Missouri Military Academy - Review #2
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1998-2001|
|Sports and Activities:||I played soccer, basketball and weight lifted for sports. I was a member of the Drama Club and loved performing in the plays. There are many clubs, teams and extracurricular activities for cadets to explore.|
|College Enrolled:||Washburn University|
|Home Town, State:||Topeka, KS|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Missouri Military focuses on the entire person as it teaches young men to take responsibility for their actions and to take pride in the skills they develop. I would not be the man I am today without the leadership skills I learned at MMA.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
MMA made me the man I am today.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would tell them to work hard and to take responsibility for their actions. When the going gets tough, look inside yourself for motivation, but also talk to your peers. Your cadet leaders were once newboys themselves and they know what its like to be away from home for the first time. Learn from your fellow cadets.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I have friends all around the world.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the small class size, attention to detail and the personalized instruction I received from the teachers. In my time there, we used the MLA format for everything: whether it was writing papers or even just turning in math homework. Many of my peers when they started college/university had a hard time adapting to the rigors and reality of university academic level work. I did not have to adapt, because MMA had thoroughly prepared me for university academics.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a letter winner at MMA for soccer and basketball. I loved how we were able to utilize the facilities on campus such as the weight room when training and we also had a level of camaraderie that non-boarding schools can never match. I always enjoyed our yearly run through districts in soccer and the lifelong friendships that I made on the pitch.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was in band every year at MMA and I really enjoyed the small size of the band program as it allowed us to not just play marching band music, but we also played Jazz and even contemporary music. I was a percussionist, but I also play the electric guitar and bass guitar. It was fun when we would focus on Jazz Band to be able to slide over and play the guitar and bass and also the drum set instead of just focusing on snare drums.I was also a participant in the drama club and theatre program at MMA. I loved the productions and classwork and just reading plays. We had so much fun with our productions! With the small class size, you have the opportunity to act or do technical theatre, whatever you are interested in.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a member of the academic honor society and I really enjoyed the special privileges that you can earn if you are a top student. The academy is rigorous and tough, but if you are an excellent student, they do give you more responsibility and leeway to complete your coursework.I also enjoyed working directly with the community in Mexico, Missouri the town where the academy is located. Whether it was a food drive or playing a band concert at the local retirement home, the academy is a part of the community.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Things have changed so much from when I attended the school -- we used to eat family style with a single entree and several sides being served for the whole academy, however now when I go back for alumni functions, I can see that cadets have many options daily for food with a more cafeteria style setup. Cadets have a salad bar and many choices to eat every day.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Mexico, MO is a fun rural Missouri City. It's a great, safe place for cadets to learn and participate in the community.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I have friends in almost every major city in the USA and in many foreign countries thank to my association with MMA. One of my best friends is a former cadet who actually started going to MMA one year after I graduated. I have countless alumni friends who went to MMA 10-40+ years after me, but I consider them to be my brother. We are a family and we take care of eachother.
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