Thank you in advance to anyone wiling to read my post and offer some assistance.
So, I am I high school Junior living in Central Bucks- a highly competitive district in Pennsylvania. My school ranking and GPA are both decent, but unimportant in my application since my school does not automatically report class rank. I did manage to do well on the ACT with composite score is a 35. Unfortunately my application is a bit weak in areas aside from academics.
I’m a bit worried that I’m sorely lacking in leadership experience. I played varsity hockey as a Freshman and Sophomore, but never became Captain or Assistant Captain while doing so. It’s doubtful that I will be attain such a position even if I return to school hockey in my Senior year. Additionally, I write for the local newspaper I may be able to become one of its editors (although that’s not a given), so my only leadership experiences have been through Summer Leader Experiences and Keystone Boy’s State. I was admitted into both the USMA and USNA Summer Leadership Experience Camps as well as Keystone Boy’s state. I fear that these experiences are more like summer camp than a leadership position and that the academies don’t regard it as a substantial example of an applicant’s ability to be a leader.
Moreover, my athletics are a bit of a weak point. As previously mentioned I played varsity hockey in my Freshman and Sophomore years. During those years, and junior year I played for a club team as well. I plan to return to varsity school hockey in my senior year. I also run distance track and cross country in the spring and summer. Unfortunately, I’m not a talented runner so I don’t think the academies will pay much attention to it.
So my question for any potential reader is this: What can I do in my Senior year to make my application stand out? I wouldn’t say my resume is in a bad spot, but it certainly needs improvement. I am having a hard time coming up with ideas on how to improve on my athletics and leadership, so any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time