When I started at RRMC in 1979 there was an adjustment period as I adapted to a rigorous academic program. Although I was never in jeopardy of failing I was closer to the bottom of the class than to the top. However, over the following three years I rapidly increased my standing and by the end of third year I was well established as one of the top three in my class. The final results in fourth year had me virtually tied in first place and I graduated with Distinction.
Early in my
fourth year, I was very much enjoying the academic run I was on and I
didn't want it to stop. So I applied for a little known military
program - Post Graduate Training on Scholarship (PGTS). This program
was really a long shot in that they only selected one candidate for
the program every two or three years. Well, to my surprise, I not
only landed the Prestigious Scholarship required to qualify for the
program, I was accepted into the program. I believe I was the first
candidate they accepted in 3 years.
My studies at UVic weren't all fun - there was also a demanding academic program that I had to complete in order to graduate. I recall one course that was particularly demanding - Electromagnetic Field Theory. At the beginning of the year the Professor said, I thought jokingly, that this course required students to bring a lunch to exams. Well, he wasn't joking. For the Christmas exam I wrote for five (5) hours and wasn't the last one finished and at the final exam I wrote for over six (6) hours.
After completing all course requirements and defending my thesis before a Board of Academic Scholars, I was awarded a Master of Science degree at the University of Victoria Fall Convocation in 1981. However this wasn't the end of my academic studies. I still had another two years of engineering studies in the Navy, before I could to the job I had been waiting to do since beginning my studies at NSIT in 1974.