... I am getting into USAFA. I screwed my entire highschool career..... partly, I didn't know how bad I was doing until I found out my GPA was a 2.0 (go to private school were its a 3.0 out of 5.0) which means I am stupid to society, which sucks since all the people who get into the service academies get 4.0s. Im not stupid... im just not the book type. It doesnt come easy to me. Never has. I love flying.... I did some flight training. Had to stop becuase I dont have the money (got 26 hours) but thats what I want to do. I could love math... just never really been good at it. I love engineering... again, not too good at it. Got a 22 on the ACT (NOT competitive). 33 in the reading portion..... 20s and below in all the stuff id be interested in such as math and science. Regardless... as a senior I have changed alot, and realize there is nowhere else I want to go. I don't care if people think im not smart enough, etc, etc... nothing is stopping me. If it was MY CHOICE, id go to USAFA. I love the discipline, the leadership, the integrity. I love everything about it. Rigid enviroment.... get stronger physically and mentally. I was going to join the AF anyway. Do the ROTC program and become a fighter pilot. That was already the plan. Its not all negative... I do CAP where im a staff Sgt (and I love it). Done a spring encampment and am attending next year as a flight sgt. Just got my first job and my boss is making me a shift manager when ive only been there for two months. Don't really have any sports... YET. I used to play soccer. I have a blackbelt in Taekwondo. Oh... and i'm on the yearbook team (photog). Anyway... I obviously have no chance of getting into USAFA for class of '13 because of my measly GPA and lack of sports BUT I am wondering what the next step to take is. I am willing to spend an extra year and apply AGAIN to get in. What do I need to do (besides get good grades)? Once I graduate I will go to a community college, but I need to know... will I have a good chance of an appointment with that under my belt? You know... finish up senior year well. Hit officer in the CAP cadet program. Get in a college soccer team... do a year of community college (with good grades). Will that be enough? What classes would I need to take? I did email my liason officer and called and left a message for an admissions counselor at USAFA but havent got anything back from either of them. Wondering if there just going to not bother about someone with very low grades. I admit it was my fault. Lack of interest. No motivation. Gave up. I did get interested junior year but wasnt bothered to do the work neccessary. Partly becuase I already felt behind and no one really believed in me (except for my mom). Even my hs counselor thinks im a joke. When I told him I wanted to be a pilot he said... "even consider fixing planes?" (heck no... I want to fly them) I assure everyone here that im not stupid. I am intelligent. A multitude of wise adults would all agree even when I like to disagree. Its just, like I said, studying and ace-ing test doesnt come easy to me. I'm hands on. Hence why I want to fly planes, military planes. I want to serve my country. Anyway... someone tell me what to do. I really need help. There are no other places I want to go. The only other place id have to go is Embry-Riddle where i'd need to take out around $80,000+ loans by the time I had graduated. And if it were required, i'd pay to go to USAFA. So no- its not about the free tuition. Help! Oh... and I did apply for the summer seminar which I did not get into. Thats kinda when I gave up which WILL NOT happen again.