Questions for a Freshman Cadet

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  1. Jezzie

    Jezzie USAFA Cadet

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    Hey! If anyone has questions you'd like to ask me, a freshman, I'll be glad to answer them. Having just been through basic training, and going through freshman year currently, I can give you up-to-date information and an inside look. :rolleyes:
     
  2. Nateman15

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    What was it like?? lol. Harder than you expected or easier?
     
  3. thunderbird12

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    hey thanks for offering your time..
    i had a question about validating courses for 4* year. My situation right now: I've been offered an appointment and I have accepted (2015).. In school by the time I have graduated, I will have completed 5 AP classes. I did 3 Junior year, and I am finishing 2 senior year. With regards to validating courses, can I submit/would it be worth it submitting AP scores to USAFA?
    If it helps at all for the subjects I am talking about, the AP classes I will have completed are:
    US History
    Chemistry
    BC Calculus
    Physics C
    English Literature

    Also could you give me a perspective on the difficulty of the the placement tests administered during basic?

    Thanks
     
  4. Jezzie

    Jezzie USAFA Cadet

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    Nateman15:
    Basic Training was in some ways easier than I had been expecting. Don't get me wrong - it's still extremely challenging, but not every second of every day is going to be miserable. There'll be times your Cadre actualy say nice things (once in a blue moon) and sometimes something hilarious will happen and it'll make inside jokes that you'll remember for years.
    The academic year was a lot tougher than I was expecting. Granted I'm in one of the more difficult squadrons, but the demands on freshmen and the extra duties become tedious and annoying. You're expected to do things like take out trash in the morning, greet upper classmen in the hallway (by full name, rank, job and AFSC), carry your back pack in your left hand (not allowed to put it on your back), running on the marble strips to classes, calling "minutes" in the morning, multiplue training "beat" sessions per week after school... that sort of thing. Any specific questions I can answer for you?

    Thunderbird12:
    Good luck with validating classes. It's really tough to do here, but not impossible. A friend of mine who'd had 3 1/2 years at a university only had a few (less than 4) credits transfer. I personally got a 4 on my AP Literature exam, and couldn't validate. I was also in AP classes, but those didn't really matter except for looking good on your resume to get accpeted.
    The placement tests in the summer aren't bad. They're to place you, not test you.There's easier questions and more difficult questions. It'll assess which class you should start in. You could start in Pre-Cal or in Calc 2. It all depends on the score of the placement tests that you take during basic. On a side note, you won't have a calculator and you'll be dead tired because you're in basic training. These tests can't hurt you, and a lot of cadets say to just fill in bubbles and sleep while you can ( a rare treat) but really try your hardest on these tests so that you can be placed in the correct level.
     
  5. Nateman15

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    ^good luck taking sophomore classes freshman year. no thank you. lol
     
  6. Jezzie

    Jezzie USAFA Cadet

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    lololol very good point. My roomate who's in advance chemistry is smacking her head against the wall. Most of these classes are tough without them being advanced or validated. It's ivy league. These teachers don't play around, but they're there for you.
     
  7. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    Can't hurt to submit the scores.

    Through AP, I was able to validate the core bio class with a 5, and physics 110 (mechanical) with a 4 on the Physics C test. I then validated three semesters of spanish with the online test you take before you come here, and Calc 1 on the placement test.

    That made my second semester last year difficult (Physics 215, Calc 3, Engr Mech, Chem) but I would recommend placing out of whatever you can. Gives you slightly more freedom in your schedule later on.
     
  8. Texasrocks

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    It is not Ivy League - once you get into Harvard it's not that hard to hold a b average. AF is way way harder.
     
  9. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    lol, I think I repost this every year. Please correct anything out of date, but the bottom line is: try to validate anything and everything you can!

    I think the Chemistry piece has changed. Can only validate the first semester which places you in an honors course for the next level course.

     
  10. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    ^^Yep!

    Validate what you can.

    I validated into Calc 3, but decided to take Calc 2 because I hadn't learned a few things (Taylor series, etc). WHAT A MISTAKE! I barely learned anything new, had a fairly miserable time doing it, and it dropped my GPA a little too!

    Chem 222 was a rough class for me, but it was only 1 semester of a rough class (when everyone else had 2 semesters).
     
  11. Jezzie

    Jezzie USAFA Cadet

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    TexasRocks - of course it's not. I was merely trying to get the point across that it's not like some community college that a lot of high schoolers have been used to.

    Raimius- agreed. try to validate everything. What's it going to hurt if they say no?
     
  12. RyWalk

    RyWalk Candidate-2015

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    4th degrees aren't exactly supposed to listen to music, but is KAFA (the AFA radio station for those who don't know) an exception?
     
  13. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    Sure, you can listen to all the 'Character Matters' that your heart desires.
     
  14. luckymacy

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    have trashcan ready, deeply insert finger into back of throat, relieve thyself..
     
  15. asko847

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    Jezzie, what were the workouts like during basic? Were they more difficult to accomplish then you thought they would be? Thanks!
     
  16. PDub

    PDub Prospective

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    How about you just wait and see? I'm assuming you're not going to base your decision to attend USAFA on whether beatings during BCT are challenging but if I'm wrong that's definitely the wrong attitude to start inprocessing with.
     
  17. RyWalk

    RyWalk Candidate-2015

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    Maybe it's just my timezone, but I've only ran into that show once out of the many times I feel like listening to kafa on my browser. If that's the only part of it 4*s can listen to though, I guess humming to myself will have to suffice :biggrin:
     
  18. aglages

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    I believe that asko847 directed his question to Jezzie. You may recall that Jezzie offered to answer questions about the "freshman" year at USAFA? Hopefully the questions on this thread don't have to be approved by an anonymous 2nd year USAFA cadet. Otherwise everyone can just "wait and see". :eek:
     
  19. xeonv2

    xeonv2 USAFA '15

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    Do first year cadets have time to join a club? Especially the sports ones? And what do you usually do on weekends?

    By the way thanks for making this topic!:biggrin:
     
  20. djms19

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    I am a female awaiting appointment. One of my concerns is about my weakness in doing the pullups/flexed arm hang. I've been working on it with only slight improvement. Would I get any help during BCT/1st year in strengthening/improving in this area?
     

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