Contacted my new ALO

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  1. SP4C3M4N

    SP4C3M4N Member

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    After finishing our move, I contacted my new ALO introducing myself and he replied to me asking for me to email him on the 29th because he is a Fed Ex pilot and will be flying until then. He wanted me to email him about setting up a meeting with my Dad and I. I made sure to let him know that I was entering my sophomore year in the original email and now i'm not sure whether or not he misunderstood me or just "wants to meet". If so, I had no idea stuff like this would be happening so early. Is it just sit down and talk? Nothing to formal? I have no problem doing it, in fact I am all for it. I was just surprised was curious as to what we would need to meet for. Thanks!
     
  2. Christcorp

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    I think you're on the right track that he might not have understood that you are just a sophomore in High School. ALO's are very busy; especially this time of year trying to get interviews done and helping their candidates get their applications completed. Unless he doesn't have any applicants this year, I can't imagine him wanting to have a meeting with a Sophomore and their parents.

    I would email him again for verification. You might say something along the line of:

    Sir; I appreciate you getting back to me. I would be thrilled for you to meet with me and my father. I do want to make sure it was clear in my previous email that I just finished my "Freshman" year in high school and will be entering the 10th grade. If you still would like to meet with me and my father, that would be great. If that's not practical at this time because of my age, then I definitely understand; and I apologize for any confusion in my previous email. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.

    (Feel free to cut and paste if you want).
     
  3. SP4C3M4N

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    Sounds awesome. I think I might send him an email like that. The way you word it though... it's Perfect.
     
  4. 2KPsons

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    good advice up to a point

    Very good advice from the poster regarding emailing your new ALO, as well as the substance of that email. One thing I don't agree with - do not "cut and paste". Even though the poster gave you permission to do so, anything you write should ALWAYS BE YOUR OWN WORK. Even something as simple as this email.

    Use your own words to express your own thoughts (of course, you can have someone proofread for you) but all of your correspondence, essays, etc., should be yours.
     
  5. Pima

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    +1 2KPsons

    I don't think they were going to cut and paste, probably more likely to paraphrase, BUT to take this a little off track....this is why you should never post your essays on line IMPO.

    SP4C3 may not have had any intention to cut and paste, but you don't know if other posters that read it or you sent it to via a pm has the same ethical fiber and won't lift your easy or parts of it because like you thinks the wording was PERFECT.

    Back on track.
     
  6. USAFA83GradWife

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    Christcorp is an ALO, right? Maybe I'm wrong (wouldn't be the first time.) He certainly wouldn't have told the OP to feel free to cut and paste if it were an integrity issue. This is just a notification email and Christcorp wanted to make sure that the OP conveyed the correct information to arguably busy ALO. The OP is a sophomore - I viewed this as a quick lesson on how to write professional emails.

    Having said that, yes, you should always do your own work. This however, IMHO, doesn't constitute plagiarism.
     
  7. Pima

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    Time out. To me this was not about CCs permission to cut and paste. It was about being authentic.

    On top of that I was trying to illustrate why it is important to think twice before you post that essay you worked 4,5, 6 hours on over the net to strangers.

    Let's be real, for any parent that has gone through this process with their child it was pretty much boiler plate reply.

    My +1 to KPsons is be you. Be authentic from the 1st opportunity that is available,

    IThe problem with forums is you only get a snapshot and sometimes that is not the true intention of the poster.
     
  8. USAFA83GradWife

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    Oops, sorry - I wasn't attacking you Pima - honest! I agree about the essays and I agree about being authentic.

    I only wanted to point out that I didn't see a problem with a quick email to the ALO using Christcorp's suggestion and ensuring that the ALO understood the situation. An email isn't an essay is all I'm saying. And the OP is still pretty young - a little help in this is no big deal in my opinion.
     
  9. SP4C3M4N

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    Guys... I did say that I would send him an email like that. I never said I would copy and paste it and I have no intentions in doing so.
     

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