East Islip High School senior Matthew McDermott’s impressive work ethic not only has led to success in his studies, but guided his selection for higher education. McDermott will attend the State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime) in the fall, a historic college located at Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck peninsula in the Bronx.
Dating back to 1874, Maritime was the first federally approved college for commercial nautical instruction to be founded in the United States. Today, Maritime offers the only Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in the greater New York City area, which prepares students for commissioned officer positions in the U.S Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Most of the students at Maritime belong to the school’s Regiment of Cadets, a military-style organization akin to federal service academies.
“Maritime is a college that instills discipline, respect and a hard-work ethic in its students,” said McDermott. “The Regiment of Cadets and ROTC program at Maritime encourage a strong physical as well as moral self-expectation in students. Both staff and students are motivated individuals who know what they want, and I chose Maritime because I want to be a part of that.”
McDermott’s final year at East Islip High has been personally and scholastically rewarding for him. “After twelve years I’ve finally mastered time management with schoolwork,” he said, which then helps him find time to enjoy his hobbies of exercise, playing guitar and volunteering with the YMCA Leaders Club. Being a part of the Environment Green Career Academy has also been a major factor in his senior-year success. “The Academy has offered me insight into college-level expectations,” he explained.