Switching a class?

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by LJM, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. LJM

    LJM Member

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    Hi all,

    I recently received an appointment to West Point. I have read through these boards quite a bit, but this is my first post. So, a little bit of a predicament:

    I'm currently in an AP English class that frankly, I'm not a big fan of. I don't get along with my teacher(a first), and find the feedback to be inconsistent and counterproductive. The quality of my writing has decreased with this course---and not in the "break it down and build it up" type of way. With the beginning of a new semester, I have the opportunity to switch to another English class.

    I did decently first semester, finishing with an 85 (one of my weaker grades). Otherwise, a very solid start to the year. I am currently taking and doing well in AP Calc, along with an AP science and 2 AP social studies. I did not indicate to my FFR that I was interested in the English major (I said Mech/Civ Engineering and Econ), so I was wondering if it would be a big deal if I changed into a non-AP course?

    Thank you very much!
     
  2. cadet85

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    Just make sure you are challenging yourself to become better. Don't take a class because it is easier, take it to learn and become better. That is the overall goal.

    At this point, it seems like you can do whatever you want in this circumstance. If you already have an appointment and you switch to a different class, I am not sure it will make any difference at all. But don't think that an 85 in an AP class will kill your appointment. You would have to be making a D or below for it to really matter. Sounds like you are a good student, so make the right choice. Maybe sticking with it and working your hardest may be your best option, but if you are not learning and improving, I would ask your parents, and then make the best decision. But, you are golden. Don't worry.
     
  3. My3Sons2017

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    Please allow me to give you a piece of "friendly" advice. First, the course you are currently on helped you get into West Point, so to change anything right now might raise a red flag. It's not like you are failing your English class and can't handle the work. Stick with it and do the best you can. Believe me, you will not "love" every professor you have a West Point and changing classes will not be an option. Learn now to accept what is in front of you and as they say at West Point "EMBRACE THE SUCK"! BTW, congrats on your appointment and good luck!
     
  4. kinnem

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    I agree with above comments that it is best to stick it out. Additionally, we all have people we don't get along with but need to learn to work with effectively. All of us. Military or no. Best to start learning to do that now.
     
  5. WienerDog

    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    Agreeing with Kinnem. Here's your first shot at stepping up and facing a challenge. Your entire career will be made up these decisions.
     
  6. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    Sounds like a question for your FFR/RC if you're really concerned
     
  7. USCGA_2018

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    Great job on the appointment. I agree with other posters here to stay the course and learn about dealing with others in an adverse situation. It will pay dividends in the long run.

    If the AP English was preventing you from succeeding in a STEM course than I might think differently. Otherwise, I believe that you will have to submit your 8th semester grades and why have an obvious mid-year course change show up on your final transcript?
     

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