[QUOTE=LI_Domer;137544]Same here, my MUG roommate and my 3/c roommate both failed out failed out. Except for the really motivated kids, not too many people are concerned about GPA, like you said just Survival. A lot of “D for Done”, except license courses which you sometimes need 80s or 90s in.[/QUOTE]
You also have to realize that Maritime’s student recruiting heavily stresses “Make Money After Graduating”. You’ll see all sorts of references to the various studies that come out listing schools where grads make the most.
Unfortunately, that leads to kids ONLY going to the school for that reason. It also leads parents to push their kids to attend the school, whether the kid really wants to work on ships or not, and whether the kid is the type to put up with the regiment BS or not. If the kid goes as a civilian, he’s sort of treated as a non person by the school.
I have two neighbors that wanted their sons to consider Maritime, because of its reputation for making money later. I discouraged both. Neither was interested in a maritime career. Neither were inclined to put up with the regiment. Both went to other SUNY schools. One majored in Marketing and went to work for an insurance company after graduation. He’s done fine. The other will enter his junior year as an Electrical Engineering major and is doing well.
I know of one kid who entered Maritime due to pressure from his father; again to “make money”. His true interest was marketing. He didn’t last a semester as regiment and switched to civilian. However, he then felt like an outcast. At the end of the year he left - to study marketing at another college. I believe it was UNC. Any number of courses the kid took at Maritime will not be credited to a marketing program at the new school, so he wasted a bunch of money for his year at Maritime.
You would be quite surprised at the pressure on Admissions, at virtually all colleges, to get bodies in the door. Admissions counselors are sort of like salesmen. They “sell” the kids on the school and do not point out the downsides. Maritime is no different in that regard. If the Admissions office does not bring in the bodies, the head of the office will get canned.