Stressing Out

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  1. usma5627

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    Hello, I am currently a High School Junior who is seeking to become candidate for the Service Academies, specifically West Point. I am stressing out because It just seems like a lot to process and I live in Northern Maryland so i know that it is very competitive. I dont really now when I should apply for nominations or when they open for high school juniors. I was just wondering if you think my resume is strong enough for west point as a marylander in the 2nd district.I have a 3.76 weighted GPA, and a 4.76 GPA unweighted. I currently take all honors classes and two AP's. I plan on taking 4 Ap's next year for a strong schedule. I am taking calculus, physics, and ap us history. I have completed honors chemistry, biology, and 3 years of spanish. I got an 1890 sat, 1340 combined 720 CR, 620 Math, 550 Writing. I got a 31 ACT 30 math, 35 reading, 32 SR, 25 Eng. I got a 201 PSAT 69 Verbal 70 Math and 62 writing.I am ranked in the top 10% of the school. My school is very competitive in the Maryland area and we have turned out 58 service academy grads in 50 years. I have two varsity football letters, and was voted team captain this year. I have one varsity track letter. I have also played three sports at my school all year round for each of the three years. Class Vice President. NHS Member for two years. history Bowl member for one year. Leadership club member for three years. I think I have a fair chance at getting into the Boys State. I won my school science fair for a physics project in aerodynamics, I was selected as a scholarship winner for merit and leadership. I have been a volunteer coach for two years and have over 50 service hours to my name. I live in the 2nd district of Maryland, so I don't know how competitive it is for people who want to go to usma. I have applied for three academies so far and will apply to uscga when I can. I want to be a career military officer if that makes a difference. Any ideas on my chances would be very welcome. Thanks in advance.
    PS what do you think my chances are at getting selected for sle or other summer seminars.
     
  2. JWP

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    First...slow down and deep breathes! One of the most important characteristics of an effective leader is the ability to manage stress and keep calam! Lol!

    The best advice I can offer is to focus on what you can control. Your qualifications are strong so keep up the good work.

    Make sure you apply for all the nominations you are eligible for and have a strong plan b!

    Best of luck and continue to check into this forum...there is a lot of great advice herd!
     
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    Thanks you for the advice, i'm just a worrier by nature and west point is my dream school. You wouldn't happen to know about when Juniors can start applying for nominations do you?
     
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    Looks like you have a strong profile. It's all going to come down to where you live and what kind of applicants your district produces if you are competing solely for Congressional Nominations. Your profile looks better than the *national* average of all accepted candidates; however, your district may be competitive and this is truly what it comes down to.

    I was able to complete one of my Senatorial nomination applications in the spring. Most start in the summer or fall though.

    I think I was in a similar situation as you earlier this year... I had a good profile (similar to yours) and I wanted to finish everything as soon as possible so it would show USMA my interest...... While it is good to get a head start on your application, I strongly advise taking your time on it and not rushing through the application. Give the essays some thought and make sure you don't have any errors. No matter how soon you finish, the earliest you are going to hear back from West Point is going to be about a year from now.

    You're in good shape. I advise to get in contact with your local USMA field force representative. He/she will be of great assistance to you and can tell you details about the competitiveness of your district.

    Best of luck to you and keep up the good work.
     
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    NOMs

    Ever thought about taking JROTC for a year or two? Opens up another NOM. Just saying... May be more beneficial than another AP class.
     
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    Thank you so much for all of the information and advice that timeline is going to see a lot of use. Thanks a lot.
     
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    Stevewar 2, I attend a private catholic school and attempted to start a JROTC program and had over 100 signatures and multiple teacher endorsements but my school administration deemed that JROTC would only promote violence at the school.
     
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    Also btw what is a field force rep and how do I get in contact
     
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    JROTC

    JROTC "promotes violence"? WOW! I'm glad I didn't go to your school. It taught me citizenship, values, love of Country and the instructors kept me in High School. Sorry
     

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