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Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Danika, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. Danika

    Danika Member

    Jun 7, 2015
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    Hi, I am currently heading into my Junior year of high school and really want to attend the academy. For awhile I've been drawn to joining the AF, but only recently have been doing research. Thus, leading me to finding about the USAFA, SS, etc. Joining the military was never something that ever came up in my household (mom hates everything about it, but dad was in the army along and her dad being in the AF, yeah weird.). She'd freak out so I can't really ask her for any advice. I want to improve my chances at being accepted to SS next year and then attending the academy. My HS is pretty small, and there aren't many opportunities to really excel in advanced classes, although I am as advanced as I can be without taking CC classes in a nearby town. Another problem is that all of the advanced and AP classes are scheduled to overlap on a bunch of other classes you want and need, so it's hard to take the classes you want. Anyways, moving on from that, I am/have:
    -an unweighted 4.0 GPA (no clue on weighted our school refuses to do that)
    -member of band playing Euphonium since 5th grade
    +will end up being section leader 11-12 for marching band
    +will be 1st char in symph. band 11-12
    +attended several honor bands at some universities
    +Jazz band (10-12)
    +SBB, a special ensemble of some of the best players that performs in the community for events, weddings, music nights, etc.
    +Tuba Christmas 10-12 (low brass does Christmas songs downtown)
    +Played in parade at Disney World
    +Municipal 2015+2016
    +Planning on Madrigal Brass for 11-12
    +Planning on auditioning and making IMEA 11-12
    +Planning on joing NMHS
    -Volunteer at Vermillion Players community theatre group to run the lightboard
    -Volunteer at church to help out with Sunday School
    -Hoping for NHS
    -President of Writing for Literary Society at school this upcoming year, and most likely Sr. year too
    -Scholastic Bowl all four years (JV required first two years no matter what, my next two years will be varsity)
    -CPR Certified (does that mean anything to them? Who knows...)
    -Another questionable thing Child Protection Classes, taken through my church. Probably also means nothing
    As far as sports, I haven't been in one aside from track in Jr. High and, if you consider it, dance (mainly ballet) from age 4-13. But nothing in HS. I do work-out and run on my own though, but still... It might also be hard for me to join a sport since a plan on working year-round. I have no clue how many hours I have volunteered. I've never kept track so if that's important than whoops... I'm thinking of joining Key Club for more volunteer work (plus I would want to), but I don't want it to look like I randomly decided to cram something extra in at the end in attempt to make myself look better. There's just so many variables and it's freaking me out and ugh. I really want to do this, and I've never been this sure about my future before. Sorry for making this so long... I'm just really worried and want to make sure I have everything down. (From IL by the way!). If all comes to worst, I'll be taking ROTC at some college
  2. Falcon A

    Falcon A Member

    Nov 2, 2014
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    Your GPA is great. Work to keep it there. A high SAT or ACT is also very important. Search to find the recent entering class profiles and aim to get test scores above the mean. If memory serves, academics counts for 60% of your ranking.

    Section leader and first chair rankings in band and orchestra are important. Leadership counts for 30%. They look for Varsity Letters, Eagle Scout, Team Captain, etc. if you can do do a sport and earn a letter that would be good.

    Being an officer in a club (or the founder of a club) counts much more than being a member of a club.

    Attending Girl's State would be a good thing to do.

    The final 10% is the CFA. It is good you are working out. Google the USAFA CFA and get the standards and start working to score well on that test.
  3. Danika

    Danika Member

    Jun 7, 2015
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    Thanks, and yeah I've looked at the CFA standards. The only thing worrying me is the basketball throw and pull ups. Otherwise I'll be all good. I've seen some guides on training for those two around on the forums

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