i know i should change. But I have taken practice SATs through the Princeton Review course and i tend to score 10s on my essays. I know it's not great but i just thought that i should mention it.
     

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