narratives and interviews (reproduced with permission from captain kaylan schwarz)
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- Narratives and Interviews (reproduced with permission from Captain Kaylan Schwarz)
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- Outline for todays session O Overview of Narrative requirements O Activities brainstorm ideas to assist with writing the narrative O Interview process O Important info for reference, to be emailed O Request Transcripts
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- Narratives O Word Count: 500-600 O Spacing: 1.5 or double-spaced O Font: 11 or 12 point, standard business font O Plain white or cream paper O Rank, given name, surname, and squadron at the top of the page O Signature at the end of the narrative
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- Evaluation O 50% for understanding of the course content, projecting the value/usefulness of the course to themselves and their squadron, and articulating their desire to take the course O 25% for accomplishments as a cadet O 20% for extra-curricular activities of the applicant, particularly those that relate to the training and qualifications provided by the course O 5% for presentation and special merit factors
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- Narrative Outline O Why do you want to attend the course you are applying for (not just that you are interestedwhat inspired that interest in the first place?) O Who you are as a cadet (accomplishments, extra- curricular activities, position, approach to leadership) O Who you are outside of cadets (extra-curricular activities, interests and hobbies, what parts of your personality you most value) O How the course will benefit you and the squadron/Air Cadet system. O Future plans (relate them to course if applicable). (Hand out Sample Narrative)
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- The Take-Away O The goal of you narrative is to communicate a sense of who you are. O Put yourself in the position of your reader. There will be hundreds of applications for any given coursehow will your message be memorable? O Activities are designed to allow you to brainstorm the specific content of your narrative during this session.
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- Weak Narrative O Paragraph 1: A typical statement: O I would like to attend the Power Pilot scholarship because my goal is to become a pilot. O Why is this considered weak? O Its no different than anyone else. Everyone who is applying wants to become a pilot. O It doesnt give readers a window into who you are. O Instead, tell your story: O Invited to the cockpit as a child and was captivated by the vast blinking control panel. O Great uncle was a helicopter pilot and would give cadet a flight in a Griffin for each birthday.
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- Activity 1 O 60 seconds of quiet reflection. O Why do you want to attend the course you are applying to? O Go back to the source: What is your first memory of flight? When did you decide you wanted to become a pilot? O Think in detail, think in senses. (paper and pencil exercise for paragraph 1)
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- Weak Narrative O For Paragraph 2: A typical statement: O I have obtained the rank of Sergeant. I am in Level Four. O Why is this considered weak? O This information is already in your application form. Instead, highlight extracurricular involvement (active member of the drill team), position (Flight Commander) or your approach to leadership. O For Paragraph 3: A typical statement: O Outside of cadets, I like to play sports and read. O Why is this considered weak? O This information is vague. What types of sports do you like to play? What kind of books do you like to read? Give specifics: I am the goalie for the Richmond Green Hockey Team. I enjoy reading Japanese manga comics.
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- Activity 2 O Personal Mind Map: O Who are you as a cadet? (accomplishments, extra- curricular activities, position, approach to leadership, why you joined, what you love most) O Who are you outside of Cadets? (extra-curricular activities, interests and hobbies, personality characteristics you most value, your future plans, your passions in life) O This is a brainstorming exercise. There are no right or wrong answers. Do not filter your thoughts, just write them down. Venn Diagram handout pencil and paper exercise
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- The Give-Back Statement O Summer training is a considerable investment in you. It is important to show that you are not just taking the opportunity. O How might your specific summer training opportunity allow you to contribute to the squadron or the Air Cadet program? What specific applications does your knowledge have?
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- Activity 3 O Group Brainstorm Paragraph 4 O How might this course benefit the squadron or Air Cadet program?
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- Interviews O Who: A 2 or 3-person interview board normally comprised of Air Cadet League members, Detachment personnel, and CIC Officers. O Length: 12-15 minutes. O Process: Enter facing the Board, wearing headdress, and salute. Wait until you are offered a seat. You may remove your headdress while you are seated with the Board.
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- Evaluation The panel will be asking themselves: O Does this cadet really want this course? O Does this cadet understand the course and the mental and physical commitment required? O Course graduates have a responsibility to their squadron to set an example for junior cadets, and to provide leadership and instruction. Is this cadet aware of this obligation?
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- Evaluation You will specifically be marked on O Attitude, Motivation, Knowledge and Interest O General Knowledge O Dress and Deportment O Self-Expression and Self-Confidence
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- Interview Hints O Prepare, prepare, prepare O For factual questions, ensure you have memorized the correct answers. O Suggestion: Schedule a fact checking social gathering among all applicants. Bring laptops or smartphones. Divide questions and share answers. O For self-knowledge, ensure you have reflected on what you might say. O Personal questions can be the most challenging. For example: Tell me about yourself
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- Interview Hints O An easy way to gain (or lose) points: uniform and bearing. O Know your audience (whole section of questions on the Air Cadet League and Sponsors) O Dont make your interviewers pull teeth elaborate on your answers fully. (For yes or no questions, do not simply answer yes or no) O Dont be afraid of silence. Take a moment to consider your answers if you need it. O What if you do not know the answer? O Other hints???
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