Academic and extracurricular letter but no varsity letter?

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  1. Phildog

    Phildog Member

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    Hello, I was just wondering how big of a disadvantage I would be at if I don't letter in any sports. I am involved on varsity track and jv cross country, but don't have any letters in either of them. I do however have an academic letter and a letter in an extracurricular activity called DECA, which is basically a distributive education competition. Will this situation put me at a significant disadvantage? Thanks!
     
  2. FlyingFuzz

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    If you have no other sports, then I would imagine that not having a varsity letter would hurt you somewhat, though to what extent I could not say.
     
  3. Ambition

    Ambition USAFA Class of 2017

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    I can tell you from very personal experience that your "whole person" application matters exponentially more than something singular such as a varsity letter?

    How?

    I didn't have a single letter and currently have an appointment. Miracles do happen!
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    The academy does NOT offer appointments to "letters."

    They offer them to highly qualified, well rounded "candidates!" :thumb:

    Steve
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  5. ameisen_zug

    ameisen_zug Reapplicant

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    This is completely off-topic, and I'm more of a lurker, but I saw this and had to comment.

    Thank you so much for posting that. Seeing that comment really brightened up my day about 100 fold. I was having a horrible day (or week) today, after several people telling me that I shouldn't waste my time with the academies, my SAT scores came back and I was only in the mid 600's, stress with finals, and everyone saying 'you're not good enough' in many forms. I felt really down that I lacked the 'typical' items on my resume most candidates have at a normal school.

    Anyway, I saw your comment, and it made me rethink my mindset. I realized my best is all I can give, and even if it things for the academies don't work out, I'll feel good knowing I gave it my best shot given my circumstances :)

    Thanks :thumb:
     
  6. kinnem

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    There you go! That's the correct attitude!!! Go for it!!!!! :thumb:
     
  7. tsband

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    My DS does not have a varsity letter but has many other accomplishments and he received an offer of appointment back in January. I think the academy looks at the "whole picture" so I would say just give it your best shot. Good Luck!
     
  8. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    That's precisely what they/we look for!! :thumb:

    Steve
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