Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by icehockeyfanatic91, Nov 26, 2011.
Received an appointment to Class of 2016 today!!! I'm so pumped!!!!!!!
Great - congratulations!!!
1. Do not get in any trouble with the law (even minor traffic tickets) or your school
2. Do not let your grades drop
3. Get in shape - exceed all of the physical fitness minimums
4. Run - run - run
5. Carefully read and comply with all of the instructions you get from West Point. Respond to ALL of their requests immediately
Are A's and B's acceptable after being offered an appointment? (that is after receiving straight A's all of high school...)
@USMA206 - I'd say so. I think what they are looking for is the "senior slide", where grades drop significantly. As long as your performance is altered severly, I doubt they would pull an appointment.
Forget the actual grades. What's NOT acceptable is anything other than your best. As long as its your best effort then you'll be fine. It's yourself you have to live with more than anything else.
You are about to become what I call the best of the best, which I believe the Service Academies are. You first learn to follow, then you learn to lead. The sky is the limit here. Aristole said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." Thanks for standing up and defending freedom, that is a noble cause.
God Bless and God Speed,
Haha "Senioritis" Yeah, just do the best you can and have fun, thats what it's all about! Works for me at least
Yes of course have fun - but do not be foolish
At the risk of sounding to hooah... there seems to be two approaches to last semester of HS:
Take a break- slack off a bit, you are in, you'll be stuck at USMA, so have some fun. Sleep in when school ends and on weekends, back off on training. Maybe B's are OK. And a C would not be the end of the world.
Prepare for Beast- Enjoy your friends & family. But stay on a school schedule, keep training past what you did for CFA in anticipation of being smoked and taking APFT. Get your mental game ready as best you can, which means not slacking off on academics.
I know cadets and have heard from parents of cadets who did one or the other. And there is probably a happy medium to hit, but few seem to find it.
Per feedback from DS and others, the ones in the 2nd bucket found beast challenging, but was able to enjoy the camaraderie, etc. The ones in the 1st bucket were so challenged physically from PT & schedule that they were miserable. Had a hard time staying up mentally. They got through, but were not prepared. And are still somewhat catching up.
You'll also be competing with both buckets. Some will get C's in Beast, and fight for a passing APFT. Others will get A's and max the APFT, etc. And most will get B's. Both your beast military grade & APFT score stick with you.
Hints: the CFA is not representative of the PT you will see at beast and at USMA in general!!! Better get used to leg lifts. Running on hills and stairways. In the heat. Squad thrusts the length of a hallway.
Again, don't mean to sound too hooah about senioritis or not. You'll have to find your own path! And you can get through it. You just have some options to not make it harder than it has to be.
If I am offered admissions to the USMA, I will be paranoid about a driving ticket. Make that more paranoid than I already am.
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