inter-scholastic lack

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by vampsoul, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. vampsoul

    vampsoul Candidate

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Messages:
    758
    Likes Received:
    1
    The section on my extra-curricular form for one of my senator's nomination packets is empty, because my sport (Taekwondo) takes place outside of school. I thought about joining the swimming and diving team so that I could say I participated in a school sport, but I don't think I can fit it into my schedule with all my academic extra-curricular activities and Taekwondo. Is this going to hurt me significantly?
     
  2. singaporemom

    singaporemom Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    884
    Likes Received:
    6
    Nothing you can do about it now, however isn't there a spot to include your TKD? "sport-other"? My son was in TKD and he included it on his form.
     
  3. Pima

    Pima Parent

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Messages:
    12,807
    Likes Received:
    950
    I agree with singapore, our DS did no sports at school, but he was a Jr Olympian and State champ for TKD. I know from experience how much goes into this, since it is a yr round sport if you compete on State/National level.

    Also, I am not so sure extra-curricular in this case refers to at school, such as, NHS, it could also mean things you do on top of school. Do they have a special section for community service? If not this might be the case that they want everything you do outside of 8-3 school hours...job, volunteering, BSA, and then that is where you put TKD.

    Since TKD is something that takes yrs to accomplish, if you are a black belt mention what degree. If you assist in teaching mention that. If you have won national and state championship in form, or sparring or both, mention it.

    You may also want to somehow place TKD in your essay...for example, I have learned as a black belt in TKD, that discipline and respect are core aspects that I live my life by and feel that would make me an ideal candidate for USXX....or something along those lines. Don't throw it into brag, add it where it is appropriate to show something of you and that you have an outside life.

    Many of the MOCS are also looking for the WCS, they don't want to put up someone that is the class valedictorian, but has nothing outside of the classroom because they know that the ECs count for appointments. ALso, at least for our MOCs did not ask for a copy of the CFA, thus they need to know you are athletic in some shape or form. Many of these committees will have an ALO, BGO, MALO as part of it, they know that the CFA will be assessed. No sports, and they get worried. You are not the first with a unique sport, many girls who apply have spent yrs outside of school in dance or cheer. Our last high school did not have a swim team, but a child last yr was recruited by the AFA for swim since he was a state champ. It happens.

    Finally, swimming and diving at our school does not start until Nov, by then it is probably too late for your MOC app.
     
  4. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,826
    Likes Received:
    2
    vampsoul - Pima's right - find a way to fit "other" into your nomination application. Even though it doesn't fit into the neatly prescribed boxes doesn't mean they don't want to know about it.
    Most applications have a section called "other". If not then create a resume. Mail it in to be included and take several copies along with you on your interview.
    Include all the activities in which you partake that occur outside of school that are significant.
    Finally, don't swim/dive just so you can say you did a "school sport".
     
  5. USMAalltheway

    USMAalltheway Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2009
    Messages:
    260
    Likes Received:
    0
    Okay, so I'm not a captain in any sports, but I have played varisty basketball for one year(worst player ever), olympic weightlifting(this year), and four years of SCUBA diving, Im an assistant instructor, but still, I'm not a captain of any sports. Will not being a captain hurt my scores badly? I have plenty of academic and EC things, Im just a little worried on the physical part. Thanks.

    USMAalltheway
     
  6. Pima

    Pima Parent

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Messages:
    12,807
    Likes Received:
    950
    Are you asking for MOC purposes or USMA? JAM is the go to for USMA advice, If it is MOC follow the other advice and highlight scuba diving, especially the instructor position.
     
  7. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,826
    Likes Received:
    2
    Being a Captain of a sports team falls under leadership. Don't worry about it if you are not a Captain.
    Being an assistant instructor in SCUBA shows leadership so make sure they know that about you.
     

Share This Page