Principle Status?

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  1. KPDani2018

    KPDani2018 New Member

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    So I just checked my candidate log and noticed that my status has changed to "principal". After looking through some of the posts on here, I found out that that's extremely good news and pretty much means I'm in! But I was wondering if anyone has some more information on what principal really means? For example, good grades was one of my conditions but my 7th semester grades have not been entered yet. Yet my status has already changed. I also understand that 7th semester grades are extremely important but I'm just curious if this means i'm technically "done" or if they can still take that status away from me if I were to get bad grades (which I won't but i'm still curious). Thank you for any and all help!
     
  2. kneedeep

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    It doesn't get any better than "Principal" status. You are in! Congrats.

    I think the Appointment letter tht you will soon get will say something about continued academic performance or maintaining good grades.
     
  3. aooga15

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    congratulations!!

    :wiggle::welcome1:

    It means you did it! You are in! Congratulations for making it to the class of 2018! :thumb:
     
  4. jackiejyp7

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    Congrats! I am a principal candidate as well but I would suggest verifying with your admissions rep because yes, things can change if grades are not maintained. If you've been found 3Q + you have principal, you're in. That means qualifying academically, physically, and medically + principal. Congrats on principal!
     
  5. KPDani2018

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    Oh my goodness! I got the official letter today! This is amazing!! :)
    Thanks for the answers!!
     
  6. jasperdog

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    Congratulations! and welcome to the USMMA family - good luck, this is just the first step of a long, exciting journey.
     
  7. KP2013dramamama

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    KPDaniel2018 Did you get your appointment letter?
     
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    Yes i did!! :)
     
  9. MedB

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    Someone going for a new record?
     
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    Sorry KPDani or others, the above post was about someone the mods already banned and removed from the thread.

    And congrats, all! :)
     
  11. KappaPiKevin

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    I am so excited for all of you! Your futures are all so bright, I might need to wear sunglasses!!! :cool: Kings Point is an exciting academic institution, where life is simple, but full of joy! Can't wait to see you here
     
  12. jackiejyp7

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    Congrats! And thank God that person was banned. No negativity here! All smiles and congrats to you :)
     
  13. aooga15

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    Congrats!

    Congrats to all!!! And welcome to the KP family!!! :wiggle:

    Is there anyone from the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Missouri or Arkansas??? If so, we need to chat!!!!! Welcome!
     
  14. Blue Skies

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    Indiana

    My son is a KP senior from Indiana. Ask away! KP is an amazing place! Having kids at other academies as well, I can honestly say that KP offers opportunities unavailable anywhere else. The biggest problems that my son is facing now is 1) making sure he is ready for his licensing tests, and 2) deciding on which of multiple offers to accept. It's all good! :)

    Blue
     
  15. MomLT

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    usmma job opportunities

    Hi Blue Skies!
    My son may be deciding between Coast Guard Academy and USMMA. He has a principal apmt. to USMMA and waitlisted to CGA (which was always his number one choice). Now he is considering USMMA a little bit more. Anxious to know what are the "multiple offers" that are available to your child upon graduation. His choice, if given to him, may depend on what "opportunities" are avail to him after the four years. Are they all sailing jobs for 5 years? If so, how long at sea on avg and how long home? Where? Thanks for your time!!! I Want my son to be able to make a thoroughly informed decision about both schools, if he is pulled off cga waitlist in May. Thx again-I tried to send this privately but since this is my first post I wasn't able:)
     
  16. kneedeep

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    On the multiple opportunities...
    Our 2013 grad found the same thing and had multiple job offers from companies in the barge, small cruise line, ferry and oil industry. Time at sea/home varies quite a bit. A job on a container ship can mean three months at sea/three months home, while some of barge, supply ship and ships working the intercoastal and brown water (rivers, primarily) can be 2 or 3 weeks on and two or three weeks off. The options available really are incredible.

    The alumni network is absolutely terrific when searching for jobs and our grad found KP's reputation is stellar out in the field. But many if not most KP grads still have to find many of the opportunities out there the old-fashioned way -- working contacts from sea year or their internship, applying for jobs they see on maritime company websites, job fairs, industry job boards, etc. And maybe even taking a job at a company that's not quite what they expected just to get their foot in the door. Nothing wrong with that. It's called life.

    Our grad had a terrific, life-changing experience at KP and we can't say enough about it. Was it easy? Nope, not at all. I know our grad spent alot of his time at KP with a knot in his stomach, worried about passing classes, licensing, etc. But graduation was oh-so-sweet.
     
  17. MomLT

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    Thanks Kneedeep. That was great information! Where is your kp grad now, if you don't mind me asking. Also, do they have to spend all 5 years at sea? Or other things to consider after a couple of years? What about the naval reserve? Any chance they get called in to active duty from reserves? Anyone feel free to respond....Thanks again!
     
  18. kneedeep

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    Our grad is working on a mobile oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

    If they choose to work in the maritime industry, they spend five years "on the water." The Naval Reserve commitment is eight years, and it's concurrent with their five-year maritime obligation. As I understand it the "clock starts ticking" for those eight years on graduation day.

    I don't have my numbers exact, but the class of 2013 graduated around 190, and of that total I think about 40 or so midshipmen went active duty. Navy was most common, particularly in Marine Sealift Command (MSC). But there were graduates going into every branch of service, and Coast Guard was well represented. A few got into the Navy Seal program and a few got flight spots.

    The options and opportunities KP grads have upon graduation are outstanding.
     
  19. jasperdog

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    Just a point of clarification - USMMA Graduates working for MSC are as what are called "CIVMARs" civilian mariner - they are not on Active Duty in the Navy when they sail in that status. That said they are, like your son and mine, who are working in the Maritime Industry concurrently in the Naval Reserve as Ensigns in the "IRR" - Individual Ready Reserve as Ensigns - with their USNR Commitment running concurrently with their MSC employment.
     
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  20. jasperdog

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    MomLT: The USMMA Website admissions page has a pretty solid explanation of the obligation. For post graduate opportunities, admissions used to have a brochure titles "Options and Opportunities" that was excellent - I believe its still available and distributed - I suggest a call to the admissions office and/or an admissions field rep in your area to get a copy. Also if there's a local alumni chapter in your area folks there are always willing to talk to you and your son about their experiences and the opportunities graduating from USMMA provided/provides them.

    Good luck to your son whatever he decides - sounds like he has nothing but a great future ahead.
     

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