Massanutten Military Academy - Review #2

Read more details about Massanutten Military Academy on their 2018-19 profile page.
Massanutten Military Academy
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About the Author:

College EnrolledSUNY, Stony Brook
Home Town, State Beaufort, NC
Years Attended Boarding School4
Activities During Boarding SchoolParticipated in band, glee club, debating team.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Massanutten's academic offerings allow students to explore their world and gain maturity and experience. At the same time, the school's structured environment helps students to learn self discipline and develop leadership skills,
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The biggest take-away from boarding school is the fact that one learns self-reliance and responsibility at an early age, long before most others do. Add the military structure and its leadership possibilities to the mix, and you have graduates who are uniquely prepared for life. Personally, I feel that Massanutten has given me many of the tools that have allowed me to be successful in life. I would not trade it for the world.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Knowing what I know today, I would have worked harder. It's there for the taking, but one needs to be willing to take advantage of the opportunities. Don't waste time@!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The academic focus and the structure.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Work hard, wear the uniform proudly, and make the most of your time at MMA. The investment will pay you back a thousand times over.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the small class size and the personal attention that we were able to receive. Supervised study went a long way toward helping me prepare for college and a future business career.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Students were required to participate in sports throughout the year. While I was not a particularly athletic individual, I learned a great deal about teamwork through participation in intramural sports.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The band and its spinoff musical groups were a very important part of my experience at Massanutten. I went on to be a member of the 440th Army Band during the 1960s, and played professionally as a younger man,

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Extra-curricular activities have always been an important part of student life at Massanutten. I participated in various music programs, including our band ensemble and our glee club, and was active on our debating team.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is where life-long friendships are developed. At MMA, we house two students to a room, and provide a supervised atmosphere where students are safe and secure.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
In our day, meals were served family style. Today, students have the ability to select food from a varied menu which includes main courses, a salad bar, soup bar, desert bar, and more. I have personally dined with the students numerous times in recent years, and have found the food selection to be varied and the quality very good. Students tell me that they are happy with the food.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Woodstock is a small community in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, an easy trip from east coast metropolitan areas. Although rural in nature, the town offers full services, including shopping, entertainment, and medical services. Outdoor activities are readily available.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Massanutten offers a robust social life, including church participation, social mixers, community service.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMBreakfast
8:00 AMClasses
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMClasses
3:30 PMTeam sports/activities
5:30 PMDinner
8:00 PMStudy time
10:00 PMLghts out
Weekend
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMDorm inspections
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMFree time
Read more details about Massanutten Military Academy on their 2018-19 profile page.

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