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Poor academics before Military

Jrod0109Jrod0109 0 replies1 threads New Member
The reason I joined the military was because I wasn't mature enough to focus on school work. The military has transformed me and I have been at the top of my classes in training and through out my career on evaluations and amongst my leadership. How much weight will a school place on my previous academics? Will the essay and recommendations hold that much weight as to change a decision.
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  • bopperbopper 14125 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    I agree...going to CC is a good plan because CC's take most anyone, and then you can demonstrate to other colleges that you are able to do college level work. I would then consider transferring to your State U because they will take the CC credits with the least fuss.
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  • NoVADad99NoVADad99 2258 replies33 threads Senior Member
    Even better if your state has a guaranteed transfer policy for CCs to state flagship universities. Best of luck to all the vets out there. Everyone deserves a second chance.
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  • islandvol77islandvol77 3 replies1 threads New Member
    Completely agree with the CC path. It's not much fun if you're looking for that 4-year experience, but the grades are well worth it and I find that they can be much more accessible for more mature students that have had some real-world experience. I'm personally leaving TCC with an associates in business administration and probably transferring to William and Mary in the fall depending on what Washington and Lee says. I think my original college GPA was lower than yours, to be honest--so it is possible to rebound.

    I will say this with regards to the community colleges: people forget they are cheap. If you can swing not having to utilize the GI bill, even for something like a semester or two, I think it can pay dividends down the road if you want to pursue a graduate degree. So many accelerated graduate degree programs nowadays make this worth thinking about, I believe.
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  • Mangorind86Mangorind86 16 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @cider1 Solid advice. I'm glad to hear you are doing so well after transitioning back! Hope everything worked out for you this year.

    @Jrod0109 I had a similar experience. Average/below avg hs academics. Same thing for CC directly after HS. Went back to CC after the military and have sustained 4.0GPA since. I think what got me into other colleges was my personal essay (granted I only applied to private colleges through the commonapp).

    So although your academic grades will play a factor, I think it's important to show the school how you've changed post military and to sell yourself
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  • thestandardthestandard 127 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @Jrod0109 They won't put any weight on past grades. Schools are much more interested in seeing how you've changed and matured. FWIW I know plenty of vets with terrible HS grades, that then failed out of college, who after serving busted their asses for a year or two and ended up at places like Cornell and Columbia. Definitely is possible to achieve things beyond what seems possible if you truly have changed/matured and take school seriously
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  • ccprofandmomof2ccprofandmomof2 486 replies8 threads Member
    Above advice is correct, in my experience--esp. the part about not using your GI bill while at CC if you can swing it. Also look at the Posse Foundation, posse foundation.org. Finally, check with other vets in your area about how supportive any particularly CC is. Some have great Veterans Resources Centers, and those vet-friendly campuses really offer an excellent environment, including any needed tutoring you might need to refresh skills. You can even visit the VRC on the CC campus and just check it out.
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