1/C Amanda Tine, 2010 graduate of Chelmsford High School, Chelmsford, MA, and current Marine Safety and Environmental Protection major (with a minor in International Maritime Business) is an accidental cadet! She is also a cadet with a 3.87 GPA, the Environmental Operations Officer for 2013-14 and recent first place winner for outstanding oral presentation in NOAAs mission goal of Resilient Communities and Economies’ at their annual Science and Education symposium in Maryland.
Tine received a two-year, fully funded Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from NOAA during her sophomore year. Her oral presentation, “Northeast US Catch Share Quote Analysis” was the research product of her recent summer internship with NOAA
Cadet Tine always loved the ocean, particularly the sea-side communities of Cape Cod. Today, she is pursuing her full-blown passion for protecting our natural environments – especially our oceans. Tine wasn’t always this motivated!
“I never wanted to go to college. I think it's important for prospective students to understand that even people with different ideas and motivations and very diverse backgrounds can be successful here. I hated high school - my dad still tells me he thought I was going to drop out. Going to a place like MMA was the last thing anyone expected me to do. I had never heard of the school until about a month before I applied and I just kind of decided I wanted to do the most unconventional thing I could think of that would still satisfy my parents desire for me to go to school. Also, this is a state school and something I could actually afford to pay for on my own,” she reported.
“I knew I didn't want to do what everyone else was doing. So I picked this very unusual school - with uniforms and a ship - because I knew no matter what happened, it was going to take me somewhere different. I ended up finding out that it's actually nice to be at a place where there is discipline and where you are personally and academically challenged. I went from being the kid that cut classes and hated everything about waking up and going to school, to being someone who puts a uniform on and shows up early every day. I went from wanting to drop out to having a great GPA and winning awards like this. I couldn't be more thankful for the way things worked out,” Tine finished.
This accidental cadet is one happy accident indeed!