What are my chances?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by wrimmer, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. wrimmer

    wrimmer 5-Year Member

    Mar 28, 2011
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    I know this is probably annoying, but I'd really like to know if it's worth applying to USNA next year or not.

    USNA is my first choice, but I'm willing to also go to USMA and USAFA respectively.

    I'm a sophomore in high school, and an asian female.

    Unweighted GPA: 3.52
    Weighed GPA: 3.81

    Junior Classes (that I will be taking next year):
    AP Computer Science
    AP Spanish Literature
    AP American Literature
    AP US History
    Pre-calculus (an unweighed honors class)
    Independent study in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture

    Sophomore Classes:
    Honors Chemistry
    Algebra II
    AP Spanish Language
    AP French Language
    Modern World History
    Computer Science

    Freshman Classes:
    AP Music Theory
    Honors Geometry
    World Religions
    Spanish 3 Honors
    French 3 Honors
    Public Speaking

    JV Tennis for two years (sophomore and freshman)
    Max out the physical exam
    Founder and director of a music program at an underfunded elementary school
    Therapy dog trainer (I visit hospitals and schools with the dog that I trained and got certified as a therapy dog)
    Piano and cello at an elite music conservatory, competitions in the state level, CM Panel Level

    I know that there's really no way to know if anybody has a chance at an SA, but it would be awesome for me to know if I should apply. Also, if you all are so willing, could you tell me where I might improve?

  2. CAmom2015

    CAmom2015 5-Year Member

    Mar 28, 2011
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    Most competitive candidates would be involved in sports their junior and senior years also. Being a team captain is even better.
  3. wrimmer

    wrimmer 5-Year Member

    Mar 28, 2011
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    Yeah, I'm planning on captaining the JV team next year. Thanks for the input!
  4. 1964BGO

    1964BGO 5-Year Member

    Nov 27, 2009
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    Your chances are at least as good as the next person's. Seriously, it depends upon how hard you are willing to work to make yourself the best candidate you can be. I would assume that between now and graduation you plan on taking AP Chemistry and AP Calculus, and continue to take the best, and most difficult courses available to you. I also would expect you to start studying for and taking the SAT and ACT exams this year and to continue until you are comfortable that you have compiled the best scores you can. You appear to be in good shape at this stage of the game. The real test will be to apply to NAVY and pursue it vigorously, keeping in mind that there are no sure things in life, and there always is the probability that there may be someone out there better than you are. In the final analysis, you won't know for certain how qualified you are until you try. Lay out a plan of attack and pursue it purposefully, you may surprise yourself with the results of your efforts. Sincere best wishes to you.
  5. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

    Jun 9, 2006
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    You know, these "chancing" posts and our proclivity to respond strike me several ways.

    First ... there are ad nauseum posts with profiles of would-be candidates on this forum. All it takes to get ad nauseum profiles and their pursuant responses is a 30 second search to get all one could possibly consume. There is so little variation among these and the answer is literally, nearly always the same. Take loads of science and math (AP/IB, local college if possible and appropriate), get happy with your junior year English and math teachers, play sports, get and stay healthy, practice pushups, pullups, running, and learn how to throw a basketball (go figure!). Be good, work hard, have a plan, work it.

    And I have to wonder if the very act of asking this doesn't reflect upon the asker. Is he/she lazy, ignorant of the process, simply getting the cart before the horse?

    The point is not about being harsh or unhelpful. And it is to suggest that patronizing this chronic question does the poser no favor, imo. It is contrary to all that a SA education seeks to nurture in their young men and women.

    Lastly, the moderators continually disuade discussion re: what many would suggest would lend far more dynamic value to candidates genuinely interested in seeking information and understanding about this very complex process. Why not this one.

    Not to beat the dead horse, but "chancing" for any individual on an SA thread seems somewhat silly. There, now I feel better.:thumb::rolleyes::beer1::blowup:

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