New user and USCGA class of 2013 hopeful! Care to give me much needed advice? :)

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  1. natspikus101

    natspikus101 New Member

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    So this is my first hour actually on this site and so far I have found it incredibly helpful! I was hoping I could get some wise words from the more experienced users on here because I will be applying with the second group of early action candidates for the Coast Guard Academy on November 15th. I just visited the campus and have fallen in love with every aspect of it!

    ACT: Composite- 29
    Reading- 36
    Math- 27
    Science- 25
    English- 26
    Writing- 23

    SAT: Critical reading- 660
    Math- 580
    Writing- 620
    (as you can tell math isn't my strongest subject, I am hoping to major in government at the academy):redface:

    Varsity volleyball 10th, 11th, 12th. Captain during my senior year. MVP of the WAC league (entire league my team participated in). First Team WAC Player as a Junior and a Senior.

    Varsity Basketball 10th, 11th, 12th. MIP of Varsity Team 2012, Second Team WAC Player.

    Varsity Softball 10th, 11th, 12th. MVP of Varsity Team 2011

    GPA: unweighted 4.0

    Faith Formation Aide during the Fall of Junior year, taught kindergartners about the Catholic religion.

    Peer Leader 11th grade- Helps religion teacher plan and run retreats for the lower grades within the high school

    Secretary of Class during 9th, 10th, 11th grade

    3rd in class out of 33 students

    Eucharsitic Minister during school wide masses- passes out the wine and bread during school held masses

    Envirothon and Green Club member 11th and 12th grade.

    National Honor Society member 11th, 12th grade.

    Plays on a competitive travel league for volleyball

    there is much much more but i dont want to bore anyone, thanks for the upcoming advice
     
  2. Blackbird

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    Welcome to the SA Forums.

    ACT Reading is a perfect 36, but ACT Science is only a 25?

    If this is correct, you can bring up your Science score. The Science section tests your reading and ability to understand graphs. No knowledge of the science contained in the passages is required. Buy an ACT Study guide and practice the Science section to increase your Science score. There is an ACT exam in December.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    If you want to be the class of 2013.... you are VERY behind....

    maybe shoot for the class of 2017?
     
  4. C/B Lattanzio

    C/B Lattanzio Prospective

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    Welcome To the forums man!
    And line in the sand, I think he means he will try and start to attend in 2013.
     
  5. natspikus101

    natspikus101 New Member

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    Meaning I want to be in the freshman class of 2013 haha
     
  6. natspikus101

    natspikus101 New Member

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    Yes I would like to start to attend in 2013, and I'm a girl:thumb:
     
  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    We arrived in CT a few days before R-Day. My dad's side of the family lives in central CT so we hung out a few days. The day before R-Day there was a class get-together. I don't remember anything from it, or at least don't remember much from it.

    My parents had the great idea to drive through CGA that day, so there we were, slowly driving down Bear Drive towards Chase Hall, and there was a big group of scary looking people in red "Cadre" shirts. Of course, we just had to stop right next to them, as they looked at the car. "Wonderful," I thought, "now they know what I look like."

    Later my mother was talking to someone, and they said "oh is your son going to be a freshman?"

    "No, he's a First Class."

    I wouldn't be a 1/c for another 4 years, but she didn't know that.

    From now on when you report doesn't matter as much as when you graduate. You will soon want to forget that entire year. The goal, as a cadet... graduate.

    You want to arrive in 2013, yes, but that's not the number you want to focus on. 2017 is.
     
  8. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    You might not want to advertise that fact to anyone remotely connected to the Admissions Dept.

    Nothing anything against Govt majors, just saying that (pretty sure this is true but not 100% sure) the Academy is required to accept a certain number of candidates intending to major in Engineering -- there is no such reqt concerning Govt majors.

    My advice - before you receive your appointment, always (always!) state your intentions are to major in Engineering.

    Always.
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    No offense taken. Toilets break all the time. Someone has to fix them.
     
  10. Boozebin

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    Ok I'll bite... did anyone remember you on the first day?:biggrin: After reading that story I got really curious.
     
  11. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Not sure. I don't remember their faces. I was yelled at A LOT, but I don't think that was the reason. It would have been a good excuse though.
     
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    So if i state that I am interested in majoring in engineering and am lucky enough to receive an appointment, i will be able to switch the major?
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Yes, because it doesn't really matter early on. Do what you want to do. The place is miserable enough, that if you don't enjoy your major you won't do well.
     
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    natspikus101 New Member

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    This may seem like a silly question, but whay exactly is an appointment for the coast guard academy/what will I have to do? Does it only occur if I get accepted?
     
  15. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    An appointment is an acceptance to the school.
     
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    natspikus101 New Member

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    I thought you were stuck with the major you selected, then during 2/c you are only allowed to switch?
     
  17. Packer

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    Yep, most government majors can handle fixing a toilet.
     
  18. Luigi59

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    Until you get in, you won't select anything.

    Get in first.
     
  19. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    We're there only as safety observers.
     
  20. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    No. Your academic advisor is selected based on your major, so if you pick a major, that advisor comes with it. If you change, so changes your advisor.

    It's been awhile, but I don't remember any major-specific classes 4/c year. I think (and you'll be amazed how fast you forget this stuff once you graduate) that major-specific classes begin 3/c year.
     

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