A big question

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by LodgeChief2011, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. LodgeChief2011

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    I am reapplying to the Air Force Academy this year (was a QNV last), and I have a question about athletics. My heavy involvement within the Boy Scouts (gone nearly every weekend to fulfill my leadership responsibilities) didnt permit me time to participate in sports while I was in high school. I am afraid that is one of the main reasons I didnt get accepted last year. My admissions counselor said that I had just above the minimum (points) for athletic involvment, but I had maximum points for the other ECs like Boy Scouts. My CFA was fine last year. I will be attending NWP this fall, and then my local college this spring. I am anticipating that I will make straight A's at both and that my ACT/SAT scores will be 34/700s and above. So, if I max out on all aspects of the CFA this year, will that offset my poor athletic involvment in high school, thus giving me a better EC score?

    I am not going to NWP under the Falcon Foundation, I am a free agent.
     
  2. Christcorp

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    There are many different threads and posts around with similar questions. The basic premise of the question is: "what are my chances". The problem with such a question is: We have absolutely no idea who your competition is.

    In other words, you could be great in something, and there's someone who is better. The average person, assuming they received a nomination from their representative and their senators, is competing against all 3 of those lists of applicants. If you don't receive an appointment there, you'll then compete against all others in the same boat, at a national level. So it's impossible to say what your score will be.

    It's not like: "Get (X) score, and you receive an appointment". A score that got an appointment this year, could be too low next year. It depends on everyone else's scores.

    I, and others here, know personally of people with a 4.0gpa and damn near perfect ACT/SAT scores who DID NOT receive an appointment. That's all they had. It's good you have leadership. I'm not quite sure what the admission's counselor meant by you barely met the athletic involvement minimum. But the truth is; they really don't want to hear excuses of why you weren't involved in athletics. There is nothing about your application that isn't similar to someone else who was able to manage also doing sports. They were IB/AP students, scouts, JrROTC, class officer, volunteer, etc... and yet they still were able to do athletics. So again; there's no way to say how much improved grades or CFA will affect your chances to offset sports. Next year's appointments will be LESS than this years. So, your chances are already going to be more difficult.

    Remember; sports is not just about athletics and being in good shape. It's also about team work. It's about being competitive and having drive. It's about having a specific job that is part of a larger mission. It's about being challenged and not quitting.

    Sorry I couldn't give you the answer you're looking for. There may be some who are more encouraging that me, but the truth is, we don't know your chances or if they improve. Like i said, I know personally straight "A" students who basically ACED the ACT/SAT and they didn't receive an appointment. My only advice is to find a way to get involved with athletics. Best of luck to you.
     
  3. LodgeChief2011

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    No! I really appreciate the honesty. That is true. I could have found a way, but I didn't. And that is the one thing that will hurt me in the application process this year. I will try to find some way to fit sports into the schedule. Sorry for the annoying post.
     
  4. Christcorp

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    It's not an annoying post. On the contrary. Every post like this is a learning opportunity for others. "That's why I write in the 3rd person many times". Hoping my answer will answer other similar or potentially the same question. By all means, ask questions. That alone will give you an edge on a lot of your competition. Best of luck to you. mike...
     
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    Keep with extracurriculars if possible, and like CC said, try to fit in some sports. Maybe it'll involve toning down one of your XC's, but try to mix it up a bit.
     
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    Sports after HS

    Along a similar line, since my son graduated from HS and is not playing college athletics, should he become involved in intermurals? He is starting up with ROTC in a couple of weeks, but I didn't know what the sports requirement was once you got into college.
     

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