Reflections and Advice:
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The balance between a military leadership system and the academic system is done in a way that allows for creativity and rigorous studies while developing the leadership and life habits at the same time. I think it is this balance that is to credit for the high rate of successful alumni from Culver. Compared to the growth opportunity in public schools.. there is no comparison. Compared to other boarding schools, this balance is what makes Culver so outstanding. Cadets have to learn to become pro-active and take care of all the small problems before they become large. They become masters of doing things in a timely master and not leaving anything out. Yet at the same time they can focus on their studies. When CQ or class time comes, the foremost thought is education. There are many things beyond this at Culver, yet the balance between leadership and academics is what makes these boys become balanced young men.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I personaly feel that receiving a full scholarship to Culver was one of the most important events in my life. There are many regrets on reflection of opportunities I did not take advantage, yet even with those regrets, I still grew more as a person than I could have anywhere else. I was involved in several activities and had some proud accomplishments, yet graduating the academy is what I am most proud of. I see other students come from different schools that are not prepared for the responsibility upon leaving for college and working. The time management skills are alone worth the effort of a competitive school like Culver, and yet they are just a portion of the package.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Be enthusiastic about your opportunities. It is hard work to truly suceed, and as a freshman many students see themselves in high rank in two years, with several gold stars (academic awards) on their jackets. Those goals should be kept and are worth working for. Students have the opportunity to have some amazing experiences and grow from them, but to get the best rewards they have to be pro-active. The staff will help with any problems, questions, or idea, get to know them.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The alumni and faculty put an amazing amount of money and effort into making this school full of opportunities. I was lucky to find this school close to me before I got to high school. I would have not experienced many of the activities without going to Culver. I do not think, even if I had been rich enough to go anywhere in the world, that anywhere would have been as beneficial as Culver was.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
For any guys, Troop is the best unit to join. And it will be very hard at first, almost a culture shock, but do your best to learn what to do and make sure you do it right. Some people try to play the system, but they never become anything more than mediocre through that. It will be tough, but after a few months, so will you be.