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post #31 of 33
Originally Posted by Christy View Post
Yup. You should find out about average GPS/SAT scores for western universities before getting your heart set on someplace. No way will a 3.4 get you into CU Boulder, any U Cal school, U of WA, etc etc. Look at the many many guides to colleges to get a handle on what you can actually get in to.
I wouldn't say thats true at all. It depends on whether or not that is a weighted GPA most GPAs you see are heavily weighted. For example I graduated with a 4.3 but my unweighted was only a 3.7. Plus he's only a sophomore with plenty of time to improve it. College's also have vastly different criteria to judge by. My friend got rejected from Ga. Tech but she got into UGA which is usually considered a much more competitive school to get into due to number of applicants. Another got rejected from Tech but than got into the Air Force Academy with something around 3.5 and not amazing SATs. GPA is by far not the determining factor for acceptance.
post #32 of 33
Originally Posted by Dubsman35 View Post
yeah, i know, my parents are telling me that i shouldnt be basing my college off of skiing. but i mean, its important... i wanna go to a good school thats close to skiing. I mean if it were between an idiot school on the best pow mountain in the world, or the harvard of the west like 1.5 - 2 hours away, i would obviously go to the better school. But what im saying is that im not going to go somewhere where i can't ski easily, i wont go to the south of midwest. its either north east or north west

I was thinking the same things my senior year. I convinced myself I shouldn't pick a school based on trying to ski. I went to Wisconsin in Madison b/c it was a good school and offered the major I wanted (which I ended up switching out of anyway).

I LOVED my time in Wisconsin, and had a great time in college, but I basically didn't ski for 5 years.

I chose WI over UC-Davis (outside Sacramento, about 2 hours from Tahoe). I ALWAYS think about how things might have been different if I'd gone to UC Davis. I'm still always searching for more ski days, maybe that would have been fulfilled with more ski time in college, or maybe not, who knows...

I'm not suggesting you go to UC Davis (though it is a good school), but if skiing really is a priority for you, definitely pick a school that will allow you some time to go skiing. The school doesn't have to be right next to the slopes, but having the option to skip a class once in a while when there's a big storm, and/or being a weekend warrior can make all the difference.

If you pick a school that is two hours away, you can always arrange the spring semester in a manner that facilitates the skiing. You really won't be skiing much winter semester, maybe a few days in Nov and Dec. So maybe 1 less class in the spring, and try to get no classes on a Tuesday or something. Maybe just a late lab on one day so you could ski until 1 or 2 and be back to school by 4 for that class. Or schedule early morning classes so you can hit the slopes by noon. You're really only talking about 3 months (Jan, Feb, March) where you'll be really focused on skiing. You'll get a free week in March anyway, plus Pres Weekend in Feb.

My advice FWIW is to make a list of schools that fit your criteria, then go to the best ACADEMIC school you get into. You narrow your choices based on wanting to ski, but you make your final decision based on academics. Everybody wins!
post #33 of 33
In the opening paragraph, this young skier stated that he was a sophomore in high school.
He probably had no idea he would be "pounded" on by his elders, for asking what he probably believed, was a relatively straight forward question. Welcome to the world of adulthood/reality(?)!!

True, a 3.4 GPA will keep him out of some of the schools discussed(hopefully, it will inspire him to work harder in school, if that is truly what he wants,) but as others have pointed out, there are a multitude of schools in the West that he could attend and have relatively easy access to good skiing. Although these schools may not provide the "headliner" notoriety (and the job opportunities,they might present) that others might, with work and effort, he can get an education and a degree that could serve him well, while enjoying the love we all share, for skiing.
As one who has lived,skied,worked, and/or attended school in Utah, Idaho, and Montana and also skied/worked in WA,OR,CO, and British Columbia, I see no shortage of schools where one can "live the dream" while being educated, and hopefully, become smarter.(Most of which, have skiing that will at least be the equivalent to what he leaves in the East.)(This should draw some fire!)
Personally, I prefer the Intermountain West(Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) but all have their positives and negatives.
U of Montana, Montana State U.,Carroll College(Helena, MT), Boise State U., Idaho State U., College of Idaho(Caldwell,ID),U of Utah, Westminster College(attended by the head of Gart's/Sports Authority who was also Brighton Ski Patrol), Utah Valley State University, and Weber State(by the way, the mormonism will only bother you if you let it;as with any other religion.) On top of these, there are numerous two year and community colleges that are available.

Public schools in this part of the world are far less expensive, even with out of state tuition, than most schools in the east. At the same time, I also believe you can get a lot out of these schools if you apply yourself. I've had numerous friends move west for school and never return to the east(to live.)
As an aside, I worked in the ski business for 15+ years which was fun,but found it actually interfered greatly with my time to ski. (This could also draw some fire!)
All this being said, I hope no one else ever moves to the West!
Good luck! Study hard!
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