I chose the submarine force for its small, team oriented work. You really bond as a team when you’re doing missions or running drills. You rely on everyone on the boat to get you through tough situations and you have to trust everyone completely. Tuck seemed like a perfect extension of that, with the small group work and the intimate setting.
In the military, much of the leadership is transactional—“Do what I say.” At Tuck, there’s more emphasis on transformational leadership in the gray areas where you don’t have chain-of-command authority. That’s been a valuable perspective. It’s also been eye opening to go through the personal leadership development plan, getting feedback not just from your boss but from a range of peers and colleagues.
Life at Tuck
I live in the residence halls and really enjoy it. Having neighbors is great and ensures there is never a dull moment. Working on assignments, it’s nice to go down the hall and discuss with friends. Living on campus feeds directly into the collaborative nature of the campus. Growing up, I always wanted to play hockey and Tuck has given me the opportunity to play in the school-wide, intramural hockey league. It is a great way to get to know people at Tuck outside of the classroom and builds upon the school’s emphasis on teamwork.
It’s been eye opening to go through the personal leadership development plan, getting feedback not just from your boss but from a range of peers and colleagues.” Merrill D. Matthews III T’14