Become A Certified Pirate At University

Grace Higgins | September 12th, 2019

At one prestigious university in the United States of America if you can fulfill your Psychical Education requirement which also includes archery, fencing, sailing and shooting guns then you will receive an official Pirate Certificate.

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Historically speaking you may associate pirates with their peg legs, eye patches and hooks for hands. And not to mention the infamous Jolly Roger flag flying above their ship. Menacing marauders who gained notoriety and fear by being ruthless when it came to sea battles. The image of a pirate is mostly an alcohol-abusing barbarian in old clothes and a certain attraction to gold and loot. This imagery has taken form in many popular cultures, such as books, paintings, and films. Even video games and theme parks have been creating following the love of pirate culture.

Sure they may have talked funny and probably didn’t smell great, but if you wanted to become a pirate lord then it will not ever have happened overnight – you needed true skills. With this in mind, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) put together a real pirate program.

And this has been an immense success, the school is now filled with buccaneers and would-be pirate captains, all trying to complete the course. Because archery, sailing, fencing, pistol, and riflery all require a level of concentration that needs quite a bit of brainpower, so there is a certain appeal to all science and engineering students.

Jacob Hurwitz who attended the university from 2010 to 2014 is the first official pirate, but according to him the legend of the pirate program was already strong on the campus. He was just one of the first student to earn it officially with a documented achievement. Though Hurwitz is not a true pirate he has had to sign a disclaimer saying he will not use any of his new skills for real piracy!

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