Suggestions for Sophmore Year?

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  1. Pers3us

    Pers3us Member

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    I know that no one here can tell me whether I can get in or not on here, but with the collection of alumni, current Mids, and BGOs, I was hoping that people could offer advice as to what I can improve upon for my upcoming Sophmore year.

    Algebra 1 - A
    English 1 - B
    Marine Biology/General Biology - B
    Naval Science (NJROTC) - A
    Spanish 1 - A
    Engineering/Technology - A
    World History - A

    All classes are Honors level

    I plan on Swimming for my High School this coming year, and I swim competitively during the summer.

    I'm joining TSA and possibly Spanish Honor Society along with other ECAs

    I'm on my school's drill team and color guard (the military one).

    I have a petty officer position in the NJROTC program at my school.

    I'm taking the PSAT at my school this coming year.

    So, any comments/suggestions? They're much appreciated!
    Thank you all! :biggrin:
     
  2. JettAirliner

    JettAirliner USNA Appointee 2016

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    Looks to me like you're busting it pretty hard, doing good. Maybe more leadership/public sort of roles. The arts are good - theater, choir, band. There's speech, debate, that sort of thing. Lots of competition. I bet swimming's a great sport, just be sure to work on building pure strength as well. Maybe do a team sport, or if you'd prefer individual, go with powerlifting or something like that.
     
  3. osdad

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    The question you have to answer is: How does that schedule compare with the top students in your school?

    If you can't say that it's right up there then maybe you need to cut back a little on the EA's and try to bump up the academics.

    Related, I assume the letters indicate the grade you expect to earn in the respective class. If so, I have to ask, why are you accepting earning a B in English and Bio?
     
  4. 1964BGO

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    Unofficially your performance to date looks fairly solid, but you need to work on earning/maintaining all A's, especially in the math, science, and technical courses. Someplace along the way pick up an AP grammar course, and ensure that you are on track to get AP courses in Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Calc, and/or Calc. I also strongly recommend you start prepping to take the SAT and ACT exams as early as next spring. I also recommend you be alert to apply for the STEM course for rising juniors next year; it will be announced at www.usna.edu/Admissions. You also should look into the swimming camp at www.navysports.com; it's a great opportunity to spend some time at USNA as well as meet some coaches in your sport of choice. Best wishes to you and keep up the good work.
     
  5. Pers3us

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    JettAirliner: Thanks, I was thinking sailing for team sport? However, there is no varsity letter that can be earned from it. Also I was thinking theater and possibly Mock Trial or something like that.

    Osdad: my school doesn't allow you to choose classes until senior year, however, I'm working on getting into a higher math class for senior year, either Calc or AP Calc, preferably AP. Also, those grades were for the year just passed, sorry for the miscommunication. But yes, those were stupid mistakes I shouldn't have made. This year I'm taking Computer design and Chemistry, in replacement for bio and technology.

    1964BGO: My school only offers AP Physics for Senior year, which I do plan on taking, and I plan on Taking as high of math as I can. Any suggestions For the lack of AP in my school? Also, I like the idea of STEM and swim camp, they sound great!

    Thanks so much guys!:shake:
     
  6. JettAirliner

    JettAirliner USNA Appointee 2016

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    Sailing would probably be great. Varsity letters are good, but if you want to do something that doesn't offer a letter, do it! Better to not get a letter doing something you enjoy than try to get a letter in a sport you hate. And if I am correct, a lot of the time people who sail get certified for all sort of water things, CPR, all that stuff. That would look great on the application and be a good thing to learn.

    Theater and mock trial would be good. Both involve a lot of memorization, thinking on your feet, etc. I also wanted to note that asking for help and advice is a good thing. Making it on your own might be cool and all that, but I certainly wish I'd gotten started on this road a lot earlier. Getting started so late might nip me hard... But let's not think about that right now! Just keep your grades as high as you can and do ... Everything!
     

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