I've been lurking on this forum for over a year now and made my account a few months ago, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce myself now and become familiar with others on here. I am a female in 8th grade and I've been wanting to attend the USNA since late 2015/early 2016. I know it's too early for me to apply, but I've been told it's good to start preparing early. I have visited the USNA and WP before and submitted my application for USNA Summer STEM last month. My grades are good (98.5 GPA last quarter) and I'm in a couple of clubs at my school. I'm not in the best physical shape—the tennis team is the only sports team I'm on—but I'm working on improving that. Sometime this year I'll apply for the Sea Cadets. I am very passionate about science and aviation and space are my two biggest interests. I've wanted to become a pilot since elementary school. My other interests include math, history, photography, art, and music. I live in New York. I look forward to meeting other members on this forum! Sorry for this very mediocre piece of writing. Also, any advice would be greatly appreciated. What are some other things I could do as someone my age?