Here's a little sea story that will help parents and appointees illustrate the cool factor at an SA and the doors that open, when trying to explain a SA to all those amongst the Vastly But Innocently Clueless. One of our sponsor daughters was at the house last night. I asked her if she had heard from her ex-Duke boyfriend who tried to convince her that a SA wasn't worthwhile in terms of a "real education and a real job," and to apply to a school near him in case she couldn't get into Duke. (!!!! by me) She ditched him 2 years ago when he wouldn't respect the path she was taking, perhaps also being somewhat jealous of the internship she was headed to in Japan's space program. He just graduated, and despite his business major and fancy NYC internships, has not been offered a job anywhere, and is working at the university, glossing over the situation by saying he could still be close to his beloved Duke basketball. That reminded her to tell me that as part of a special Glee Club event, she sang for former President H.W. Bush, his family and Coach K from Duke. She got autographs from many famous people on her program and some invitations that many people would fight for. She commented that she now had the perspective to appreciate and value the opportunities she is being given and the unique experiences she has enjoyed during her time at an SA.