Junior Year

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by jlwilkes101, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. jlwilkes101

    jlwilkes101 5-Year Member

    Jul 26, 2010
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    So i know that, at West Point, one of the biggest challenges is time management, and that in many cases there is simply not enough time in the day to get everything done that needs to be done, making prioritization necessary. Anyways, I structured my junior year around the idea that i should be doing as many things as possible (leadership roles in almost all of them) to prepare myself for that. Since I underestimated the increase in the amount of school/homework I would have to do Junior year compared with Sophomore year, I was faced with the problem of literally having more things to do than hours in the day. For the first half of the year, I decided to sacrifice sleep to make more time. I refer to this time period as the Downward Spiral phase, which lasted until Christmas break, when I got enough rest to realize i had to truly get organized (something i hadnt put enough thought into before the start of the year, since I'd never had any difficulty in school in years past). I also decided that sleep is not just a luxury, but somewhat helpful to function. And, a few months later, I am currently realizing that my post-Christmas organization strategy was flawed, and now I'm trying to redo that. All in all, this year, I've gotten a lot of leadership experience, improved dramatically at my sports, and learned a lot of lessons that i think will be incredibly helpful should i be accepted to west point. And my overall GPA should still be good, thanks to my freshman and sophomore years. But, I'm worried that the drop in grades (from As to Bs in a number of subjects) will make it appear that I've become unmotivated, or something. Is this how admissions looks at grades, year to year? And is there a way I can show them what was really going on?

    Sorry that that was so long. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  2. JFM2016

    JFM2016 5-Year Member

    Dec 8, 2010
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    Well if your taking harder and a lot more classes, i would assume that they would see that. I would think if your taking AP's your taking more now than last year if you took any last year. They'll see the class difficulty.

    Sorry idk if that helps-just my thoughts

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