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Advice to High Schoolers

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
 Ruby Surgent So as you may have heard, academics are tough here. But even so, it is definitely possible to do well. For all the juniors and seniors out there reading this blog, I would like to recommend some tips that will prepare you for 4/c classes.

The typical classes most 4/c take 1st semester: Calculus 1, Statics and Engineering Design or Fundamentals of Navigation, Macroeconomics or History, English, fitness and wellness and swimming, Chemistry and Chemistry lab, and BEARS (a college introduction class).

That is a total of eight classes, which is a lot especially when you will have military obligations and sports. Here is what you can do now that I hope will help prepare you for classes at the Academy.
  • As hard as it is senior year of high school, take the important classes like math, science and English seriously and learn a lot
  • Take AP chemistry (I wish I had, I’m not kidding)
  • Take AP calculus 1 and 2 if you can
  • Don’t take the easy road senior year, what I mean is take a full day of classes and take classes that will challenge you
  • Work on your time management now; get in the habit of not procrastinating
  • Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy spending time with your friends
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