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.
As part of the first class to take part in MMA's very first exchange program, Jonathan White describes his experience, "As a third class IMB student, I was part of the first group of MMA students to host a SMU roommate. When our Chinese friends first arrived it was a quick learning experience for all the hosts and the Academy itself as we learned the best way to communicate, live with someone who grew up with a completely different set of cultural norms and ensure they got the most out of their American experience. We took the students on school sponsored adventures to Boston and Washington DC with many of the host students taking them to their hometowns or different weekend trips. For me this was the first experience with international students and I became good friends with many in the first group. That hosting period set the stage for my semester in China the following Spring.  SMU were great hosts. We roomed with a different set of SMU students and traveled extensively throughout China both on sponsored trips and our own time.
That thinking was put to the ultimate test when CSL hired me to work on their vessel newbuilding project in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province. After graduation, I left Mass in July of 2011 for China" At CSL, Jonathan shadowed the project manage and was involved in all building aspects from design, production and testing to the delivery process of nine dry bulk self-unloading vessels. "Before returning two years later, I enjoyed working and traveling as much as I could. After China I moved to CSL Europe's office in London, living, working and traveling throughout the UK and different parts of Europe.
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