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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by GeneralJosh, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. GeneralJosh

    GeneralJosh New Member

    Sep 25, 2013
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    I am sure you guys have been asked this question multiple times, but attending the Naval Academy is a big goal of mine as I want to devote my life to service. I would like to receive feedback and opinion on what you think of me as a candidate. I am a sophomore in high school participating in the IB program. I am on the Speech and Debate team and the Academic Decathlon team. I volunteer at my church for Vacation Bible School as well as other things. I have also led the choir in church a couple times. I am also a volunteer at the Veterans Affairs hospital. The only sport I do outside of school is mixed martial arts, but I play other sports with my friends. I am trying to join some community teams as my schedule is packed for getting into a school sport, but I am trying. I was the freshman representative for a club in my freshman year and I am the VP of chess club this year. My GPA weighted is 3.8 and unweighted is 3.2. This is because I struggle a little with the IB program, but I am definitely trying my hardest. My rank is 116 out of 662 due to this. Based on these, what can be said about my chances of getting accepted to USNA?
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    You need to get some sanctioned sports in there. Whether it's school, a travel team, or whatever. It needs to be a real team sport where you get to learn and demonstrate teamwork. You might make it without it, but your application will be much stronger with it.
  3. C/B Lattanzio

    C/B Lattanzio Prospective

    Oct 14, 2012
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    Hi welcome to the fourms Josh,
    Are you from a competitive district?
    I'd like to say you have a good chance, but this also depends on your LoR's and your BGO interview.
  4. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    I agree with Kinnem, you need some sanctioned Athletics.

    Try and become president of a couple clubs or organizations. Chess club is nice but try and find something that carries a bit more weight. Look at things like Youth in Government at the YMCA, if your YMCA has YIG, if not see what else they have similar.

    Your weighted GPA is passable but you un-weighted GPA is low. You will need to do very well on your SAT or ACT. Your IB track will look good but try and bring that UW GPA up if you can.

    Stay with the Speech and Debate teams, try to become the Captain of at least one of them.

    As always your chance is Zero if you don't apply. Stay focused and have a Plan B such as NROTC, although you will need very similar stats for NROTC as well. Remember, there are other military branches out there to look at as well.

    Best of luck.
  5. payitforward

    payitforward Member

    Sep 18, 2013
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    Does your school have a cross country team? Join that, and also join the track team. It's probably too late for this year's XC team, but not too late for winter track and spring track. Start running. As an ROTC cadet, you'll be running a lot anyway. Might as well get started training now. In the first week of your ROTC program, you'll probably run a total of 20 miles or more. Seriously. It won't freak you out if you've been running regularly for 3 years before you got there.

    I hate to say this, because I'm very active in my church and so was my son, but he spent so much time on church activities, that he didn't have time for much else. He was in choir, bell choir, youth group, VBS drama team, and he was an elected elder for 2 years and leader of the youth group's Habitat for Humanity mission trip for 5 years. Know how many points that got him on his West Point application? NONE. Well, maybe it added something somewhere, but looking back, captain of the cross country team really could have made the difference. But he quit XC because he didn't have time for the meets with all his church stuff too. Honestly though, my son ended up in a great ROTC program. His Plan B was absolutely the right path for him.

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