New Mexico Military Institute - Review #2

New Mexico Military Institute
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About the Author:

College Enrolled Texas Tech University
Home Town, State (Country) Torreon, TX
Years Attended Boarding School 1
Activities During Boarding School Activities at New Mexico Military Institute are very extensive. We definitely have academic activities after class. Personally, I was more involved in physical activities such as cross country, track and swimming but we also have football, basketball and all other high school sports. We also have a great fencing and pentathlon coach. All of the activities are free. We also have a gym with weight room, basketball courts, tennis courts, locker rooms and a 25 yard pool that has a trampoline as well. You can also get in to many JROTC activities such as shooting, color guard or flame guard. Leadership positions are extensive as the entire school in based on a leadership-subordinate model. Cadets (students) are assigned a rank that comes with responsibilities.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
First of all, this is a military boarding school. Military discipline is strictly enforced throughout the year and uniforms are worn daily. Every building on campus has the same architecture and this really creates a unique place. The quality of teachers and education is amazing, most of the teachers you will encounter are genuinely great at teaching. You will most likely live in a 2 person dorm room and most of your activities will be within campus. Great place to be at.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Military school will change you for sure in some way. The best thing that happened to me was meeting all of the people I met. Everyone from students, to counselors and professors. There's many good people that will surround you in NMMI.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
NMMI is not only a boarding school. It is a military boarding school. It can be tough at times, specially when others start yelling orders at you. My word of advice is to not take any yell directed at you as personal. Other cadets are just doing they're job and maintaining a standard. Plus you will someday be the one in the position of power if all goes well.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked my friends and all of the relationships that I build during my time here.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Enjoy yourself. Try different activities like paintball or JROTC.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Teachers and Professors (as this school is both high school / junior college) are genuinely great and I did not encounter a single issue with them. School can be challenging as times and is definitely not as easy as a conventional high school due to the fact that you're always on the move and it can become hectic at times. Other than that, academics are great and you will love your professors.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
We have both high school and junior college athletics programs. I was personally involved in Cross Country, Track and Swimming. I had the same coach for all 3. Jan Olesinski is a very good coach who even went to the Olympic Games and got 4th or 5th in modern pentathlon. There are also mandatory college football and basketball games which the entire school attends.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I personally wasn't part of any of this.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
This school has a lot of unique extra curricular activities. In fact, it seems as if your entire life in New Mexico Military Institute is an extra curricular activity as your daily schedule never ends and goes from mandatory reveille and breakfast formation at 6 am to mandatory study time at night. Never forget this is a military school where a strict daily schedule is followed.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorm you will move in to will be a two person small dorm and you will be paired (randomly) with another new cadet. Beds are bunk beds and your desk in right under your bed. There are two separate sinks inside the room but restrooms happen to be located outside. Rooms are checked daily and penalties can be applied if cleaning is done incorrectly or if room is simply messy. You will quickly develop a cleaning habit as you don't want to march with a rifle because you didn't clean your room.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
School does have new dining facilities. We get fed 3 times a day plus and extra 4th meal at 9:30 pm. Food is acceptable but definitely not great. Cafeteria only opens during dining hours. These is also a restaurant on campus where they sell burgers and friend and other food as well as a cadet store with snacks.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Roswell New Mexico is simply Roswell New Mexico. A town with an alien-like vibe that is definitely unique. There is public transportation to several places but don't expect too much from it. Town is small. We have a mall, 2 movie theaters, Walmart, Walgreens, and many many restaurants.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I made very very close friends with whom I spent entire days with. You become very close, specially in the first months were you are more in a survival mode from all the adaptations that have to be made. I definitely liked the bonds that I created while at this school.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
6:00 AMReveille / Wake up Call
6:15 AMMandatory Breakfast Formation
8:00 AMSchool Starts
12:00 AMMandatory Lunch Formation
3:00 PMSchool Ends
4:00 PMExtracurricular activities
6:30 PMMandatory Dinner Formation
7:00 PMStudy Time Starts
9:30 PMStudy Time Ends / Free 4th Meal
10:00 AMNight Time
Weekend
8:00 AMMorning Formation, no breakfast
8:30 AMFree time until 6pm
9:00 AMBrunch
6:00 PMDinner Formation
7:30 PMStudy Time
10:00 PMNight Time

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