Writer's Block...

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by d.mcknight, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. d.mcknight

    d.mcknight Member

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    So I'm working on my writing samples for USAFA. And I've hit a block. I have absolutely no ideas for the required (third) question. For those of you that have done that already, what kind of stuff did you put? Or does anyone have any suggestions? Just need a little bit to jog my writing...:rolleyes:
     
  2. AVT

    AVT USAFA 2015

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    I wrote about when I made my club succesful and took it out of debt.

    I would pick an event that you took part in that was difficult or of a decision you made that had some consquences. It would be wise to also showcase an example of your leadership.
     
  3. d.mcknight

    d.mcknight Member

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    THANK YOU! Just came up with a great idea. :thumb:
     
  4. Christcorp

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    "This one time, at band-camp".
    LOL!!! Sorry, too tempting.
    Mike....
     
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    Hahaha!

    Mr Christcorp doesn't seem so intimidating anymore
     
  6. Christcorp

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    Intimidating? Now that is something I haven't been considered on this forum. :yllol:
     
  7. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Well...show up at an AFA game and see how he handles a hot dog...or brot's...

    Then you might change your tune!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  8. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Too busy to eat

    I imagine Christcorp will be too busy to eat while shaking hands of all the parents and incoming cadets he helped over the last year with his advice, suggestions and "two cents."
     
  9. Christcorp

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    Steve; I hope you're coming to the Navy game this year. It was good seeing you last year against Army. But we NEED that trophy back, and I think this is the year. Plus, I think we have some really needed toasts to go through.

    And thanks for the compliments M&C. But this forum is as successful as it is because of the combined contributions of everyone. While many of my suggestions and advice are 1st hand knowledge from throughout the years of my career and experiences, I can't tell you how many times I've had to refer to Steve (Flieger), Bullet, Raimius, CadC, and many of the other cadets, military members, family members, parents, etc... Everyone on this forum not only brings a unique perspective to the forum; they generally are very much committed to the applicants and the cadets. Many of the cadets come back to the forum after BCT to continue on with updated information and perspective. There are other forums of similar topic that aren't so much a cooperative. I definitely appreciate your appreciation, but yours and every other person's contributions here are just as important. They keep things in perspective.

    And I hope that you are one of the hands that I shake at a Falcon football game. It would be my honor. I have the luxury of living about 2 hours from the academy. I see my son a lot. I go to all the football games. And I get to see my extended military family while at the games. (1 hell of a tailgate we throw). So if you can get to a game, please do. It's exciting. And pre-show with the flyover and wings of blue is very impressive. (Even the opposing teams sometimes becomes a bit intimidated). Hope to see you there. Later.... Mike.....
     
  10. d.mcknight

    d.mcknight Member

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    As I read my essay over, I begin to think that I am missing the point.....so if someone could tell me if my idea is legit that would be great.....

    Here is the prompt.

    "Describe a setback or ethical dilemma that you have faced. How did you resolve it? How did the outcome affect you? If something similar happens in the future, how would you react?"


    Now my idea for it is to discuss this past year when I was once again stuck in the Freshman Flight for JROTC (third year in a row). I had been a freshman, then a flight sergeant, and for the third time, a flight commander. Originally I was extremely disappointed and not wanting to do it. I considered trying to swap classes with another flight commander. However I stuck with it, and in the end my freshmen won top flight in drill and most outstanding flight for both semesters. It also gave me the leadership skills that got me group commander and the highest award in AFJROTC. As far as the last part of the question, I'd say something along the lines of looking at less than ideal situations as potential blessings in disguise.

    Sorry for the long post, I just keep feeling that I am missing the mark each time I go over this idea. :rolleyes:
     
  11. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Barring anything unforeseen...

    I will be at the Navy game! Dad has tickets...my aunt and uncle are coming from Florida...

    I'll be looking for goodies at the tent!! :thumb:

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  12. d.mcknight

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    Anyone have any opinions on if my concept works for the question?
     
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    I haven’t done it but what I think is that you might just want to briefly mention the fact you were upset, and go in detail about how you overcame it, and how you made the best of the situation. Talk about how you led them to become so good. I think if you talk to much about how you were upset they will perceive you as being whiny or something along those lines, BUT if you talk about how you were focused on making the best of it and leading them you will be perceived as being a leader, and proactive.
    What I’m trying to get across is in the response try to portray “leadership qualities” in it.

    Hope I helped!

    Good Luck!:thumb:

    Oh and I think your concept works fine, but keep thinking you might find one thats even better who knows1
     

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