Things to do over the weekend?

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  1. breakitbuyit

    breakitbuyit Member

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    I'm a junior now and set on being accepted to the USAFA. I take advanced classes (4 AP 1 pre-AP, maintain a 3.8/4.6 GPA, and run cross country/track at a decently competitive level(9:45 as a soph.) I'm usually completely booked on the weekdays, but what are some things I can do over the weekend that would help me get in next year? I do occasional volunteering and have begun prepping for the PSAT/SAT, but anything else that anyone would recommend?
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  2. Christcorp

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    You do the things, you WANT to do.

    There is no magical checklist....... "DO THESE ITEMS AND YOU GET ACCEPTED TO THE ACADEMY". It doesn't work that way. Just like the kid who never played a sport in their life; gets on the football or basketball team their senior year so it will "LOOK GOOD" on their college resume. The academy isn't stupid. They've got a little bit of experience appointing people to the academy. It is SO EASY to see an individual doing something to make their resume look good. If you're looking to "FILL A SQUARE", then this forum isn't the right place for you to ask such a question. This forum is for those who want to EARN an appointment; and want the academy to appoint those most deserving.

    Whatever you decide to do on the weekends, do it because YOU WANT TO. Then, while you're doing whatever it is, find opportunities in that to demonstrate leadership, team building, service to others, etc. EXAMPLE: Part time job; Volunteering Meals on Wheels; Church League Basketball; coaching kids soccer at YMCA; organize you x-country/track teammates to do additional training; (Schools are limited on practices, athletes can practice on their own); etc. WHATEVER YOU DO, do it because you want to. PLUS, each of those examples, and ANYTHING you think of, you'll be able to find ways in it to show "Leadership, team player, service to others, etc". Just make sure it's GENUINE and not just trying to "Fill a Square". You ALO can see that coming a mile away.
     
  3. breakitbuyit

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    Of course, sorry if I came off that way. Thanks for the response.
     
  4. Christcorp

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    Nothing to be sorry for. Simply saying if you have some free time; then ENJOY IT. Have Fun. Do the things you WANT to do. If you're passionate about something, you'll have an inclination to excel and succeed in it. Which will make it easier to develop the attributes that the academy wants. e.g. leadership, team skills, service to others, etc.

    The reason I bring this up, is because too many people think that there's some sort of hierarchy of activities. Example: Football is more important than baseball which is more important that JrROTC, which is better than Band, which looks better than 4H, bla bla bla. NO ACTIVITY is better than any other. It's what you do with it that matters. Best of luck.
     
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