is this school for?
United States Merchant Marines,
if you tend to work on a ship, or in
a marine industry, as a qualified deck or engine officer.
The world economy depends on marine transportation, so it's one
of the largest industries in the world and it's short
of people... Check what you are currently wearing, must have
come from some country, the same as the energy for
the electricity that powers your computer...it's all marine transported...
It's also for people who want to work shore-side -
Facilities Engineers, Emergency Response professionals, Environmental Protection officers and Maritime
Business experts. Irrespective of the major you choose - you
get to partake in the regimented form of life, where
discipline, motivation and responsibility are one of the governing forces,
the same as self-reliance, team-work and leadership. In other words,
if you're at MMA - you are busy and pretty
soon you will realize the difference between yourself and other
college students. But just like in every other organization -
lots falls on your shoulders, if you choose to slack
and ride with the tide, get a C and get
a mediocre job, the same can be done in any
other school. However, if you truly want a challenging experience,
this is a place for you. DO NOT COME HERE IF YOU WANT A PARTY SCHOOL, although when you're regimented
entire week, the weekends tend to be a BLAST, just
not IN the school. (Boston and Providence for example both
within an hour's drive, and Cape has lots of good
things to offer too).
2) My experience: I am
a 2008 graduate, with 2 degrees (Marine Transportation / International
Maritime Business). It took an extra year of work, with
an average of 20 credits per semester, in addition to
which: sea-terms (semester long trips on school's ship) and several
very useful internships, not only aboard ships, but also in
places like Caspian Sea, work for oil companies, etc. In
addition to 2 diplomas, there are at least dozen of
certificates both U.S. and International, the main of which is
the U.S. Coast Guard License. Needless to say - sleep
deprivation becomes part of routine, but that's what leaders do
- first ones in, last ones out. You will become
friends with some of the most loyal people, whose work
ethic is top-notch. MMA cadets are also all funny people,
can't survive with out a sense of humor - sea-stories
- part of your day, part of your life.
a brief list of careers that you may end up
doing if you go MMA: merchant marine, port officer, military,
all kinds of engineering, chartering, negotiations, finance, commercial allocation, logistics,
firefighting, software development, shipping, fastforwarding, port and terminal operations, shipyards,
safety and lifesaving, firefighting, security, admiralty law, transportation optimization, LNG/OIL/GAS
industry, renewable energy, etc.etc.etc.....
It MAY or MAY not
be marine, since sometimes it's the quality of a person
that a potential employer needs, some very successful engineers became
exceptional HR experts and now make obscene amount of money
coaching corporate personnel in managerial and supervisory skills...
job can I get after MMA? And how much will
that job pay?
- 100% of graduates get a
job. One of my classmates got a 100K+ job with
a software company (business major). Lots of mates and ship-engineers
make out closer to 70-80K per year (considering shipping job,
where you do not spend money much, it's not a
bad deal). I made out pretty good myself (largest/most successful
company within its industry, 2nd year of work 90K). The
ones that do good - all workers, again that's what
MMA is about.
4) Social life - during the week
- probably too busy for that, unless you're a slacker...
The weekends?! Like I said - wild, since everyone needs
a stress relief.
5) Regimented life - have to
crawl before walking, so learning to follow orders before leading
is part of the deal. You may find yourself being
responsible for the safety and lives of people at age
22 and realize you're ready for it...and then when you
graduate and it's time to lead in an office setting,
you realize “I've been there...”.
6) Staff faculty -
just like any organization - networking is key. Very experienced
faculty - get as much knowledge as possible, while it's
7) DO NOT COME TO MMA IF:
if you like to complain, if you do not have
a sense of humor, if you're a slacker, if you
do not want responsibility, if you do not like to
be aboard ships, if you're weak physically (an mentally), if
you do not like pressure, if you do not like
to be sleep deprived and challenged, if you do not
want to lead, if you do not want to work
aboard a ship, if you have a problem with authority,
and most of all if you're wasting your own time
and do not like a maritime school. FINALLY, IF YOU DO NOT REALIZE THAT ANY OF THE ABOVE ISSUES you
may have ARE JUST OPPORTUNITIES FOR personal IMPROVEMENT (I.E. GETTING MORE ORGANIZED).