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Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Lilly, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Lilly

    Lilly Member

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    He was mentioned in a previous thead but as someone suggested that thread should move on down the line...

    I'm curious, but if it's inappropriate to ask, let this thread die too.

    Has "Mars Boy" survived? Does any one know?

    I really, really hope he did.
     
  2. CadCandMateus

    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    unfortunately he will now be departing USAFA.
     
  4. KveTina

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    Oh no, what happened?
     
  5. Downfall75

    Downfall75 USAFA Cadet

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    they're getting pretty strict on grades lately. doesnt help that we're 400 cadets over the congressional limit...
     
  7. KveTina

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    Oh man. Really, how tough is the academy academically?

    Back in middle school, I breezed through school. I put in half the effort and ended up with twice the results. Because of this, I thought I could treat high school the same way.

    Fortunately, I was put into an academically program at my high school for incoming freshmen. Not to mention I was hurling myself into more extracurriculars than I could handle. It was a complete wake up call for me. I used to be pulling A's in middle school, now I was holding on to D's. The semester didn't end up too bad actually, my first semester of freshman year I had a 3.0.

    I've had a really good upwards trend since then ever since I learned how to manage my time, how to study effectively, and my grades are going pretty well so far.

    Am I going to have to have the same wake up call if I go to the academy?
     
  8. Roman

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    I'd count on it.
     
  9. dtkdarnoc

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    Mars boy and Wing numbers

    I had heard he was gone - didn't hear any particulars other than "grades"

    Where is 2013 now - 1304 cadets I think in December, wonder how many chose not to return. Is the Academy only supposed to have 4000 total?

    D
     
  10. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    Camis lists our class size as 1280 for rankings.
     
  11. aggie83

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    I think the academics are hard - but not sure any harder than a top-ranked 4 year university your freshman year. The biggest factor is time - having time to commit with all the other military, intramurals, etc. put on cadets and the lack of resulting sleep and the amount of stress the cadets are under.
     
  12. buff81

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    My heart broke for 'box boy'. I hope he made it.....
     
  13. Lilly

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    Bummer

    I'm sorry for "Mars Boy," I hope he lands on his feet.

    But this can be a cautionary tale for incoming cadets and it's been posted in the forum before: You're starting all over again. Everyone else around you has a glorious resume' just like yours. But, when you get there the slate is clean, USAFA doesn't really know you're all that and a bag of chips - you've got to prove it. Just like everywhere else in real life! :shake:

    Hit the ground (and the books) running don't hold back and don't look back, they are gaining...
     
  14. MChansard

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    so far from my squad, it's mainly been sophmores getting the boot or choosing to leave due to grades.

    i've been on academic probation and pulled myself out of that hole. i promise, everything here is feasible and achieveable.. did i even spell those right?!:rolleyes:

    if you put in the effort in the beginning, you will do fine
    if you put in the effort and struggle, they will see how you try
    if you put in the effort and still struggle, considerations might need to be made
    if you don't put in the effort, you'll be warned
    if you don't put in the effort and still don't put in the effort, for heaven's sake don't end up below a 1.0 gpa!!!
     
  15. jarvin

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    I want to get a better idea of how the academics there are (in terms of engineering). Could current cadets please elaborate how the classes are. Is there a specific curriculum? How do professors grade? Do the professors teach with enthusiasm or do they just teach to teach the class? How's the workload for most of the classes?

    See I never liked AP classes, not because they were too challenging or too much work, but because many teachers taught the class to pass the exam. Many of the classes require no insight, and you just become a test score. Although I've taken several (4 APs this year), its painstaking going through the class because we always have to meet the ap exam schedule and we go by the material so fast that you don't really learn anything.

    I've always been curious about the academics at USAFA. I heard the honors program was great because it got students more involved. Now that we're on that topic, how do you go about becoming an honors student?
     
  16. fencersmother

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    KveTina, unless your high school is very different from the vast majority, it'll be tough sledding at any service academy. It's supposed to be.
     
  17. PDub

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    I'm pretty sure that Mars Boy is no longer with the Cadet Wing. Earlier today he sent out an email a drawing of him as a giant stepping over the Academy and flipping the Academy off.
     
  18. Lilly

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    Happy Trails

    Well, well, well... in that case, I take it all back, good riddance.

    Seems like this is a good example of egotism being the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. :rolleyes:
     
  19. KveTina

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    Oh wow. That's a little much. Or is that the usual reaction from cadets who get dis-enrolled?

    I still feel bad for him. Though I guess he didn't really want it enough to seek the extra help?
     
  20. HNeedle

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    very few people who just TRY to succeed academically fail. it's really, really hard to fail classes if you do your work and get EI when you need it... that being said, i do know a few people who work their tails off, do all the extra hw, go in for EI, and still only manage Cs. so take that for what it's worth
     

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