Falcon Foundation advice

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  1. sarah

    sarah Member

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    DS received the Falcon Foundation scholarship letter today. Any advice about the various schools?

    What if son turns it down (I know, I know)? He isn't understanding that it is an honor, looking at it like "second best".
     
  2. Amy Nan

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    I can't say enough about Northwestern Prep. My son attended this year and is a totally changed student. Mr. and Mrs. Durbeck, the directors, are simply the best!
     
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    I definitely agree with her, I attended NWP this year and since then my grades and my SATs/ ACTs have improved. I am a free agent so I still have not heard back from the Academy, but if your falcon your almost guaranteed in next year. Every falcon I know has been accepted.
     
  4. sarah

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    My son is concerned because he is already a pretty strong student. I'm honestly not wanting to come off badly, but trying to be honest. His ALO wasn't sure why he didn't get an appointment, maybe tough district, only is CFA was so-so. Perhaps that is it.

    What did your son do for the second semester?
     
  5. jackson1989

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    My son also initially felt that way, but one year later appointment in hand.....He wouldn't trade it for the world!:shake:
     
  6. sandydandy

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    Sarah,

    You didn't say where you are from. There's lots of different reasons to pick one of the 5 schools. I know that your DS is extremely disappointed right now. We were in that position 4 years ago. My DS attended MMI because it was close by and because it was a full year program. It was one of the best things he's ever done. It was a blessing in disguise and he met a ton of really neat kids that he's still good friends with today. Many advantages to accepting the Falcon Foundation. Contact me by private email if you want some more info.
     
  7. Roman

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    He wouldn't be alone at NWP. I asked a C4C how the academics compare, and he said NWP was harder.

    Also, the math is "only" precalculus, but don't be fooled. I was in Math League--NWP math was just as challenging.
     
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    I also attended NWP, and it was a challenging but worthwhile experience.

    With being away from home, it was across the country from where I live, but class is only 1 semester, so you get a whole semester back home to be with your family and can take even more challenging college courses.
     
  9. pos2013falcon

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    If your Son is thinking of reapplying then he should strongly consider accepting the Falcon Foundation offer. It will put him in a great position next year. My DS used the Falcon Foundation offer this past fall to attend NWP. He got his appointment in late February this year. He is attending the local jc this spring. I feel he is better prepared for the Academy now. The Falcon Foundation is a great opportunity!:thumb:
     
  10. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    If I may give a dated personal thought...

    I got the TWE from ALL the SA's in 1978...
    I got the letter from the Falcon Foundation...
    I graduated from USAFA in 1983.
    (I was offered appointments to USAFA, USMA, USMMA, USNA)

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  11. PDub

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    I know this has been repeated, but going to a prep school is as great of an achievement as receiving an appointment. My roomate went to a prep school, and is not only doing very well, but enjoyed his experience and made many friends there. Not just my roomate, but many cadets that I admire most at the Academy were rejected once, some even twice!
     
  12. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    One of my sons' roomies was a prep school grad and LOVED it, doing very well at USAFA. Another young man we know from our Congressional district went to NWP then to local U for a semester. He is doing great this year as a 4* at USAFA. Said it was the best year he ever had since he was on the young side and really matured in that year.

    It's a "golden ticket."
     
  13. sarah

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    Thanks, DS has decided to go to NWP and the more we learn about the program, the more it seems like a great fit for him and for our family!
     
  14. jackson1989

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    Glad to hear your son has accepted his Falcon! My son just finished with orientation and is so excited about this coming year. I'm sure this will describe your son in just 1 short year!
     

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