Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by Waterbug, Nov 4, 2009.
They are on the usmma website,Good luck to all
This will be a time for great jubilation for some (did well or passed when it was a close call) and a time for great reflection for others.
Either way it doesn't mean the end by any stretch. If you did well, congratulations, take what you learned and apply it in the future. Also, take that ability and help out those around you. To those who didn't do so well reflect on why you may not have done as well. Was it too much time with other activities, not enough studying, didn't ask for help?? Be honest with yourself. Ask for help when you need it and seek out those who did well and ask them what they did.
Most of all: congratulations on finishing the first trimester. With the winter comes new upperclass, new classes, and potentially horrible weather. Good luck!!
Gold and Silver Stars
Congratulations to all who made it through this trimester, and good luck on your return to Kings Point! Does anyone know how many or what percentage at the academy receive gold or silver stars? Is there any tangible reward other than the increase in liberty?
Yes, our DS pulled his grades off the computer yesterday. I feel much better now paying the 2nd trimester bill knowing he'll be around for it!
Congrats to all on surviving the first Tri. Our DS grades came with a follow up letter recommending set back. Not sure what happens next...wait and see. Hang in there 2013!
I sent you PM.
Some thoughts if your DS or DD were setback:
Check on your health insurance since they will not be covered any longer by the academy. If they take less than 12 credits at some college this spring they are not a full time student and your personal insurance may also not cover them. Consider taking at least 12 credits to get full time status if you don't want to pay for separate health insurance.
Immediately look into the classes they need to take at your local college. You will have to get a course description and get that course approved by the dept head at KP. This all takes time. Some states even have prereq considerations for Calc 1.
Consider something radical - like sending them to SUNY Maritime for the semester. The people over there are great and they have "Get Well KP" experience with lots of KP kids. The school has the same general feel as KP with the students taking the same courses and the professors well experienced in the industry. You can also take some additional courses that might help when you get back to KP. Several KP alum teach there and many KP alum have received a masters degree from SUNY Maritime. If you are out of state, but your state doesn't have a maritime school you would be eligible for in state tuition which is a lot cheaper than many private schools. Also, it's not easy to find Physics 1 in the spring at many schools (some only offer it in the Fall) and SUNY does offer it in the spring. Also they offer Calc 1 in the Spring.
Hope this helps some setbacks and good luck, you can get back!!
Gosh, kpbaseballmom, thanks so much for that post. We're baffled by the what on earth we can do to guide our son since he has definitely been offered a setback. That's an excellent idea about SUNY Maritime. So you think he'd definitely HAVE to take the two classes he failed "Physics" and "Adv. Calc" next semester at another school? You're right about having a hard time finding those specific classes in the Spring. Also, would he need to enroll for a Summer Semester too before coming back, in other words, take two semesters?
Last question, does he have to retake the classes he just took and passed - KP100, Firefighting, English and Swimming - when he returns to KP or not?
He'd have to do Indoc all over, right?
You obviously have to talk to KP to see what they recommend, but unless something has changed, my DS had to take the 2 classes he failed starting the following spring semester at SUNY Maritime (or wherever else he chooses to go). DS had to get a "C" or better to have it count at KP. Then, when he went back to KP, he had to take those classes again and get at least a "C" and keep a minimum 2.0. He did not have to redo Indoc or retake those classes he passed at KP. But all this should be checked and confirmed with the proper administrators at KP. My DS also chose to take Chem as a summer semester course (not necessary) before returning to KP to get a head start on the material. Chem seems to be the other class everyone has trouble with. All this is predicated on the condition that your child is willing to do what it takes to get back and that they really want to get back. Keeping them focused while on setback and not bemoaning all the fun their friends are having at State U is really the main challenge. Attending SUNY Maritime definitely helped on that score.
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