Hi everyone, I am a junior in high school just recently interested in applying for USCGA in the fall. I am very hooked largely by the fact (naive, I know) that, well, I hadn't known that military academies for college were an option, let alone an academy for coast guard cadets. More importantly, I've always wanted to be a coast guard---the humanitarian aspects of it, being part of the military, the academics, and saving lives are the biggest draws for me. My main concern is with my resume/grades and how oriented they may be towards what the coast guard academy would like. I also would like to know ways I could improve my standing and get more connected with USCGA. Below are some things about me: GPA: (Currently) 5.48 (a 6.0 scale) My freshman year grades aren't stellar, but I have improved greatly. SAT: 730 reading+grammar/english, 630 math (haven't taken the writing/essay portion yet), 1360 total ACT: 31 reading, 34 writing, 26 math, 24 science (definitely have started improving on math and science), 29 composite Classwork: I've taken 7 APs so far. The rest of my courses have been honors classes, but recently I have taken 2 on-level math courses (math is not my strongest suit; another thing I am aware I need to work on.) I plan to take 4-5 more next year; I anticipate AP calculus AB and AP chemistry will be my toughest classes. Qualities/extracurriculars: - Competitive fencer for 5 years; qualified twice for junior olympics, coached under the Chinese olympic gold medalist, and nationally ranked---I'm very involved in the sport. - Chief editor of a writing magazine, won 6 awards for an annual writing competition consecutively, president/founder of the creative writing club - Officer of philosophy club - Member of NHS - Experience in marketing/design; sold over 200$ worth of my t-shirt design to for my fencing club's funds/a tournament shirt, nominated for several art competitions, and designed an official fencing institution's logo - Won 1st place in my high school's science fair for mathematical sciences, qualified for regionals 2 times (won second place, another time honorable mention), qualified for state once I'm not sure how much USCGA values diversity (I am assuming they will, like most other academies and colleges), but I am an asian female, if that helps. My strengths are in the arts and english/writing, science (to an extent), but mathematics? Not so much. I do not plan to major in engineering. Any input about what I should do to make myself a better applicant for USCGA would be greatly appreciated. Edit: I am also considering applying for AIM.