Should I even bother to continue to pursue the Naval Academy? Ive been wanting to go there for years now and ive based my entire life around it. I did more sports because of it. I worked harder in school, I did more community service, I stayed with Boy Scouts even when I didnt want to. But all this seems to count for nothing. I didnt make the cut for NHS I didnt make it for Boys State So if I cant even make it into community level competition how am I supposed to compete with the nation's best and get into USNA? Things just dont seem fair because Ive based my life around building my character, and leadership, and physical aptitude. Every single one of my friends tells me I work too hard but all I say to them is I really want to get into the Naval Academy. But I still cant get anywhere! I failed at NHS. failed at Boys State. I feel like im completely wasting my time. All my friends who barely work at all and are the worst models of character all make it in NHS. Life lesson learned today: Hard work doesnt pay off?