Describe what led to your initial interest in the naval service and how the Naval Academy will help you achieve your long-range goals, and
Describe a personal experience you have had which you feel has contributed to your own character development and integrity.
I always had the idea of the military in the back of my mind since I was young. Pushing my thoughts aside, not wanting to think about the military because I thought that it would slow me down from my other goals in life such as; going to college and graduating with a degree in science, finding a nice stable job, and having a family. Eventually, I could not push my thoughts aside any longer. As a Catholic I did what I usually do when I don’t have an answer for myself; I prayed about it. Over sophomore Christmas break, I was looking through colleges seeing what a good fit for me might be. I put in details of what college I would find ideal and the Naval academy popped up on the screen. I read through the core values; Honor, Courage, and Commitment and instantly knew that’s where I wanted to be. The Naval Academy has everything I am looking for. I want to be held to high standards in every area of my life; academically, physically, and mentally. I eventually realized that I am still able to achieve my goals of going to college and graduating with a degree in science, receiving a great job, and will still be able to raise a family after the academy. With the Academy, I will be able to reach my goals and more.
Many people who are applying may have a story of how they defeat crazy odds to get to where they are today. My experience is nothing crazy but has changed me and made me into the person I am today. Going into Freshman year I was told that I should take the “easy” classes because I wasn’t smart enough for the regular classes. So, I listened to them and took easy classes. Little did I know that this would eventually slow things down for me but also teach me how to work hard for my goals. I had always been told that I would play D1 softball. I tried out for the team that year, but to my surprise did not make the team. I was beaten down and could not understand why and how this could happen. My life plan was out the window. Going into my sophomore year I still was not motivated to do anything with no goals to work towards. I was in a stagnant area. Christmas break came along, and this is when I found out about the Naval Academy. The problem was that now I was behind in harder classes and was barely even a part anything at my school. I knew I had to act fast if I wanted a shot at the academy. Since then I have taught myself to work hard by lettering in multiple school activities, attaining leadership, and constantly working to better my grades and doubling up on classes to catch up on what I have missed.