Resume for App. to The Citadel and VMI...comments/constructive criticism

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  1. Blake3348

    Blake3348 USMA Appointee 2016

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    I will be a senior at a private Christian school, Legacy Christian Academy, and have applied to Citadel, The University of Iowa, started my app. to West Point and will be applying to VMI outside of the early decision time frame. I just wanted to get some feedback on my resume that I have after filling out my Army ROTC application.

    My GPA stands at a mediocre 3.5/4.0 right now with my SAT at a 1800 (1190 combined) and ACT at a 26. I take all AP and Honors Classes (AP English III, Honors Physics, AP Trigonometry, Honors Pre-Calc, AP Spanish III, AP Engineering, AP Calculus, AP English IV, Honors Anatomy) Junior and Senior year. I was a Boys State delegate, a recipient of the Gold Presidential Services Award, a member of the National Society for High School Scholars (NSHSS), the lead teen attorney in my countys Teen Court and named the top Teen Attorney in the State of Texas. I also am the youngest sales rep. for Vector Marketing, the marketing branch of Cutco Kitchenware, and am working as an independant contractor for them.

    Athletically, I am the team captain for my football team which I have lettered three years in, the team captain for my wrestling team, and also track team captain. I hold all my schools weight lifting records and am actually a personal trainer for several parents and peers at my school. I will be taking my Physical Fitness Test in November so I can train aerobically as much as possible so that I can score as high as possible. (doing 40 yd sprints, power cleans, heavy squats, etc. does not help with pull ups and mile times ).

    Thanks for any insight/critiques that you guys can feedback to me! I appreciate this, and am very glad to have found this forum as it has given me great insight into the beginnings of my future.
     
  2. SaltLife

    SaltLife Candidate

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    You're good haha just don't fall off the deep end and fail or get D's in alot of your classes
     
  3. Rat

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    I would go ahead and do early decision to VMI. It saves a lot of hassle and its a none commital unlike other schools
     
  4. Blake3348

    Blake3348 USMA Appointee 2016

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    Well I was under the impression that if I did an early decision app to VMI that I would have to commit to VMI. I am also applying to West Point, which is a rolling application, so I dont think that it would be in my best interests to apply early decision if I could end up getting into West Point. Maybe im misinterpreting you, but Id say right now VMI is #2 and The Citadel is #3 behind WP, so thats the only reason im applying right after the November 15th deadline....do you think my resume will be good enough on the app to get in?
     
  5. Kate

    Kate Prospective

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    Early Decision is binding. If, as you say, VMI is not your #1 then do not apply ED. I recommend speaking with someone in the admissions office. When I went for my interview the Admissions woman who interviewed me suggested that I should apply regular decision. I got my app in right after it was opened for submission online and was notified mid-December. Hope this helps to clarify things.
     
  6. Blake3348

    Blake3348 USMA Appointee 2016

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    @Kate, thanks for the clarification. Was your interview for a ROTC scholarship or is that the standard application procedure at VMI? As of now, I have contacted the Professor of Military Science at VMI to interview for a 4 year ROTC scholarship, who else should I be anticipating an interview request? Thanks for the help!
     
  7. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Blake- Katie is giving you excellent advice here. If your personal Resume really is as solid as you have presented here- I think that you will look good to VMI so I don't think that you should worry unduly about that. If you get your application for regular admission in on the first day they are accepting them- (which I believe currently is 1 September) you stand a very good chance of hearing from VMI at around the same time as the ED applicants. There is really not that much to be gained from an ED application IMHO but you are making a serious commitment to the school which could tie you down more than you appreciate.

    I would strongly suggest that you sign up for a prospective Cadet weekend- the first of which is scheduled for 23/24 September. You will get a real first hand look at the Rat line, sleep in a Rat room with current Rats, get to talk with faculty in the Department you are interested in, and can schedule an interview with the admissions office if you have an questions etc... Additionally, if you haven't had the chance- there are Alums (like myself) located around the country who have agreed to conduct interviews of prospective cadets. They are available to answer a lot of the questions you may have about the school and provide feedback to the admissions office on the prospective candidate. You can find them at the link below- just click on your state and it will bring up the phone numbers for those nearest to you.
    http://www.vmi.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=13641&ekmensel=fb5d653b_20_0_13641_11
    Good luck
     
  8. Kate

    Kate Prospective

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    Blake, I went for my ROTC scholarship interview and then decided that I might as well interview with the admissions office since I was going to be there. The interview with admissions is very low key, and it took about 15 minutes. As Bruno said definitely definitely definitely go to an open house! :)
     
  9. bjkuds

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    my 2 cents VMI

    I would be shocked if you didn't... the web site lists GPA class rank SAT scores etc of those admitted. DS was average compared to what is posted (not as high as your scores) and got in. ED can hurt you if you are not 100% sure, and ROTC money is not a sure thing so if financial considerations are part of the equation of choosing a school you may want to have options which ED can take away. You may want to look at the Institute Scholar criteria as well and think about a possible interview there as well. If you have to travel far it may help to get everything (interviews) done in one trip if possible. Interviewing for school admission is not mandatory, nor do you have to go there for your ROTC interview if it's long distance. But if you want to apply for the Institute Scholar program you must interview. I think VMI is phenomenal and has a lot to offer for those that want the SA environment in a small school setting and Cadets have more options in the end ref commissioning or not, military branch etc. I will agree with everyone though that you should do an overnight visit and see first hand. Even with that being done is my DS case there is still some trepidation in his mind. It's not the easy path for anyone, but that is the attraction :smile: Good luck
     

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