Ill get straight to the facts. I reapplied this year for USNA. Have a strong file, with a great record in high school (3.8 gpa), many ECAs, sports captains, all that. Taking a year a UMass Amherst. First semester took Calc, Eng, History, Econ. Got all A-'s and had a 3.7 gpa. Sent that to USNA. I am 3q'd with 2 nominations (one from Senator Scott Brown and one from my congressman). Strong let's of rec, and #1 candidate of my B&G officer--> in his words. I have had two chem exams. received a 70 on my first one and a 60 on my most recent one as a result of an extremely difficult teacher and a TA who barely speaks English. Timing of the second exam was the day after spring break in which there was no time to study because I was at a week long family reunion with no internet access and a busy schedule. No justification..just explaining. Today is the last day for me to change the course to a Pass/fail if I want to. I have A's and B's in my other courses this semester but I know that Chemistry is a core course. Because of my previous record, should I change the course to pass/fail grading or strive to get a C or B. The risk is getting a D in the course and having to send my second semester transcript to USNA and getting a rescinded appointment (DREADED). I dont know what the better option is or if it is worth the risk. Help. Thanks.