What to do?

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  1. NAVYgreg

    NAVYgreg New Member

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    I am a senior in high school. I live in Nevada. I just received my TWE, but I am not at all discouraged. I still want to attend USNA and will reapply again. I have a concern about what I am to do in the next year. My BGO recommended that I stay instate and take classes at the University of Nevada and the community college concurrently, totaling close to 55 credits my first year. He said to do that because the review board wants to see that I can handle a big load and still maintain a high GPA while still doing extracurriculars (part-time job, club sport, etc.). I was wondering if I should do that OR enlist in the Navy/Marine Corps and see if I can get appointed to NAPS.
     
  2. NYRower182

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    IMO enlist in the reserves and take college classes next year. With reserves you can do both basically
     
  3. MN14

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    I would go to college and join NROTC. Make sure to take math, science, or engineering courses too. I just went through what you did last year. I was in AFROTC and am now a USAFA Class of 2014 appointee. Join NROTC and apply again. Even if you don't get appointed you are working toward your goal of becoming an officer.
     
  4. singaporemom

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    I agree with MN14. College, NROTC. You have an extra chance at receiving a nomination from your NROTC unit. And in the end, you will have accomplished the same goal: becoming an officer in the Navy. There is more than one way to get there. While you are waiting to hear from USNA again, you might as well get 1 year under your belt towards that goal, just in case.

    You have a great spirit!
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I've posted a thread on what to do if you want to reapply.
     
  6. katrina514

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    That doesn't sound right, I'm sure there are non-prior enlisted NAPSters..
     
  8. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    Sorry to hear that man. I'm from Northern Nevada. I was wondering if there were others from Nevada on the forums.

    There are many routes you can take as others have cited, and I would def. look at usna1985s post. Huge help. But def. reapply next year. It shows your determination to attend the school to the boards. There have been countless examples of people reapplying the next year and getting in. Just dont let the TWE discourage you.

    Good luck man.
     
  9. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    Follow the advice of your BGO: enroll in college, take challenging plebe-level courses (and excel in them) and re-apply next year.
     
  10. singaporemom

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    Others please advise....
    55 units in the first year? I think that is too much. Full load is 15-17 units a semester or 30-34 units in a year. At 55 units, I don't think you'd have time for a job, extra curriculars, and still maintain a high GPA. If you want more units than that, start with summer school so you have a college transcript to submit at the end of summer and you can send in updates at the end of each semester. There may even be an intensive winter program for a class or two.

    Choose your classes carefully, so that your high GPA is based on solid core subjects of math, science, history, english and rotc.

    Good Luck!
     
  11. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Plebe first years are 16/17 credit hours per semester. That includes: 4 in Calc, 4 in Chem (3-2-4), 3 each in English and History, and the remainder in other things that have changed over the years -- Leadership, Navigation, Engineering, etc. The core courses are the ones mentioned.

    You really, really need the Calc and Chem w/lab. You CAN take Physics but don't overload your courses and not do well. Try to avoid what USNA considers to be somewhat "fluff" courses like Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, the Arts, etc. One of those in your mix is fine but not an entire courseload.

    Also, as mentioned, your ECAs in college aren't that important. USNA recognizes that, at most colleges, it's very hard for freshmen to do much more than be members of clubs. If something interests you, by all means, join. But don't try to duplicate your h.s. senior year in college -- it isn't necessary, won't get you many if any bonus points, and takes valuable time way from academics, at which you need to excel.

    Ditto with athletics. If you were active in h.s., that's all you need. Stay in shape, do well on the CFA, but don't worry about playing varsity, etc. unless it's something that you really want to do and can do while still getting good grades.
     
  12. jennyp

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    Yes, there are non-prior enlisted NAPSters. That requirement is for those enlisted who are applying to USNA!
     
  13. NAVYgreg

    NAVYgreg New Member

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    I forgot to say, there is no college or university in Nevada that offers ANY kind of ROTC program.
     
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    I'm a second-timer and I think it is totally worth it! I went to a small private school with a great ROTC program and learned a whole bunch about the military and leadership as well as all the knowledge from those Engineering curriculum classes :thumb: I think one of the greatest parts about it is that you learn to live on your own and when you get to the Academy, you won't be wishing that you could be at a comfy State U because you have been there and know that it isn't that great! :eek: (IMHO)
     
  15. PAParentUSNA

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    Option

    Greg, sorry to hear.
    Have you given any thought to attending one of the military junior colleges? I see New Mexico/Roswell it the nearest one to you. An acquaintence of mine sent his son there a year after he did not get appointed to westpoint or the prep school. He entered the academy prep program on his own dime and reapplied and was excepted the following year. Another option. I do not know all your specifics, but I would not rule this out.
     
  16. jbowman55

    jbowman55 USNA Parent 2014

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    Yikes! No ROTC in Nevada? What's up with that?

    Well, here's an idea: Look at Texas A&M-Galveston. Not as hard to get into as the main campus in College Station. It's the home of the Texas Maritime Academy and it has NROTC which interacts with the Aggie Corps of Cadets.

    I know it's a long way from home. But it's relatively inexpensive (~$21,000 for a year) and can get you headed toward a commission even if you don't get into USNA.

    website: http://www.tamug.edu/rotc/
     
  17. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    You mean that offers no NROTC? UNR offers AROTC, and UNLV offers AFROTC and AROTC.
     

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