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| I attended many years ago as a member of the class of 1993, dropping out at the end of plebe summer in 1989. As I write this decades later, going there remains the biggest mistake of my life, and my failure there, my biggest disappointment.|
Given my personal history with the place, I've long been interested in who drops out and why. The navy's determined that personality type is the strongest indicator: 8% of extroverts, 40% of introverts, and roughly 50% of creative types (e.g., artists, writers, actors, musicians, etc.) drop out.
The bulk of the student body is made up of extroverts. Creative types make up a very small portion, and introverts make up the balance. This leads to an overall dropout rate of 25%.
If you're a type-A personality - outgoing, aggressive - you'll probably get a lot out of USNA and do well. If you're either creative OR shy by nature, you probably shouldn't go - you won't enjoy your time there, and there's a very good chance you won't make it through. However, if you're BOTH creative AND shy, don't go. You will fail. Don't waste your time or the Navy's, don't bring upon yourself and your family the heartache that will inevitably result when you drop out.I speak from experience here - I'm highly creative and highly introverted, so fate had me doubly screwed. I realized by the end of my first month that I had no business being there, and that no incentive in the world would make me want to stay. The prestigious degree and "free" education, room, and board just weren't worth the mental torture. Based on my own casual observation, I would estimate that about 2/3rds of my fellow dropouts that summer were also creative introverts - it wasn't just me.
|Apr 01 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 1993 |
| My experiences are a bit different due to my small major (Naval Architecture, only 10 of us in my class). With a such a small class, we really got to know our profs and had access to them all the time. We all worked together and it was great. Things were completely different when taking larger department (ie. Mech E, EE, etc) courses, and my ratings would not have been nearly as high if I had been in one of those departments. |
|Jun 19 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2002 |
| This school is not for everyone.. do your research before signing up. That being said, it was rewarding after all of the hard work that I put into it. There are a lot of benefits, not the least being a good job immediately after graduation, giving you leadership experience. Beware that there are a lot of things that students view as a "waste of time". This is not uncommon in any "typical" job that someone holds down at a corporation, either. It was not an easy school to attend, so don't expect to go there and be coddled. This is a military college, not a liberal-arts-hanging-out-on-the-lawn-playing-frisbee school. On one final note, I have made some life-long friends going there. Everyone is going through the same rough time, and some of the best relationships are formed from the fire. |
|Oct 12 2009|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2000 |