United States Merchant Marine Academy
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United States Merchant Marine Academy - Comments and Student Experiences |
Kings Point (USMMA) was by far a lot tougher than going through my MBA program or writing my thesis. Every experience since then has been a walk-in-the-park, relatively speaking.
The Academy definitely challenges you like no other school because of that final licensing program you need to pass before you can attain your commission and degree, albeit for an industry that is waning. Also, the experience of traveling around the world for 1 year opens your eyes. Traveling to nearly 20 countries before graduation changed my outlook on life and has brought about awareness that a traditional ?exchange program? doesn?t even come close too.
I hated being there but it?s a great place to graduate from, as our saying goes. The life of "suck" brings you close together and you make friends for a lifetime. It also doesn?t hurt that NYC is less than 30 mins away door-to-door by train.
You won't get the "frivolous fluff" like most universities that focus more on sports, clubs, etc. Kings Point is more about putting you through the meat grinder (putting 10lbs of crap into a 5lb bag) and making you an industry leader.
I would say that one of the most valuable experiences taken away from the Academy is the preparation for environments that are beyond having a degree, a commission, or a license.
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