Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by futureusna, Nov 23, 2011.
im a junior with 4 weeks until my 1st semester is over
Sign up for Summer Seminar on February 1.
Take the SAT or ACT in the coming months, if only to familiarize yourself with the test. As much as some people hate it, good test scores go a long way. And if you happen to get a great score on the SAT or ACT, you can add that to your Summer Seminar application.
I would suggest you apply to all the academies' summer seminars. You will at least get a feel for an academy, no matter which one you attend. They do all have different personalities, but attending one during the summer would be very valuable.
each academy has different application dates, so check them out.
In the spring semester, sit down with your counselor and let her/him know that you will be applying and will need assistance. First will be recommendation and official transcript.
Do not forget to check out ROTC scholarships and those application processes. each is different.
deff start with Summer Seminar. As soon as you are deemed an official candidate and can access the application work on it. Make sure to request teacher recommendations right away. Appointments can be given out as early as September so try to get everything done over the summer.
Bottomline: YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACTION
Start by going to each of the academies websites and finding the admissions office pages. Read, read, read and follow the steps outlined. The next thing is understanding that YOU own the process. YOU must take the actions. YOU will make or break it. If your school is anything like most High Schools you will want to have spoken to any teachers this spring about recommendations so you don't have to hit them up as they start the fall when everyone else is also asking. Be able to answer why you want to serve your country and be able to say why you are the better pick than someone else.
The above contains good advice. To reinforce some of the specifics to the USNA, I would 1) apply for Summer Seminar on February 1, 2012; and 2) start practicing and taking the SAT and/or ACT. Have a copy of your transcript handy to complete your NASS application if you plan on turning it around in 24 hours. And remember, USNA only looks at your best math and English test scores, so practice accordingly.
You know the rest: get good grades, take Honors and AP classes and accelerated math and science, play sports, assume leadership positions in your extracurriculars, etc. My DS is a senior waiting for a nomination and just went through the process - Good luck!
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