Philip McGee ’18
Hometown: Beaufort, South Carolina
Major: Marine Transportation Operations
Extracurricular involvement: NROTC and Varsity Sailing Team
What has been your favorite class at MMA?
I have taken a lot of great courses here, from Celestial Navigation to Naval Weapons Systems, but my favorite so far has been Tanker Operations. The course is taught by Capt. Pundt. He worked on a tanker for most of his career and is an expert on the subject. In the attached lab I was responsible for loading and discharging a model barge, which was an eye-opening experience.
What do you love about the MMA community?
I firmly believe that the people at MMA are one of the best assets this school has to offer. From the professors, town citizens, ship’s crew, and students, this school is surrounded by great, smart, and motivated people who are willing to help you.
What are your hopes for the future?
I plan to commission in the United States Navy and serve on a destroyer. Afterwards, I would like to join the American Maritime Officers Union and work on a Maersk Line containership.
Why did you pick MMA?
I did not know much about the maritime industry or MMA prior to my first visited here. I was planning on attending another college, but after taking a tour of the ship, talking to students, and researching the industry I changed my mind.
What would you say to a prospective MMA student?
Talk to students and professors, go to Supplemental Seamanship, and take a tour of TS State of Maine. The wealth of knowledge and energy at this school will amaze you. From going to sea every summer to participating in national sailing regattas, the opportunities that this small school has to offer are mind-blowing. If you spend some time on campus, you will see why MMA has received a multiple number of high rankings on national school lists.