How to Reapply?

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  1. ps92

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    Hey everybody, I am reapplying to the CGA after getting wait-listed and ultimately denied last year. My application profile online still exists, and I can't figure out how to restart the application process (ie, essays. everything is still grayed out as having been completed). Can anybody offer some guidance?
     
  2. shellz

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    The same thing happened to my son. He contacted admissions and they helped him figure it out...I believe he had to restart a new profile. At any rate, admissions is so helpful, I'm sure they can steer you in the right direction.

    Good luck! It worked out well for my son, and he too was waitlisted first time 'round. Persistence and patience pay off....good luck to you!
     
  3. ps92

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    Alas, they close at 4:30 instead of 5:00. I will call on Monday then. Thank you very much shellz! I knew there was no way I wouldn't have to write more essays. :shake:
     
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    Just think, you were soooo close last year, that this is your chance to wow them with your essays once again. I don't know what the writing prompts are, but really think about how you've changed, grown and matured since the last admission cycle, and let that come out in your writing. If there is an optional section where you can write about anything else admissions should know about you, DO IT! Tell them what you've done to be the best darn future swab they're likely to come across. Tell them if you've improved your SAT score, or taken on a new sport or volunteer activity. Tell them how this extra year has benefited you and made you even more certain that it's CGA for you!

    Good luck. I'll be pulling for you! :smile:
     
  5. twentyten

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    Hi all,

    I am also reapplying this year, but I was not wait listed last year...does that hurt my chances?

    And how much does what you decide to study in college affect admissions? I am taking tons of humanities courses this quarter, but does that make me look like I am not interested in the type of academics that I would be required to study at CGA?

    Also, does admissions take into account the college that you are attending?

    Thanks for your help :biggrin:
     
  6. BruceRTalbot

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    My recommendation would have been to take as much math as possible your first year of college rather than humanities. Also playing a team sport to stay fit would be a smart move.
     
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    I am playing club ice hockey here, and I live very close to a gym where students work out for free so I am anticipating my PFE score going up.

    Also, my school works on a quarter system so I will be taking at least eight more classes this year. I'll try to register for a math class next quarter.

    Thank you for your advice!
     
  8. USNA1982BGO

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    If you are serious about reapplying I would recommend that you try to mimic the schedule of a current 4/c cadet.

    Keep up the physical fitness routine and get to know your Math and English professors (they're the ones that will need to write your recommendations).

    Be on top of things, I suggest that before the end of the semester you go into the Registrars Office and fill out a transcript request form and emphasize that they need to send out your grade transcript as soon as is possible.

    Since USCGA is not a liberal arts college, humanities courses have no real bearing.

    Keep in mind when registering for future classes to sign up for Science, Technology, basic Engineering or Mathematics courses.

    Have all your paperwork and essays in early, your DoDMERB is good for this year, submit your PFE. Since you are a college student you will be looked at once your packet is complete and your college semester grades have been received by Admissions.

    Good Luck! The Class of 2014 has one cadet who entered this year who already earned a Bachelor of Science degree.
     
  9. twentyten

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    Thank you so much for your advice. The reason I'm taking humanities classes is I'm a journalism major; it's what I applied to my college for and I see it as a career alternative to the Coast Guard that has potential to help people. Should I explain this in the essay portion?

    I'll definitely go for some math/science classes winter quarter.

    As far as recommendations go, I'm in mostly large lecture classes and quarters are short. My senior year teachers already agreed to write recommendations for me because they knew me very well and I think what they write could be very good quality, but would it be more important to have current professors writing these recommendations?

    Especially for the math teacher recommendation. The one my teacher wrote for me last year was absolutely stellar; if I reused one of the recommendation letters would that reflect negatively? I would ask her to just do an updated version but she is having a baby very soon so she won't be able to for the time being. I should have asked her at the end of the school year but I was stupid and the having a baby thing didn't even connect in my mind.

    Sorry for all the questions I just want to make sure I do it completely RIGHT this time around.
     
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    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    Sending you a PM
     
  11. YankeesFan

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    Many of the questions twentyten is asking apply to me as well. I would appreciate it if you could advise me as well :).

    -Andrew
     
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    As far as recommendations go this time around, should I still get new rec's for math, english, and coach? I go to UGA now and class sizes can be up to 300, making it nearly impossible to get to know your professor. My Calc 3 class was pretty small though, and I guess I could ask my prof for a rec. He was really disconnected from the whole class though, and I doubt he could really write an accurate rec for anybody... I did get a relatively high grade in the class though (B+), especially for a first semester freshman so maybe that impressed him.

    Not to mention I haven't even taken an english class in college yet since I exempted with AP credit..

    So what should I do? Get my high school teachers to write me a new rec? Also, DoDMERB is good for 2 years right and I won't have to redo that process for this year's application, correct?
     

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