I'm new to this forum and was very happy to find a boatload of information from the stickies and other posts.
I'm a Freshman at UIC, and I hope to put in my packet in 2019. I worry about my viability as a competitive candidate for a number of reasons. Of course the first being my age; I have heard wonderful stories of 18/19/20 year old who have successfully made it in, and it seems that their backgrounds are inlaid with excellent community service, extra curriculars, great LORs...etc.
I have been an average student throughout high school and didn't really do much outside of class. Discovering WOFT has been amazing for me personally, in the sense that it has uncovered a drive within me, and I will do everything within in my ability to ace my classes this year.
I've also joined ROTC for the army experience and to potentially foster some leadership and discipline skills.
Outside of that, I'm not really sure how to market myself and become a competitive candidate in the early 2019 boards. Should I talk to a recruiter now? What board should I be preparing for(as in should I wait until second semester grades are full in, or maybe first semester). Any recommendations/help would be great. Thanks.