Prior Enlistees ? Prep school hopes..

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  1. RolandGilbertUSAF

    RolandGilbertUSAF New Member

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    Currently stationed at Osan AB, I am a firefighter AD (obviously) in hope of going to the prep school. YES! I know the academy in general including the prep school is academically demanding. I am not so strong as far academics hence the reason i am trying to attend the prep school to help me out in that for 2019. Any advice for priors for hopes for the PREPARATORY SCHOOL. I have been operational in the air force as of March 2014, i have MANY volunteer hours, on a jr enlisted council and part of the sub committee. On the base honor guard team, being nominated for airman of the quarter, etc. Is there any prior enlisted on here that have been accepted to the prep school, if so please PM me or answer here. BTW i left high school with a 2.7GPA, captain of track team, and i am currently 19. I have taken the ACTs and currently waiting on my scores and already scheduled again for AUG. ANY ADVICE PLEASE DROP IT HERE!
     
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    I will be harsh. This is college, a very difficult one. Just reading your post, you need to brush up on your English and writing. Cadets who average 3.7 in high school average 2.7 at the Academy. If you were 2.7 in 4 years of high school I doubt that a year of prep will be enough for you to succeed academically at the Academy. JMHO
     
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    thanks!
     
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    I'll disagree. I knew many HS students that didn't put forth a lot of effort in HS and their GPAs reflected that. If you believe that with a a year of HS review and college preparatory classes that you'll be able to put forth 100% effort in USAFA, I think you have a decent chance of succeeding.

    Personally.....I'd leave the evaluation of whether you can make it through the academy up to USAFA admissions. If they send you to the Prep-school than they believe you can handle it. Your focus right now is convincing all the people necessary that you deserve a shot and you'll make the best of it.

    Good Luck and thanks for your service! :thumb:
     
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    What's the harm of giving it a shot? If this is something you want, then go for it! Let's face it, not applying means 100% failure.

    I know a couple of people who skated through high school with C averages. They went to college - one is a lawyer and the other an engineer, both successful. I just depends on your passion and your effort.
     
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    Thats exactly how my situation is in a sense. My cousin just graduated the prep school and he went in with a 2.9GPA. He just recently received his appointment to the USAFA too so i know it is possible for a GPA in that range. But thanks for your support means a lot to me.


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    Yeah I messed up in high school and i take full responsibility in that. But it does not mean thats how my effort and dedication will reflect for the Prep school. Ive learned a lot as enlisted and felt it has made me a better man overall. I just need to touch up in academics, and with a the focus i have now im sure ill be able to accomplish it. But thanks so much for your support and not immediately shooting me down. Means alot.



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  10. AFrpaso

    AFrpaso USAFA '17

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    I'm a prior-preppie and can tell you that there is no great "secret" to getting in and staying in other than hard work and a good attitude.

    Please shoot me a message if you have any specific questions.
     
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    Though your scores sound low its all about the effort that you put in. I wasnt the smartest person coming out of highschool and therefore was appointed to the Prep School. Just as long as you are willing to put forth your best effort you will be okay. I know many people who came to the academy as a Direct Entry with a 4.0 GPA in high-school and were washed-out because they thought the academy would be just like high-school. So Apply!! theres no harm in it.
     
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    Do you have a follow on from Osan? If so, you might lose it depending on your DEROS. MPS will put a specialty code on your SERF and it will keep you from PCS/PCA until you find out if you were selected (or not). I didn't really want to chance staying at Osan for an extended period of time or losing my follow on (Spangdahlem).
     
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    Roland,
    If you don't try, the answer is always NO.

    I agree, as a HS student, I did as much as I had to, and was happy to 'Graduate'. Later in life, when I went to college, I was an A/B Student. Because at that point, I actually cared about my grades.

    The worst that happens is you get there, and it's too much, then you go back to where you came from.....but as a young man, if you have it in you, absolutely go for it!

    In the mean time, take any/all math & science courses you can get your hands on when you're off duty. This will help get you ready, and if you're not accepted....you're still on your way to a degree. One way or the other, never give up on a degree.

    Just my .02
     
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    Man, if I had a penny for every time someone told me that "you can't do this or you can't do that", I'd be a billionaire today! I was a slacker all my life, that is until I hit my junior year in high school. When I realized exactly what I wanted to do and where I needed to be, I turned it up and I even surprised myself. The bottom line is that you won't know until you try. Give it a 110% and see where it takes you!
     
  15. Buff-IP

    Buff-IP USAFA '88 Pilot

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    There is nothing stopping you from taking some college math and English courses right now...as well as SATs and ACTs.

    Find out who your ALOs are in the area and get some one on one mentoring...
     

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