For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
To Commit … and Command
Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort is what
makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Commitment is an integral part of the MMA experience for both rank and
This year’s Regimental Commander is 1/C Mikayla Correia, a 2014 graduate of
Dartmouth High School (MA) and current International Maritime Business major.
Also an Emery Rice scholar, Correia has risen to the position of top cadet
through hard work and dedication. “As cadet leaders we make a commitment to
not fail one another, to care about those who we lead and honor and teach the
traditions of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. As a cadet candidate you
must commit to remain motivated and allow yourself to be trained to be a
contributing member of the Academy,” she counseled. “This is especially true
during Orientation when cadet candidates and their leaders come together as
total strangers in a decidedly non traditional experience. Newcomers must
quickly become comfortable with being uncomfortable,” Correia explained.
“Even though I lived by the water my entire life the maritime industry was
completely foreign to me when I entered the Academy. Before attending MMA I
had never even been out on a boat! Mini-Cruise was my first time on any sea
going vessel. I quickly discovered that I am prone to sea sickness and those
three days of my own freshmen Orientation ended up being a nauseous blur,”
she recalled. “This school doesn’t romanticize the ‘college experience’. They are
simple, straightforward and promise an affordable education at an institution that
cares about the students and values them as actual people. I saw the opportunity
to become a cadet leader which I hoped would give me some real world
experience in human and resource management and I took it,” she concluded.
Correia plans on pursuing a career in maritime logistics management after
Second in command is 1/C Jacob Dubois, a 2014 graduate of Saint John’s High
School, Shrewsbury MA. This Regimental Executive Officer is a Marine
Engineering major and is headed for a career in the U. S. Marine Corps as an
Infantry Officer. This young man drove straight from a summer at Officers’
Training School, in Quantico, VA to the Academy to assist in training incoming
“youngies”. Dubois advises newcomers to “never forget who you are and why
you decided to attend Mass Maritime versus a more traditional college. You will
meet fellow cadets that will be your best friends for your entire life. Motivate each
other and strive to learn something new every single day. He added, “Tackle the
challenge head on. Nothing worth doing is easy, and anything worth doing is
worth overdoing,” – great advice for everyone in the next few weeks!