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| Difficult program to take part in as a student at the Academy. Essentially crams five years worth of education in four years. Average course loading 18+ credit hours.|
Excellent program and resources of operators (military pilots) and engineers. Excellent lab facilities after Hurrican Isabelle rebuild.
Learning from the faculty extends beyond just the aerospace field (personal development).
|Apr 27 2005|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2005 |
| In my opinion, USNA is one of the finest institutions in the country. That being said, it is not for everyone. The school's purpose is to produce officers in the USN and USMC. If you are not prepared to work very hard with the goal of being an officer, you should not attend. The friends I made there will last a lifetime. Where else do they pay you to go to school and while you're there you can travel around the world, parachute, scuba dive, fly planes, drive ships, and drive submarines? Finally, the degree is very well respected in both acadamia and the civilian world. |
|Jan 08 2005|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Perhaps it is a repetitive cliche, but the Naval Academy is truly a good place to be from, and at times a bad place to be at. It is a difficult academic experience compared to what your typical college entails; the demands of the military education and standards clearly infringe on academic study. An unprepared or undiciplined student will either have to learn quickly and adapt or will have a difficult, miserable time.|
This all being said, I enjoyed my time at the school. I believe I received a superb, well rounded education. I know that the diploma opens doors and is highly regarded in both the post-graduate academic world and the business world. The Naval Academy exists, however, to produce officers to fight our country's wars. You will be tossed into that role after school, and the relevance of USNA to your job as a military officer will be minimal, at best. I am a history major, and I fly jets. Classmates who were "leaders" and well ranked at USNA now are ridiculous and unrespected as leaders of enlisted troops, while many "underachievers" have gone on to be stellar officers and leaders of men. It will not build you into a "leader," but you will learn to manage time and cope with the bull$hit of military life. By neccesity.
I don't think the USNA is an institution that builds character, so much as one that reveals it in an artifical environment you will never encounter again. It is difficult, but rewarding. It will hold you to a standard of physical and mental fitness you cannot get at any other school. I reccomend the school, but attend for the right reasons. Don't go because your family pressures you, or you want to fly jets, or just to be an officer. These can all be accomplished more simply at ROTC or OCS programs. Go only if you want the challenge, you want to serve your country, and you are willing and ambitious enough to parley your academy ring into something important down the road. And don't forget to hit ACME Bar & Grill as often as possible. The collection of drunkards, WUBAs, skanks and false Jimmy Buffet afficianados makes the experience tolerable. Say hi to Bobby!
|Dec 28 2004|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |