Freshman Year

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by rubio1996, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. rubio1996

    rubio1996 5-Year Member

    Jun 27, 2011
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    I'm about to enter my sophomore year at a top college preparatory school in my area. I recently got my final freshman year report card. My final GPA was a 3.0 (I don't know whether this is weighted or unweighted). I took two honors classes, Geometry Honors and Chemistry Honors. The Chemistry Honors course in my school is usually taken by strong students in their junior year, and the Geometry Honors course is usually taken by strong students in their freshman or sophomore year. My final grades were a C- in Geometry Honors, an A+ in Concert Band, a C in Chemistry Honors, an A- in Multimedia Design, a B- in English I, a B- in Spanish I, and an A- in Foundations of Civilizations. The classes I will most likely be taking next year are Biology (Honors or Regular), Algebra II, Concert Band, English II, Spanish II (Honors or Regular), and World History AP. Looking at my academics, what should I do to improve, so I can gain an offer of admission to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy?

    I had two unsuccessful campaigns for ninth grade class vice president and school treasurer, but I was elected class alternate 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. Also, I wrote a play and performed a different play for a school drama festival, which had to be written, performed, practiced, and directed within 24 hours of receiving the topic for the play. Looking at my extracurricular activities, what should I do to improve, so I can gain an offer of admission to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy?

    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. I plan on playing three sports in my sophomore year. Assuming I do everything else correctly for nomination and admission, which sports should I play (assume that I do not have any experience in any of these sports)? These are my options for sports in high school (I may choose one for each season):

    Fall Sports:

    Cross Country

    Winter Sports:


    Spring Sports:


    Thank you.
  2. swimmer27

    swimmer27 5-Year Member

    Aug 5, 2010
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    study study study! try and take as many honors/ap science or math classes you can and do well in them! Also, try and get in some more volunteering- the Coast Guard is a humanitarian based military branch so volunteerism is looked very highly upon. Join any sport you find interesting or that you are good at. It doesn't really matter which one, as long as you are active and show you are physically fit! Take the PSATs if your school offers them to see where you are weak so you can work on that and do well on your real SATs. That's all I can think of for now- if you have any more questions, feel free to PM me. I will try and help as best as I can :smile:
  3. BruceRTalbot

    BruceRTalbot 5-Year Member

    Apr 19, 2009
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    An out-of-town visitor to New York City stopped a local and asked, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"

    The New Yorker said, "Practice, practice, practice."

    I have three words of advice for you: "Calculus, Calculus, Calculus". You may wish to consider a summer tutoring program or summer math camp focusing on calculus. Getting a top grade in A.P. Calculus is very impressive. Does your school participate in the Math & Science Bowl? Try out for the team. Play sports each semester. Not only important for admissions but it is a great stress reducer. Try for a team captain position in your favorite sport. Shows leadership in competition situations. Thanks for asking!

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