I would check this website-as I periodically do-because I find
these reviews-and reviews of other schools-particularly interesting and entertaining.
I do feel compelled to write some additional information.
This comment has to do with “Getting In To” Mass.
Maritime. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how type up
a short comment regarding the admissions process and post it
under the “Getting In To MMA” section, but nonetheless, I
found my way. I digress.
So, back to “Getting
In To” Mass. Maritime. After attending Mass. Maritime Academy,
I deeply regret not studying harder or pushing/challenging myself during
high school. Unfortunately, I was a shy kid while
in school-never went on any dates with girls-and didn't participate
in many extra curricular activities. Looking back on my
life, I think this was more of a psychological issue,
as I always thought I was an unattractive person too
and tended to be reclusive and not hang around with
too many kids.
Consequently, this was detrimental to
me when I began applying to colleges. When I
took the SAT, I got a combined score of ~850.
Back then, the best possible score was a 1200.
According to my best understanding, I think they have
changed the scoring system so that you can get up
to a max. of 2400 points! Anyway, you heard
me right. A combined score of 850. That's
~450 in English and 400 in Math. Kids, if
you are reading this, this is what happens when you
DON'T PREPARE! Get involved in high school as much
as possible and don't worry what other people think about
you, etc. This will help develop you into the
person you need to be. I digress.
ended up accepting. Why, I don't know. They
shouldn't have accepted me, as I was no where near
prepared for college. I should have done another year
of high school at a private school or something.
Some people that I knew from high school did this.
Unfortunately, I was not aware that you could do
this, nor were my parents.
-I applied to the Univ.
of New Hampshire and I was NOT accepted. (Suprisingly,
UNH is a big party school. It's surprising to
me that many kids get drunk, smoke pot, and do
a lot of other malicious things, but these kids probably
scored a 1200 on the SATS. Me, on the
other hand-have never smoked pot, didn't drink until I was
21, but scored an 850 combined on my SATs! !
-I applied to Plymouth State Univ. (formerly Plymouth State
College) and did NOT get accepted.
-I applied to SUNY
Maritime and did NOT get accepted.
I almost thought of
applying to the USCGA, but soon realized that was wishful
thinking. I think the USCGA is awesome. It's
incredibly competitive and difficult to get admitted.
What Mass. Maritime
did like though, was, the way I conducted myself during
the interview. I spoke well, had confidence, etc.
I convinced them that I could do the academics, regiment
and get involved with athletics and I did just that!
Basically, it was my word against theirs and I
buckled down and committed and got it done.
One thing I did learn from the experience was “mind
over matter”. Just because my credentials revealed that I
wasn't necessarily college material, didn't mean that I couldn't do
the job. I just took it one day at
a time. It was emotional at times. One
day my roomate entered my room and saw that I
was crying. I was crying because I got a
55 on my Algebra/Trig test. I confided in my
roomate and explained to him that my high school experience
did not prepare me well. He sat down with
me and looked me straight in the eye and said,
“I'm going to help you...you WILL NOT FAIL OUT OF THIS SCHOOL. I DON'T CARE WHAT YOUR LEVEL OF MATH WAS, BUT YOUR A NICE GUY AND WE'VE GOT TO LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER, RIGHT?”
a moment of “revelation” I doubt that many kids
at UNH, Hofstra, Northeastern have cried much. They were
at least prepared to go to one of those schools.
I wasn't, that's for sure.
and as the saying goes, “CARPE DIEM”. SIEZE THE DAY, or rather, sieze every opportunity you get in life.