USNA application essay....does it mean anything?

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  1. K_Delrosario

    K_Delrosario Prospective

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    Greetings all, I recalled two and a half weeks ago when I wrote and submitted my application essay to the USNA. I poured my heart and soul into that essay :redface: ... but now, I wonder if it really means anything in the application process as it is part of the 'candidate data' portion and is more of an FYI for the admissions board. Will they read this completey or will it be something skimmed as they attempt to methodically and expediently go about the process of accepting or denying a kids from heap of 15,000 applicants?
     
  2. Roman

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    I'm not sure how USNA does it, but for USAFA the essay is scored as being part of 10% of the whole candidate score ALONG with your interview and "faculty and staff review."
     
  3. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    It is your one chance to speak directly to the Admissions Board that is reviewing your file.

    Use it wisely. Use the essay to speak of motivation, commitment, desire, and anything else that cannot be seen on paper in another part of your application.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    As a general rule, your essay is more likely to hurt you than help you. Seriously and I will explain.

    First, answer the question(s) asked. This is not the time to write about something completely unrelated to the topic at hand.

    Second, there is no "right" or correct answer. It is more important to be honest than to try to guess at what USNA wants to hear.

    Third, it is critical that you write it yourself. Believe me, people who read essays all day can tell whether you wrote it or your parent (or someone else) did. You may, however, want to have someone read it over and offer constructive criticism.

    Fourth, be sure you use correct spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc. It should read like an essay you would turn in for class, not a text message. This is where your essay can sink you -- it if looks like crap.
     

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