David Harrison Jr, ’17
Hometown: Rockland, ME
Major: Marine Engineering Operations
Extracurricular involvement: Regimental Moral Officer, Class of ’17 Treasurer, Friends of the Knights of Columbus, Football (3 years), Basketball (1 year), Residential Assistant (1 year)
What has been your favorite class at MMA?
One of my favorite classes has been Medical Person in Charge. Professor Boal is a phenomenal teacher as well as a friend. The information gathered can be used in any situation no matter the place, person, or time. The class gives you skills and experience that could not be learned anywhere else.
What do you love about the MMA community?
One of the best things about the MMA community is how close and friendly everyone is. Most students know almost every person in the school which helps whether it comes to sports or in the classroom. When walking to class most students greet everyone they walk by and often stop to have a small conversations with other students in between classes.
What are your hopes for the future?
My hopes are to pass my Coast Guard License Exams in the summer and to land a job shortly after passing my exams. I would like to work for the AMO union on a tanker that works in and out of only US ports.
Why did you pick MMA?
At first I came to MMA to play football and was not yet sure what I wanted to do. After getting here and going to RPT I knew I wanted to work on the water and ships. My hometown is right on the coast and is known for being a large fishing town. I had tried lobstering and realized it was not for me. Being on a small lobster boat was not ideal for me, but I enjoyed the water as well as enjoyed fixing things with my hands. There is a significant amount of Rockland guys that have came through MMA and they helped convince me to try MMA. In the end, it has been the best choice for me.
What would you say to a prospective MMA student?
I’d first ask them what major they are interested in that MMA has to offer. Then, I’d let them know that MMA does not always provide the ideal college life experience. I’d tell them that sometimes the Academy requires you to mature fast with structure and many rules in place and that sometimes it may seem like a hard road, but the reward in the end is incomparable. All of the certifications, classes, and labs where we get to take equipment apart is different from any other school. The experiences I’ve had with cruise and cadet shipping are completely different from some of my friend’s summer experiences at other colleges. MMA is not for everyone, but get through the rough patches and there is no other place you will want to graduate from.