I've really been wanting to join the fire academy at my school (Butte college, Northern California) but I'm really ambivalent due to my track record with grades. As it's my junior year at this school, I have a 2.1 GPA. Passed my fire classes just fine, and I've got EMT coming up this fall. I don't learn well in a classroom environment, but I can teach a class on something if I'm shown how to do it, or get hands on experience. I am also not the most physically blessed person, being 5-8 130# but I am working on it. I would just like some encouragement or words of wisdom beforehand.
I am a volunteer with the county, but I'm very new and haven't even gotten any form of fire training. I am almost done with a fire science degree, as well. I'm just not a good student so GE is all that's holding me back.
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08-24-2013, 04:05 AM #1
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Bad student signing up for academy
08-24-2013, 11:11 AM #2
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- Nov 2009
I found out once I got into a field I liked I excelled
Yes did have trouble with some subjects but just extra effort into those and got through them
Once you pass that is kind of all that counts
If you are going career would suggest get certs first before AA
08-24-2013, 11:30 AM #3
I has a pretty poor high school student myself. I hated my school and everyone in it, and struggled to get good grades in topics that I didn't have any interest in (in spite of my love of learning).
Out of HS, I enrolled in the local community college and started taking law enforcement classes (my original career path) and excelled. In the 20 years since my HS graduation, I've done well as I pursue college-level education in my chosen career fields.
Keep plugging away at it - if you have the interest and desire, you'll be able to overcome your apprehension. Find trusted folks that can tutor and mentor you, and you'll be fine.Career Fire Captain
Volunteer Chief Officer
Never taking for granted that I'm privileged enough to have the greatest job in the world!
09-16-2013, 02:13 PM #4
I barely passed high school as well, I went to a local college and started my fire science degree and LOVED IT!! So my grades showed that, i was so excited to be doing it i stayed and asked for extra help, did extra hrs at the hospital/ambulance/fire dept.. I graduated with over a 3.0 ave and that was a BIG deal to me.. Getting into shape won't be an issue as long as your heart truly wants it.. I gained a college grand total. Wait for it, 100lbs!! Now i was a football player and was strong and fast but let myself go.. I started to workout and lost some weight. once i went from volly to a career dept that averages over 2 working fires a day I started getting some experience, then i realized tht i was not even close to the shape i needed to be in.. So i bucked up and worked my *** off.. I'm down 75lbs in 3 yrs, running 5ks, and so much more comfortable with myself and my physical ability to do the job! Work your butt off, ask for help and poor your heart into it.. It'll workout
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