Friday, June 12, 2009

Thank You.

While at work this week I was fixing fence in a pasture facing the Tetons. (I did not take this picture, but this is what I have to look at every day at work.) The area had tons of different mixes of grasses and other plants. I did not realize how much variety there was in the area. Anyways, while fixing fence I heard some Crane's mating call. I looked and two Sandhill Cranes were rocking out to their mating dance. They were jumping high up in the air, running around each other, chasing each other, flying around, and lots of other things. They are beautiful birds. I just stopped working and watched them. I can't believe I got to see that.
On a second note, I checked my email today and was surprised when I read this email. It was interesting to read after meeting with the Air Force today and found out that I completely qualify to enter the pararescue pipeline:
Dear Oliver,

I am a faculty member in the MPA program at BYU, and was a member of the admissions committee that decided which students to admit to the program next year. I’m sure you were disappointed to learn that you weren’t admitted. Our decision about your application was a very difficult one, and the committee spent a great deal of time and discussion about you. I believe we were all intrigued by the qualities and perspective you have to offer, and would like to have included you in the next MPA class. However, there were aspects of your application that raised concerns (among them, your GPA), which made you less competitive in comparison with other applicants.

The reason I am writing is that the committee feels you are one of a small handful of denied applicants who has a strong potential to be accepted into the program in the future (if you remain interested). Of course, I cannot guarantee future admission. However, I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you to give you some suggestions about steps you can take to strengthen your application and thus improve your chances to be accepted in 2010.

If you happen to be in Provo some time this summer, I’d love to meet you. Or we could schedule a telephone conversation, if you are interested in continuing to pursue the MPA program.

Again, my regrets that we didn’t have better news for you this year. You are clearly a remarkable young man with great promise.


Kate said...

Nice to have such affirmation!! What now, then?

jessamyn said...

I'm so proud of you, you are exactly what the Air Force is looking for... THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
Brian had his first weekend drill today... he's pretty beat but says its nothing compared to what BCT will be like.
the only comments you make on my blog are negative :( I need happy comments from my brother

elizabeth said...

That is so great to hear about the MPA program. I like that better than the air force. :)

Cami said...

That's such a good surprise to get a letter like that! You deserve it.

monica said...

smile sound.