I am normally long winded. Not this time. This is not intended to be discouraging or to make you stress out. Very simply: Now that most of you have finished your Academy Application; you need to relax for about 5 minutes, and move on to the 2nd most important stage of your future. APPLYING TO OTHER SCHOOLS. Please don't tell me how you wanted the academy for your whole life. So has thousands of other applicants. And even if you are one of the best of the best; the academy can not and will not take more than approximately 1350 new applicants. It doesn't matter if the academy is your first choice or not. If you're good enough to believe that you should be able to be accepted to the air force academy, then you are good enough to be applying to the best colleges and universities in the country. And in case you can't afford some of these schools, you need to get applying to at least 4 other schools NOW, so you can have time to look at scholarships, grants, merits, private money, etc.... Even if you're looking at ROTC; you need to have your other school applications in RIGHT NOW!!!! Do it. Do it now. PLEASE DON'T WAIT. I can't tell you how many applicants didn't get the academy appointment, and settled for community college or state "U", because they didn't think they could get accepted or pay for other schools. I'll tell you right now; if you don't think you can get accepted to certain other schools, how can you expect to get accepted to the academies??? The academies are considered equal to and as selective as the Ivy league and high end private universities. APPLY NOW!!!! The money will come later. Get accepted first. If you get accepted, there are plenty of ways to find money. Best of luck to you all. mike..... (Sorry, it wasn't as short as I had hoped).