Didn't Get Accepted to the Summer Seminar.. What Now?

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  1. CookieMonster

    CookieMonster New Member

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    So, my name is Jay, and i wasn't accepted to the Air Force Academy's Summer Seminar, and maybe that's you too!

    I'm trying to stay positive and look for other camps i could do that may look good on my USAFA application. I was just wondering if anybody had any advice on what to do next, or if they just wanted to share what they plan to do next (even if they did get accepted).

    I've been looking at the USAFA's Engineering and construction camp. They also mentioned a sports camp as an alternative, but that's not really my thing.

    here's the engineering camp link in case anybody else is interested: http://samecamps.org/
     
  2. USNAhopeful88

    USNAhopeful88 Member

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    I would apply to the SAME camp and also if you wanna see if service academy life is for you I would apply to USMA SLE, USCGA summer seminar, and NASS


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  3. Grizzly

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    Boys/Girls State is a summer program that will look great on your application. Besides SS, the Diversity Visitation Program will also give you a great look at the Academy (if you are an ethnic minority or have faced significant adversity in your life). If you think you'd be eligible for that program, ask your ALO about it. I wasn't accepted to SS but was flown out for DVP this past fall (my senior year). I also now have an appointment so don't be discouraged by the fact that you didn't get into SS.
     
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    PM me :) !! I wasn't selected for summer seminar either but am now sitting on an appointment.
     
  5. USNAhopeful88

    USNAhopeful88 Member

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    I would apply to the SAME camp and also if you wanna see if service academy life is for you I would apply to USMA SLE, USCGA summer seminar, and NASS


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  6. CookieMonster

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    thank you! do you know where i can get more information on that diversity program?
     
  7. mzach

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    I was rejected for summer seminar my junior year, of high school and then last year was rejected for an appointment. But January this year I received an appointment. My main focus was improving my test scores and improving my grades. I also did other camps like Nass, usma sle, girls state, etc. Also get involved in sports and other extra curricular activities. They want to see you not just get involved, but to be a leader in your organizations, so team captain or troop leader roles are good. I think what helped me out a lot was my persistence. I was rejected twice, went on to college and did afrotc, and continued to do everything I believed to be helpful to my application- persistence will not go unnoticed, especially during interviews. Be prepared to talk about all that you've done to stand out from your peers, you've gotta show why you want it to the people that are interviewing you.
     
  8. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    First off, don't panic! Neither of my sons went to any camp and they're both PILOTS IN THE AIR FORCE now. :)

    How about: get a good job or even two? Volunteer like crazy! Take math, chem, and physics at your local U?

    Summer Seminar is no guarantee of anything.
     
  9. afmom2020

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    First stay positive. The SS isn't necessarily an indication of your chances to be appointed. Two, work on your SAT scores. I know people say that it's the sum of the individual and it's true, but if you're scores aren't competitive, all the extra curricular activities in the world won't help. Three makes sure to get recommendation letters that showcase all of your qualities, academic and otherwise. I would also suggest that you call the admission officer. He/she can tell you which areas need to be improved. They were very helpful when my DD called them.

    I can tell you that my daughter didn't get into the SS either last May, but in November she got a LOA for USAFAPS.
     
  10. flieger83

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    See my post in another area of the forums...bottom line: OH WELL, It's not a big deal re: admissions...they don't look at SS as part of the admissions package!!!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  11. NathanClassOf18

    NathanClassOf18 New Member

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    Don't get discouraged! I didn't get an invitation to the summer seminar, but I got an appointment to USAFA without having to wait a year or go to the Prep School. The Summer Seminar is more of an interesting experience than anything that shows up on your application.
     
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  12. Midwest

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    Jay, my DD did not get accepted into the SS Academy either. She is spending the weekend skiing with friends and working off the disappointment on the slopes. Of the three academies, AF was the one she wanted most. But she did get the "competitive" rating letter. :)

    Interesting enough, March 5th the Army called and asked her if she would like to participate in a West Point Presentation at her school since she has already been accepted into SLE a couple of weeks ago. Plus the Navy has invited her for the weekend in April, but has received no summer session as of yet. She is looking at all three academies and is liking the way the Army is reaching out. Spring break will be a ROTC college road trip to several colleges with planned sleepovers to have a chance to explore the dorm halls and talk to students. She's currently working two jobs and we are counting $$ trying to figure out how to pay for all the visits.

    As far as summer activities, she put her name in about seven opportunity "hats." She asked her high school about Girls State; and since no other student had asked about it, she got the delegate position. Plus she was also awarded a six week all expense paid Hindi language immersion program in India with the National Security Language Initiatives for Youth (NSLY-I), which is a very competitive scholarship she applied for last October. She is totally jazzed about language study.

    Other back up summer plans include working at the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) where she has volunteered for the last ten years at AirVenture. This is a week long July/Aug event in Oshkosh WI that is a bucket list item for most aviation enthusiasts. There are hundreds of things to do at AirVenture. Check it out online. For the last two years she attended a "YOU SOAR, WE SOAR" at AirVenture for rising high school girls 9th -12th. If you are interested in EAA, it's a great opportunity to pursue and you might want to see if an EAA Chapter might support you.

    DD has participated in a pile of STEM activities ad nausea, so she is exploring some other career areas, such as medical mentoring. During the summer she spends a lot of time updating all of her Ski Patrol certifications and traveling too.

    Hope this helps you in figuring out your summer plans and have some fun along the way.
     
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