My New Stats

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  1. 2012Cadet

    2012Cadet Member

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    Just wanted to post my current stats and ask if there's anything I should improve on, as well as a critique of my future plans:

    GPA: 3.95~/4.0

    Class Rank: 33/691

    PSAT: 63-math, 64-reading, 70-writing

    Extracurriculars: wrestling (9th grade only), track (9th grade only), football (2years...won't do next year), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, lacrosse (started this year), Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Venturing Crew, MCJROTC

    Awards: academic letter, GA GHP semifinalist, Athletic Participation and Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Ribbons in MCJROTC, Cert of Achievement at Lilburn Youth Public Services Academy, nominated by teacher to CSLC

    Leadership: Cadet Corporal rank in MCJROTC (Squad Leader)

    AP scores: HumGeo- 5

    Current Courses: AP World Hist, JROTC 2, Gifted LangArts, Spanish 1, Gifted Chemistry, Gifted Precalculus

    Note: Gifted higher than honors


    PLAN:

    Class Load-Junior Year: AP Calc BC, AP Lang Arts, AP US Hist, AP Phys B, AP Psych (self-study), AP Phys C (self study), JROTC 3, Gifted Directed Study (independent research class), Spanish 2 (summer school before junior year)

    -Senior Year: Calc 2 (college credit class), AP Literature, AP Macro and Micro Econ, AP Am Gov (possibly summer school before senior year), AP Chem, AP Comp Sci (self-study), Contemporary Issues

    Leadership: JROTC officer at least company level or above in MCJROTC(??), officer pos. in NHS (will join junior year...???), Mu Alpha Theta (???), Beta Club(???), and FCA(?), lacrosse team captain (?????????????), orienteering team captain (will join junior year...????)

    Number of ?s equals level of uneasiness about getting pos.
     
  2. HCDS

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    Missing: Varsity Sports
    Everything else: wow
     
  3. Sutter93

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    Gifted? I never heard of a class actually labeled "gifted". You sound like you're on a good track, but I don't like how it's sounding like you're doing this all just to get admitted...
     
  4. www

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    Different people have different strategies. His is focusing all of his efforts from multiple directions on a single objective. Although his overarching goal is the Academy, he can still gain life benefits from what he does. Besides, how many high school student who work hard nowadays are not doing so just to get into college? At least 2012Cadet is exploring his interests at the same time. I think he should keep up the good work! :thumb:

    Good luck! Hooah!
     
  5. beardch

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    Are your AP classes really hard? That class load of mostly AP courses would leave you about 5 hours of homework a night. Good luck and study hard and great stats by the way just get a letter.
     
  6. attacklax17

    attacklax17 Prospective

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    You're definitely rocking the academics but lacking sports. You might be able to get lax captain senior year, but make sure you want it. Couple things that'll get you noticed for captain are: show up early to practice, stay late (if possible) and ask for extra help, get the team pumped before games, clean up locker room or extra stuff on the field, have some fun on the field but keep the team in order and don't let people get put down, and try to get into a sports athletic leadership conference.
    If they see that you focus mainly on one sport and excel in it, they will like that. Captain is even better. The way I think it looks good is have your main sport and have the other season(s) sports you play compliment it.
    Example:
    Fall - Cross Country
    Winter - wrestling, weight lifting club, indoor lacrosse
    spring - **Lacrosse

    If you get sports, I'd say you have a really good shot at it. Ha, I thought my stats were good and then I read yours and almost cried :smile:
     
  7. SeaMars

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    PSAt scores are good but not great. In addition to the leadership, think about working on standardized tests. Some kids do better on the Act.
     
  8. 2012Cadet

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    Whoops...my bad...forgot to say I played varsity level football and am doing varsity lacrosse currently.
     
  9. 2012Cadet

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    Thanks for your honesty...I wasn't happy either with my PSAT scores, especially since I didn't make National Merit...hopefully I'll do better on SAT/ACT and PSAT junior year.
     
  10. 2012Cadet

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    Yeah, mostly with sports and extracurriculars, I have a good number, just haven't been able to become exemplary in one or get a leadership/involved position, partially due to my academics always having been set as a priority by my parents, as well as the fact that I didn't get involved in sports till high school.

    Will try some of those tips you suggested. Here's my plan for next year as far as sports:

    Fall-Orienteering (Cross Country in the woods and navigation skills that I'll need for military, and it's a varsity sport and prepares for endurance need in lax)

    Winter-preseason conditioning practice for lacrosse, indoor lacrosse (would have done this year but couldn't afford to do with all the other stuff doing), weight lifting on my own (there's no club)

    Spring-lacrosse
     
  11. 2012Cadet

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    AP classes are somewhat hard, yes...the heavy classload will prepare me for academy life (hopefully somewhat)...which is my reasoning for it.

    That's another thing...right now the has yet to be an official lacrosse varsity letter policy set up since this is the first year our school has lacrosse as a sport. I know I will letter in MCJROTC, and orienteering doesn't have a letter either.
     
  12. 2012Cadet

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    Took the words right out of my mouth.
     
  13. AKH

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    Your PSAT scores don't count towards National Merit qualifying until you take the test junior year. The cutoff is normally high anyway, usually about 212/240 but it varies by state.
     
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    This is true, however on the score report you get told as a sophomore whether you would have made it into National Merit or not, thus I didn't...so, I would have get about 70s+ in everything to most likely qualify?
     
  15. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Are you guys sure that earning a letter is critical to getting accepted? A West Point admissions officer who visited my school last year told me that performing well on the CFA trumps any record of sports since the CFA is an actual part of the admissions decision...
     
  16. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    It is very important. Look at the incoming class profile for 2013,
    Out of 1300 new cadets,
    Varsity Athletics.............................. 1,172
    Letter Winner................................ 1,117
     
  17. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Yeah, but it doesn't really reveal anything about its role in admissions and its not a really surprising number :\. I'm sure that most who are seriously considering the military are pretty athletic and involved in a sport.
     
  18. BAJohnson

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    I think I would agree with someone that said being on a varsity sport probably isn't so important. Looking at the OP's stats he is pretty darn qualified in my opinion and the admissions office has to look at that and say "We'll he doesn't have 12 seasons of sports but that is because it simply wasn't practical. He just didn't have the time." As long as he does well on the CFA I don't think it is as big a deal as some of you make it out to be.

    I'd say the reason for so many athletes is because think of the army is. It is a lot of physical teamwork. What is a sport in 70%+ of scenarios? Teamwork with a physical aspect.

    I disagree with everybody who says you need a varsity sport. I personally think you need leadership (actually I dont know exactly what cadet corporal is in JROTC... Maybe that will cover you). Now maybe that would be through a varsity sport because being team captain is clearly a position of leadership but if you can get that somewhere else I'd say you are pretty golden.

    A word of caution though. Being ambitious is never a bad thing but your course load seems extremely difficult. You don't want to get in over your head and land a 'D' because you are so over burdened. Another thing is that AP tests are sometimes scheduled on the same day and taking all those AP classes means you are probably going to miss some of the tests.
     
  19. mom3boys

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    Say what you will about your opinion, but the numbers say otherwise: http://www.usma.edu/Class/2013/profile.asp Of the 1299 admitted for class of 2013, only 117 were not varsity athletes. Some of the 117 might have been black belts in tae kwan do, involved in non-school leagues, been home-schooled and therefore didn't have access to varsity sports...many reasons. But the data shows if you go to a school that has varsity sports, you should be participating in something if you hope to gain admission to the academy.
     
  20. BAJohnson

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    Chockstock said it perfectly. That number doesn't prove anything. Of the 1299 admitted only 190 weren't men. I guess your chance of getting admitted is worse if you aren't a guy.
     

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