I'm writing this with a TWE in my hand, and I think I'm still in shock; everything will likely start to sink in tomorrow. I received a principal nomination from my Congressman, scored a 680 Verbal, 790 Reading, and 630 Math on my SAT, and a 34 Writing, 27 Science, and 27 Math on my ACT. I took challenging courses over my high school career and generally did quite well, participated in a Varsity sport year round, and have received national recognition for my artwork. My father was also in the Navy, so I have somewhat of a military background to build from. At this point, it appears that my application was rejected because I could've performed better in the STEM portion of my high school curriculum, and my CFA score could have been higher. But I can't accept that this is the end, and am determined to reapply for USNA in the fall. This presents several problems I need to face in the meantime. Perhaps the most pressing is where to go to school. I'm still waiting to hear back from many of the schools I applied to, but all of them are quite expensive, I don't qualify for financial aid, and my parents can't afford to help me with much of the tuition costs. I can go to a large, well known university and get myself in up to 60,000 dollars of debt in the first year, or I can go to a small community college that has a good STEM curriculum to really prepare myself for scrutiny from the board. Will it hurt me if the Admissions Board isn't familiar with the details of courses offered at my community college? How can I stay involved in sports and other team/community activities if I am not playing at the college level and can no longer participate in activities geared more toward high school students? How can I tailor my activities/school in the next year for USNA without closing doors to plan B: AKA medical school? What tends to stand out most to the Admissions Board regarding applicants in this for the second time around?