Hello fellow members and admin’s!
I am currently 17 years old finishing up my last year in high school. Before I go to my question, I’d like to provide some background information about my current situation. I have a 3.85 cumulative unweighted GPA (high school) and am also an enrolled college student completing 12 units of pre-req’s with a 4.0 GPA which will significantly reduce the time needed to earn my bachelors because once I leave high school, I will be seen by Universities as a Sophomore ‘Second Semester’. I also am not born to a rich family, my father is an Electrician for the City of Los Angeles and barely makes a 6 figure salary. No matter what path I decide to embark on, a loan is absolutely necessary as I know that my parents don’t have much to help with my education. I know it will get pricey and that I’ll be stuck in dept… however becoming a pilot is my dream/passion and see it as my purpose on this planet, as cheesy as that might sound. It is almost time to apply to universities and I really need guidance. - Also I will be getting my first class medical soon -
There are a few paths I have in mind
- Apply to a 4 year offering flight training (PPL, IFR, Multi-Engine, CFI, CFII, CPL, and ATP)
North Dakota University is very interested in having me attend their school as well as California Aeronautical University. I really want to start my flight training as soon as possible while also earning my Bachelors in Business. That is why I have looked into those Universities offering flight training as well.
- Attending local college and/or university while also attending a mom and pop flight school
This means finishing up my last semester at a 2 year local college and transferring to a 4 year WHILE also earning my certifications.
- Attain my bachelors in business THEN start flight training (my least favorite option - I WANT TO FLY SOON!!!)
So I am very sincerely asking the elders of this group (my role models) for help. I am eager to start my journey . Your advice is greatly appreciated and valued.
Khalid (Kay-Lid) Biary