Orientation Cliff Notes

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  1. navy

    navy Member

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    We were unable to attend orientation. Does anyone have the "gouge" or shortened version of the presentation? Any advice would be glady appreciated. Also, is the 2010-11 academic calendar out yet? Thanks.
     
  2. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    From the First Orientation April 12-13

    We found orientation to be worthwhile, not only from the information given in the powerpoint briefings, but in particular meeting dozens of future cadets and their families throughout the day and at the pre-orientation dinner hosted by bsa07eagle at the Olive Garden. For parents and future attendees (approx 220 future cadets and about 300 family members in attendance) the orientation was broken down into three main areas: Academics, Military, and Physical Training (sports.) Various speakers representing these aspects of the academy spoke for 30 to 45 minutes. At 4:00pm the students left the auditorium to meet with their cadet "shadow"and with whom they'd spend the next 20 hours. The final session for parents involved the Association of Graduates and meeting "webguy" who will soon be our best friend because he posts tens of thousands of pictures taken during BCT.
    Day two was comprised mostly of the 2 hour campus tour and picking up your son or daughter.
    In a nutshell: Welcome to the Academy, you're the best and brightest, the next 4 years will be rewarding beyond your dreams, basic cadet training will be very difficult and you will be motivated to do things "in our own special way." You'll have opportunities to travel, learn to glide, jump out of perfectly good aircraft, and receive an education that is second to none.
    We met at least a dozen parents who I look forward to seeing again at I-Day and Parents Weekend. Mike
     
  3. Texasrocks

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    I didn't really gain any new information in the presentations as most of it is covered in "instructions to appointees" or on these boards. The real value in going was for appointee and parents to meet other "incomings" and get a better feel of the campus. I must say I was very impressed by the staff presentations and the "presence" of the current cadets. It was an honor to be able to tour the campus. Great job cadets and the administration.
     
  4. carteefarm

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    Most of the information is out there to be found, but I agree that the most rewarding part was meeting the other families, Appointees and the fabulous staff and Cadets. Our Appointee seemed a bit hesitant on the first day during all the yack-yack, but when we picked him up after the second day with his Cadet (he actually got to shadow two) he seemed much more confident and pleased. I think actually spending a day in the "real Cadet world" made him realize that it might be something he can do. Keep reading posts on this site and you'll know as much or more than you would have from attending Orientation. Best Wishes!
     
  5. btown13

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    just remember though that orientation is about a month after recognition, and most of the cadet escorts are freshman, so it is a "slightly" skewed view on what most of freshman year is like. Just remember how much fun the day was, and how happy the freshman and wing in general were, and you can look forward to that at use it as motivation to get through freshman year
     

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