Accepted into School - Who to contact?

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  1. Clay.Fogleman

    Clay.Fogleman Member

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    I am very pleased to share that I have been accepted to my #1 School - University of Maryland.

    I have been given Spring Admission, but I will be able to participate in a program there called "Freshman Connection" which allows me to take my Gen. Ed. classes.

    (Basically, at the end of the day Spring Admission means they couldn't offer me housing.)

    I will also be able to take both of the Semester One ROTC classes.

    I am still waiting to hear from the 3rd Scholarship board, but I am not hopeful. Such is life. :rolleyes: There are always on campus scholarships to fight for!

    So, to get on with my question, who would be the best person to email and let them know I am coming? I hope to start building a good relationship before I get there in the fall. At least they would have come across my name a couple of times.

    Thanks for all of the help!
     
  2. Pima

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    Contact the det. When you enroll for fall classes, just enroll in ROTC too. Our DS graduated from UMDCP (AFROTC) last spring, I know what freshmen connection is, make sure you schedule your classes properly because T.TH can be for you a very, very long day due to their program. Just like M.W can impact you too.
     
  3. Clay.Fogleman

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    Thanks Pima! I will definitely try and plan my schedule accordingly.
     
  4. kinnem

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    +1 to Pima. And Friday is no piece of cake either. :biggrin:
     
  5. Clay.Fogleman

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    Thank you both! I've been reading on these forums for quite some time and both of you have provided invaluable information.

    Thank you for being so dedicated to helping others. :thumb:
     
  6. Pima

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    AROTC at UMDCP is a very large det. Do yourself a favor...train, train, train for the PFT using the correct forms. Don't go for the number at 1st, go for the perfect form.

    The fastest way to get noticed in the 1st few weeks is PT, at least it was for AFROTC at UMDCP. They will keep shouting out your last name over and over again for everyone to hear.

    DS was a PT instructor, he was the guy in the back screaming out their last names to pick up the pace.

    Run in the rain, run in the heat, run at 6 a.m. when you went to bed at 1.

    Congrats and good luck.
     
  7. grad11

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    I wish you the best of luck. Keep working hard and get in good physical shape if you are not there already. If you are, you can always improve.
     
  8. ahuntedyeti

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    Pima,
    When preparing for PT would you recommend using the workouts posted on the Army (Or Navy or AF) website for Boot camp prep? When is a good time to start a new regiment to prepare?
     
  9. Jcleppe

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    Your scholarship application packet should include some pictures showing the proper form for PU's and SU's. you can also find some videos online.

    As far as when to start, Now would be a good time, that way you will have time to build your endurance before you start school.

    Don't just do PU's and SU's, try working with weights and try and strenghen your core. While the APFT is all about the PU, SU and Run, ROTC in general is about endurance and stamina so work on that as well.
     
  10. Thompson

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    I'm not sure how strong you are on running - but take this from a fellow runner; don't wait until a couple weeks before you have to report in ... trust me, I wish it's that simple but it's not.

    To be a good runner, with proper form/technique & (moreover) to get those times, that comes from CONSISTENT practice. Start running now - and stick with that regimen! Because, it takes at least a solid month for you to see improvements.

    As others have said before me - run in all conditions. Personally, I would put an emphasis on running in the heat - and when is the best time to do that? 1500/1600 :thumb: The cold isn't that bad, once your blood starts pumping you kinda forget that it's cold out (... unless there's wind/wind chill ...)

    And running, will definitely help with endurance and stamina. I must say running is quite a whole different mentality; it takes a lot of maturity/mental toughness to run (at least long distance that is :shake:). But it can also be a very, very rewarding experience - one which you have never experienced before. You will be surprised how far you can push yourself.

    Best wishes!
     
  11. Clay.Fogleman

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    Thompson, Thank you for giving me such valuable insight. I am starting a 2 month long program I found online to help prepare for the APFT.

    Obviously I will have to tweak it, and will be running a lot more than that!

    I am NOT a natural runner by any means so I really do appreciate the advice!

    I am also at a slight disadvantage for training in all types of weather because I live in Southern California :shake: I will have to do what I can!

    Good Luck to you as well, in all your endeavors!
     
  12. Thompson

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    My pleasure! I will leave you with one more piece of advice (ok, I lied, 2). When you first start out running, don't go all out and run 5/6 mi a day - that's a big no no for your body. Start out nice and easy, say maybe start at 2/3mi a day for a week, and then start ramping it up. Then the following week, maybe 4/5mi a day, etc etc. The key to any sort of training program, is knowing when to say "no". LISTEN to your body!! Last thing you want to do, is start training - and injuring yourself to the point you cant start PTing until a week before school starts. Many a time I have seem runners "push" through some pain ... oh guess what happened - ended up with an injury that put them out for a couple weeks, half a season, even a whole season. My coach recommends getting in at least 200 mi over the summer to be ready for the fall - BUT please note: this is coming from a Cross Country runner/training program (so take it with a grain of salt!)

    And my last tid-bit. If you want to work on speed, I would only recommend doing so AFTER you have had a chunk of distance running down - because now you have a steady base to run off of. BUT we can discuss this in a later time :thumb:

    Cheers!
     
  13. ahuntedyeti

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    I ran CC in fall so if I could get back to my peak season form I should be in a great position. But getting there will be a shot in the dark! I'll start running again ASAP. Like the OP, I also live in SoCal... But 6000 feet up so it may not be warm for awhile. Regardless I guess it time to break out my old shoes!
     
  14. Clay.Fogleman

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    Thanks for all of the help. The process and training is a lot easier when it's demystified with the help of a couple of friendly posters!
     

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