Losing Momentum

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Losttime, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Losttime

    Losttime Member

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    I have completely finished my application to the academy and I am sending my nomination packets in this week. Up until now I have had great drive and momentum in applying and looking to attend the academy. I know this is the place I want to be, but I'm facing some strong negativity from my parents. More like them putting me down. Apparently, I am completely average and there is no reason for the academy to want me, so why should I bother applying. That is, essentially, what my parents have been telling me. So, I have decided to make an account on this forums, which I frequent daily, and am going to list my stats and ask you all if I have a shot... I'm that down.

    Attended NASS and STEM.

    GPA: 3.87 Unweighted, Ranked top 10%
    AP Classes:
    AP Physics
    AP Chemistry
    AP Calculus
    AP Language and Composition
    AP US History
    AP Government

    SAT: 700M 650CR

    Sports:
    Wrestling, Varsity, Captain, Lettered 3 years
    Judo, 5th place Junior Olympics, 2nd place nationals, 1st place state

    Clubs:
    NHS
    Key Club
    Vice President Republican Club
    President CSAC

    Activities:
    ASB 2 years
    President Student Council 1 year
    Camp Counselor

    100s of community service hours

    CFA:

    6:00 Mile
    75 Pushups
    95 Situps
    18 Pull Ups
    75' Basketball Throw
    8.7s Shuttle Run
     
  2. Melitzank

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    Yes, you should definitely "bother" applying. Excellent!
     
  3. Spanky58ggpt

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    DS had similar stats. He's a youngster at USNA now.
     
  4. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    You'd be a fool not to apply. Your resume is excellent. SAT CR score could be a bit higher and I can't speak to CFA (I have NROTC MO scoring memorized but not Army) but it seems to me you are exactly what they are looking for. Perhaps your parents misunderstand the application process. Or perhaps they are simply concerned about your safety in joining the military. Not sure how to tell you to turn it around, but I expect you're on the right path. :thumb:
     
  5. MMMom

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    I think your stats look excellent, and even if you do not secure an appointment you have MUCH to be proud of!
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I expect (hope) your parents are merely trying to be "realistic" in what is, for everyone, a competitive college environment. Many young people with terrific stats and who are generally all-around great men and women will not be admitted to some of their top college choices. As a BGO, I see it happen every year.

    That said, from what we can see here, you have a great shot at an appointment. No promises or guarantees, unfortunately, but a great shot. GO FOR IT.

    And also be realistic. Whether or not you obtain your goal of USNA does not change the person you are or the success you've already achieved in life. You appear to have done exceedingly well and wherever you end up is probably where you were intended to be. Hopefully, it's USNA!
     
  7. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    If you get that SAT score up, you will have better stats than what I had a year ago.

    It's more than possible for you to get an appointment. You're quite competitive. Go for it.
     
  8. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    If nothing else, let USNA say no. Don't defeat yourself before you even try.
     
  9. wingsofhonor

    wingsofhonor USAFA Class of 2017

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    Losttime,

    Your record is excellent! Go for it, and keep us informed of any changes! You have a very great shot of getting an appointment! :)
     
  10. lovethenavy

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    Don't get discouraged. Your record looks excellent. It could be that your parents are scared of the possiblity that you will get in. They may be worried about you going into the military. This is the time of year when many of the candidates/parents get tired, frustrated, and lose focus. Keep your eye on the prize and be prepared for your nomination interviews. My DS got kind of down at this time during his process. He is now in his 3rd year at USNA. My DD is going through the same process you are now for both USNA and USAFA and so I understand how you feel. Don't let your parents get you down. Don't buy into that mindset. Good luck! :thumb:
     
  11. subvet

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    Go for it! It is your life, your decision. Good luck.
     
  12. dunninla

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    Agree with all above. I think your parents are being kind of hard on you, which is serving to de-motivate you. Don't get demotivated!

    It looks like your stats are right in the middle of the Appointed Class of 2016. Doesn't mean you'll get in, but you've got a very good shot.
     
  13. tug_boat

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    You'll never know unless you apply.
     
  14. Daddy_12

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    I would do anything for those stats
     
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    kinnem Moderator

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    Just one more thought

    I said earlier you had great stats and gave some reasons for why your parents might be reacting the way they are. I thought of another one and considered it worthwhile passing along. I'm not saying this is so... only you would know... or your parents... but could they perhaps be trying to shrink an overly big head? Or perhaps to help head off a massive disappointment on your part if you're not appointed?

    In any case, apply. But stay humble (not that you haven't been).
     
  16. sciswim

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    Quick question

    Do you come from a very competitive district?
     
  17. USNA2016Dad

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    In Every Life

    In every life, there comes a time when respected voices differ from what you hear coming from within and you act on it. This may be that moment for you. Follow your heart with commitment, dedication and no regrets. That inner voice you hear will guide you and never let you down. For those who hear differently, their sentiments will change once they see you thriving in your new endeavour. BTW, nice stats. My son was also a wrestler, so I know that you know, "once you've wrestled, everything else is easy". Good luck to you.
    Cheers
     
  18. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Perhaps until you get there. I know a wrestler who said, "Having been a wrestler I thought I'd already been to hell and back... but the Drill Instructors showed me the road to hell was a little longer than I thought." :biggrin:
     

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