My sophomore in high school is now really talking up wanting to "pop by" the USCGA while we're on summer vacation out east. When people ask about plans for college, the only one she will talk about is the Coast Guard Academy. As we wrap up sophomore year, we're needing some direction for what a realistic applicant is and if she could even measure up. Just to add to the part of "is this realistic?" My daughter is focused on engineering - either mechanical or marine. She is a hard working 4.3 student with a part time job for 2 yrs now. Her passion is marching band/drum/percussion and has been accepted to a summer drum & bugle corps travel/performance group. She continues to take a heavy load of the required AP or advanced classes - heavy on the math and science which she just loves. She is NOT an athlete....well not a traditional one...she is a longtime water and downhill skier. She is also taking classes at the local community college to obtain her welding certificates before she graduates. (Underwater welding is something that she has always joked she wanted to know....but I don't think she's joking at all) My wife and I have no experience with this process since she is our oldest and I enlisted in the Navy, so my path was very different. Where do we begin? I apologize for the simpleton nature of this post - I just don't know who to ask for direction. Thank you.