Nomination Essay

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by got_milk, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. got_milk

    got_milk Member

    Jul 3, 2013
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    The prompt is why you want to attend the service academy of your choice in 500 words or less, but I am having an extremely difficult time getting my point across without sounding cliched. I want to attend a service academy to serve my country and a few other reasons. I was told to try to think around these typical responses, but I just can't. Are typical responses bad? If so, how do I get around this. Thanks for the help! :smile:
  2. MedB

    MedB Parent

    Dec 26, 2012
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    One tactic you might try is not stopping at the first level of thinking; ie just answering "Why do I want to go?"

    Instead, once you've detailed the reason(s), go on to answer a deeper question that is more personal. For example if it's the desire to serve as your motivation, then...

    "What does serving my country mean to me personally?" or "Why is serving so important to me?"

    So just don't stop at the easy answer. Look deeper into yourself and share with the academy how/why you feel that way and what it means to you. That's where variety comes in. While many people applying have a desire to serve, the reasons behind that desire, how they view that service, what it means to them, is where it becomes invidualized.

    Hope this helps and good luck!

    NOTE: Some of the more veteran posters here may have other advice you should listen to, but the above is what my class of 2017 cadet did.

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