Dropping a class as a 2nd-semester HS senior

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  1. caesar4k

    caesar4k New Member

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    Hey all. Just got my LOA back in December. There's one class I'd like to drop, Human Physiology & Anatomy, that is simply an elective and isn't important for graduation or any other science requirement. I've already taken AP Physics, AP Chem and AP Bio so it's not like I'm weak in science.

    Does USAFA have a problem with dropping classes, as long as they're relatively minor in the grand scheme of things such as this one? I'll still be meeting the graduation requirement in terms of courseload, credits, etc.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
     
  2. hma12345

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    No not at all. I dropped AP Physics 2 my senior year and I was completely fine. Go ahead and drop it. Your ALO should say it's fine too if ask him/her about it. Enjoy your senior year!
     
  3. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 Kirtland, AFB 10-Year Member

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    I agree, you should be fine dropping it, however if your reason for dropping is that you are struggling, I'd recommend staying and taking the opportunity to figure out a way to do better (how you study best). It's common to get to USAFA and have to actually study for the first time ever, and have no idea how to actually do that. If that doesn't sound like you, drop away and enjoy your last year of freedom
     
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  4. Pirona2000

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    Have to study for the first time? Really? How do you become an USAF Academy Cadet without ever studying? Do you expect to excel without having ever "really" studied? Are you in the top of your class without putting in hours of work to be at the top? I believe that most if not ALL that apply to the different acadamies put in many hours of self sacrafice to be where they are. The academy is probably not the best place to "really" start cracking the books.
     
  5. hma12345

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    lol that's not true at all. I was never one of those naturally smart kids in high school so I had to to learn how to study before coming to USAFA but it surprised me to see the amount of kids that had NEVER studied before coming here and they struggled a lot their first semester. So before you criticize or talk about the cadets here, try becoming a cadet first and then say that everyone knew how to study before they came here ;)
     
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    My son was one who never had to study in HS and still was at the top of his class. It happens more than you’d think. He did get a wake-up at USAFA and had to study. He made it through, graduated pretty high in his class, and has done well in the AF.

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  7. MidwestDad

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    Agreed - DS was the same. 3 sport athlete and heavy AP load in HS; got by without cramming for hours and still spent plenty time on the Xbox etc.

    He did have to work quite hard in 2 non-STEM classes at USMA 1st semester but still pulled out an outstanding GPA and rank for 'never having studied before.' [Also walked on to an NCAA team program.]

    In hindsight I am convinced that the 3 sport calendar really helped with time management skills; a little taste of the SA daily grind without days on end of free time after class.
     
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  8. mommahedg

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    High school came pretty easy to DS. He was involved in multiple leadership positions in 3 time-involved activities : Weekdays started at 5:30 am with practices, school from 7 to 3, and then various practices until 8 or 9 at night. Most weekends were spent at all-day competitions. Agree with MidwestDad - I think that has helped with the long days at USAFA. And he has learned how to add study time into his schedule, too :)
     
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  9. Pirona2000

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    Pretty remarkable I have to admit. I guess there are a few individuals that are just born with that natural intelligence. I will just keep book cracking! Seems like USAF Academy is harder than some schools.
     
  10. Pirona2000

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    Sorry you took my comments in a negative way. I never criticized anyone. I only mentioned that I believed most people work hard to get where they are today. And I NEVER said anything about any cadets. All opinions are respectful but please read what is written.
     
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  11. KTMDad

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    Our DS wanted to drop a class his 2nd semester of his senior year, he emailed his USAFA counselor and she told him that if he listed it on his application, then they would have to revisit his application (he had received his Appointment in October). In the end, it wasn't worth the risk to him so he finished the class. Before dropping it, I would recommend contacting your USAFA counselor to get their advice.