High school senior needs help

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  1. Bradley

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    Unfortunately it's too late to apply to VT as I am a senior in high school. Will applying next year make my resume look any less impressive? Should I do community college for a year? I appreciate all advice and suggestions.
     
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    By high school senior, do you mean that you are graduating in the Class of 09?

    If so, I would definitely take classes at a community college. If you get good grades, I would think that you should still be in good condition for admission to VT.
     
  3. Bradley

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    Yes graduating class 09. Would i be able to transfer half-way through or would I have to stick it out a whole year assuming I would be accepted to VT? I do have a very attractive resume and would perfer to take a year off to work instead of going to community college if it would not hurt me in the application process.
     
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    I think you would have to wait until Fall 2010 to join the VTCC. I can't find any information on their website about transferring in halfway through the year. You may be able to transfer to VT as a non-cadet and join the Corp next year though.

    I don't know how much, if at all, taking a semester or a year off would hurt you in the admissions process. I would e-mail them and ask them specifically. Here's a link to the 'Contact Us' page on the VTCC website: http://www.vtcc.vt.edu/Prospect/Contact.php
     
  5. nick4060

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    Im currently a cadet in the VTCC. Im almost absolutely sure that you can enter as a cadet. If you gain admission to the university, theres no reason you cant enter as a cadet. Last year, housing assignments were given out on Aug 1st and NC week began Aug 16th. Orientation is in july. Id give the admissions office a call and see what your options are.

    Doing community college for a year would be a huge help. Not just for admissions but youd get alot of core classes out of the way, which if youre an engineer, will be a BIG help.
     
  6. RahVaMil2009

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    Have you considered going to school part-time (1-2 classes per semester) while working full-time? That will only help you bolster your already strong resume, especially if you can land a job related to your major (ie, try to get a job in construction if you'll be studying Mechanical Engineering). It will allow you to save up money (especially if you'll be paying your way at VT) while getting some of the core classes out of the way. If you take six credits per semester and work hard at them, it will really show strong time management skills when you have already have a high college GPA while having worked full-time.

    This is definitely an option you should look into. If nothing else, it will help you prepare for the rigors of the Corps of Cadets. You'll get really tired (physically and mentally), which means you'll have to push through some of the same frustrations and challenges you'll undoubtedly face the following year. I had 15 semester hours worth of transfer credits when I matriculated at VMI, and it helped immensely... and not just in the first year.

    Obviously it would be most convenient if you could find a job with flexible hours so you can take classes whenever. If that isn't possible, check into the night classes for non-traditional students. You would be in classes with like-minded individuals (people who are trying to get their degrees on the side while working full-time).

    One last thing... if you go the community college route, make sure you contact the Admissions Office at VT and get them pre-approved for transfer. Most college admissions offices are very helpful in this process.

    Hope this helps...

    Good luck,
    Jackie M. Briski '09
    Virginia Military Institute
     

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