I've been asked to give advice to a young man who is interested in the Academy; however, I'm at a loss as to suggesting his best options. He is graduating from high school this month. He has never applied to the Academy and figured he was too late until he learned that the cut off age for freshman is 23. Unfortunately this young man has zero parental guidance and apparently even less school counselor help. My initial recommendation is to fill out a pre application questionaire to get on the Academy's radar for the class of 2016. What would you recommend that he do in the meantime or in addition? I can't believe he doesn't have other plans in place (eg. going to a jc or state college) but that's the way it is. His high school resume makes him competitive in my humble opinion. I'm so accustomed to telling soph and juniors in high school to get an early start on the application process; however, I'm not sure what to tell someone who is already out of high school.