Got a nomination but bad grades

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  1. RedNose

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    Hello all. I'm a freshman in college (not a re-applicant; this is my first year applying) and I just got a nomination to USAFA. This is great, except that I struggled greatly during my first semester of freshman year. Partly due to illness, I got grades ranging from B's to one D in calculus 3. My high school record is pretty good, I graduated in the top 10% and had tons of leadership activities, as well as taking advanced classes etc. but it seems like my chances of getting in have been killed by my first semester.

    I feel as though my chances of getting in have gone from decent to almost nil and I'm frankly very disappointed in myself. Do I still have a realistic chance? Should I not get an appointment I'd probably apply to OCS/OTS as my college doesn't have ROTC.
     
  2. RedNose

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    Maybe "do I have a chance" is a poor question. Rather, is there anything I can do at this point?
     
  3. Christcorp

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    Rednose definitely has the right question. Obviously, everyone "Has a Chance". Assuming that they've applied. The only person with a 100% guarantee, is the person who "Doesn't apply". They have a 100% guarantee chance of NOT receiving an appointment. All others have a "Chance".

    But as rednose rightfully mentioned; you can not worry about things you have no control over. Your 1st semester in college is pretty much over with. Whatever your grades are...... are. You can't change that. "Why" they are what they are, isn't important. All you can do is work on what you have control over. That is basically: "Do better the 2nd semester". If you don't receive an appointment this season, you can apply again next go around. As long as you're under the age limit of: "Haven't reached your 23rd birthday yet on the day you enter the academy", then you can keep applying. There have even been those who attended the academy who already had a 4 year BA/BS degree completed.

    And yes, you can also apply for OTS/OCS if you make it through college with a degree and haven't received an appointment to the academy. Point is; you're simply wasting your time and creating stress on yourself if you are trying to figure out your chances and worrying about grades that are already in the books and can't be changed. Concentrate on what you can affect. You never know. You might actually get an appointment. College is more difficult than high school. The academy knows that. You never know. best of luck.....
     
  4. the tone

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    You don't have a chance if you don't try. The past is the past; do something about the present and give it your best shot. What do you have to lose?
     
  5. Buff-IP

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    The question will be, why did your grades suffer...and what are you doing about it?

    Being a 'freshman' at the academy is stressful, tough, and there is not enough time to do what you need to do. How does the college experience compare?

    If you solved your issues and turned around your grades, that might be a positive sign.
     
  6. RedNose

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    Thanks everyone. I suppose I'll likely have to reapply. In the grand scheme of things, not a big deal.
     

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