Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum, and it's nice to meet you in advance. Since at a fairly young age, my dreams of graduating from the USAFA have inspired me to do my very best in school. I maintain a 3.9 GPA as of now due to my hard work ethic. What sets me off from most students in high school is the action of producing quality work, rather than trying to finish an assignment as soon as possible to get rid of it. Other than a powerful academic ethic, I'm fairly athletic as well, being in Track & Field. I also plan on joining the Civil Air Patrol real soon. I feel like I have a great chance of being admitted in the Academy if I continue these traits. However, I'm not exactly the gruff and assertive type of guy. I'm not disrespectful to people and I do not like to command others with a yelling voice (I prefer to command others with a normal voice, one-by-one rather than commanding a platoon). Whenever I see these stereotypical officers in the military commanding groups of soldiers with such a booming voice, my dreams plummet from my grasp because I'm not strict or intimidating by nature. I'm not ruthless or hard-core; I respect people's personal space, not yell in their ears like what drill sergeants do (assuming by movies and stereotypes). In addition, I lack the ability to fend for myself. I'm not a Boy Scout, and I will forever regret the day in 2nd grade I rejected my dad's offer to become a Boy Scout. Whenever I see Eagle Scouts, I absolutely envy and loathe at their accomplishment in perfectionism at such a young age, as I often compare their accomplishments to my inferior capabilities. I cannot build a fire, I cannot set up a tent without assistance from another; heck, I can't even untie a tight knot. I don't even know how to tie the special type of knots you learn in Boy Scouts. I've lived a pampered life. I hate myself for it. I plan on joining Boy Scouts to redeem myself, but I'm turning 17 in a month and I may be too old to be eligible to join. I am hoping the Civil Air Patrol will at least teach me how to fend for myself. My overall goal in the Air Force (in life in general) is to become a successful Astronomical Engineer. My interests in the universe emulsifies my mind with immense curiosity. I will also pursue my hobbies in art and world history, and maybe even compose my own novel considering my talents in creative writing. To whoever read this, I am absolutely thankful. Absolutely thankful. Just being able to express my feelings to a community united by the same philosophies is good enough for me. I know I sound very depressed or very pessimistic, but that's the effect of my stress and worries getting into me. Hopefully I will be accepted in the USAFA, as I have two able hands ready to serve and contribute to the Air Force.