I have completed my first year in engineering (accepted to mechanical) at Texas A&M and am 100% sure I want to stop here and go to the Naval Academy. I want to take on the rigor of the academy, experience the incredible community there, and earn a commission to hopefully be a pilot for the US Navy in the future. I am not in the corps and am not on NROTC. 1) Am I just being an idiot? I was about 8 months younger than everyone... I don't know if I want to be a year older than everyone... (I am aware credits do not transfer and I will be spending 4 years.) 2) Ignore that first question, my heart wants the academy. 3) I pulled a mediocre 3.3 GPA in engineering with 16 hours per semester. Is the board going to weigh my college GPA more than my high school GPA (3.9 Weighted with lots of AP and IB and I moved for my senior year) and my high school athletics( Wrestling frosh, jv , jv , Varsity) and clubs or are they going to weigh them equally? Also, what can I do right now to make myself a more attractive candidate? I am working on my fitness, right now I'll get 50-60 push ups, 70 sit ups, 7:20 ish mile, 5 pull ups (weak spot, are they really really important?), and I haven't tested the other 2. Is it worth it taking my planned coursework (18 hours) next semester or should I focus on taking part in clubs and such? I will have 2 jobs next semester and am working over the summer. Also will my internship in mech-E matter as much as it does for regular colleges? Am I hopeless? I did not realize the academy was a quality program until about 4 months ago and have decided it is a great path for me. I will be turning 19 this summer. Thank you for reading all that. I believe I will also be applying to USAFA, I am a Colorado native and it would be great to go home, but Navy first choice.