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Turned in my Summer Seminar App Late

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by menoc, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. menoc

    menoc New Member

    Jan 16, 2016
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    Or at least it was late in Colorado's timezone.

    I live in Hawaii and I just recently turned in my application for the USAFA Summer Seminar Program on January 15, 2016 at 9:03 p.m. HAST. However, when I turned in my application, it said that I turned in my application past the deadline on January 16, which I'm assuming is because it goes off of Colorado's timezone.

    Will the admissions committee reject my application for being late in their timezone or will they still consider my application?

    I am very worried because I had totally forgotten that Colorado is three hours ahead of my time.
  2. 17Lives

    17Lives Member

    Nov 1, 2015
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    Why are you just now doing it?
  3. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 5-Year Member

    Sep 27, 2008
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    There is no way to look inside USAFA's mind on this. If they do consider yours late, your app will not compare favorably with others who submitted in plenty of time or paid attention to time zone detail. There are several sayings in the military relating to timeliness: "You may have good reasons for being late, but no excuse." "Being just on time is late."

    All this is said with kind intent. If you do not get in, and tardy submission played a role, take it as a lesson. You did not give yourself the best chance for success. The good thing is, attendance is not mandatory for an appointment, though it would surely have increased your understanding of USAFA. If turned down, you may also never know the reason but will wonder if lateness played a role. Kick yourself twice, think about skidding up to deadlines if it is a habit, and keep moving. If you get in, resolve to not make a habit of being late.
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  4. Padre101

    Padre101 Parent

    Sep 29, 2015
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    Think of it as a lesson learned. You won't do this when you submit the actual application for appointment.

    I guess it may be worth calling the admissions office to see if they will consider your summer seminar application but I don't know if you want to bring negative attention to yourself.
  5. 5Day

    5Day Member

    Nov 18, 2015
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    Write a polite email to your point of contact. Let them know that you submitted your application late. I assumed the deadline was my local Hawaii time and not mountain time. Sorry for my error. Please reconsider my application.
  6. FalconsRock

    FalconsRock Parent

    Mar 2, 2015
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    1+ CaptMJ and I wholeheartedly disagree with those who say to call and grovell. You pushed the deadline and you have to accept responsibility for that. It will cost you a spot at SS. Lesson learned. Get started on you SA app as soon as it opens and don't be late.

    I sincerely doubt that they will reconsider as they get far too many apps than spots. All of those who were on time deserve it over you. Sorry.

    With that said, there are many other ways to visit the USAFA in the summer. They have several sports camps and a STEM camp as well. The STEM program in your area may offer scholarships that pay for some or all of your travel. Google USAFA summer programs and you will find all the information you need. Good luck to you and remember, deadlines are there for many reasons, but the one most important for you to remember is they separate the wheat from the chaff. Good luck to you. Aim high.
  7. Blueblood1

    Blueblood1 Member

    Mar 23, 2015
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    Never file things on the deadline. That is my rule in business as well.

    On a positive note, my DD did not get accepted to SS. She is now a C4C. Get your application in order and submitted early, and be diligent to give yourself the best chance. Read all of the rules and instructions carefully.
  8. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

    Jan 31, 2015
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    She is not the only one who got rejected from SS and is now a C4C. I got my "Dear Candidate John" letter on 2/14/14 (ouch!) and received my appointment 1 year, 1 month, and 2 days later. It all depends on where you go from here, regardless of what happens or doesn't happen with SS. Don't ever let one missed opportunity get you down. Good luck! :thumb:
  9. fencersmother

    fencersmother 5-Year Member Founding Member

    Oct 10, 2007
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    Not polite to beg forgiveness now, when everyone else seemed to be able to figure out the time zone issue.

    On the bright side, most of the kids my sons knew at USAFA never went to summer seminar so it will probably not affect your chances for an appointment (though time management is the most important skill you can ever learn, besides typing).
  10. forumjunkie

    forumjunkie Member

    Jun 11, 2014
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    I have been lead to believe that the SS are more an outreach for those who are not as familiar with the military. To give them a chance to experience it. We are a Military family and neither or my 2 sons were not accepted to any of the Summer sessions, our 3rd candidate who 's family had no military back round was accepted to 2, otherwise similar stats. Have heard similar stories. Just anecdotal but ..

    Again one son 2/C USNA , one son- no appointment, 3rd candidate anxiously awaiting
  11. USAFA83GradWife

    USAFA83GradWife Member

    Dec 19, 2013
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    Not really true. DD went to both USAFA and USNA SS. Her dad's a USAFA grad. I think it has more to do with the number of applying from each state. Just like appointments, they try to get a good cross section.

    Just like a lot of people have already said, SS isn't any indication of chances for appointment. However, if you're one of the lucky ones to go, be sure to do your best. You're not officially evaluated, but if you're lazy, say something that's offensive, etc. It will be remembered.

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