Hello! I just joined the forums. I'm 14 and currently in the eighth grade. I know, I sound too young to be caring about college, but I'm nerdy and I do care . A couple of months ago, my friend's sister got accepted into the naval acacemy, and since I knew nothing about it, I looked it up. Since then, I have read more things about the Naval Academy, the Navy itself, and the military itself then I could dream of remembering. I love everything about the Navy and it is no doubt what I want to do with my life as a career. And, since I am (not to be concieted) smart, and over the summer I got a personal trainer and began going to the gym, I figured, if I can try and be an officer, and get a great education, I should! I know that I should try and take as many AP and Honors classes as I should (I meet with my high schools guidance counsler in a few months, and I can no doubt take Honors classes for stuff under the Social Studies wing), I should have a great GPA and be in the top quarter of my class, plus I plan on running Cross Country and Track. But, I wan't to know if there's anything else that can improve my chances of getting in. I've heard that the USNA likes volunteer work; my mom works for a hospice company so I know some hospitals, retirnment homes and such where I can volunteer. If any of you know of anything that can improve my chances of getting in, please post it here. Thanks in advance .