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"navy prep school" Discussed on Houston We Have a Podcast
"Really. Want to dive into your story. Starting from the very beginning I was looking for where you're from. I think you're like a lot of astronauts. Were you have a hometown? But you're not. You don't have one place where you wear your whole life. I was born in Salem Massachusetts. But when I was a young boy we moved to Maine and I spend all my formative years in in York Maine. So that's my definitely in my hometown. Town what's your main like. What do people not me? York Maine is a kind of quiet seaside town. Not far up the coast from Boston about an hour fifteen minutes north of north of Boston and the southern corner of main Wintertime not a huge population in the summertime. A huge amount of tourists and vacationers. So it was a great place to grow up plenty of work. I mowed lawns. I worked in restaurants in the summers and and And then in the in the fall when those people left school started and you were small enough of a school. You could play any sport you wanted to throw all year round unlike bigger schools here in Texas where you kind of have to pick a sport and stick to it but I enjoyed growing up in Maine very very much. I feel like a lot of astronauts come from small towns. I think it's actually really interesting that you're from a small town in Maine and then go up the International Space Station and you'll be greeted by fellow astronaut from Maine just Amir Caribou Maine wishing. I've talked quite a bit about it. We're excited to go up there. I think we'll have some PEO- events with with different places around the state but we're we're looking forward to wonderful. I'm very much looking forward to that now. In terms of what interested you as a kid do you have particular interests or hobbies as a kid? Maeve inspired your career going forward Nothing super out of the ordinary I. I Love Sports and I was always doing some kind of sport thing as a kid. Whatever season it was was my favorite sport. I played football and basketball and baseball and A little bit of hockey I played when I was real young So so that just occupied most of my time. My brother and I are both think the same way so we were always throwing a ball around In that that sort of thing I I liked school particularly math. But it wasn't anything that That drove me. It was really sports that that drove me. I know physical fitness is one of those key elements of your story. We'll get to this later. You becoming a navy seal but you've also completed an ironman triathlon. Which is I looked it up. It's insane I don't know how a person you that it seems like it's something that's very important in your life. Physical fitness physical fitness is important for me and I like a challenge to you. Know and and I don't think I WANNA go run Full Distance Ironman triathlons every every day or every week but Knowing that I could grind through one was was very satisfying to me And just being healthy and fit is important to me. Yeah it seems like it's also this idea of maybe setting a goal and then really pushing yourself to meet that goal Exactly okay Now you said math was an interest to you. Was that something you are naturally good at or maybe be something that was kind of like physical fitness? Where you're pushing yourself to truly understand. No I think I just kind of fell. My my brain is wired that way for math. I I I always liked it. I always liked doing fidgeting with numbers or kind of calculating things in later when I got onto More advanced studies applying those numbers two equations in trying to understand the world around me Was something that that I liked to to dabble in. I never really enjoyed writing about those concepts writing. It's hard for me. In fact I was horrible. Speller Horrible Speller I. I rely very heavily on the Little Red squiggly line in Microsoft word but Math was always something that came natural to me. So was I know math? Definitely this this idea of of a stem stem field was space al something. You are interested as a kid or maybe that came a little bit later came later. Okay the only thing I recall even thinking about space was My Sophomore Year. I guess in high school Walking through the cafeteria and seeing the TV somebody wheeled the TV and when the Challenger explosion happened in. I remember seeing that in stopping like everybody else in the cafeteria and watching in thinking about it and But I could not tell you who an astronaut was at that time. I couldn't told you when the next shuttle was going are couldn't even have named what the names of the shuttles were It was not anything on my radar screen space and And it wasn't until a little bit later. I was in my navy career when when I learned about it I met Bill Shepherd and Understood what it meant to be an astronaut. At least what I thought at the time and and understood the process on how to become one that I that I got a little motivated to try interesting. So I know you mentioned you mentioned Military was that something that was. Maybe something that was of interest to you in your earlier. Childhood career high school so when When I was in high school we didn't have the Internet and we had these Books in the Guidance Counselor's office that were really thick like these encyclopedias of colleges. And You I remember. You've taken your free time and you go down there and you'd flip through these eight hundred thousand page books on all the colleges in the country and I got to the page of the Naval Academy and I was really captivated by the buildings and people in uniform and just how it looked in the the whole thing looked appealing to me and I. I sent away for a brochure. I got more information about it and in reading all the could consume. I was just felt like. Wow this is a place for me. I can see myself there. I'm super excited to go there And I want to do that in this was and then I read even more and it said you don't have to pay anything to come here just have to pay in service your nation which I didn't even know what that meant but I was fine with it. Whatever that pay with service to your nation meant I was cool with it and And so that set me off on the path to try to get to the Naval Academy. It's a whole nother story on on how I ended up Arriving there But that was critical point for me when I realized that I wanted to San College. Well let's let's dive into that story of you. Actually pursuing the Naval Academy seems like something about it piqued your interest but as the U. Your pursuit of it is quite interesting. Yeah the the The academy has a really good support network once you tap into it and all service academies I'm from every familiar with the Naval Academy but the other service guidance of the same. Where they you can have. What's the Navy blue and gold officer which is an alumni who can help you with the process and the process is kind of two fold you have to get applied to the academy itself just like a college and be accepted to to the service academy and you also have to have a congressional or A nomination from your senator or congressman and that was a part I learned about in I pursued and was able to get but unbeknownst to me In the Guy Inside got from Congressional Staff Office. Was We send everything for you to the Naval Academy? You don't have to do a thing It's all handled from here here. Being their office and I mean eighteen year old guy and I see a person of authority telling me something and they. They seem like very sure. So I just believed it and and a few months later when I anticipated and my other High School classmates were getting Answers back from colleges and I was getting answers from other colleges not Naval Academy that I didn't hear anything from them and so I made a phone call found out that there was no paperwork on me in their file system. They didn't even know who I was didn't have my social security number anything and I went there with my friend who was his. Dad was going from Maine to an to Washington. Which is like an eight or nine hour drive and he was going for a business trip in my friend and I company his father and and from Washington. Dc drove over to an apple is about an hour away and and Went to the admissions office. And I got put in front of one of the admissions counselors there Marine Corps officer and and. He told me that he he listened to my story and and kind of nodded a little bit and said okay. I'll get back to you and then later that next week. When I was back in school I got a phone call where it was him on the line and said I can get into the naval me. Prep school you're interested in going and I said out absolutely yes sir. Signed me up and And that's how I ended up at the Navy prep school which is a one year program mostly for recruited athletes. I wasn't a recruited athlete or or or Somebody that they see potential in that they want you get a little more academic preparation on. It was a perfect situation for me. I was young eighteen year. Old Guy went. There had one year of the military environment as well as the academic environment. And then because when I got to my freshman year at navy all of those things were already part of me wasn't learning military system as the time I was learning how to be a student and And so it just came near natural and that allowed me to be very successful my first year and and and continue that successor through four years. They're they're so if that marine co or had not had belief in me and giving me the chance I wouldn't have ended up at the Naval Academy. Which would is a cycle of things that wouldn't have happened to including you and I sitting here for this interview about a space Fli. That's right and It seems like it was partially. Yes in his work in his effort to actually get you in. But it was a little bit of your relentless pursuit you went from not even having an application and no one even knowing who you who you were to driving down and going face to face and hey I really want this. This is something that's very important to me and I think that's a I don't know if I learned that or if it's just part of me but is to always think about okay. Well it doesn't matter how I got here but these are the circumstances that I'm in how do I what's the solution. What the path forward make incremental baby steps in getting to where you WANNA go and each time recollect the information get talked to more people and and just kind of Pursue things that way ultimately nobody has more interested in your success than you do and I think that was one of the lessons. I learned through that process. Wonderful now you said you had you had a head start when it came to the National Naval Academy because of the PREP SCHOOL. So you kind of knew the way of the land and this is where you're studying math Was a math major. Okay and what what Where does it lead to your your career next? So all of a service. Kademi you after you spend your.
"navy prep school" Discussed on Zero Blog Thirty
"Unlike warming up getting a close, look, and I person look at the uniforms like on the left shoulder of navy's uniforms. I could see all the different patches they each wearing. And then a photographer for navy was like, oh, they get to pick those. It's not what unit they're going to. But it just they have a sibling or a dad or mom or somebody who served in that unit where it means something to them because I have a friend in night unit. Like these little details. You could see up close very cool, and then just getting to talk to the people on the sidelines. Like, some of the students are combat camera the cheerleaders, the mascots, and like getting to pull them aside real quick and just for my own like, what's your deal? What's this? What's that? Like just get that was so cool. I should definitely mention because I get this question all the time car or the chew leaders at army navy or. Are they civilians? They just hire for the games. No the chillier were army navy or students at each school, which I think blows people away because they are attractive people and people just assume army navy if people are going into the military, everybody's ugly. But that is certainly not the case. And then keep and Brin to I want to get your thoughts on this to being on the field and seeing the different flyovers Kate, obviously you've seen military aircraft before being in the marines. But what was that feeling for both view like to see the flyovers before the game? For me. I went the flowers were always, I I was like I could stand here all day and just watch flyovers on it. But when they each team dropped the parachuters out from their airport. I'm gonna say it wrong. But my behold wasn't size of a KP? I was like oh my God. They're going to what if something goes wrong the whole time. I was like the side myself until they both that was a weird analogy about my butthole. I'm sorry. One. Anyway, it was gonna take fire we'll usual I'll get to cut you off. From my perspective. I looked at it from the parachuters point of view. How awesome it has to be to be that guy getting to parachute into a stadium as an announcer says your name over the PA Mendy entire stadium going crazy, giving you applause and you land on midfield. I mean goosebumps just thinking about like if that was made they'll be so. Yeah. Yeah. And then you got the invocation which is not something that happens before college pro games. Typically, you have a chaplain out there, saying an invitation to eighty thousand people, and I thought his words were very powerful. And then President Trump, you know, whatever you think about President Trump. I don't think it matters here because he is still coming to this game as the commander in chief and the commander in chief doesn't just show up to every football game on every Saturday. So I think that is definitely one other factor that makes this game. Pretty cool. What did you guys think about President Trump? And the invocation. He finally visited a battlefield. Yeah. It's you know, we all have our own whatever. But I do think the history of it's cool that it's the only game where the entirety of both student bodies attends that the president attends that all these really amazing people like General Mattis was there too. That was explained eight he got a huge route of applause when his name was announced said President Donald Trump, and then when the announcer said General Mattis, he he probably got about like seventy five percent of the applause that Trump did which is like pretty huge. Yeah. It was definitely recognition indefinitely like positive like people that don't. Yeah. Yeah. It's definitely cool to be there for that. To watch it up close. And then obviously the game the game kicks off. And army has a great I drive so much. So that I was getting riled up and getting chirped by the navy prep school football team who is standing on their side because we are staying on the navy sideline. And they had some choice words for me. Which was I thought not very becoming of young officers to be. That's neither here cons behind them. Fuck himself..