Hello members of gCaptain.
I am a Sophomore in high school in Louisiana. I am hoping to one day to be a Bar pilot which would have me piloting boats in and out of the Mississippi River. To increase my chances to being able to be one one day, I was advised to go to a Maritime Academy. I have a bit higher than a 3.5 GPA, in some honors classes, plan on continuing my education in Spanish for all five years, economics, or joining my school’s JROTC classes. I am only allowed two extra curricular classes Junior and Senior year, and also must take a fine arts class to graduate, and am in the wrestling team, National Spanish Honor Society, and hoping to be in the National Honor Society (still waiting to see). I took the ACT this year and made a 24. I was wondering which of the extra extracurriculars you would advise for a Maritime Academy, how my grades are, and if I am on the right track.
I would appreciate any advice you have, and tell me what Maritime Academy you were accepted to, what grades you had. I really want to be a Bar pilot.
I was thinking either TAMUG, or King’s Point. King’s Point because it’s free, and Texas because it’s cheapest, close to my home, and on the gulf, where I would mostly be working. Any advice on to increase my chances and what I should do would be fantastic!
I discovered these forums yesterday and I am glad to find a place of people who are of the same profession I hope to be in one day.