Orientation to Graduation, passage to port – that’s an Academy full circle. As Calvin Coolidge once said, “Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
1/C Joseph Gomes graduated from Wareham High School, Wareham, MA, in 2010. Today he is an MMA Facilities Engineering major and the 2013-2014 Regimental Training and Retention Officer. As RTRO, Gomes will work with the Admissions Department, Academics and Student Services monitoring cadet grades among other things. This cadet was lured to the Academy by the learn-do-learn philosophy – hands on and classroom education. “My goals are to take a management position as a power plant start-up engineer or on an oil rig. I want to learn as much as possible from the field after graduation and perhaps go back to school for an advanced degree,” he said. This cadet recalls some rather light hearted memories of Orientation. “I remember the firefighting training and talent show. The day on the pond along with sailing was a great way to clear my mind. I also cannot believe how much I learned about the ship in such short period of time. I wish my class had had the opportunity to partake in the newly added mini-cruise during our orientation,” he concluded.
1/C Brendan Burke, an International Maritime Business major is this year’s Student Government Association President. Burke graduated from Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, MA, in 2010 – the same year his brother Robert graduated from MMA. “Listening to stories from him and his classmates got me deeply interested in where I wanted to be in four years. That’s when I realized that choosing MMA wasn’t just an investment in my education. It was an investment in my future.” Burke recalled. “This industry offers endless opportunities to experience what the world has to offer. There are many more ports ahead of me,” he continued. Burke cautions “youngies” to enjoy each day because the four years are gone in a flash. And Orientation … keeping a positive attitude during those two weeks will be the first investment in building a successful Academy experience.