Hi! I guess I should tell you a little about myself first: My name is Peter Anschutz. I’m 17 years old (18 next month) I’m a senior, and thinking of going into a maritime career after I graduate. I’ve had a love for ships and the water ever since (don’t laugh) I saw [I]Titanic[/I] for the first time back in '97 when I was only 6. Since then I’ve fallen in love with ships and being on the water. I concluded that a career in the maritime industry will be the only one I’ll be happy doing as I’m not really interested in anything else.
I’ve floated back and forth between career ideas. The big three I’ve thought most about have been: ship mate, naval architect, or architectural drafter.
Ship mate is my number 1 choice, though I don’t really have any experience handling even small boats. That’s what the academy is for right?
I’ve looked at all the academies, even the ones that are far out of reach (i.e. Cali and Texas), and I think that The Great Lakes Maritime Academy is the one for me.
So, I’m here to ask any GLMA Alumni, or current students if there are any on here, about the academy. What info can you give me? Could you tell me about the area, the academy itself, instructors, the training ship, sea projects, etc?
Also to anyone else, what is your life like as a ship mate? How long are you on the water at a time? Vacation time? Pay? Anything you can tell me will help a lot.
I’m trying to get as much info as I can before I make a final decision.