Isaac Fisher

Hannah Petersen and Julia Agius

Which service academy are you going to?

The United States Air Force Academy

What was the application process like and how does it differ from other colleges.

Well, for one, the application is very long and took me about 4 months to complete from start to finish.  On top of the academic application, I had to also take a fitness assessment, complete a very long medical examination, and lastly had to apply for a congressional nomination from Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Richard Burr, and Representative David Price of the fourth district.  The Academy and Congressional Nominations all required interviews, so for a few weekends, I was dressing up in my most American suit and tie and interviewing all around North Carolina.

Did you apply to other colleges?

I knew that I wanted to attend the Air Force Academy but as backup schools, I applied to Chapel Hill, NC State, Charlotte, Alabama, and also applied to ROTC for each of the schools.

Why did you choose the academy that you chose?

After visiting the Air Force Academy and meeting some of the cadets and the baseball coaches, I just had a feeling it was where I was supposed to go and the person I was supposed to become.  The life as a military officer is a life characterized by service, selflessness, and leadership. It is certainly a challenge, but I am looking forward to working hard.

What do you want to do when you’re in the academy?

I am looking into studying business and then working as either a Business Acquisitions Officer, or possibly going into Air Force Intelligence.

When do you start?

I am flying out to Colorado Springs June 24th with my family and have to officially report on June 28th at the Academy for “In-Processing Day”.  Then, 6 weeks of basic training starts and a 4:30 am wake-up time becomes normal for me.

What do you think will be the greatest challenge at the Academy?

Balancing time will definitely be tough.  The average cadet takes about 21 class credit hours per semester and about 10 military training credit hours.  Balancing military training, class, and athletics will a challenge.

What inspired or made you want to pursue this?

After meeting the people at the Academy, I didn’t want to become a “normal” college kid.  I wanted to be a part of something greater and live a life of service beyond myself. I believe the Air Force Academy is the greatest school in the world and I am looking forward to becoming part of the United States Air Force and serving the greatest nation I get to call my home.