I just had an hour long conversation with my admissions counselor for the USNA. If you have read my description in my thread "Am I an ideal candidate", and the other threads, thanks. But the bottom line is, I was rejected by the board. Reason? Although I have a plethora of achievments leaderhip ssl hrs and extracurricular and music, this was the reason: They had noticed that I was taking all APs and Honor classes. And from my freshman to Junior year, I sucked. I received a GPA of around 2.57. But the 1st quarter and so forth of my senior year, which is now, I received a 3.4 with the same difficult classes. I thought that this mass improvement (huge huge improvement) would better my chances of entering the USNA, but here's what the response was. From seeing your huge jump, we see that you are indeed capable of completing difficult classes, and you even got a 1940 on the SATs. So basically, I was being lazy from freshman to junior year. I admittedly said that myself, because it was true. I was lazy, and as I couldn't find a college to go to, I basically gave up. And that was beacuse I didn't know about service acadmies. A leader must always do his best, no matter the circumstances, even if he cannot see the road ahead of him. He must not falter nor give up no matter what. And I gave up. That's what I learned the summer of my junior year. And boy did I feel that heaviness and regret which killed me for many nights. But the start of my senior year, I had learned, and found my ambition, and was not going to make the same mistake again. And thus i received a 3.4, 4.2 weighted. But the fact that i was lazy, cost me my chance to go to USNA or even NAPS. IT's not that i was incapable, but I chose not to do the work. Even though they saw the improvement, they did not take that fully into account, beacuse it just showed my laziness even more from the past years. And the senior year is technically not supposed to be reviewed. I have to go to college for a year, and if I truly wish to be in the US FRIKING NA. Then I will be able to wait, and keep my GPA up. I'm gonna be saying bye for a long time now. I don't think there's much I can do anymore but wait for a year and a half. It was already insanely hard waiting for a few stupid weeks for a nomination that didn't come HAHA! but I can wait.. because a leader NEVER GIVES UP! (I gave up in school, not in track or anything else though hahahhaa, but no excuses though. ) AT first, i thoguht that my laziness only would hit the grades hard, but it also went into my "leadership" skills, and other content as well. I'm not dissapointed, but just frustrated at my self. But I will be in the USNA, whether it be one year, one month, or 100 years. Thankyou for answering all my questions for the mean time. Good bye.