How am I doing so far?

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by shipman, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. shipman

    shipman 5-Year Member

    Apr 4, 2010
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    Im sure you guys are tired of answering these types of questions, but I think it would be useful for me to know if its not too much trouble for you. My goal is to attend a service academy after high school and I figured that the USCGA is my best bet. I just finished my Freshman year of high school and here is my current "resume".

    4.13 GPA (Weighted)
    3.91 GPA (Unweighted)

    9th Grade Classes:
    Honors English - A
    P.E. (mandatory) - A+
    Symphonic Band (elective) - A
    Honors Earth Science - A-
    Honors World History/Geo - A
    Geometry - A-
    Latin 3 (elective) - A-

    Next Year's Classes:
    Honors English
    Symphonic Band (elective)
    Honors Latin 4 (elective)
    P.E. (mandatory)
    Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry
    Honors Biology
    AP World History

    Extra Curriculars:
    Swim Team (letter winner)
    Lacrosse (J.V.)
    History Club
    Poetry Club
    Summer swim team mentor coach (20-30 volunteer hours)
    Jamaica mission trip through church (30 volunteer hours)

    I haven't taken the SAT's yet but I am a fairly bright person so I assume that I will do well on them.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

    Apr 1, 2007
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    1, Stay out of trouble.
    2. Stay healthy.
    3. Take the highest level math courses offered at your school, and ace them.
    4. Score 700+/700+ on the SAT.
    5. Become captain of your athletic team(s).
    6. Demonstrate leadership. Scouting, Class Pres, SGA, etc.
    7. Apply for AIM in your Jr year.
    8. Visit the academy.
    9. Register on the website.
    10. Introduce yourself to your AO (short email).
  3. Turtle1

    Turtle1 5-Year Member

    Oct 19, 2009
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    Just curious Luigi, you mentioned 700 + for SAT scores. Would a candidate still have a chance with low 600's?

    Thank you.
  4. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014 5-Year Member

    Sep 18, 2008
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    I would say yes to your questions Turtle. My SAT scores were a 600 M 660 V and 640 W and I will be heading up to New London tomorrow to start swab summer.

    Shipman, your stats look great so far. Like Luigi said, work on SATs and leadership positions.
  5. Turtle1

    Turtle1 5-Year Member

    Oct 19, 2009
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    Thank you. Good luck tomorrow, I have been following your journey to the USCGA and feel as if I know you. All the best! :smile:
  6. shellz

    shellz 5-Year Member

    Mar 27, 2008
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    Good luck! Glad your story had a happy ending.....well, beginning, actually!:thumb:

    Hope you will come back sometime next year and post your successes so others can see what happens when you keep chasing your dreams! Congrats!
  7. officer

    officer 5-Year Member

    Mar 19, 2009
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    Wow, you are doing great with grades and extra-curriculars. I know you are very busy, but if you can fit in another activity or decide to free yourself from a current activity, ROTC or Civil Air Patrol are great programs.

    My son was in CAP, and I think it showed his intentions to go the military route and serve. He also was a receiver of (2) prep offers from other SA's and (2) ROTC scholarships. During his application process, he was very clear with CGA about releasing these other offers ASAP to other deserving kids if he were to be offered an appt. to CGA. CGA has always been his first choice, and he made it very clear to admissions that he really wantedto be there.

    If I were you, I would stay on the academic course you're on, and maybe pursue some leadership positions in CAP or ROTC.

    700's across the board are great, but don't feel that it is a requirement. Although the average SAT scores are going up each year, I feel the admissions folks really do look at everything you're doing. My son had MATH700 and CR620. He took several Honors/AP courses and did very well.
    Strive for the highest math and science classes you can, even if it means doubling up (2 AP sciences at a time or 2 AP maths at a time). -officer
  8. navy2016

    navy2016 5-Year Member

    Dec 30, 2009
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    never hurts to ace them

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