- Feb 3, 2019
For most of high school, I thought I wanted to be an engineer in the private sector, so most of my resume and extracurriculars were geared toward that (i.e. advanced math, physics, math clubs, some sports). It wasn't until hearing about a friend of mine get into USNA that I began looking into making the military a career and discovered that that was what I really wanted to do and that, after visiting, USNA was where I wanted to do it. However, I've already been accepted ED to Rice University and the acceptance is binding (i.e. I have to attend). Although Rice is a great school, I still have my mind set on USNA and am thinking about applying during my freshman year. My grades in high school are stellar (valedictorian), but I didn't do sports all of high school; when I get to Rice, I plan on joining NROTC, the rowing team, the sailing team, the political and data science clubs, getting involved with the public policy think tank on campus, doing community service, and taking courses similar to plebes. How likely would it be for me to get an appointment with NROTC and congressional nominations after one semester at Rice? Would USNA hold it against me that I didn't find my interest in the Navy until late in high school? If so, should I instead wait to apply during my sophomore year at Rice to build up my resume and involvement?