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Old 12th May 2011
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Default What do my chances at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy look like so far?

I am currently a sophomore at a top college preparatory school in my area. In my freshman year, I took two honors classes, Chemistry Honors, which is usually taken by strong juniors, and Geometry Honors, which is usually taken by strong freshman or sophomores. However, I didn't do so well in these two classes (around a C average for both Chemistry Honors and Geometry Honors). The English and History courses were the same for every freshman, but I believe I would have been in honors classes, if they were offered (around a B in English and around an A for History). I took the maximum number of courses available to a freshman, including two electives, Multimedia Design and Band. I had two unsuccessful campaigns for school vice president and school treasurer, but I was elected class representative for the ninth grade class. Over the course of my freshman year, I had over 50 community service hours, which earned me Community Service Honors. I was also a member of my church's youth group. I was cast in my school's spring drama production, and wrote and performed a play for a school drama festival. I did not participate in my school's athletic program in my freshman year, as I was focusing on my academics during the transition from a small Catholic middle school to a rigorous college preparatory school.

During the summer between my freshman and sophomore years was when I was inspired to attend the Academy. I don't remember what triggered this sudden desire to serving in the Coast Guard, but I felt that it was something I needed to do. Due to this increasing interest, I looked into the Coast Guard Academy. After doing some research, I realized that this is somewhere I want to attend, to better myself and my country.

In my sophomore year, I took three honors classes, Biology Honors, Spanish II Honors, and Algebra II Honors, and an Advanced Placement course, AP World History. I am taking the maximum number of courses available to a sophomore, including Intro to Computer Science and Band. I was elected a class representative for the tenth grade class, but later resigned that position, as I was elected school secretary, the highest school government official a sophomore could be elected. I also participated in the Model Congress, Model UN, and Euro Challenge teams at my school. Over the course of my sophomore year, I had over 50 community service hours, which earned me Community Service Honors. During the summer before my sophomore year, I volunteered at the hospital where my mother works five days out of most weeks during summer. I was also a member of my church's youth group. I was cast in my school's fall drama production, and wrote and performed a play for a school drama festival. I was a member of my school's Junior Varsity Basketball team and Junior Varsity Lacrosse team. For next year, I am considering joining the Cross Country team at my school. I am also considering the Naval Sea Cadet Corps for next year.

Looking at this, what would you say my chances at receiving a Congressional nomination and an offer of admission into the U.S. Coast Guard Academy?
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Looking at this, what would you say my chances at receiving a Congressional nomination and an offer of admission into the U.S. Coast Guard Academy?
Nominations are not used in the USCGA admissions process.

Candidates are chosen using a nationwide merit-based competition, ensuring the most qualified candidates are appointed regardless of their Congressional district or geographic location.
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No offense, but making the same thread in various sub forums will generally generate the same/similar responses.
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No offense, but making the same thread in various sub forums will generally generate the same/similar responses.
I totally agree...especially when all that changed was which service your interest was triggered in
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I'm also a Sophmore. The best advice that I recieved is to don't go to a service academy because it's a service academy and to do a good bit of research from multiple websites(remember you have an obligation to serve for five years upon graduation, so a few hours of research beats five years of doing something you don't enjoy or support), make sure you agree with what the mission of a service branch is what you believe and that you could picture yourself doing this for upwards of 30+ years. I'm not discouraging you to go to a service academy, it's that all five service academies are different and that one may be more suited for you than another one, but always have a plan B. Another way that I found useful to get some good information on clubs, test scores, accolades, etc. is simply on the Coast Guard Academy's website. The academy website can provide almost any information that you could want to know about the academy, and I've noticed that the academy staff and the people on this forum are more than willing to help.

Here's a link to the USCGA website just incase you didn't know about it: http://www.uscga.edu/

Visiting the Admissions, Academic, About, Campus and Cadet Life sections give a great overview of what the Coast Guard Academy would be like.
Also, I found after I posted my own "what are my chances" topic that there are many other topics like these and that they also provide information that could be relevant to you.
Good Luck, and hopefully we'll both be at the academy one day

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