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  1. Lahey

    Lahey Member

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    Hi,

    Some of my friends approached me today and asked if I wanted to make a mixtape with them. They plan on making it with or without me, but I really want to be a part of it. Of course, its going to have explicit lyrics and we are going to be talking about how many women we have (or dont have), and how we "be stunting on everyone everywhere". If anyone from the military hears it and word of somehow reaches usafa / usna admissions (99% it wont, but there are other applicants in my school who will be hearing it undoubtedly), can my chances for acceptance be hindered? I really want to rap about how ive been feeling and all that ive been going through lately, and this will be my golden ticket to real popularity instead of everything just seeing me as familiar face.

    Thx again,
    Lahey
     
  2. Spud

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    I am absolutely speechless.
     
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  3. FalconsRock

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    Lahey, the very fact that you are even asking this question in this forum is very telling.
     
  4. Lahey

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    OK, got it its a bad idea - wont take part in it
     
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  5. Jcc123

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    Eh. Give the kid a gold star for actually pausing to consider how his actions might be perceived by the academies. That's more than a lot of kids bother to do.

    Lahey, I have to say, in this instance as well as others in life, if you have to ask the question, you already know the answer. I used to tell my kids their grandmother was the yardstick by which to measure their behavior. Would you play this mixtape for your grandmother?
     
  6. -Bull-

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    The world needs more fire mixtapes....yo
     
  7. proudofmyboy

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    Dude you have issues...I wonder if a SA is really for you..You seem to be an attention seeker...Not keeping with qualities of a Military Officer..
     
  8. BlackKnight89

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    Keep it real Bull. :)
     
  9. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Fencersmother is old now, of course, but she recalls that things did not go well for this young man whose song & dance career was short lived at USAFA. I assume your intended little ditty is far far less tame than this number:



    I am so very glad that you asked - and really, it will be a mark of maturity should you actually decline the offer to bring another fire rap to the decay of civilization.
     
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  10. USNA 19 DAD

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    When my own kids have had social lows (and it happens to even the most popular kids) I told them this. Although it may seem like forever until graduation, high school is just a little blip in time as compared to the rest of your life. You will not associate with 90% of any of these kids ever again the day after graduation. Who cares if person X does not like you? Your never going to see them again anyway. If you are truly serious about a SA and service, your energies should be spent keeping up your grades and a lot of your social calendar should be spent doing productive service related activities. No, I am not your parent, but I am a parent of a current Mid and saw first hand what it took to gain appointment. Stay away from anything and anybody that may adversely effect the way you are perceived. Character is everything. Best of luck to you.
     
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  11. fencersmother

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    Jcc, we used to say: "If you feel like you want your mother to watch you do this, then go for it! If you would rather have a root canal with no novocaine, perhaps it is something you might want to reconsider."

    Lahey, time to stop thinking like a high school kid looking for that Golden Ticket to Popularity. If you want that, proudofmyboy may be right. If you want a Golden Ticket to a Fantastic Future (i.e. USAFA), reconsider the mixtape.

    Actually, from what you describe, as a parent, I would question your choice of friendships.
     
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  12. Boozebin

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    Yes because every teenager that enters the glorious, shiny, bastion that is the AFA knows what it means to keep with the qualities of a Military Officer and no one at the AFA EVER does stupid things, ever.:rolleyes:

    It's not like the kid is asking if they should do drugs to be popular. And I think some of us have forgotten some of the pressures we felt at the same age. The whole stone throwing analogy comes to mind.

    Lahey you are getting some great advice as well and I'll only add you know the POTENTIAL consequences of your decision whichever you chose. You have to chose which one you can live with. We can all tell you what we would chose but the point is at the end of the day it's you that has to make the choice.
     
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  13. Capt MJ

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    Lahey, free speech, one of the great things about this country, allows you to do all kinds of things. Should you do them? You had the gut instinct to pause and put the question out there, which takes maturity, and then to re-assess the choice. It's called operational risk management in the military, where you examine all possible outcomes and evaluate acceptable risk. Having the insight and imagination to envision negative consequences down the road, and exercising self-discipline to decline - all good.
     
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  14. fencersmother

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    Booze, this strongly reminds me of a day in my senior year of highschool. Aptly named "The Ill-fated Cup Day," we 17 & 18 year old girls wore our bras to school - outside our shirts. Weren't we clever though?

    Unfortunately, someone far more clever (and perhaps evil minded) than yours truly, SAVED photos of IFCD, and lo! behold! Guess where they wound up?? Yes, Facebook.

    Just another day in paradise.
     
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  15. Boozebin

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    Funny how things can come back and bite you! And this is from back in the day were we didn't have instant access to information! I'm just glad some of my stupidity from back in the day hasn't surfaced at that level yet.:oops: Great now it's time to go Google my name be back in a bit! :D
     
  16. -Bull-

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    On a serious note, be aware that anything "out there" on social media or on fire mixtapes can come back to people that work with, for, or above you. I currently lead a team of soldiers, if my mixtapes would have been released (luckily I kept them in the studio or with the house DJ), I can guarantee my soldiers would find it and everyone in my unit would know about it. Picture yourself in the future leading Airmen and ask yourself if the female Airmen you might lead will want to follow you if they've heard your mixtape that degrades females. I can tell you the answer, but I'll let you think about it.

    Trust me, the game changes once you become responsible for people. It really does. Nothing is a game anymore and it's never the same. I'm not supervising shifts at the local McDonalds, I coordinate big booms alongside maneuver forces in combat. And there's a possibility you could do something similar. If you choose the officer life, you best be ready for this, or you'll find yourself on the outside quick.
     
  17. JestFutureFalcon

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    I agree with bull. I have freshmen cadets in JROTC who googled my name and saw a prepubescent child attempting to hold in his excitement after getting 2nd place in a spelling bee (I won 300 dollars for it). During the time of the pic I was really chubby, but now I'm like 6% body fat and an avid runner. They decided to call me Chubbs and bother me every day about it lol so now it's pretty hard to keep their attention when I need to teach them drill
     
  18. USNA 19 DAD

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    And that is precisely why I have never had a FB account. I subscribe to the theory that if you don't know how to get a hold of me, it's probably because I don't want you to get a hold of me. ;)
     
  19. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Which brings up another point: Lahey and all other candidates: If you have a FB or twitter or other social media account, be aware! THEY WILL FIND YOU. Please be sure that what is on there is something you want your mother to see.
     
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  20. Capt MJ

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    I was confronted with a 21st C. counseling challenge a few years back when a female junior officer, totally professional and doing well in her career, a former top USNA mid, called, completely demoralized, when she found out high school age pictures on Rate Your Rack (ugh) were being circulated on her new ship. A moment of youthful impulsiveness from ten years ago had caught up with her. Tough conversation. She was going to hold her head high and march through the shaming, keep her performance brilliant and learn how to change the subject like a political professional, unless it was appropriate to use her experience as a teachable moment.
    I am truly glad the Internet was not available when I was at an age more vulnerable to bone-head decisions.
     

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