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Well, this is it. I thought I should make a list of lessons I've learned, and good memories I have of this past year. When it comes to recruits, odds are if you think you have to tell them how to do it, you absolutely need to do it. They won't understand it otherwise Don't be concerned with any other recruits but your own. Treat recruits like your family, because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at In Their Words
This is now the final week of academics for my junior year, and all I can keep thinking is, "can someone stop this train?". Seriously, I can't believe I'm about to be a senior already. I remember when I arrived on campus as a rook, and I remember the cannon, and being on the wall, and squaring in the gutter. I remember sophomore year with the new privilege it brought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at In Their Words
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Many of you may not know that I'm the photographer for MCW. Over the weekend we had and FTX (Field Training Exercise). Here are some great shots that I took hanging from a rope about 25 feet in the air. Over the weekend we did a lot of rappelling, ascending and lanes to work on our skills. The first year trainees earned their blackhats (a symbol of being in the company), and the level 2 candidates earned their ram's head device (a symbol of a technical assault climber). It had rained all weekend, so needless to say I was cold and wet, but that doesn't stop MCW from having fun! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at In Their Words
Well folks, It came and went. I received my Norwich ring with the rest of my class, in one of the most emotionally profound experiences I've had here at Norwich. I cried as slipped it on my finger, and if that doesn't show you how much this school means to me as well as other students, then I don't know what does. I've found that when times get hard, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at In Their Words
In 3 weeks, I'll be putting my Junior Ring on at about 1845. My Rook Class will place a piece of metal on our hands that symbolize hardship, friendship, and memories that fade not through the changing years. In this time, I have a lot of work to do. We have to put together invitations and have them sent to the junior's inbox, get all of the favors shipped to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at In Their Words
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Over the weekend, 4th Company conducted a culminating event for the freshmen called the minuteman challenge. The Minutemen were a group of civilian patriots who formed a regulated militia in order to defend their rights and liberties, while being ready to go at a minutes notice. Their motto? Without Equal. 4th Company's mascot is the Minuteman, and our motto is the same. The challenge consisted of going up Paine Mountain,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at In Their Words
I promised I would make this post on why I stayed, so here I am, making good on that promise. I stayed at Norwich for a lot of reasons, one of them being pushed by my mother. No, she didn't say "YOU HAVE TO STAY THERE", but my mother always told me to be a part of something bigger than myself and to work hard in order to achieve what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at In Their Words
I've been asked many times why I chose Norwich for my education, and I found that I should probably list them here: Norwich is very close to home. I live in New Hampshire, and I'm only about 2 and a half hours away. It's nice to know that should anything happen at home, I'm only a short bit away. Many people say "if I lived closer, I'd go home all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at In Their Words
Here we are, about to dive into the truest depth of the winter here at Norwich. Truly, March is the longest month. It's the longest month for Norwich students. It's the longest month for faculty. It's just the dullest, most boring, truly agonizing month that has been delivered to the Dog River valley. Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but March really is a dry and gray month. For... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at In Their Words
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In 2 months I'll be able to put this ring on my hands, surrounded by my freshman platoon, and enjoying the camaraderie of Norwich. It will be a huge night for me. It's said that there are 3 days to look forward to at Norwich. Recognition, Junior Ring, and Graduation. I've already been Recognized for 2 years now, and I've just recognized my own rooks. Now, in 2 months I'll... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at In Their Words
In order to preserve tradition, I'll keep many of the details out of this post when it comes to recognition. But yes, on February 11th, 2018, the Rook Class of 2021 was Recognized as Cadets at 11:04pm. This is a momentous mark in their journey here at Norwich, and it's only the beginning. This is when the true test begins, this is when they show me and the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at In Their Words
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Hello all, I intentionally took December and January off so that I could focus on finals and enjoy my break. I'm happy to say that I did both successfully. I had to come back earlier on my break so that I could participate in MCW's Ice Trek, a week of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to Sophomores in the Corps about what my job as a Platoon Sergeant is like. After some reflection I thought about how much different my life is compared to other kids my age. Here's just a general overview of my day-to-day life. o530:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
This Thanksgiving break was a great one. I not only went to see the Grateful Dead in Boston, I also went to Brooklyn to visit my sister. It was her first time hosting Thanksgiving for us, rather than her coming home. It was definitely a good time. Before we left,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
Those of you who know anything about me will not take this next phrase by surprise: I am a deadhead. I've said it before (i think) in one of my really old post when I was a freshman. Being a "deadhead" by definition is "a devoted fan of the psychedelic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
I missed last weeks post, but I'll be sure to make up for it. The other weekend was Regimental Ball, and my platoon were gentlemen like. That's something I'm really focusing on training them for. The world lacks gentlemen now a days. People have a perceived view of Americans, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
It was right around this time that I kind of stopped blogging. I hope to keep up as much as possible this year with it. So far, with my schedule I'll be able to keep this up. The sun is getting weaker, and this past week, we've had a spell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
The weather is getting colder, the leaves are turning dull, and the sun is getting weaker. That's right. Winter is on it's way! Being honest, I'd rather the weather be cold than humid and hot, and I know that's an unpopular opinion. This weekend is mid-semester break, I'll be leaving... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
Another Family Weekend has passed me by. It's still hard to believe that I'm already a junior. For my recruits, being able to show off the skills they have learned from the past 52 days here on the Hill. The entire freshmen had a drill competition, and we all had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
Here we are, another October on the hill. The air is getting cooler (which I personally don't mind), and the leaves are changing. This weekend the Rooks will get their first taste of freedom, Family Weekend. I'm urging all of my rooks to get off campus because it will give... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
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Alumni Weekend is a huge event at this school. Norwich has years of proud history in its books. My platoon and I live in Alumni Hall, and I made sure that 4-1 had their rooms looking good. It was important to me and to my company leadership that the alumni... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
While it may seem like I've been dead from this blog for nearly a year, I promise you it's been on my mind every few days. This is now my junior year at Norwich, and the stakes have never been higher for me. I'm a Vice Chair for the Norwich... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
Yes, yes, I know. "but you said you were back! you said you were gonna keep up!" I know, and I'm sorry, but the thing about Norwich is that it requires your attention. Since my hiatus, not much has occurred. A few breaks here and there, MCW KAP week, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
Hello all! I'm here again live from the Hill. Another busy Sunday passes us by, and I'm watching the Pats game as I write. (You just can't keep the Patriots down!) On Monday, we held Echo Taps for 9/11. The entire Corps of Cadets (and many Civilian students) silents form... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke
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This past week was spent in very humid weather. On Monday, we had the Labor Day parade, a huge event for Northfield, VT, and Norwich. Every year, tons of people come and watch the parade, where the Corps of Cadets forms and marches through town. It was a hot day,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Gdebanen-Noodenimin Clarke