Canidate for a Day Visit

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  1. Dedham

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    DS had his visit Thursday and Friday. He loved it. He asked to be paired with a baseball player and was paired with a sophomore on the team. He said that the general view of the cadets was that their first year (4C) was hard - more colorful descriptions were used - but worth it. His host noted that he's already been to six countries. The impression I got from DS' descriptions was that the cadets are impressive, motivated and have high morale.

    A big reason "bean sprouts" may be made to feel so welcome is that those who sit at the same table with him/her don't have to "square" meals and can talk. A welcome respite for 4Cs at the table!

    He attended four classes - physics, ethics, government and naval science. He also observed the baseball team's practice (under the NCAA rules, a baseball team can have a limited number of fall practices and a couple of scrimmages). One of the pitchers told him that he had been accepted to the Naval Academy and USCGA and told DS how he arrived at this decision to attend USCGA - a decision he doesn't regret.

    Having badly embarrassed myself in an interview for an internship while in college, I made sure that DS went to the Academy with a list of questions the cadet might ask him and questions for him to ask the cadet. It turns out, as noted on another thread, that the cadet interview is only about the bean sprout experience. DS managed to ask his host a number of the questions on his list in the course of their conversations. He'll save the list of questions he may be asked to prep for the interview with the admissions partner.

    His host naturally had to study. DS used that time to work on his application essays. Those who visit should be prepared to fill a couple of hours while their hosts do their home work.

    DS may be doing catch up all weekend, but it was definitely worth that price to make the visit.
     
  2. gamom123

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    Cadet for a Day

    Can you provide additional details regarding what cadets for a day should pack for their visit? What's needed besides sleeping bag, toiletries? What did your son wear during his visit? Did he dress out for baseball practice or just observe?

    Should cadets for a day schedule an admissions interview with an Admissions Counselor? If so, what is the best timing for that interview?
     
  3. TrumpetTennis

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    I've just been through it a few weeks ago:

    1. I only packed a backpack with toiletries and a change of clothes.

    2. I wore a tie and khakis on the first day, which I hope made a good impression...wore a pressed polo and khakis on the second day...Wore shorts and a shirt for the night

    3. I didn't pack a sleeping bag...I was pleasantly suprised that a comfortable cot and pillow was provided--just bring sheets and a blanket.

    4. I observed a practice in my tie. Brought a CGA sweatshirt over it when it got nasty out. Your'e not allowed to participate in athletics (what I was told, and I didn't).

    5. You can't schedule an interview with your admissions officer while your'e there--I tried...lol

    Hope this helped! :biggrin:
     
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  4. Luigi59

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    The best time to contact the Admissions Office to request an interview is after you have submitted your on-line application, SAT/ACT scores, and your class transcript. Your AO will arrange your interview with a local AAP.
     
  5. Dedham

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    DS' experience was pretty much the same as TT's, although the email said business casual, so he didn't wear a tie and he did take a sleeping bag. He didn't say anything about feeling underdressed. The packing list in the email seems right on target - comprensive and didn't leave anything out. The NCAA rules prohibit prospects from participating in practices, so they can only observe. The email says that a candidate can't have an admissions interview during the visit, but can request meetings with coaches and professors, so if your candidate wants those meetings, he/she should try to set them up in advance. We really liked the fact that Admissions fulfilled DS' request to he hosted by a baseball player. If accepted into the Academy, not certain that he will make the team, but the pairing gave him access to guys that he could easily relate to.
     
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    Haha I do tend to overdress:rolleyes:
     
  7. trackandfield08

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    TT,

    You were fine! You weren't dressed up as much as kids in the past (the full suit kids with pagers or the ones who (heaven forbid!) wear their JROTC uniform!) It was nice meeting you, good luck with you application!

    T&F
     
  8. Dedham

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    By no means did I intend to put down TT for wearing a tie. A tie and khakis always look good. I've seen both extremes. About 18 months ago we visited the Acadmy and DS was the only guy one wearing a tie. Almost all the others were wearing jeans and some were also in t-shirts. If i remember correctly, we ate lunch in the officers' dining room and we knew in advance that that was part of the program.The point is to dress so that you show respect for the Academy and it's people, without going overboard. I think both DS (pressed long sleeve shirt and khakis) and TT dressed appropriately.
     
  9. educ8

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    CFAD this week

    DS has his "Cadet for a Day" this Thursday. His "activity" page in the USCGA web site has a confirmation number, but he has not received any correspondence to tell him what to bring. Could someone who did receive the e-mail post the general "what to bring" list?

    Also, we've seen on another thread that it is good to bring his host cadet a small box of treats. Could someone share thoughts on what and how much would be appropriate?

    He had tried to contact his AO and his AP last week about these questions (and a few others), but hasn't heard back yet...I'm sure that his AO is very busy with the EA deadline looming.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  10. Dedham

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    CADET for a Day

    I double botched the name of this string!

    First, we didn't know about the practice of bringing a treat for one's host, but it seems like a thoughtful gesture.

    Following is the text of the email DS received before his visit. The meeting place kept changing, but I'm sure they'll know at the gate where DS should report.

    Hello,

    I hope you are getting exited for your Cadet for a Day vist coming up this week. I wanted to send you your confirmation email, should you have any last minute questions. In addition, there has been a change to the schedule: Please meet in Admissions and NOT THE ALUMNI CENTER. Please contact me via email should you have any questions or need to cancel your appointment.


    Please arrive at Admissions (You will receive a parking map at the gate which will outline where to go) between 10:30 am and 11:00am on Thursday. Registration will be conducted here and you will also meet your cadet escort; please let me know if you cannot arrive by 11:00am and I will make alternate arrangements for you. If you arrive prior to 10:30am, you are welcome to explore the campus. I recommend visiting the Dry Dock Café located in Leamy Hall or the Exchange Gift Shop located in Johnson Hall.

    Since you will be leaving with your cadet host directly from Admissions, be sure to bring your overnight items and sleeping bag with you to registration. After you depart for your visit, cadets and members of the admissions staff will be available to meet with your parents for a Q&A session. Please encourage them to bring their questions and take advantage of this opportunity! Your visit ends at 11:00am on Friday. Mandatory checkout with a member of the Admissions staff will be conducted at the Admissions Office reception desk located in the basement of Waesche Hall.

    During your visit, your cadet host will conduct your admissions interview. There is no further action required on your part to schedule your interview. The Admissions Officers will not conduct interviews during the Cadet-for-a-Day program.

    A valid driver's license, current vehicle registration or rental car agreement, and proof of insurance are required if you will be driving a vehicle on base. Parking is extremely limited at CGA. You are welcome to park in the parking lots adjacent to Dimick Auditorium, or the visitor’s center parking lot. Please do NOT park in the Once you arrive on base, please ask the gate guards for a campus map and any directions you may need. Ensure the visitors parking pass you receive at the Main Gate is displayed on your dashboard. Please let me know ahead of time if you will require an overnight parking pass.

    Shuttle service to/from Hartford, CT or Providence, RI (the closest major airports) is NOT provided. If you need assistance with local transportation or lodging, please visit http://www.uscga.edu/display.aspx?id=980; http://www.bradleyairport.com/Transport/index.aspx, or http://www.pvdairport.com/main.aspx?sec_id=59.

    During your visit you are allowed to have a cell phone, but in case of an emergency your parents can always contact you via the Cadet Watch Office in Chase Hall at 860-444-8294/6047/6750 or my contact information is below.

    I hope you discover that America's smallest service academy offers you the biggest opportunity! If you have any questions or you need to add guests to your registration, please contact Kathleen Parker at 860-444-8503 or me directly at Cosimo.F.Cambi@uscga.edu.

    Sincerely,
    Cosimo Cambi
    Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Coast Guard
    Director of Campus Programs
    U.S. Coast Guard Academy Admissions


    VISITATION GUIDELINES
    1) Bring your family medical insurance information or your military dependent ID card.

    2) Remain with a cadet escort at all times outside of Chase Hall during your visit.

    3) Family and friends are not permitted to tour Chase Hall or participate in classes.

    4) We encourage you to attend/observe sports and extracurricular activities, but you should not participate. You are free to use all athletic facilities (e.g. weight room, basketball courts, indoor track) with your cadet host.

    5) Your cadet host will make sure that you can get to meetings with athletic coaches, faculty members, and other staff members; please coordinate these appointments in advance on your own. The Admissions Office does not maintain the schedules for these individuals. Visit our website to find specific contact information.

    6) You are expected to remain in Chase Hall between 10:00pm and 6:00am.

    7) You must checkout with an Admissions staff member on Friday at 11:00am in the Admissions Office reception area.

    8) Alcohol, drugs, and weapons of any kind are not permitted on campus.

    9) We recommend you bring the following items with you:

    · Pillowcase and Sleeping Bag/sheet & blanket (we'll provide a pillow)
    · Business Casual Clothes (shirt, sweater, slacks, comfortable shoes)
    · Jacket/Outerwear (check the weather before you come, it can be very cold in November and December)
    · Athletic Items (optional; gym clothes and a pad-lock for locker)
    · Other (sleeping clothes, bathrobe, shower shoes, towel/washcloth, toiletries)
    · Homework/Reading Materials (you may have some “down time” during study hour)
    · Spending Money (if you plan to visit the Cadet Bookstore, Souvenir Shop or Snack Bar)

    Finally, remember to ask as many questions as you can and have fun!
     
  11. educ8

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    Dedham, Thanks so much for the response. As luck would have it, my wife JUST called to say that Lt.Cambi just sent the identical e-mail that you just provided! Our son is climbing the walls waiting to leave for the Academy. Again thank you for the response! :thumb:
     

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