What can I do to improve my resume for this year?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Talisman2, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Talisman2

    Talisman2 Member

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    Hey everyone. I'm going to be a senior in high school next year. I am applying to the air force academy and have already started to apply for nominations. I just wanted to know what my chances are at getting accepted.
    Here are my stats:
    GPA : 3.69 (weighted 4.37)
    All AP/Honors Classes
    SAT 2130 (760 math, 660 CR, 710 writing)


    ECs:
    -Swim Instructor/Lifeguard/Water Safety Instructor (8 hours a week)
    -Sabumnim (Senior Instructor) for Ye Bong Choi's Tae Kwon Do school
    -Staff for National Youth Leadership Training
    -National Math Honor Society
    -Boy Scout (Life scout currently working on eagle)
    -Varsity Cross Country (1 year)
    -Varsity Track and Field (2 years)
    -JV Cross country (1)
    -JV Track and Field (4 years)

    At this point, what are my chances?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Nice math score.

    That math score will get you attention at almost any college, congratulations. Have you applied online at USAFA admissions, been in contact with the ALO? Assuming you've already put yourself on the Academy's radar and anticipate receiving an application in a couple weeks, your scores, grades, activities are all impressive. Get your application completed early....shoot for Labor Day or first part of Sept. Pay attention to detail on the application (you'll see a lot of posts about the application process in July through November.) Finally, put yourself in leadership position(s) within your clubs, teams, activities. Good luck.
     
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    Get your Eagle in scouting!
     
  4. Talisman2

    Talisman2 Member

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    Thanks so much for your input you two. I have already opened up a file at USAFA's website. I actually attended the Summer Seminar a few weeks ago and found it a very rewarding experience. Also, I am working on my Eagle Scout project this summer and am looking to complete my eagle scout requirements by October.
     
  5. howacupcake

    howacupcake Member

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    Wow!!!!! your resume is impressive! im applying next year too.! do you have any tips on improving sat math scores? i got a 580 and im struggling.:smile:
     
  6. navy2016

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    Not exactly a tip, but I know this will pay off big time for me:
    try taking the ACT

    I took the PSAT in 10th grade and only managed to get 58 in Math.
    A few months later, I took the ACT and got a 31 in Math (31=700).
    A year later, I managed to score 35 on the ACT math section twice (i just checked my scores 30 minutes ago). 35=780; for full conversion, just google around.

    Take both tests and figure out which on is better for you. Also, it has been stated many times that the Math score on either the ACT or the SAT is one of the most important academic aspects of your app.
    I actually struggled through BC Cal. I am not the math wiz of the class but hard work paid off for me on standardized tests.

    More tips:
    Get a good foundation in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and trig or pre-cal.
    Use test prep books
    take practice tests with a friend ( going over each other's answers)
    Practice! Practice! Practice!

    You still have time. Practice and good luck
     
  7. howacupcake

    howacupcake Member

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    Thanks navy2016! i appreciate it:thumb:
     
  8. Talisman2

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    Yeah, navy2016 pretty much hit the nail. The only real way to get better at the SAT math or any standardized math in general is practice. Go to your library and get a bunch of practice tests and work through as many math sections as you humanly can. The more practice you do, the better you get. In this case, the old saying "Practice makes perfect" actually applies.
    However, when you are looking through test prep material, stay away from Barrons. I find that the Barrons prep is a lot harder than other prep materials and only makes you feel useless once you've bombed an entire section. Barrons is a big no-no.

    Hope this helps......
     
  9. Blackbird

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    I tutor students on the math sections for both the ACT and SAT. I wholeheartedly agree with Talisman to avoid the Barron's test prep materials. My recommendation is to start with the prep materials that are designed by The College Board, the maker's of the SAT. Princeton is another good source.
     
  10. howacupcake

    howacupcake Member

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    Thanks Talisman and Blackbird! I will definitely get a good SAT book and study.
    Talisman-Good luck on your app!!
     
  11. Talisman2

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    Thanks and good luck to you too!
     

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