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    Advice - Options

    I've asked for advice on how to go about earning the Title before, but that was when I thought my parents stood behind me 100%. They're not discouraging me but they're certainly not enabling me either. They won't let me contact a recruiter or check out books on the military and the Corps from the library. For now I'm limited to the information on the internet.

    I'm looking for any advice and/or insight you may be able to provide.

    This is a brief overview of my situation:
    My parents aren't thrilled of the idea of me joining any branch of the military. Though they don't discourage me they certainly won't sign for me. I'm currently in 11th grade and am seeing that more than likely I'll be going to a small school without NROTC for college because it's what I can afford, it's a great school I think I would like, and it's what my parents want. I'll be turning 17 the May I graduate high school so my parents have more say in where I go than I do. Ultimately I want to be become an officer but going enlisted first is certainly an option.

    So far I know my options are:
    Transfer to a larger college for my sophomore year (when I'm 18) with NROTC on a scholarship.

    Enlist in Reserves at 18.

    Any other ideas?

    I won't be 18 until the end of my freshman year of college. Would that be too late to get involved in a PLC program? How does OCS work?

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    Cool 22DevilPup87

    Lots of questions....that are hard for us to answer....

    First you need to listen to your parents....They are guiding you the way they feel fit.....They know you the best .......

    You are still young and have time to work on your school work....
    I don't know your grades....but if you have excellent ones...A/B's...try to see if you can get a scholarship to one of the schools that you would like to go to....SAT's need to be good(on the high side) (each school has their own range for giving them out, and not all are for full...some are for half and partial) Need to talk to your schools counselor...they will help you with more answers....

    This is a start for you to think about for now....

    No it isn't to late to start the PLC program.

    Feel free to PM me.....

    The Drifter

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    Thanks for replying. My parents really are great parents. I know they love and care about me. Sometimes I just think they have their own plan for me that's different than what it is I want.

    I have excellent grades. Not to brag (even though I am proud), through all of high school I've only taken one course in which I've earned less than a 4.0 grade and that was algebra II but even then I earned a 3.7 in that course. However, I haven't taken my SATs yet. I plan to take them in April.

    I attend an internet based high school so guidance counselors are nonexistant.

    Unless I can get almost full tuition and room and board paid with a scholarship to a college with NROTC I'm kind of stuck in that regard. Knowing that after my freshman year of college isn't too late to start PLC is good to know, though. Thank you very much.

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    That is really upsetting to hear no counselors in your school....
    I'm glad to hear you have excellent grades.....
    Each college has their own guidelines for the scholarship program and all look at the SAT's scores differently......

    All 4 of my children worked hard at their studies....and they did well on their SAT's.....Each of them were offered full tuitions and the last two had room and board included at different out of state ones....
    Now my youngest....graduated at the age of 17....She is 19 now...
    So there is Hope......
    So work hard...on the SAT's....Which I believe you can....
    Good Luck.

    The Drifter

    PS SAT's need to be around 1000 on up........

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    Thank you for the good luck wishes.

    It sounds like you have some accomplished and successful children. You must be proud of them.

    Getting 1000 on my SATs shouldn't be too much of a problem. I got a 950 on a practice SAT in 9th grade without studying. This time around I have every resource imaginable. In fact, I just ordered another book to help with the studying from Barnes & Noble today. It should be here in a couple days.

    I'll continue to work hard and return to report on the status of all this stuff once more things have become concrete.

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    You sound like my children....They worked hard really never studied....Yes we wanted them to get the best...but they Earn what they got because They Wanted It...and We are Proud of them.....
    My two youngest ones were always in competition with each other...Brother, Sister Love... ..My daughter who is the youngest...went in first time took her SAT's without studying ...and out scored her brother....That is all she wanted to do....
    She never took anymore.....

    So I know you can do it...because I can see you have the drive they had.........

    The Drifter

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    Thanks, Drifter. Your encouragement means a lot to me.

    I've told myself and made it known that I'm going to get a 1400 on my SATs even if I have to take that darn test every time it's offered between April and the time I send in college applications. I figure if I get a 1400, a score considered good enough coupled with good grades to make it into an ivy league college, I should be eligible for some good scholarships as long as I keep up my grades. In my school anything below an 80 is failing so maintaining at least decent grades isn't an option. I'm an extremist, all or none, and in a lot of ways that's not a good thing. I often times run myself into the ground because I don't know when to stop. But, hopefully being an extremist will help, at least a little, in other ways.

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    See if your school is in this program....if not you and your parents should......
    It might be useful....

    My children were this program during their time in High School....
    One of their teachers or/ principle nominated them....
    You need to be in the Top 10% of your State..

    The Drifter

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    Thank you for that link, Drifter. That's something I'll look into. I looked at the website and it looks beneficial but I'll find out more in the morning.

    My school doesn't have much to offer except straight academics because I'm homeschooled in Maryland earning my diploma in Washington (state). The power of the internet!

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    I'll telll you the same think I told me daughter, she's at Paris Island right now. If you have a burning desire in your gut to be a Marine and you will not stop until you are one, you will not fail. Having the right mental attitude is the most imporntant thing to have when you arrive at boot camp. The physical aspect of boot camp is tough. To get ready, run every day, pullups, crunches, anything else to get you hard and ready to hit it.

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    Thank you. I'll take your advice to heart.

    I wish your daughter the best of luck. Let me know when she returns to you as a Marine, will you?

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    Registered User Free Member ktriplett's Avatar
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    For someone with grades like yours, the SAT's should be no problem. I never worked hard in high school, even though I had the potential, and my GPA stayed around 3.5. When I took the SAT's, I was surprised at how easy they really are. I had one book that I studied a little bit, and it helped immensley. If you study and then pace yourself when you're taking the test, your goal of 1400 should be no problem.
    You've got a good head start, with your work ethic. It wasn't until I started college that one of my professors actually challenged me to work hard at school, and that professor changed my life.
    Good luck. You'll do great.

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    Thank you for the good luck wishes. I need all the luck I can get.

    I've never taken a standardized test before (with the exception of one I don't even remember taking in the first grade). It's the format that frightens me the most. I'm sure I know most of the material on the SATs but the questions are so strange. "Here, read a passage, and then I'm going to ask you a question that you should be able to answer with implied information." Or my favorite, "Here's a math problem that's practically impossible to solve mathematically. Even if you were one of the few bright students that could do it, it'd take you so long to calculate the answer it'd be counterproductive for you to answer."

    . . . I'm studying. Starting tomorrow every Saturday is a mock SAT day. I feel like I'm wasting my life. I have better things to do than spend 3 hours every weekend taking a test. Oh, well. That's life. I want a good score; I have to work for it.

    Thanks again. Knowing there are people out there that believe in me makes it easier.

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    Registered User Free Member Joe Gore's Avatar
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    Hey devilpup sounds like your heading in the right direction. You need to stay in school. Even if you become an officer and decide for some strange reason you don't like it then you will need that degree to fall back on. When i left high school i did not have the resources nor the desire to go on to college so i followed my older brothers foot steps and joined the Marines. Only i joined the real Marines (infantry) he was an Air Winger. After i got out i did go back to school, because I realized that I needed it. You would not beleive how hard it was to get back in to school after you've been out for 5 or 6 years. You might want to go on line and see what types of grants and other scholarships that are available. There is a book that lists all scholarships that are available. You might have to do some reading and find some but you might find some scholarships that go un claimed because no one applys for them. It's worth a shot.

    Still can't figure out why any one would want to be an officer. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jess- Don't worry about the test format. All ya gotta do is figure out the correct answer and color in the little bubble. No big deal.

    Don't forget that your test booklet is yours. You paid for it when you paid the test registration fee. No one's gonna look at it and say, "What an idiot! She couldn't figure out what 2+2 was without writing it down!" It'll just be thrown away when you're done with it. It's yours, and there are wide margins in it for a reason. You won't be allowed to use any loose leaf paper or a notebook of your own. Your only scratch paper will be inside your test booklet. You can use the margins for the English segments, as well - take a word and physically write it into a sentence.

    Don't be afraid to retake the SAT, either. I'll be taking it again in the spring, and I've been taking tests in this format since I was very young. The SAT is unlike any other test. It doesn't measure how smart you are or how well you can work through a problem. It only measures how wel you do on the SAT. You can keep taking it and taking it until you get the score you want.

    Oh, and if you take me up on my advice from the other day and get "Cracking the SAT" by The Princeton Review, you'll reread this in that book, 'cause that's where I got all of it.

    Edit: The idea about looking for scholarships it's outstanding.

    Keep up the hard work, Sis.

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