There are over 2,000 colleges and universities to choose from in the United States. Whether you want to attend for academics, athletics or a combination, there is a place for everyone. When it came time for Emma Ethier of Massachusetts Maritime to decide where to get her college degree, she chose the school 40 miles down 495.
Ethier, a senior from Norton, Mass., is a marine safety and environmental protection major while also an emergency management minor. She knew Massachusetts Maritime was the school for her because of not only their quality of academics, but it also provided her the chance to continue competing in athletics.
As a two sport athlete, Ethier is a captain for not only the volleyball team but also the track and field squad. She also participates as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and is a member of the Regimental Band.
While she prepares to graduate in 2017, her time as a Division III student-athlete has helped ready Ethier for life after college. From the lessons she learned to gaining skills in leadership, self-motivation and a stronger work ethic, she knows without these experiences life after college would be a lot different.
Ethier had the opportunity to intern with Oceans Research in Mossel Bay, South Africa. During that time, she had the chance to participate in marine science projects with the main focus being Great White sharks.
Outside of the classroom and playing field, Ethier loves to spend some quiet time on a bench that overlooks the bay. Considered her "favorite place on campus", the bench has the words "reflect and be one with the sea" inscribed on it which is exactly what she does when taking a break there.
When she decided to attend Massachusetts Maritime, her father was helpful in preparing her for the Regiment life. As a graduate of Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the United States, and a student-athlete there, his experience helped to guide Ethier in her collegiate career. His motivation and guidance, in her mind, have helped shape her into who she is today.
After graduation Ethier hopes that within five years, she will be a commissioned Officer in the United State Coast Guard. With all of her experiences in and out of the classroom at Massachusetts Maritime, she knows that dream can now be a reality.