Orientation?

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  1. Ben Kuhn

    Ben Kuhn New Member

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    Our son has an appointment to the AFA. He has already toured the Academy and spent the day with a Cadet. He is going to accept and attend the AFA. Our question: would it benefit him and is it worth the expense for him to go to orientation?
     
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    If it isn't a financial burden, then I would reccomend it based on what I have heard from previous cadets.
     
  3. CranoOrden

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    If he's shadowed already, it may make a difference, it may not. (It really comes down to what cadet he gets/what concerns does he have/etc). I came for orientation, had a great sponsor cadet and it was a great experience, but it was my first time being here during the academic day.

    If he didn't come though, I wouldn't worry about it. I know people who showed up for the first time ever on I-day and they still managed to become some great upperclassmen. Its all about what'll make him comfortable with the decision. Because next time he shows up, people won't be as nice....to put it bluntly.
     
  4. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Accepted versus deciding

    What is the usual percentage of orientation attendees who've already signed their acceptance versus those who are using orientation as a step in the decision process (albeit, pretty close to the last step?)
     
  5. CranoOrden

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    Humm.....I'm not sure there's an actual number (or at least I don't have it!), but I'd say really high. For most people who haven't signed, they're probably trying to decide between service academies.
     
  6. chrissyjean

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    I would recommend going because although he's been there before, Orientation will give him a chance to meet some of the other 2014'ers.
     
  7. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    i had already visited and stayed once, but came again for orientation. however, i stayed with a 4 dig the second time instead of a firstie, and i hadn't decided whether i would accept or decline. yes you get to meet some other people, but honestly i don't remember a single person now i met at orientation. (now i didn't do the SAF/CC dinners then, which changes things a little).

    is it nice, yes, but it's definitely not critical. i think i would have preferred a family dinner out and movie than the ticket to CO, but that's just personal preference. (and if i had made up my mind before the end of April)
     
  8. SALTY007

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    orient

    My D has already done a visit...but we are attending the Orientation. There are many many more questions and much more to learn that we missed asking or wasn't informed from last time.
     
  9. btown13

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    they said in the paperwork we have to fill out that it's about 50/50. don't know how accurate that is exactly though.
     
  10. CranoOrden

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    You're now assuming I've read the paperwork....
     

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