Is NMMI a good school?

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  1. Cadet Quick

    Cadet Quick New Member

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    I am very excited to say I have been accepted into the NMMI jr college program and will be attending in the fall of 2012 but my family has mixed feelings on the matter. I have been researching the school for a while and it seems like the best option for me since i intend on either doing the self prep program and then transferring to WestPoint or staying there and joining the ECP. But my father was sent there by my grandmother to finish High school in the late seventies in hopes of straightening him out. The problem is that he was still able to sneak out most night and get drunk or high with his friends. I know if he had had to go through the same application process I went through he would not be accepted but I am worried that the school hasn't changed beside the application process. I don't want to go to NMMI to party or be surrounded by parties. I want to focus and succeed but from the way my father has painted the school in my mind I worry that maybe the NMMI is not the best option for the start of my military career.
    So am I curios, is NMMI the way it was when my father attended or has it really changed for the better?
     
  2. USAFA: 2016!

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    I think I can offer my $.02. First off, congrats on your acceptance! No small feat. NMMI is extremely challenging academically, teaches you time management, instills discipline, and lets you meet a lot of really great people.

    Now, it seems like your main concern is the partying aspect. I won't lie to you, of course there are cadets who party or manage to sneak out(though not many, since bed checks are pretty routine). But it really isn't something that "surrounds" you, that is a lifestyle you have to go looking for. The prep program is awesome and I'd say 95% of us spend most of our time studying, doing PT, or sleeping! :wink: Mostly studying. I don't know a whole lot about the inner workings of the ECP, but it seems like a good program.

    The "partying" here is very, very minor. Like I said, you have to go looking for it. As far as the "Sneaking out", especially if you're a prep or ECP, you're usually way too tired to find time to get in much trouble! Like anywhere else, NMMI is what you make it and you get out of it what you put into it.

    Best of luck! anymore questions feel free to PM me! :thumb:
     
  3. NavyHoops

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    I actually had several great friends attend NMMI before they came to Annapolis. They were a mix of those who attended the school as a prep year and some for full high school. They were outstanding Midshipmen. More importantly they were amazing officers and people. All of them spoke highly of their time at NMMI and credit the school for the time they spent there for being academically, physically and mentally ready for USNA. Understand your Dad's concerns, but remember he was sent there for other reasons and not by his choice. NMMI I know has a great track record preparing kids for the SAs. Not sure what the focus of NMMI was back in the 70s... a SA prep school or a school that parents sent their kids to for some discipline? Show your Dad the stats on acceptance rates, visit the school together, talk to him about it. Answer his hard questions with facts... it is hard to argue with those! Good luck.
     
  4. NMMI PREP DIRECTOR

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    Not Good - Great!

    First off - sorry for the late post. It was a little busy here catching up after the thanksgiving break and geting ready to move into the phase before finals.

    Our philosophy is not that of a "party" school. As stated above, we have such things as bed checks, accountability formations, and breathalizer tests. Using alcohol or drugs consitutes a "critical offense" here and the offender is subject to suspension or dismissal. Do some cadets push the limits and "do their own thing?" - of course. When they get caught; the party is over for the most part.

    While we do enforce the rules here, this is not a prison. We teach SELF discipline and expect cadets to do the "right" thing. This is the baises of our Honor Code.

    If you need more info please contact me directly.
     
  5. maghi888

    maghi888 New Member

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    Is there a way a student at NMMI can play or at least practice for Ice Hockey?
     
  6. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Congrats!


    ...Are the aliens friendly?
     
  7. FromRVa15

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    No, there is no hockey here, and the aliens here are weird
     
  8. maghi888

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    Thank you for your answer.

    Thank you for your answer.
     

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