New Boys and Old Boys returned for classes on January 7. Many are new to the boarding school life and may suffer from homesickness. Here is some advice from first-year cadet Rodrigo Blanco ‘18. (Interview by student-journalist Francisco Fletes ’18.)
Q: Why did you decide to come to Missouri Military Academy?
A: Because I felt it was a very good opportunity to practice and study outside of Mexico.
Q: Who told you about the Academy?
A: My brother because he attended here. He told [me] very good things and spoke highly about the school.
Q: Were you nervous on your first day?
A: Yes, because I was entering a totally new phase where I was now independent and was very far away from family and home. … When I was in the car and I saw the school I thought uh-oh, there’s no going back now!
Q: Who were the first people you met?
A: Cadets Carlos Nieves ’14, Miguel “Mike” Gonzalez ’16 and Mohammad “Emran” Babak ’16 at the ESL camp.
Q: Did you enjoy ESL camp?
A: We had fun because they took [trips to] Six Flags twice and we went to the mall.
Q: Did you adapt easily in classes and in the barracks?
A: I had some problems adapting because of homesickness. … [MMA is] a really good school but it still has some times when I really want to take a timeout from all the military stuff and go home.
Q: What advice would you give to people who also have homesickness?
A: To be strong because everything gets better.
Q: What is your best MMA memory so far?
A: Going back and seeing all my family and friends proud of me.