USMA- Nomination "Fake" Application

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  1. Westpoint2019

    Westpoint2019 New Member

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    I recently looked at an application for Nomination by my District Rep. If anyone has the time to look over my "application" and tell me what I need to work on, it would be much appreciated. :)

    Hobbies: Swimming, Baking, Reading, Running, Piano, Weightlifting, Target Shooting.

    Sports Activities: Beach volleyball, Indoor volleyball, Cross Country, Weightlifting, Rollerblading.

    Community Activites: Volunteer at local nursing home, Worked 40 hours (5 hour shifts) at hospital in Ambassador program in Therapy Dept. (Letter of Rec. from CEO of hospital), Eucharistic Minister at Church once a month, 15 hours of coaching girls @high school volleyball camp, Mission trip to Ohio last summer--150 hours service.

    Work Experience: I haven't had a job, but I consider my volunteering at my hospital in Therapy to also be considered an internship of sorts.

    Extracurricular Activites: Leo Club (Volunteer Organization), Key Club (Volunteer Organization), Student Ambassadors (Volunteering at different events for prospective students), Homeroom Representative of Student Council, Secretary of American Red Cross Club, Hillzone (Supporter of athletic events).

    Awards/Honors: World History Award, National Spanish Honors Society, Student Ambassador Award @local hospital.

    This is all from the top of my head. This year my courses for school will be: Psychology I and II (Psych II is a dual credit course/college course) HON Spanish 3, HON English 3, HON U.S. History, Theology (Everyone takes same level course) Upper Chemistry and Upper Algebra II.

    My GPA is a 4.43 (I am not sure what it would be on a 4.0 scale.) Unfortunately, I do not know what my class rank is at the moment, but I believe in within the top 40. My projected ACT is a 26- I will MOST DEFINITELY be taking tutoring classes to raise this as much as possible.

    Thank you so much!!!
    WestPoint2019
     
  2. tug_boat

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    Go for it!!

    When building your application keep in mind a few things. The will give you a nomination based upon, “Will you be successful in the 47 months at WP?” Their “slot” the have eligible to use once every four years is valuable. If you leave WP that slot goes vacant. Nobody else will fill in your spot once your class begins.

    So they look for applicants who will be successful. Getting an appointment is another subject. However, both your congressperson and WP admissions look for the best-rounded applicant based on three pillars: Academics, Athletics and Leadership.

    Your ACT/SAT scores are extremely important. You must take them as many times as you possible can. Admission super scores your results, they record/take your highest scores.

    There are a few other things to know. How competitive is your district? How many slots will they have available that year? How do they present their slots to WP?

    If West Point is your goal work hard! It is obtainable! You can do it!


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  3. tug_boat

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    Classes!

    Seek the highest math and hard science classes you can get. This looks very desirable on you applications.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  4. Westpoint2019

    Westpoint2019 New Member

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    @ Tug_boat

    Tug_boat,

    Thank you so much for your encouragement! I recently realized that I might fit in well in the military environment, so I am VERY new to West Point and what it has to offer. I love being apart of a team, and the intensity and competition is one of my favorite parts of playing sports.

    You asked how competitive my district was for nominations. Is there a way I can figure out this online? Or do I have to contact my district rep?

    Thanks!
    WestPoint2019
     
  5. Melitzank

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    As far as I know, there's not any way to really to find out online...but if you live in a state where there's a large military presence then you can bet it's pretty competitive in general. Like I live in Virginia, and it's really competitive throughout the state because of proximity to USNA and military bases/Pentagon. State population also has something to do with it.

    This is a pretty good thread about competitiveness (It's about the AFA, but just replace it with "USMA" and it's pretty much the same: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/high-school-life/1535657-floral-design.html). :thumb:
     
  6. tug_boat

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    What area do you live...

    Its difficult to get an exact number but there are a few ways to get a guess-ta-mate. Give your congresspersons office a call and ask how many slots they anticipate they will have for a given year. Get together with your field force rep and they should have a good number for you. Look at past history of how many kids have applied. Least not forget to ask other kids from your school who have goal like yours.

    What area do you live?

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  7. Westpoint2019

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    @ Tug_boat, Melitzank

    @ Melitzank and tug_boat,

    I live in Illinois. I don't really take my state to be very military-based, but I guess I could be wrong.. I'll try to call my Rep to figure that out.

    Also, can I contact my Field Force Rep whenever? Or is there a certain time period that I can ask them questions. I'm guessing I can find out who my rep is by looking on either the Army website or West Point's website.

    Thanks!
    WestPoint2019
     
  8. BigBear

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    You can find your ffr through the USMA site. You may have to wait until December when the SLE application for your age group opens up.

    As far as contacting your ffr, that's their job. Be professional in your email and speak well over the phone. Remember that they may have other jobs/applicants/life in general going on at the same time and may not get back to you extremely quickly. Be patient and they should prove to be a great resource
     
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  10. Mike Schaertl

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    [/ QUOTE]

    You have to look beyond the nomination. Yes, you do need a nomination to get an appointment. For every vacancy (I.e. appointment) your Congressman can nominate 10 applicants.[/QUOTE]

    I sit on a committee which interviews prospective cadets for our local congressman. Along with looking at your resume we look to see if you are taking the most challenging courses your school has to offer. If your school offers AP Calc and you aren't taking it, why not? Are you taking any AP science classes? What are your scores on your AP exams. We also try to determine your motivation for military service. Should you not be selected to USMA, have you applied to schools that offer ROTC programs? Have you applied to other Service Academies? Would you go into ROTC? Have you don't anything military related (Jr ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, etc). Do you have relatives in the military? What do they have to say about it? What about Mom and Dad, do they support this course? Have you visited West Point? Been to Summer Leader Seminar at any of the Academies? What do you know of the Honor Code?

    Look deep in the Academies, know what you are applying to.
     
  11. Westpoint2019

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    I sit on a committee which interviews prospective cadets for our local congressman. Along with looking at your resume we look to see if you are taking the most challenging courses your school has to offer. If your school offers AP Calc and you aren't taking it, why not? Are you taking any AP science classes? What are your scores on your AP exams. We also try to determine your motivation for military service. Should you not be selected to USMA, have you applied to schools that offer ROTC programs? Have you applied to other Service Academies? Would you go into ROTC? Have you don't anything military related (Jr ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, etc). Do you have relatives in the military? What do they have to say about it? What about Mom and Dad, do they support this course? Have you visited West Point? Been to Summer Leader Seminar at any of the Academies? What do you know of the Honor Code?

    Look deep in the Academies, know what you are applying to.[/QUOTE]

    Thank you! I will be putting all of these questions into considerations as I go into this school year.
     
  12. buff81

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    You don't really need to be concerned with noms right now. If you are class of 2019, then you can't apply for a nom until next year.
    FFRs are not focused on 2019s right now. They are working with the 2018s. But, you are still free to talk to a FFR now. In fact, I encourage it because they can give you guidance for your last 2 years of high school.
    If you would like to know who your FFR is, send me a PM and tell me your Congressional District and I can look it up for you.
    The FFR will know how competitive your district is.
     
  13. time2

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    Honestly, it really makes no difference how many people are in your district since you have ZERO control over that. Obsessing over stats and %'s won't help you get an appointment, so a better use of your time is learning about USMA and doing the best you can while in h.s.
     

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