2nd time around

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  1. shellz

    shellz Parent

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    Are there any other parents of current CGA cadets that were rejected first time around, not offered prep school, and then offered an appointment the second time around? Son is at community college (took Calc, Phys, Phys Lab, Eng, Art History, Crew, Fall semester) and we are awaiting his grades, but anticipate B's and a couple A's. The wait is killing him. (and us) He retook the SAT (showed 90 pt. improvement), redid PFE (240), new letters of rec, AAP interview that went well, he thinks. Your thoughts appreciated, especially if you can let us know just when the good news came through. :smile:
     
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    Although not my son, I know of several kids in this situation who are now cadets. They usually hear something around late March or early April. The numbers are not large but I know of a few. Good luck!
     
  3. shellz

    shellz Parent

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    Thanks Boss. We were just hoping that it might be sooner this time, and that somehow his waitlist status last year might help somehow. I know his file won't go up for review until late Jan (grades should arrive early Jan), so we will just be patient and trust that he will end up where he is supposed to be. Thanks again, and Happy Holidays.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    First of all, your son is to be highly commended for (1) trying again and (2) doing all of the right things, such as taking the plebe courseload. The above posters are correct that USNA won't look at his record until first semester grades are in. I believe that they look at all college students at the same time.

    Over 1/3 of each incoming class now has some post-h.s. prep, so the numbers aren't small. (In fairness, many of these students are NAPSters or Foundations students, but still a good number come from other programs).

    I've not had a student reapply. However, what happened to others really has no bearing on your son's situation (sad to say). I can only tell you that people who reapply are looked on favorably, especially if they have used the year to improve areas that were considered weak the first time around.

    Good luck and keep us posted!
     
  5. shellz

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    Thanks for the reply, USNA 1985. Son did use this past 6 months to improve himself, so hopefully the admissions folks will see that and offer him an appointment. He sees himself at CGA, we see him there, now let's see if the people who really matter do as well. In the long run, however, this experience has been valuable, regardless of the outcome. Sometimes the lessons that teach us the most are from situations that don't end the way we'd like. So....fingers crossed for son's future, whatever that may be.
    We will keep everyone posted, and we appreciate the advice and well wishes for our boy. :smile:
     
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    A highly personable and helpful CGA Admin Officer we've met didn't make it

    the first year, went to a local college and then did get in the second time around.

    I remember he said that he studied hard and worked out physically A LOT during that year. When we met him a couple of years ago, he was absolutely crazy about his job and couldn't say enough good things about his opportunities and the opportunities of others in the CG. If my son wasn't already sold when he went to that meet & greet, he was after meeting that admin officer. He also "sees" himself at the Academy and in the Coast Guard and believes it is God's call on his life. Similarly to your situation, he is waiting. He was deferred on Early Action. So, come on spring!

    Best wishes!
     
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    Daniel C. Burbank (CAPTAIN, USCG)

    Your child should look to Daniel C. Burbank (CAPTAIN, USCG)
    for inspiration. Burbank did not receive an appoint on his first try, so he went to another college for his freshman year and then reapplied. Good news -Burkbank was accepted and ultimately graduated from USCGA. He also became an astronaut. Read more: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/burbank.html
     
  8. shellz

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    MWBB-That is a great story! I will be sure to direct son to this thread for encouragement. He just got his 1st semester grades, and did pretty well, so now we cross our fingers that the records office is speedy in its processing of transcript requests!
    Good luck with the patience thing...it is sooo hard to wait, especially for kids who are so used to getting things now (high speed internet, 30 minute pizza, instant messaging)but I guess it does build character!
    Hope to hear good news for both our boys sometime soon.
     
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    Nice! That is what we wanna hear! Son has been bustin' his butt with Crew, and strength/conditioning. He has gotten into great shape (was a swimmer/water polo guy before, so no slouch) and feels pretty good about himself these days. Fingers crossed that our son will have the same happy ending as Capt. Burbank!
    Thanks again. :smile:
     
  10. averx615

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    WE got to meet that guy at AIM this summer. It was pritty cool talking to him about everything.

    Yeah crew does really do that to your body( get it in shape), does your sone like crew better than swimming, i know i did?
     
  11. shellz

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    I think he likes both, and is having a blast with crew. He does miss water polo though...not so much the swimming part. Just the wrestling for the ball, and the rush of smashing one into the cage. That doesn't happen much in crew...lol He most definitely does not miss chasing the black line during early a.m. practice though, or the super-chlorinated pools. His crew team is great...nice guys and great coaching. Hopefully he'll get the chance to row at CGA!
     
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    yeah that would be awsome. I skull and love it but i like to sweep too. Where does he row?
     
  13. shellz

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    He sweeps, but would love to try sculling. He rows at Orange Coast College in Southern California.
    I am going to let him know that there is a fellow crew guy here on the SA forum and maybe he'll post. He is not much of a message board poster...he leaves that to his computer-addicted mother. :redface:
     

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