Essay topics?

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  1. sarah

    sarah Member

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    What kinds of things have people written about for their "ethical or moral dilemma" essay? Son wanted to write about helping a friend who was experimenting with alcohol and drugs, how he stuck by him, got him to hang with another crowd, helped him realize what a mistake he was making. But I wonder if that is a dangerous place to tread.

    Otherwise, son has had a pretty sweet life, not any serious setbacks or problems to write about.
     
  2. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Haha I was like that too... hadn't been put in many bad situations. I can't remember what I even wrote about.

    I'm not sure how the admissions officers would look at it. As long as he didn't try any of it himself, and really tried to help him, it should be ok.
     
  3. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    I caught some of my classmates cheating on our 11th grade Anatomy final about 2 days before I left for AFA summer seminar :thumbdown:. I wrote about how I handled it.
     
  4. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Ah yes, now I remember.
    There was a standardized test my whole class was given... but if you opened the packet to the carbon copy, the answers were on the inside (good work test-makers). I had heard about it, but didn't partake. I also didn't report. I related to how I thought I had done the honorable thing, but I could have done better by telling someone. Applied it to the Honor Code. I was basically tolerating.

    A ton of cheating happens in high school. I'll admit that I did it, even without knowing. I can't begin to count how many times I heard "Hey, what's on that Math test? What should I focus on studying?" that doesn't fly here.
     
  5. Lilly

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    Son (now a C4C) wrote about a close friend gradually descending into drug culture, etc and about eventual big confrontation regarding those issues. He tied it in to "situational awareness" in aircraft control with minor adjustments early preventing major aberrations later, sort of a "stitch in time saves nine" idea and the slippery slope of small ethical lapses potentially leading to larger ones.

    Good luck.
     
  6. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Hope she's doing well now. What squad is your son in?

    Women are more difficult to maintain than a jet. Also way more complicated.
     

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