SOAR event

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  1. Tb1150

    Tb1150 New Member

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    My son will be attending the SOAR event in Savannah this weekend. Any advice/info about these events? Will he be able to talk with the Admissions officer? I am asking because he is going to CFAD on Dec. 1 and I am not sure who to contact about setting him up with an engineering major who is a football player/wrestler.

    Thanks!:smile:
     
  2. Dedham

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    I don't know anything about SOAR, but suggest that your son review the USCGA website for information about the program and then contact his Admissions Officer for more information and to find out if the AO will be there.

    My DS is interested in playing baseball in college. The USCGA coach suggested that he time his CFAD visit to coincide with fall baseball so that he could observe a practice. DS asked both Admissions and the baseball coach to pair him with a baseball player who majors in engineering. He was paired with a baseball player who majors in government. One out of two was good, considering the logistics of coordinating these visits.

    I suspect that by December 1, football will be over and that the wrestlers will be practicing. If that is the case, I suggest that your son request to be paired with a wrestler. In any event, your son should try to schedule meetings with both the football and wrestling coaches.
     
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    I agree with Dedham, my son asked to be paired with a Mechanical Engineering Cadet and someone on the Rifle team, while he was paired with neither, he was escorted to several Engineering courses and labs, got to speak to the instructors (who showed a genuine interest in him as a person and as a prospective cadet) and he was taken to the Rifle coach (who allowed him to observe and even participate some). The point is that they will TRY to accommodate your requests. Our son contacted his Admissions Officer about the pairings.

    I hope your son learns a lot during CFAD. My son's experience could not have been better. The Academy, the instructors and most of all the cadets are professional, helpful and welcoming. Good Luck!
     
  4. Dedham

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    DS spoke with the coach about the visit at a showcase in July and the coach asked DS to contact him about a week before the visit to remind him. My guess, and it is only that, is that he asked the players for a voluteer host and that is how he wound up with his pairing.
     
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    Sounds identical to my son's request and experience!
     
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    We went to two SOAR events last year in Florida. They had an Admissions Rep there and presented a powerpoint presentation on the Academy. It was a great way to ask questions and put a face to a name in Admissions. We also were fortunate enough to tour one of the boats.

    We traveled to Jacksonville and Port Canveral (from Orlando..so it wasn't too far) to show my daughter's desire to attend the Academy. Since they didn't have a lot of time for interviews in our area, we also traveled about 100 miles each way for her personal interview.

    It was well worth it, just to meet reps from the Academy.

    My daughter was wait-listed from EA-1 last year. She didn't receive an appointment from reg. admissions right away. More wait listing. We kept in contact every week and kept updating her file with achievements, etc. She did get put on the short list and I am happy to say she is a very happy 4/C at the Academy right now.

    Good luck to you, I was there last year! We had to wait and be patient and went with our Plan B. We committed to another college, got a dorm, etc. But she got the call on June 6th and reported June 27th of this year.

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  7. Tb1150

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    SOAR

    Thanks so much for the help and advice everyone! I'll post and let everyone know how it went!
     
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    My daughter and I could not have been more impressed and satisfied with the SOAR event in Savannah this past weekend. The quality of Coasties who shared their career paths, experiences and advice with us underscored our conviction that our service men and women are truly remarkable. Each and every one of them emanated professionalism but also endearing down-to-earth qualities. Moreover, they all expressed a sincere affinity for the U.S. Coast Guard and extreme job satisfaction. My daughter came away more determined than ever to pursue an appointment to the USCGA class of 2017 with hopes of carving a career path similar to that of one of the weekend's hosts, CDR Cooper ... government major, master's degree at an Ivy League school and then flight school in Pensacola to earn her wings. She has her parents' full support and admiration as do all of the brave young men and women choosing these and similar career paths. Special thanks to all of the Coast Guard personnel who made the SOAR experience possible.
     

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