New Mexico Military Institute - Review #3
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2001-2003|
|Sports and Activities:||Band, National Honor Society, Ham radio|
|College Enrolled:||Colorado school of mines|
|Home Town, State:||Rapid City, SD|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The military environment supported rigorous academics as well as athletics and active extracurricular activities. Its location in the American Southwest provides a unique experience from traditional boarding schools back east.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I got a great education that prepared me for college and challenged me academically. It also set me up for a career as an army officer.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Done differently, I may have stayed for 2 years of junior college. Take advantage of all the opportunities they have, especially networking.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The school creates a purpose driven environment.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I highly recommend joining HQ company if you have any interest in the band. We were the most highly disciplined and achieving company in the school.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
All of the instructors were of excellent quality. There's a waiting list of people wanting to teach there and they pick the best. Many have real world experience outside of academia. College level education for high school.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Everyone was required to take part in athletics, and with the additional military training requirements, the entire school is more fit on average. Band might not seem athletic, but we spent hours outside in the hot sun marching and playing and training. We won awards in parades because we were able to complete difficult routes and distances without losing our composure. We competed at a high level.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Extracurricular activities are highly regimented. There are a number of sports activities and other student groups, but most must be approved and managed through the institution for accountability reasons. Shooting sports were available, as well as JROTC and rifle drill, something not common to other schools.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Very rigid and heavily monitored, but if you keep your nose clean you are afforded more latitude and responsibility. Laundry available on-site as well as turn in. Small, 2 person rooms in a motel format exiting to an outdoor stoop. Few organized common areas.First years are assigned a roommate, subsequent years can select one.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Roswell is a small town with a lot of charm. Centrally located, there are a number of restaurants nearby. Not far from the historic downtown, which includes some famous alien themed museums and shops due to the theories around the 1947 UFO crash.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Very close knit, especially first years. You live and study and train closely together all the time. A lot of team activities for bonding. Not much opportunity for socializing outside of the school environment.
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