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Being Appointed to Prep School

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2014) Permanent link   All Posts
 Carlos Quintero Around the winter holidays, three years ago, was the time when I received a letter from CGA Admissions letting me know whether I received my appointment or not. After applying through “early action” I did not receive my appointment, but I did not give up. Admissions reviewed my profile a second time, and around March I received word that I was accepted as a Coast Guard Scholar. CGAS is a program that gives prospective cadets a chance to improve areas of deficiency, and a better shot at receiving an appointment. Most of my classmates that attended New Mexico Military Institute for prep school received appointments, after improving in the field of academics.

When I received the letter to attend prep school, I was discouraged at first because I thought it was a waste of a year. It was the complete opposite; prep school gave me a chance to improve my academics and set me up for success at the Academy. Something that appealed to me about CGAS was that school was paid for along with some extra money for spending. To be honest, as a prep for that year, we made more money than we do at the Academy now. There were so many Coast Guard classmates at prep school that you never felt like the Academy had forgotten about us. The Academy did a good job of giving us our own personal connections to the school, so we never felt left out.

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