Parents of 2022'ers

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by RickD_USAF, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. RickD_USAF

    RickD_USAF Air Force Veteran

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    We made a dash to the wall as soon as we got through the gates when they opened. We were lucky enough to get a parking spot at Arnold Hall and still ended up in the second row. It fills up fast. No worries this year though, I can sleep in
     
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    If you have a military ID, go in through South Gate before North Gate opens
     
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  3. sherrie

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    Yes she is! She officially got it this morning!! But she was a Falcon Scholar and had been excelling there so I made my reservations knowing she would get one. I am so excited as Gen Kelly had told the Falcons that it would be at the end of March to April when the Falcons would get their appointments! But she got it today!!
     
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    We have both a USAFA graduate and an applicant for the 2022 class. We went out for I-Day, A-Day and PW, but I have always believed that if from the start, you do what is most comfortable for your family, your journey at USAFA will be the most enjoyable. In retrospect, if there was one thing we did that I would recommend, is to bring all school supplies, printer cartridges, printer, monitor, snacks, OTC medications in a small container, and a sleeping bag (because they often do not want to sleep in their neatly made beds), on A-Day. It was squad specific as to what the cadets could have but by A-Day, they knew what was allowed. We planned to take home anything our cadet could not have. There was plenty of time after lunch to go to their rooms, set things up and go to the student store for any last minute items. On PW we did not need to do any shopping and our cadet was able to start school fully supplied. This worked for our family but again always do what works for yours!
     
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    ^^Yes, this worked very well for our family too. If you are flying in for A-Day, order your big ticket stuff and have it shipped to the local store for pickup once you arrive. Also plan on stopping at Walmart, Walgreens etc to pick up the little stuff. That way, you don't have to travel with everything on the plane.
     
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    Thanks for posting the correct site!
     
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  7. sherrie

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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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  9. sherrie

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    I was booking my hotel today for parents weekend at the end of August and found many of the hotels are already booked out. I got the last room of one hotel that is a few miles away. So those going to parents weekend may want to book the hotel now.
     
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    I’m not a parent, but I thought maybe I had some good advice to offer regarding hotels/lodging. When I went out to USAFA for my admission tour, me and my family stayed on Buckley AFB in their lodging. It’s right near Denver and not a long drive from the academy. If you are a military family and can stay on base, I would definitely look into it. The room was great and it was INSANELY cheap, and you will probably find a place to stay for parents weekend, etc..., easier than another hotel.
     
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  11. RickD_USAF

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    It books fast, especially near USAFA. You can find rooms down I25 or by the airport on 24. But, anything near exit 156 sells out. I booked early too so I am right there near the gates again. I-Day we ended out by the airport, the commute got old.
     
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    I found a house for a very reasonable price for PW on vrbo. Airbnb would be another good option.
     
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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    We did hotels for PW's then rented a house for graduation week. Having a garage available for storage of dorm stuff after graduation was recommended by a previous poster & worked out for us. They have to be out of their dorms by the afternoon of graduation day! Booked 2 years in advance.

    Also plan your drive from Denver Airport to CSprings by NOT using the toll road. It's really easy to figure out although the it took me 3 years to do it (sigh). Check it out on Google Maps.

    Just a thought on a different topic-DD was recalling how much she used Excel at the Academy. If your appointee has the opportunity to either brush up or become more confortable in the use of Excel before the start of the academic year, it would be helpful. I don't think one has to go crazy or worry about it if you don't know every feature, but if you could take a class (online?) or watch YouTube videos it will come in very handy. People at work who use it don't even use Word; they do everything on Excel.
     
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