Cadet Spotlight

Cadet Spotlight on SFC Aristotle Avaras

When did you come to NYMA?

I came to NYMA on August 21, 2017.

What was your expectation before arriving? Was it different than what you expected?

My expectation was that it would be exactly like the military. Instead, we had a balance of academics and a military-based lifestyle. I thought everyone would be very strict but instead, I found that order and structure was attained if you did what was expected of you to the best of your ability.

How has NYMA helped shape who you’ve become today? Are there any mentors that have impacted you during your time here?

NYMA provided me with structure and taught me time management skills. I learned what it truly means to be a leader and to be responsible – for myself and others. I learned how to represent myself well, how to act professionally, and how to communicate effectively. My biggest mentors in life are my family. They are my role models and a lot of what I have learned in life has come from them. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. At NYMA, my biggest role model was First Captain Nigel Petti-Fernandez ‘18. He was a Lieutenant Colonel the first year I attended NYMA. I’ve never seen better leadership among the corps.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on going to college, enlisting in the Navy, and becoming a SEAL.