Timmerman trying to SEAL the deal

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The college application process is stressful enough, but imagine having to pass an intensive fitness test just to get into one of the most academically rigorous schools in the country. The Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, is not for the faint of heart, but Andrew Timmerman, ‘19, wants to take on the challenge.

Locked In: Timmerman, ’19, practices the diligent study habits that are required of him at the Naval Academy.

Timmerman’s dream is to become a navy SEAL, the US military’s most elite force of soldiers. The stories of SEAL basic training are the stuff of nightmares to some, but are exciting for Timmerman

“I’ve been preparing a lot for training this year. I get up every day at 5 a.m. to lift weights and run, but the training program at the academy will obviously be much harder,” said Timmerman.

Some of the techniques used during basic training would be seen as cruel to some.

“I hear stories of the instructors trying to ‘break you’ in a sense,” said, Timmerman.  “They make you wash your uniform, and if they find a single irregularity, you have to dive into the freezing ocean and then roll in the sand while you are soaking wet.”

Just getting in at the Academy is a huge accomplishment. They accept just nine percent  of applicants, and Timmerman realizes that. The application process is quite thorough, involving a fitness test and interview.

“I have to go through a ton of levels. I’ve passed the background check, but I still need teacher recommendations, to pass an interview, a fitness review, an academic review, and a fitness test,” Timmerman explained. “A lot of candidates drop out before the end of the process just because it’s so long.”

Once accepted into the academy, Timmerman understands the commitment it takes to remain enrolled. There are no “party scenes” as opposed to traditional universities, and the schoolwork is extremely rigorous and military-centric. Potential classes Timmerman may be taking include Submarine Warfare and Cyber Operations (basically the basics of hacking).

“The academy uses a basic test to gauge your talents, and that is how you are placed in what to study. I hope to be involved in computer science or math-related learning,” explained Timmerman.

While the acceptance rate is low at the academy, Timmerman’s hopes are high. He understands the risks and dangerous nature of being a Midshipman, and feels he will embrace the tough lifestyle he may have to lead.

“I know that going to Annapolis won’t necessarily be a ‘fun’ experience. It is going to take discipline and sacrifice, even during summer vacation. There won’t be much free time, but I’m ready if given the opportunity,” said Timmerman.

Like any high school student, Timmerman has a backup plan, but he still wants to pursue a military career. He plans on applying to the ROTC program at Iowa State, or apply as a full-time student at St. John’s in Minnesota.


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