Coast Guard exchange student

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  1. mnolan

    mnolan Parent

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    My daughter, who will be a 2nd class (junior) cadet fall of 2010 has been selected to be a USCGA exchange student to attend the USAFA next fall! She is really looking forward to it.

    As a parent, can you give me a crash course in what to look forward to next fall? We will probably visit once or twice as we have never been to Colorado. Is there a calendar of events, things we should try to see, things to avoid, special activities, anything we should know about? Anything to you can provide to a set of seasoned SA parents unfamiliar with USAFA will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. greentrees

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    Parents weekend is Labor Day weekend. Sep 3-6 it's a must!
    I'll try to post the link to the schedule of events, but if the link doesn't work, go to the USAFA homepage and find the area on the right hand side for parents weekend.
    http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/parentsweekend/PW 2010 Schedule Of Events.pdf

    Try to arrive Thursday so you can be there for early Friday morning stuff, go to classes with your cadet, see the squadron area. They can spend the night with you Friday but have to be back for the football game on Saturday. After the game they are released til Monday evening.

    You can go other places Sunday/Monday to visit -- your daughter will get ideas from other cadets. Last year our son just wanted to sleep and do some shopping, but as a C4C he had to go everywhere in uniform. I know this year he's coming up with a plan for us to go other places and not stay in COS proper.

    I do suggest getting hotel reservations for Parents Weekend NOW. Some places will already be full.
    Enjoy!
     
  3. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    congrats to your daughter. i got to go from here to Annapolis for a semester and I think the exchange program is one of the best programs the academies offer. I have become good friends with a few coasties who i've met either on exchange here or at navy when i was there.

    if you've never been, Pike's Peak is a cool drive and it's fun to be at 14,000+ feet. Garden of the Gods is beautiful to walk around. I just went to seven falls last fall and loved seeing the waterfalls there and hiking around, especially at night when they lit the waterfalls up.

    She should have a good idea too what she wants to do after being here for a month or so and talking with her squadron mates about it. Tell her congrats!
     
  4. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Congrats mnolan!!! :thumb:

    Does anyone know the requirements to do the exchange program? It's a long way away for me, but I'm very interested in it.
     
  5. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    you must submit an MFR (a formal letter) stating why you want to apply and why you'd be the best pick, along with a recomomendation from your AOC, which is submitted with your scores. from there, certain cadets recieve an interview. the interview is conducted by a chair with a rep from CW, athletics, and academics, along with a previous exchanger. From there, they pick who and how many go where.

    the best way to prep is to get involved, perform well, and be outgoing. the exchange is a great program. i am currently at a conference in VA and ran into some ppl here from Annapolis who i sang with in Glee Club when i was on exchange at Navy. it made it rly easy to interact with the rest of the "squids" here b/c i "speak their language"
     

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