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  1. Its great you have confidence in your academic abilities. About five of us out of a class of 40 already have highly numerate degrees and I know one who has 500+ points under the CAO system. That said, the first semester's subjects are not hugely taxing, however they are specialist so it is unlikely that an individual would have prior knowledge. There is 33 hours of contact time and 100% attendance is required and add 10-20 hours of self study. I doubt anyone is clever enough to just go to lectures and leave revision right to the end as there is so much material to cover and consolidate. Cadets learn, flag signals and morse code and are tested on them. The second semester is more practical, e.g. ropework and sea survival. So different people find different things relatively easy or hard and I would say that there is a culture of helping your class mates so perhaps you should reflect on the following , "don't look down on someone, unless you are giving them a hand up".
  2. If you already live locally, then it may be an idea for you to attend open days (one has recently been) as many of the sponsoring companies have stands there, including the cruise companies. In the case that a "cadetship" is not secured (which is the case for a significant number of cadets), then the college endeavors to use its contacts to secure the required sea time for cadets. Don't look at those sea time opportunities as in anyway inferior, there is one company that springs to mind which offers outstanding on board training and is highly regarded by all the cadet that I have met who have sailied with them.
  3. Sponsors come in the first year, so far the following companies have already selected cadets, Chevron, Princess and Stena. Carnival are interviewing next week. I am told that in past years, sponsors wait until the new year, as they then have the benefit of sight of your first semester academic results. It is entirely up to you who you apply for, but there are fewer cadetships than cadets and many apply for them all. There are cruise ship companies that offer cadetships, as you can see from the list I have just given. What I am told is that it is easier to go from cargo to cruise than cruise to cargo, so if it is your long term ambition to sail of cruise ships then don't be deterred from getting your qualifying sea time on cargo ships.
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    "Finally, I'm just wondering about the students in nmci. Without trying to sound cocky or snobby I would be fairly smart academically and so Im just wondering wpuld I be a bit out of place here? Again please don't take that as an insult or my being a snob."

    Depends how you handle 60 foot waves and the Agulhas current :-)
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