Losing Appointment

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  1. ABK

    ABK New Member

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    I have recently accepted an appointment to West Point. Nothing is set and stone, but if I receive a C in AP Calculus or AP English, will I lose my appointment. Like I said, nothing is definite. I can still pull out a B or even an A. Any response helps. Thank you.
     
  2. Stevewar2

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    Grades

    There is no clear cut answer. Basically, once you have an appointment - it is yours to lose. Getting one or two grades below an A should not be fatal. A D/F would need some explaining. The biggest thing is to figure out why you are having issues in the classes. It does not get easier at WP.
     
  3. JWP

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    Don't stress too much over this! Agree with Stevewar2 as well.

    Focus on what you can control which is to double down on your studies and work with your teachers so you can earn the best possible grade.

    Do not let the stress overcome you and stay productive (A great leadership trait!)
     
  4. Craig

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    Like the others have said, control what you can control and that is your studies.
     
  5. cadet85

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    Like I have said in a previous post regarding this sort of thing, my friend (grad and former board of admissions) said that it would have to be a significant change to get your appointment taken away. Meaning, a C in an AP class won't necessarily matter too much. The problem would be in a D or F. They mainly tell us that they can take our appointments back because, in all honesty, they don't want us to feel like we can relax and do something stupid, and rightfully so. We should always strive to be the best we can be. I say this because I want you to not worry, as my friend has told me. Unless you get arrested or fail a class, you will most likely be set. So, don't give in to senioritis, and keep on keeping on. Don't party too hard, and continue to be the person West Point accepted.
     
  6. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    ABK

    No one on this board can answer your question, with the exception of a couple of great admissions people that stop by from time to time.

    It never ceases to amaze me how so many people give advice on questions like this. Certainly no current applicant could answer it, and neither could a current applicant's parent... unless they work in admissions. Sometimes people get involved in the process and although well meaning really don't have a clue.

    Even if this exact scenario happened for a 2017 appointee, that does not mean the same result would apply to you. Don't sweat it. Just bust your a$$ and do the best you can.
     
  7. tug_boat

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    Your passion....

    ...will be the measure of your success. And everyday it will be questioned.

    A sub-standard grade on a subject at the last minute may or may not have an effect on your appointment. And yes you appointment is conditional and can be revoked for all kinds of reasons. Now to look over the horizon on this matter, if you don’t have a good grasp about the subject matter it can and will be a huge challenge. This year after Plebes had their first TEEs, there we about two dozen Plebes notified about academic boards upon returning from winter break. These Plebes had one or more failing marks and soon went down the road for separation. They were not prepared for the academic challenges at WP. There are many aspects to understand that will be competing for your time everyday. Time management will be an extremely important skill to have mastered before entering any SA. So the “what if” is irrelevant compared to “what can I do now” to insure success. And even the word success will be more in-depth of a meaning as you will be challenged beyond your capabilities you think you have now.


    Good Luck!!

    And Congrats!!

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  8. LJM

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    Obviously the two schools are very different, but an email I saw from the University of Michigan indicated that a grade of D or F, or 3 or more C's second semester senior year was just cause to re-review the application/revoke admission. I would be shocked if one C would cause you to lose your appointment.
     
  9. My3Sons2017

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    No time to slack

    ABK your comment in your post, "I can still pull out a B or even an A" reveals that you are wanting permission per se to slack a bit the remainder of your senior year?! Hopefully, that perception is incorrect because that mindset won't get you very far at West Point or any other service academy for that matter. Enjoy the rest of your senior year, but keep to the course that got you that appointment. Best of luck to you and congratulations!
     
  10. USAFA2018

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    What about changes in Candidate activities record? Such as not being a captain when previously expected?
     
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    USAFA2018, are you saying you reported that you were captain of an athletic (or other) team and were not? If so, you better "right" that situation, because you have violated the "cadet honor code".
     
  12. navymomwannabe

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    +1 My3Sons2017
     
  13. USAFA2018

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    Absolutely not! When filling out the candidate activites record it said that I should predict activites 12th grade year. I recently found out that I would not be a track captain as I previously expected, due to a change in coaching.
     
  14. Stevewar2

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    Expectations

    I am always of the belief to realistically represent and realistically promise and then over deliver and over preform. Just me and my USMA diploma and 30 years in the Army. I knew my daughter would get her first varsity letter "sometime" this year, but she did not report it until she had the letter from the school in her hand. I don't question anyone's veracity here. You can't violate an honor code until you are part of it. However, perceptions are important - even in this open forum.
     
  15. My3Sons2017

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    USAFA2018, please know that I was NOT trying to accuse you of deception; just trying to clarify your previous post. I personally don't remember my cadet "predicting" any awards or leadership positions prior to them actually happening. Maybe the CAR has changed for the Class of 2018. In my opinion, if you stated something that you are certain will not transpire before the end of the application deadline, you sure might want to contact your RC with your updated information. It would be a problem for you, if your RC asked for verification from your school counselor of all information stated by you. Best of luck to you! Go Army!
     

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