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« on: Jul 03, 2016, 10:05PM »

After choosing my classes for next school year (I'll be a junior) I choose:

English 11
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Foundations of Calculus
AP Macroeconomics/U.S government
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I'm hoping to recover from my rough sophomore year with my GPA droping over .20 I'm now in the 2.40 range.  While I am advanced in maths and science I did struggled in Honours Chemistry and did decent in Accelerated Algebra 2.  My U.S History class suffered the worst out of all my classes which the second worst being English 10.  Due to my dropped GPA, I don't think I could apply for MSU (Michigan State University).

Is there more time for me to apply and to get my GPA back up at a certain amount?
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 03, 2016, 10:19PM »

Is there more time for me to apply and to get my GPA back up at a certain amount?

Well... I'm just a simple commercial artist who never took calculus but the math tells me that if you got 2.4 over the first two years of high school and somehow got a 4.0 over the last two years you would have a 3.2

Right? Am I overlooking something?
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 03, 2016, 10:19PM »

Of course you can apply. That GPA is low, but you can always push your other attributes and accomplishments, whatever those may be. Doing well in high school is really important though, regardless of what happens in college.

I learned a ton in high school. I learned how to think, I learned about history, money, languages and grammar through latin, girls, what good literature is ... the list goes on and on.

Nearly everything I did in college was a massive waste of time and money. Most of my classes were just left leaning teachers pushing a political agenda. The only thing I learned was how to speak Japanese (my minor) and how to play the trombone (one elective studio class).

Do well in High School brother.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 03, 2016, 11:16PM »

Getting a high score on the SAT (or any other college placement tests) will help you out drastically. As long as MSU doesn't want prodigies, I'd say getting a great score on that test will get you in. If you're a good test taker, you have a good chance of getting in. I'm also going into my Junior year. For me, Honors English gave me the most trouble, with H. Bio. in 2nd with grades (I WILL blame Bio. on the teacher, he was bad). My grades did also suffer in Sophomore year, but I'm still confident that I'll get into the college I'm looking at because I do really well with tests.
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 03, 2016, 11:47PM »

Get a high SAT/ACT Score and you'd be surprised how low the minimum GPA can be with a score that is high
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 04, 2016, 04:02AM »

You can go to a community college in the summer and/or for your first year or two of college and transfer. Just make sure where you want to go accepts those credits. You'd save a bunch of cash that way and probably be done with electives if you did that.
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 04, 2016, 04:22AM »

You have taken a bunch of honors courses.  These usually count "higher" in evaluating your GPA.  A B in regular Chemistry is not really better than a C+ om Honors Chemistry.  This should be reflected in your SAT scores.  Do they still give the Achievement Tests?  These were supplemental exams covering specific areas -- we used to take them in 3s (1 fee, 3 different exams).

What are you planning to study in College?  A science related field?  Pre-Med?  Pre-Law?  Trombone Performance?  Make sure your studies in High School lean that way.

Note that your playing an instrument can be a plus for MSU.  They need lots of players for the Band and usually it's harder to find trombones than many other instruments.

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« Reply #7 on: Jul 04, 2016, 02:57PM »

The next PSAT is in October.  Take that and get an early clue of how you'll do on the SAT.

Idea: You have rest of the Summer... buy a PSAT test prep book and work through it.
 

What do you think were the reasons you didn't do well last year in the courses you didn't do well in?
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 04, 2016, 03:10PM »

The next PSAT is in October.  Take that and get an early clue of how you'll do on the SAT.

Idea: You have rest of the Summer... buy a PSAT test prep book and work through it.
 

What do you think were the reasons you didn't do well last year in the courses you didn't do well in?
Speaking of PSAT, they didn't even give me a chance to finish the PSAT in my school.  I missed a lot of questions. 

As for what happened, it's pretty much organisation and having a hard time comprehending what's being taught.

So hopefully there's a retake date for PSAT.  And also hope next year goes well.
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 04, 2016, 03:21PM »

If you managed to finish all the questions on the PSAT or SAT you are either some kind of freak or are simply filling in random spots on the answer sheet hoping for a good guess.

The trick for these tests is answer what you know first, then go back and try to catch some of the other questions.

As I understand it, you will take the PSAT in October and a first try at the SAT in late winter.  The SAT for "the money" will be a year from October.

Read the SAT prep book (PSAT and SAT are ellentially the same test).  If you are having trouble with the test, see if you can get a tutor to help.
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 04, 2016, 03:50PM »

Speaking of PSAT, they didn't even give me a chance to finish the PSAT in my school.  I missed a lot of questions. 


Were you given less time than anyone else taking the test?
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 04, 2016, 03:57PM »

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Speaking of PSAT, they didn't even give me a chance to finish the PSAT in my school.  I missed a lot of questions.



They are indeed timed tests, and that is among the ways those tests assess someone's ability to do college level work. You won't have infinite time in college, right?

Get a Prep book and seriously follow the program it sets out.


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As for what happened, it's pretty much organisation and having a hard time comprehending what's being taught.

Organization?  At least that won't be expensive to fix.  It's about planning and priorities.

Not comprehending?  That's what asking questions is for. As soon as something stops making sense you go, "Hey wait a sec..."
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 04, 2016, 05:14PM »

Also to add on, maybe with the Corporation Bach 50B2, I'll modify it with dependent thayer valves.  For the Duo Gravis, I'll leave as it is because it looks cool that way. Way cool  Then with the Elkhart Conn 62H, I'll might have M&W valves put on it.  Then I'll sell the Bach and Conn to any serious bass trombone player.  How's that for a plan? ;-)

I think you probably could understand whatever material is being taught. Most kids in your school would likewise not understand a word of what I quoted above, so it's not your ability to learn.

I guess you'll just have to give up bass trombone and study more. You should only have time for tenor now...  :/
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 04, 2016, 05:31PM »

I think you probably could understand whatever material is being taught. Most kids in your school would likewise not understand a word of what I quoted above, so it's not your ability to learn.

I guess you'll just have to give up bass trombone and study more. You should only have time for tenor now...  :/
Yeah, I really need to get in shape education wise.  As for giving up, I'll actually give up tenor instead of bass.
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 04, 2016, 06:56PM »

One of the biggest problems I've seen for students -- regardless of level of school -- is budgeting time and prioritizing. I instruct in a professional school, and the students we work with all have bachelor's degrees at a minimum. You'd be shocked at the number of students who still haven't figured out how to budget their time and say no to leisure activities when they should be studying. In high school, you've got lots of things competing for your time, and you have to determine which are the most important. Looking at all the band activities in your signature, it's clear that's where your time is spent. That's great, and you should enjoy music, but focusing on that one thing is clearly robbing necessary study time from your other subjects.

Start getting organized immediately. Learn to use a planner and a calendar, as well as make lists for yourself of things you need to accomplish. It will help you tremendously as a college student and into adulthood. My wife is the most organized person I know, and that's a skill she developed over time by working on it constantly.

Additionally, and this may suck to hear, but it's true -- most high school students who excel in music don't actually major in it at school, or start out as a music major and then switch to something else. The attrition rate is very high for all arts majors. If you're planning on majoring in music when you're at whatever college you decide to go to, the constraints on your time will be enormous -- budgeting it out and learning to buckle down when you need to are the two most important skills you can possess as an arts major. Be disciplined, it will pay dividends.

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« Reply #15 on: Jul 04, 2016, 07:35PM »

What are you hoping to study in college?
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 04, 2016, 07:38PM »

What are you hoping to study in college?
Not sure but I am interested in music and mathematics.  Also I would like to modify horns to improve performance like putting on new valves on bass trombones, refurbishing, restoring, etc.
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 05, 2016, 03:01PM »

Also I would like to modify horns to improve performance like putting on new valves on bass trombones, refurbishing, restoring, etc.
Skip college, go work in a factory or apprentice at a repair shop

Alternatively, try out for military bands, play for a living and THEN have them teach you how to do all that stuff... Just a suggestion before you spend 4 years wasting cash away at a college to go do that
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 05, 2016, 04:01PM »

Alternatively, try out for military bands, play for a living and THEN have them teach you how to do all that stuff... Just a suggestion before you spend 4 years wasting cash away at a college to go do that
That's actually what I'm leaning towards after thinking about it.  After I finish high school, how do I apply?
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« Reply #19 on: Jul 05, 2016, 04:15PM »

That's actually what I'm leaning towards after thinking about it.  After I finish high school, how do I apply?

Whoa!

Don't get ahead of yourself yet. There are many reasons to join the military and the military bands, but there are just as many not to, especially  before you get a degree.

Before you make any decisions about the military, consider:

1. It seems like the military bands are under extreme scrutiny right now. Hopefully it blows over but don't pidgeonhole yourself into a vanishing career field.

2. Joining military bands, particularly Army bands, without a completed degree  (major does not matter) is like shooting yourself in the foot -- nearly 100% of your peers will have degrees that count towards promotion. You won't get promoted in the current climate unless every peer gets promoted and they still somehow need more NCOs.

3. If you just join to do instrument repair, just know that the Army does not have a repair ASI. You won't be able to repair in the Army unless someone in your unit randomly knows how to do it. Even then, no Army bands have repair equipment. I think the Marines and Navy do their own repairs.

I really think that you should focus on your high school and female classmate studies. You are on the forum a lot, but school and your classmates are a lot more important right now.
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