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Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by NamD, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. NamD

    NamD Candidate 5-Year Member

    Nov 26, 2010
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    On the Current Studies section, do I simply put what classes I took for the past 3 years in High School?
    Also, for the Additional Information section, it wants me to provide a brief explanation of my ethnic/racial heritage as I am a first generation American and my parents are from Korea. What do I write for this section? On top of that, it asks if I had a unique life experience. What qualifies as a "unique" life experience? Furthermore, it asks if I have ever experienced exceptional adversity. What does that mean?

  2. JettAirliner

    JettAirliner USNA Appointee 2016 5-Year Member

    Jun 29, 2011
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    For current studies, I put my classes for junior year (and I believe the final grades I received?) as well as the expected courses for senior year. And two I took during summer.

    As to ethnicity, I'd say a more thorough explanation that you are a first-gen. Maybe why your parents left Korea, something along those lines. Being a first-generation American can likely be considered a unique life experience in itself, but that's up to you: have you ever done anything that makes you stand out from the crowd? Exceptional adversity is similar, if you've ever overcome something that really made you struggle. Only thing that comes to mind is maybe a reading disorder, but that's terribly lame (I've never really considered myself as facing adversity, I'm not a pro there).

    I'm sure someone else will be more helpful with your latter questions.
  3. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Exceptional adversity can be many things ... did you have to learn to speak English in school, did you have struggles to pay bills, did you have to "grow up" faster than your John Doe peers, did you have a learning or some kind of earlier physical disability (remember Forrest Gump? He had TONS of adversity to overcome ... daddy split, mama died of cancer, had polio, got a "million dollar" wound, couldn't catch a shrimp when he started, lost his best buddy, his girl friend kept leaving him, she became his wife then died, had to raise his son alone, struggled with mental limitations, etc. Get the idea?) Yours might be something far less obvious. How do they want you to write about this now?

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