Sophomore looking for advice

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  1. Austin79928

    Austin79928 New Member

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    I'm currently a sophomore and a JROTC cadet. I had a 3.8 in my freshmen year, however this year we transferred from MS to TX because my dad is in the Air Force. The transition period has been more difficult than usual, because Mississippi's curriculum is different than Texas. So for the past term, my GPA suffered a little bit. Although I had a rough start, I am back on my feet, and plan to get back on track and get the best grades I can. I am in JROTC, and was one of the small group of freshman that got a chance to go to a Summer Leadership school, and get promoted to 2nd. Lt, and lead people my age and mostly older. I am on the cross country team, and plan to do more volunteer work. I was just wondering how any of the 5 academies will look at me, compared to other applicants out there, and how I can improve myself. I was also wondering if any other military kids faced any problems with moving schools, and how it affected their chances into the academies.
     
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    SATs and ACTs

    One of the biggest regrets that I have (I'm now a Junior going through the process) is not starting to prepare for standardized tests earlier. SATs and ACTs are a few of those things that if you can master them early, it'll make the application process a little less strenuous. Also, they count for 30% of your WCS (whole candidate score) so I suggest you go buy a prep book and familiarize yourself with the tests early on.
     
  3. Idzak

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    Keep It Up

    Reading your post, I could have been reading about my own DS. We have not had the burden of a PCS, but your grades and activities are very similar. When I have inquired about admission stats etc, I was told that the first thing they look at is your ranking in your class, next SAT/ACT and GPA a distant third. Nothing you can do about a slip in your GPA now, but you need to keep seeking out leadership positions and excell in all you do. Good Luck!!
     
  5. Pima

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    The SA's understand how a military lifestyle can be an issue for applicants, thus, the reason Presidential noms exist. There are many applicants overseas, or moved their rising sr yr. Presidential is not about you, it is about being eligible due to the parameters set forth by the govt. The only way you can get a Presidential is to be a child of a military member. No flaming here regarding the yrs a parent must serve to be eligible, just stating to the OP that SA's get this issue.


    One thing every SA looks at is the WHOLE applicant. They want to see dedication, growth and the ability to maintain grades while balancing ECs and leadership in those ECs.

    20 different EC's over 4 yrs will be viewed differently than only 4 with progression (leadership).

    Quality beats quantity. They want to see commitment.
     

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