Hello, I am a current 20 year old engineering student at a public university. I had a rather drastic change in my perspective after both having become a very strong Christian and having educated myself much more on the origin of the conflicts in the Middle East, in particular: works by William Muir and also contemporary publications. I just have this gut-wrenching feeling all the time that I will make 80-140k a year as an engineer for the rest of my life, but never feel I contributed to anything. I cannot help but think of the parable of the talents and that I will have sat on the opportunity to manifest my contribution to the world in the eyes of God. Even if you were to tell me that's not true at all and that I might end up throwing dirt around in a desert, I could still not placate this feeling which pains my stomach at all times of day. I feel disconnected from my generation. I value order and discipline; something so aloof at my university and my life in general. With that being said, I must admit a great weakness: I cannot see myself at any place other than West Point if I were to enter the military. I have been researching it and its alternatives for a while now and simply would have to go there to go through this long arduous process. There isn't any question in my mind about that. I come from a rather large city school and we (for whatever reason) do not seem to value the military at all and so academies never even crossed my mind in high school, but yet now it is my strongest intention (and not just some capricious whim) My biggest concerns: I have already gone through four whole semesters of college (on partial scholarship though) and I've already taken Single and Multi-variable Calculus, differential equations, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, etc. I realize there is no way to graduate before 4 years, but I have heard of grad school dual enrollment type programs for transfer students. I also do not know what exactly I would even put on an application besides my current college GPA. Do I need to include old SAT scores, new GRE scores, proof of having played a sport in college or high school? I have over a 3.6 gpa. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but I had a 1400/2040 SAT score (I'm not even sure if they would look at standardized test scores in this case). I am in good shape but do not play any sports for my university except club sports (though I varsity lettered 3 times in high school-idk if that matters). I have perfect vision, health records, criminal records, etc. I would need to get a nomination and I am unsure how long this process takes and when I could even realistically start by. The worst part: I will be graduating next spring anyways because I took a lot of AP credits in high school. On one hand I imagine this [graduating two sem. early in eng.] would make up for a GPA that's not stellar (though still well above average I imagine) and displays an ability to handle lots of material thrown in at once. On the other hand, it means I'll only be two sem away from graduating. I am looking for advice on the matters I have mentioned. An answer to any of these or even to my overall dilemma would be great! Questions summed up: 1. Can you receive graduate school credits?(I was planning on pursuing a graduate degree anyways) 2. Do you have to take exams to get credit for classes or do most of them transfer fine? (I know my APs do) 3. Do I need to take the GRE or show them my SAT scores? 4. Sports? 5. Nomination process-how long will it take and any tips (I do have some connections through my father but to local congressman) 6. When could I realistically start at the academy if all goes well? 7. In your personal opinion: Am I making a mistake? Thank You very much for any input to any number of these questions!