This is my first post! I’m interested in applying to a maritime academy, and have narrowed down my interests to the academies in Vallejo, CA and Galveston, TX. I’ve heard a mix of things, that it doesn’t matter which academy you go to, that the academy you go to determines your opportunities, that Texas is one of the worst, that they’re all basically the same, etc, etc. I’d just like to hear what anyone’s else experiences or opinions specifically with these two are so I can make a more informed decision. I’m finding it difficult to find information of either of these schools outside of their websites.
I’m currently leaning towards Texas A&M because rent seems to be cheaper than California, South Texas is an environment I’m used to, and I have a sister that lives nearby.
On the other hand, as a deep southerner I hate the Deep South, I’ve have heard that Cal Maritime is a much better school, and I’ve also heard that Texas A&M doesn’t offer much opportunities outside of working on oil rigs in the gulf.
Background on me:
I’m a 24 year old woman from Louisiana, currently living in Boston. I hate the cold and New England (which made it easy to narrow down my options.) No interest in joining the military. I work as a bartender and will probably be trying to work as one while going to school. Won’t be applying for at least another year as I’ll be boarding a cruise ship soon as a bartender, so I’ll hopefully have a good amount of money saved for tuition/expenses until I can get in-state tuition. I want to get a bachelor’s in marine transportation.
Thank you for any information and advice!