Missouri Military Academy - Review #3

Missouri Military Academy
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About the Author:

College Enrolled Westminster/University of Florida
Home Town, State (Country) LAKELAND, FL
Years Attended Boarding School 1
Activities During Boarding School Drum & Bugle Corps, Band, Top-ranked Cadet (Sgt 1st Class) in charge of waiters and mess hall serving staff.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Thorough and concentrated College Preparatory courses, many of which exceeded the requirements of the same subject when I went on to college. The education provided by Missouri Military Academy is one of the best in the country!
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me was that a man - Charles R. Stribling III - who eventually became Superintendent of the school spotted my interest in journalism my first year and fostered it, developing in me a career interest in the field. The structure that I learned in military school has helped me grow within the bounds of propriety throughout my life. It never fades!
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have attended the entire four years of the prep school instead of the three I did attend. I missed one year because of family problems but was able to return for my final two years and graduate with a good, solid education. My advice to kids who are going to boarding school is to dive into it and learn the value of living and working with people from all parts of the world.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
My exposure to the many different cultures represented by the others who attended the school virtually from all over the world.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Arrive with an open mind and listen to what those ahead of you have to say. They will become your "family".

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Mathematics, although difficult, were the most thorough courses I took. They were advanced enough that I was exempted from taking them again when I got to college. They met all my college requirements. My favorite subjects were journalism/English/literature and civics/economics.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Rifle team was my favorite but I lettered in Track one year. Played intramural football and swam on the swimming team.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
As a writer on The Eagle staff I got my first experience in journalism that led to a lifetime career in the field - won my first writing awards from the Missouri Interscholastic Journalism Board. Sang in the choir/chorus until my voice changed. It was my introduction to performing classical music.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Most of my extra-curricular activity was devoted to producing stories for The Eagle to which I was fully devoted. My experience there led to a lifetime career in journalism and writing.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm, or Barracks Life, was regimented since this is a military school. It taught me to keep things clean and in order not just in my physical surroundings but also throughout my life.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
We ate in a mess hall and tables were served by Cadet waiters who earned a small payment for their weekly service. I worked my way to the top of the chain and became the Head Waiter/Cadet Mess Sergeant. It taught me to deal with people, manage time and resources, and to respect those who served under me.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
We were allowed liberty on Wednesday afternoons, Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and were free to attend movies, meet with non-cadet friends and visit cultural offerings in Mexico, Missouri, the town where Missouri Military Academy is located.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
We were allowed to date girls from the town and bring them to formal dances sponsored by the school. We also were free when given liberty to attend functions in the town that were not school-sponsored.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
6:15 AMWake up call and formation
7:00 AMBreakfast
7:45 AMRoom cleanup and inspection
8:00 AMFirst classes
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMAfternoon classes
4:00 PMSports activities
5:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMStudy in room
9:30 PMTaps - lights out
Weekend
6:15 AMWake up formation
8:00 AMBarracks inspection
10:00 AMParade
12:00 AMLunch
12:45 AMLiberty or study hall if grades not at least
6:00 PMDinner
6:45 PMLiberty or study hall if grades not at least
9:00 PMEnd of Liberty
9:30 PMLights out

Alumni Reviews
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  • Memphis State University
    Discipline and a focus on critical thinking is taught at MMA. Esprit de Corps is high among the Corps of Cadets there and supports a group as well as an individual effort to succeed. . .
  • SIUE
    It was extremely rigorous scholastically. The slightest infraction of drinking or drugs meant immediate expulsion. The best thing about it was that the structure greatly reduce peer pressures. It was as close to a. . .
  • Westminster/University of Florida
    Thorough and concentrated College Preparatory courses, many of which exceeded the requirements of the same subject when I went on to college. The education provided by Missouri Military Academy is one of the best in. . .
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