The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a rigorous school because of the strict regiment environment and fast pace academic trimester system. As freshmen in college or known as a "plebe" in the regiment, they are required to experience a "boot camp" experience called "Indoctrination". The boot camp was my favorite experience because it opened opportunities to act out as a leader and work with the platoon to establish cohesion. We would have to do certain things such as learning the academy's knowledge, cleaning the academy, rifle drilling, and motivating each other during physical training as one unit. The academy is located near New York City and has a beautiful waterfront, where students are given the opportunity to get a hands on experience to work with the ships' engines and work on the bridge. There are also sail boats such as dinghies and other boats to try out sailing. The Merchant Marine Academy also has military options for students, who want to serve active duty, they can apply for military occupation slots similar to the other federal service academies. On the graduation side, the school is provides an abundant amount of opportunities after graduation such as serving in any military branches or choosing to sail as a Merchant Marine under the Department of Transportation. There are two majors, Deck and Engine, and these majors are guaranteed to give students a job because of the technical skills compared to other colleges. I chose to attend this college because of the multiple options and the selection between two majors. This school is very tough and teaches time management, balance with extra-curricular activities, classmate collaboration, and it challenges me to improve, excel, find multiple ways and want to succeed in every class.