Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Well the Men and Womens Crew Team finished their season at the Head of the Fish on Saturday. All boats finished well in their races. The real fun came when we left Saratoga Springs, NY and attempted our drive home. The usual four and half hour drive took just over eight hours on the return. A bear of a blizzard hampered our travels. As we made our way into the Berkshires we hit the heart of the storm. We crawled along at a extremely slow pace. As we pulled into a rest stop for some food we noticed that there were cars stuck everywhere. It just wouldn't be right to leave someone stranded. The Mens Crew Team ended up moving three cars before eating dinner. We greeted each car with "Hello, we are the Crew Team. We're here to move your car." Thankfully here at Buzzards Bay we only got rain.
The Women on the Water Conference was Thursday-Saturday. On Thursday night the women went to Plimouth Plantation for a nice meal. Unforuantely, due to the rain the women were not able to tour the Mayflower, but I hope the women who came from other parts of the country enjoyed themselves. On Friday Admiral's Hall was filled with women from MMA and different maritime academies coming to hear these professionals speak about the maritime industry. Many shipping companies were also represented at the conference. I was able to snap a few pictures before the rush of people went over to speak with them; they including MSC, Maersk Line Limited, and Conoco Phillips. Friday was a busy day for me, between classes, meetings and my new hobby. After going home and seeing my 7 year old sister riding horses at a farm down the road from my house, I decided I wanted to start taking lessons too. My roommate, who has been riding horses since she was 3, came with me and helped me during the lesson. I went to Middleboro after classes to Emerald J Equestrian Farm and had my first lesson in grooming, saddling, steering, how to stop, how to go and other things like how to walk behind the horses and talk to them, so they do not end up hitting you from being frightened! I have never done anything like that before and it was such a good time, I am looking forward to going again this Friday! I hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Well folks, it's that time of the year again, when the ghost and goblins are running about in search for some festive candy; it also happens to be MMA's annual Halloween Party. It's and event held every year for all freshmen and sophomores to go in there costumes of all kinds, with the most popular appearing to be the toga, and enjoy a night games, candy, contest, and dancing. I myself am much of a dancer, but I do enjoy a good chocolate bar from time to time, so i decided to stop by to the mess deck and see the action. The fun for me was short lived however due to the inevitable calculus test that I will be facing tomorrow. Nothing better then calculus to end the Maritime week. It will all be worth it in the end for this long week with my return home to Connecticut for the weekend to recouperate, see the loved ones, and hopefully get my costume for the infamous Halloween Morning Formation.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Now is the time for mid terms at MMA. You can tell when they are coming because it seems like the whole student body is focused and either locked away in their rooms or filling our new library. The library is the perfect environment for anyone to study either individual or as a group. We have access to many desktop computers as well as a WIFI network that covers all of the buildings 4 floors. If a desktop laptop is not available then there are many ports all along the floor in convenient locations to plug in your laptop.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Well last week a probably one of the hardest weeks that I have ever had at here MMA. I had four tests over three days plus one more yesterday. Back to usual grind this week. We are half way through the semester with the end just over the horizon.
Monday, October 24, 2011
This weekend was quite exciting for me, because I was able to go home to New Jersey! Many cadets at Mass Maritime are from Massachusetts and are able to go home on the weekends, however there is a small group of the 'out of state' cadets who are unable to whether it is because of distance ( we have cadets here from Panama, California, Washington state etc) or because there is not a car available, any time spent at home is well needed. Through our emails, we are able to send out specific emails to students only asking if there are any cadets who would will write that they are going to a specific place and if you live around there and are willing to help with gas money, then you can join them. Last week I sent out an email asking if anyone needed a ride to New Jersey and one cadet took me up on my offer. It is a nice way to help out shipmates. As you can tell, I have a very big family. I'm the oldest of six beautiful children; aging from 2 years old to 16 years old.
Hey MMA, this is 3/C Jason Boucher and this is my first post as the New Cadet Blogger. I've been pondering what to write for this first post and I figured hey why not describe this weekends past activities. As a resident of the great State of Connecticut, I like many don't have the opportunity to head home to recuperate from the weeks past rigors. So like most, you got to make your own fun for the weekends here at MMA; for me, I figure why not spend my time participating helping out at some academy events. On Saturday, I found myself waking up late to run my booth at the Open House, sleeping in till 8 just seemed to tempting to pass up, but it happens. The morning was spent helping introduce hopeful new cadets to a life here at MMA and possible clubs they should take a look at. I was there representing the MMA Drill Team that morning, and to my surprise, spent a lot of time answering the question, "So what exactly do you do?" But the day here was not over as we had the all to important Admirals Cup game against the infamous Maine Maritime Academy. I must say I was never the biggest football fan coming here but that was one heck of a game. All seemed to come out the cheer on the Bucs that day, from the freshman to the RC and myself in the band wearing our new uniforms. The final score was ME 6 MA 34, with the Admiral Cup returning to Buzzards Bay. You would think that the weekend would be over, but there was one more thing to do. On Sunday, a few of the band members and I had the opportunity to attend the United States Army Jazz Band Concert in West Yarmouth. What better way to spend a otherwise boring afternoon then to see a live Big Band play some sweet jazz. It was a great way to end the weekend. The point of this rant of my personal weekend here at MMA is to let all you out here know that you don't always need to go home to find some fun here at the Academy. There are always chances to either help out or support your school, or even get a free show that you would otherwise never know about or enjoy with giving it a chance. There are things to do around every corner, you just got to recognize and seize the opportunity.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tonight, seven of the MMA Trustee's and Capt. Lima went to Framingham State to participate in the annual Presidents & Trustees Association Meeting. I had never been to Framingham State before, and I was in shock when I saw how very large the campus and student population was! When we arrived, each of the trustees were assigned different tables so that we were able to mingle and speak with trustees from around the state. In attendance were Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Framingham State, Westfield State, Bridgewater State, Salem State, Massachusetts College of Art, Fitchburg State, Worcester State and of course, your very own Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Last night at 1900, over 35 women mustered in the Fantail to discuss and go over the series of events at the Women on the Water Conference which will be sponsored at MMA October 27-29th.
"October 27th through the 29th, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), in partnership with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will host the fifth annual Women on the Water (WOW) Conference in Buzzards Bay, MA. The Conference will bring together cadets from the Federal and State Merchant Marine Academies with professional women and men who are leaders in different sectors of the maritime industry. The event will be an excellent opportunity for the cadets to learn about the exciting careers that are open to them directly from successful women and men, as well as to hear about current issues affecting the maritime industry. This is also an excellent opportunity for the cadets and professional women and men alike to meet and network with others in the maritime industry. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the Women on the Water Conference, or if you have questions regarding the conference, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org." -http://www.marad.dot.gov/mariners_landing_page/women_on_the_water/WOW2011home.htm
I am very much looking forward to this opportunity to be able to speak to and network with women in the industry. Since women are fairly new to the maritime industry, compared to men, I think that their valuable perspective and experience is something to be admired.
If you haven't signed up already, don't forget!
Registration here- http://www.maritime.edu/index.cfm?pg=2363
Along with Academics and the Regiment I also have a weekend job. I work at the Newton Yacht Club as the club steward. Most cadets here work either over the weekend or some work during the week when they don't have classes. Last semester I was given work study and chose to work at a local camp site located about a mile from campus.
Last Thursday was the first time that I had been to a Career Fair. The night before, I made sure to buy resume paper and have my resume looked over by fellow WRC tutors. I prepared my resume and brought it with me the day of, determined to give it to interested companies. The first hour of the fair, the Seniors are the only ones permitted to attend. This is so Seniors have more one on one time with the companies in hopes to get jobs after MMA. As many seniors walked down to the gym in their dress blues, I told many of them good luck. Over the past few week, I have revised and proofread many resumes for these hopeful seniors. The rest of the cadets enter after that first hour and are encouraged to speak to many of these companies about internships and co-ops. As I entered the gym, many tables, friendly faces, posters and people ready to speak with students greeted me on the way in. I spoke with many business related companies and gave out my resume to many people. I also decided that I wanted to look globally for internships and this past weekend I applied to many internships in Europe.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Men's Crew team had a very successful weekend. We placed 8th and 7th at the Head of Snake in Worcester, Ma and the New Hampshire Championships in Pembroke,NH. It was a tough challenge racing twice in the same weekend but it paid off well with great finishes in both races.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This weekend was absolutely amazing! Since I'm not from the New England area, I have to have creative ideas for the weekend and sometimes I think people from Massachusetts area miss out on all of the beauty around us. This is probably because they're so accustomed to it, but regardless I love it. This Saturday I went to the Blue Hills Observatory where I hiked up the hill. I went on the ski lift and got to go to one of the oldest functioning NOAA observation towers. Saturday was beautiful and the colors were magnified as the sun went down. Because the ski lift was closed by the time we were done hiking, we had to walk down this very steep hill. It was a beautiful day, and looking at all of the foliage was certainly enjoyable. Yesterday was Columbus Day, and although there was no school, I was at MMA finishing up homework and essays. I hope everyone had a great weekend! This week has alot in store for me:
It was great to have a nice three day weekend after a long stretch of challenging classes. This week should prove to rather relaxed given it's a shorter week. Looking back to the weekend, the Mens Crew team put up a third place finish at the Popes Island Regatta in New Bedford, MA. We were a little skeptical about rowing in this regatta due to the nature of its location. It took place in New Bedford harbor which is very open and very busy. We are used to rowing along rivers with little to no traffic as well as calmer waters. New Bedford was quite the opposite to be honest. It was very busy with boat traffic and had the water was a little rougher than we are used to. Overall we had a great day rowing, the weather couldn't have been nicer. Also it's nice to bring home a medal to show our achievements. Next weekend we are headed to Worcester to row.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Tonight I finished up with my summer co-op project at APM Terminals, and made any corrections that my peers saw fit. I am certainly glad that I got my project looked over before I am submitting it because I feel a lot more confident in my work. It has been bittersweet to write, especially since my friends from APM have been emailing me all week. To me, this is the end of the summer and beginning of a very busy school year.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
This weekend marked a couple of firsts for MMA. On Saturday we hosted the first open house of the Fall. It was a great success. Over a hundred prospective students spent the day touring around the campus learning about all that MMA has to offer. I spent the duration of the Open House in our brand new ship simulator. I talked to the tour groups about the Marine Transportation Major, such as what we learn, what our options are out of school, and how we use the new simulator to prepare for our future careers at sea. It was an excellent turn out and I am looking forward to the next one coming up on October 22.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
- Risk Managment
- International Terrorism
- Macro Economics
- Radiological Materials
- Environmental Math