Aspiring aviator in 8th grade - Introduction

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  1. OZZY

    OZZY New Member

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    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?
     
  2. AJC

    AJC Member

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    Get in shape and stay out of trouble.
    One ride in the back of a police car could end it all.
     
  3. dan_lof

    dan_lof New Member

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    Clubs and leadership. I recommend joining clubs that means something for you and your interests but also have an impact. I would recommend speech and debate, robotics (Look into FIRST Robotics Competition in your area) and community service. If you tennis program is anywhere near as competitive as my school's, they will get you in shape very quickly. I would also recommend doing swimming when you are not training for tennis. You will definitely feel some soreness from tennis and the low impact of swimming should help with that.
     
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    OZZY New Member

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    Thanks! The tennis season at my school is over, but I'm considering joining other tennis programs outside of my school. I'm in Leaders club, which requires five hours of community service every month, and STEM club too. I'll look into swimming as well.
     
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    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 WPAFB 5-Year Member

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    Welcome! I'd highly recommend joining some tennis programs outside of school. There are lots of great junior tournaments you can play and tennis is a great full body workout and will definitely help develop your fitness.

    And I second joining some programs that you are really interested in so that you are driven to obtain leadership positions later.

    Good luck!
     
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    OZZY New Member

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    Thanks! I know how important leadership skills are in becoming an officer.
     
  7. ktnatalk

    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    Welcome aboard! Take a look at this page if you haven't already:

    https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Steps-for-Admission/General-Advice-for-Grades-9-12.php

    Take the most challenging math class offered and do well in it every year. I'd also suggest getting involved in serving your community through school and even opportunities outside of your school (think district or state level). Maybe joining an organization that has a mission you like and work your way up to lead it in a few years.

    Best of luck!
     
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    OZZY New Member

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    Thank you! Currently, I am not taking the best math class in my school (accelerated) and I regret that, but I am doing well in my regents class (100 GPA last semester). If I join Sea Cadets this year, I'll have about four years in that program and I think I could possibly hold a lead position if I stay that long. This year I'm just preparing myself for HS but I'm looking at things I could do to improve my transcript.
     
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    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    Is summer school offered in your school district? They used to be mostly attended by students who did not do well to make up, but nowadays many students are using them to get ahead in order to take the next class in the sequence during the next school year. Maybe it is something available to you and you haven't considered yet?
     
  10. OZZY

    OZZY New Member

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    I've actually heard of someone doing that for more advanced classes (not in my school district). I haven't heard of anything like that in my district, I would probably have to talk to my guidance counselor about it. I'd be willing to do something like that, depending on the duration and if it made a big enough difference. I'm trying my best and hoping my teachers will recommend me for honors courses next year when I'm a freshman. Academics aren't really my main concern, though. I'm doing pretty good. The problem is athletics/fitness. I want to join some programs outside of school to improve that. How could I ever serve in the military if I can't do a single pull up?

    Also, do you know of any recommended programs or anything similar that I could join? I've looked at the recent USNA class profiles to see what they look for, but I was wondering what else I could do.
     
  11. ktnatalk

    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    Think of opportunities in these areas:
    Look at the Summer Seminar application. It tells you what they are looking for (save the info because once they close the application the link will not work):

    https://candidateinformation.usna.edu/ITSD/nass/acawu012$.startup

    In terms of athletics/fitness, if you don't like contact sports, you may want to try xc or swimming. You have time on your side, so try to pace yourself while keeping this from @Capt MJ in your plan:

    https://www.serviceacademyforums.co...-of-sports-for-application.53376/#post-524488

    Best of luck!!!
     
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    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    Oh, and please don't tell me your age because I made a statement on the forum that I don't communicate with 13-year old online! :)
     
  13. OZZY

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    Actually, the day the NASS application came out, I looked at it because I knew it was also served as a preliminary application and it was sort of what they look for.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me! ;)
     
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