On the right track?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by jack, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. jack

    jack Member

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    I'm a freshman and just wondering if there's anything i should do now or soon to help my chances of getting into usna. I play soccer and golf at school, travel soccer also, am the class treasurer, i'm in SADD and band, I have a 4.0, my school only weights GPA for AP, most of my classes are honors and i'm taking two APs next year. I scored a 210 on my PSATS. My dad went to west point and my grandparents are friends with a rear admiral.
     
  2. philparker

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    you need to be in a sport and show leadership in it. It doesn't matter if your family knows a rear admiral
     
  3. jack

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    ok thanks. I'm also thinking of maybe joining the civil air patrol or sea cadets. Leaning more toward cap because it is closer to me and fits into my schedule better.
     
  4. Chanmachine

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    Show leadership!!! Join clubs you're interested in and try and become a club officer. You can also join NHS, although you can't do that until you are a junior. You look pretty solid otherwise. (also it doesn't matter that much that you know a rear admiral)
     
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    if you happen to know a military officer in person, can u get a recommendation or will they really be a help in any way other than encouragement
     
  6. Chanmachine

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    It certainly doesn't hurt to know one, because they can give you advice, encouragement, cool stories etc. But unless that military officer is your BGO and is doing your interview I don't think USNA will take any letters of recommendation other than the ones they specifically ask for.
     
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    Congratulations on your early decision to pursue an appointment to a service academy; it gives you a valuable ally - time. Talk with your guidance counselor about your decision and start lining up the courses you should be taking to prepare you for the rigorous academic schedule ;you will be encountering. Ensure that you take the courses recommended by the academies, all of which basically are engineering schools awarding their graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees - even if you major in English, political science, or economics. You should take your courses at the highest level available to you be it honors, AP, college equivalent, etc. Be sure you fit in Chemistry with Lab, Physics, Algebra II, Calculus, and Grammar/Composition.

    Participate in sports, not just as a face in the crowd, but as a leader. Also get into other clubs and organizations that interest you and go for the leadership positions, but don't overdo it or get into gaming the admissions process. Also be aware that these are academic scholarships and don't sink your grades because you are over-engaged in ECA's.

    Start participating in events that will give you additional insights into the service academies in general and those that interest you. You can apply to more than one SA as well as the ROTC programs. Be prepared and be prepared to be flexible, but don't waste this valuable ally of time. Use it wisely and best wishes.
     
  8. jack

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    thanks all of you. I am in National Junior honor society also.
     

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