“To Bonnie Lynn and Edward [III] I said, ‘I have a good picture of you all in a happy time and I am going to send it to you.’ One of the best pictures in The Living White House is of Ed White, young and strong, arms aloft, poised on the edge of the White House swimming pool. He had just tossed Bonnie high into the air.”
-Lady Bird Johnson, A White House Diary
The White and McDivitt families spent the night at the White House in June of 1965 after Ed and Jim received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal following the success of Gemini 4.
Apollo 9 Performs First Rendezvous & Re-Docking with LM Ascent Stage (7 March 1969) — The Lunar Module (LM) “Spider” ascent stage is photographed from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission. While astronaut David R. Scott, command module pilot, remained at the controls in the CSM “Gumdrop,” astronauts James A. McDivitt, Apollo 9 commander; and Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, checked out the “Spider.” The LM’s descent stage had already been jettisoned.
Here are the pros and cons of attending community college:
1. COST: You can finish your core and get an associate degree for the fraction of the cost of a university. The average tuition and fees for one year at a community college is about $2,500. At private schools, the average tuition and fees for one year is $30K. For in-state public schools, it’s almost $9K a year, and for out-of-state public schools, it’s $22K a year, according to College Board. The cost will take some of the pressure off while you experiment with different classes and industries. This will prevent you from sticking with a major you don’t like just because you already paid for the classes or because you can’t afford another semester.
2: PROFESSORS: A lot of people think professors aren’t as good at community college, but this Washington Post article discredits that idea. They found some classes are even more challenging because professors are motivated by their students, who often display more drive than those at four-year universities. Community college also often have smaller student to faculty ratios, which gives you more time with your professor.
3. SUCCESS: Here’s a list of super successful people who went to community college: Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Walt Disney, Calvin Klein, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, astronauts James McDivitt, Eileen Collins and Fred Haise, and MasterCard founder Melvin Salveson.
1. TRANSFERRING:Don’t take any additional classes than your core curriculum. Oftentimes advisers will sign you up for everything under the sun, which could waste your time, money, and possibly not transfer to your university.
2. CAMPUS LIFE: You will have to readjust to your new campus and friends. If you were really active in clubs, you will have to start over at the new campus. You also may not get that “big school” atmosphere if you go to a small community college, but I think you can get everything good from that environment in two years.
Edward White, pilot of the Gemini 4, became the first American to walk in space on June 3, 1965. White found the experience so exhilarating
that he had to be ordered to terminate the EVA at the allotted time.
White is shown during his space walk in this photo taken by Command
Pilot James A. McDivitt.
Ground Control to Gemini IV 🌎 On this day in 1965, Edward H. White II became the first American to walk in space. James A. McDivitt captured the moment with a Hasselblad 500C with a Zeiss Planar f/2.8 80mm lens. #FlashbackFriday
I didn't do the best in high school and I took two years off, but if I wanted to study astrophysics would it be impossible to get into a good school?
It’s difficult to say for sure because we don’t know exactly what you mean by “didn’t do the best in high school” and what you consider to be a “good school.”
If you are asking if you can get into an Ivy League, the answer is more than likely no. However, there are plenty of less selective 4-year colleges that are still great schools. So, in short, you can absolutely get into a good school!
Also, keep in mind that your GPA isn’t everything. The whole point of filling out an application and writing an admission essay is to emphasize your strengths, explain special circumstances, and show how you have improved.
I would highly recommend going to a community college first because:
Open Enrollment. AKA a policy that allows anyone, regardless of academic background, to be admitted and register for classes.
It saves money.
It gives you a smoother transition into the college lifestyle (balancing academic/social obligations, figuring out how to studying, etc.). You can work on making good grades so you can transfer to a 4 year college. Admission counselors love to see that you have made improvements, and after you have attended a CC they probably won’t even look at your high school transcript.
Community college often have smaller student to faculty ratios, which gives you more time with your professor.
Tons of super successful people went to community college: Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Walt Disney, Calvin Klein, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, astronauts James McDivitt, Eileen Collins and Fred Haise, and MasterCard founder Melvin Salveson.
Here’s some blogs to read to keep you on track once you start school again:
Ed White Performs the First American EVA 50 Years Ago Today (3 June 1965) — Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot of the Gemini IV four-day Earth-orbital mission, floats in the zero gravity of space outside the Gemini IV spacecraft. White wears a specially designed spacesuit; and the visor of the helmet is gold plated to protect him against the unfiltered rays of the sun. He wears an emergency oxygen pack, also. He is secured to the spacecraft by a 25-feet umbilical line and a 23-feet tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand is a Hand-Held Self-Maneuvering Unit (HHSMU) with which he controls his movements in space. Astronaut James A. McDivitt, command pilot of the mission, remained inside the spacecraft. EDITOR’S NOTE: Astronaut White died in the Apollo/Saturn 204 fire at Cape Kennedy on Jan. 27, 1967.