Hey again guys! I've got a few more questions and all of you are by far the most helpful. I was just informed today that I was selected to attend Texas Boys State, so hopefully that'll really help my application. I'm joining Civil Air Patrol ASAP - they meet the second Saturday of the month.. unfortunately the second Saturday of March and April I have reserved for the SAT and ACT. The man that interviewed me for Texas Boys State was incredibly rude - He was a retired Colonel and a former liaison for Westpoint Academy. He continually told me that my academic record wasn't good enough for the AFA and that I should just apply for a regular college with an ROTC program, while at the same time telling me that he could tell I wasn't the kind of person that would give up. I don't know if this was some military thing, but oh well. Anyways next year I've decided I'm going to try to do Cross Country and our team being the state champions run 45 miles a week. The Coach said he'll give me a shot on the team if I can be running 30 by the end of May. I'm currently running about a mile and a half a day.. on a treadmill I was wondering if any of you had any running advice for getting myself to run 5 miles comfortably(I know the Academy wants it too anyways). Additionally, is getting a paid job helpful for my application or would they look more highly on volunteer work? Right now all I've got over the summer is a week of Boys State, (potentially) Cross Country every day, and dual credit English 4 at the community college two days a week. I'll have Civil Air Patrol once in a while, but that still leaves my schedule pretty open for a job or something. Any suggestions anyone? I already filled out my Precandidate Questionnaire when I got home.. it wasn't very extensive. I expected it to be a little more. I'm also wondering if I should be emailing/calling my liaison to ask these questions... you guys respond a lot quicker but I'm wondering if it'd be good to show him how motivated I am by keeping in contact. Should I be updating him on things like getting accepted to Boys State? I'm just not entirely sure of what's expected of me as far as that goes. As always, thanks guys.