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Last week was a very nice break. We had a whole week off for Thanksgiving, and were finally able to relax a bit. Although it went by way too fast, I did end up realizing how much I miss Norwich because here, we're constantly doing something. However, when I was back at home I was able to do my favorite thing, go to the movie theater. I went to see three different movies, and enjoyed them all. It was also nice to see my family again and tell them about the crazy adventures that I've experienced while at Norwich. After telling my family a little bit about Norwich, I quickly realized that it is very hard to explain things to them because the language here is so different. We use many abbreviations and experience things together that someone who is not from Norwich would never imagine. I did have my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at In Their Words
Okay, first off, I just want to say that squaring in the gutter while there is ice on the ground is not fun... Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. (But seriously, if its snowing and theres ice on the ground, please don't make the rooks square...) Anyways, last night was the Thanksgiving dinner for the regiment. We all went down to the chow hall with our platoons and ate together at ease with some quality Sodexo, which is something we rarely experience. It was really funny to see all of our Cadre interact with us while we were at ease. It was almost like they were seeing a new side of us, not to mention that there were a lot of gross drinks being made and then chugged by some of my rook siblings. Other than that part, the dinner is definitely something I am going to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at In Their Words
This week was very fun and I've definitely felt myself starting to appreciate Norwich. Although it's not always fun and games here, moments like regimental and the Navy Marine Corps balls, platoon meetings, the Rookie Performance Challenge, and even rook week have made me realize why I came to Norwich. I could not ever see myself at a regular college because I just wouldn't fit in. I know that I would be way too quiet and probably not make a lot of genuine friends anywhere else. However, this school brings out the best (and sometimes the worst) in a person. It forces you to come out of your shell and become closer with people whom you never would have talked to if you just saw them on the street. My rook brothers and sisters are such a diverse group of people and despite the disagreements that are part of being... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at In Their Words
Yesterday was a very long day. To start off, we had a mandatory formation that morning at 0000 (12 am), to make sure that no one left with their dates before the ball. Then, at 0530, my company went to the Marine Corps O-Course, and ran that a couple of times which was very scary because when we started, it was pitch black... Afterwards, we went back to barracks, went to chow, and then got ready for the football march down. Thats when it started snowing... And not the kind of snow that doesn't stick. We probably had about two inches on the ground by the time the football game was over, and let me tell you, it was COLD standing there in the snow watching the game. Once the game was over, we all went back to barracks and started to get ready for the ball. Of course, us... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at In Their Words
This weekend was very relaxing and much needed. I got to see family as well as a friend who goes to college in Florida and was home for the weekend. I have also come to the conclusion that going home and then coming back here is always going to be hard. Being in your own bed and having home cooked meals is something that you definitely take for granted before going to college, not to mention not having to wake up at 0500 every morning... Despite how much this weekend made me miss home, I am ready for the next few weeks to come. Not only is every week a week closer to getting recognized, it also means more time with my rook siblings. Coming back today was a very nice surprise. I could tell that everyone was very happy to see each other and although we had to "lock... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at In Their Words
Yesterday was probably the most fun day that I've had all throughout my rookdom. This weekend, we had a softball clinic where we got to work with a pro softball player, Andrea Duran. She was very helpful and definitely knew what she was talking about. We also got to work with Vermont high school and elementary girls who wanted to learn how to play softball. While this was very fun and interesting, the best part of the weekend was after the clinic. It's not very often that the rooks get to go off campus. And it's VERY rare that rooks get to go off campus in civilian clothes. However, yesterday, that's exactly what we got to do. Our upperclassmen and our coach, Command Sergeant Major Billings, let us go off campus and to his house. We contacted our Cadre who luckily agreed, and then set off for the adventure to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at In Their Words
Yesterday was the RPC or the Rookie Performance Challenge. This is a very stressful day where rooks have to show off everything they've learned physically and mentally. Heres how the day went: Everyone in my platoon woke up around 0400 to SOP (clean) our rooms as much as we could before getting on the wall with my platoon at 0500. We all knew that after we finished the endurance course that our rooms would have to look amazing for room inspections. After getting on the wall and SOPing, we knew what was next. The dreaded endurance course which was meant to test our physical abilities. Carrying our rifles and wearing our ACU's, we had to run about 3 miles around campus and complete a bunch of PT stations in less than 75 minutes. Though all of us knew that this was going to be the hardest test of the day,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at In Their Words
This weekend was really nice. Although it flew by and I feel like it should have been a lot longer, it was great to spend time with family and show them a little bit of what I've been doing these past couple months. On Thursday, my parents and my sister arrived on campus. We went to the buffet and we got to meet with some other kids from different companies and learn a little more of their stories. We also got to see the much anticipated rook week video. On Friday after classes, we met outside of the bookstore so that they could have a taste of Sodexo for lunch. We had to eat upstairs, but it was the first time I could eat at ease up there, so that was a good experience. After lunch, I walked around with them and showed them the campus. They had been on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at In Their Words
This week, I officially started softball. Granted, it was only tryouts, but this was my first experience being with both upperclassmen and other freshman that weren't from my platoon or company. The first few practices really fun. It was amazing being around so many others that had different stories about their experiences in the corps or even civilian lives. It was also awesome being able to play the sport I love again. For sports at Norwich, there is usually one experienced player on the team who takes the rooks to chow after every practice, and for us, it's Corporal Dailey. Having Corporal Dailey is always a good time. This past Friday we got to have ice cream for the first time in a really long time. What is also really cool about being on a team, is that you know and get to bond with some of the upperclassmen. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at In Their Words
This week was hard for me. Not only because of the physical and mental toughness of Norwich, but because of situations going on at home. On Monday, I had found out that my Aunt had passed away. Being away from my family at a time like this is heartbreaking, and makes you feel more homesick than ever. However, Norwich was kind enough to let me take a leave on Wednesday so I could attend the services. Let me tell you, going home was amazing, yet very sad under the circumstances. I was able to sleep in my own bed for once, see my family and my dog, and eat real food. I am very grateful to have been able to go home to my family because I could tell that all of them needed something or someone to brighten up their dark days, and I hope I was able to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at In Their Words
This week's topic is about family. As my rook brothers and sisters spend more and more weeks together, we start coming together and really becoming a family. I now know that these are all people I can depend on no matter what. We are 5th company and while everyone else hates us because of the negative stigma placed upon us years ago, it only makes us more close knit with each other. We are just now trying to come up with shirt ideas and a motto for our platoon. So far, for our motto we have come up with, "they can hate as long as they fear". Last night, we spent a while talking about how we are all in this together no matter what. No matter what people say about us, we go through it together. Yesterday at the Abare picnic, we all had a ton of fun. Here,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at In Their Words
This week has been stressful, but not as stressful as last week. So far, we've already lost three people from our platoon. Yes, it is really hard losing rook siblings, but after talking to some of them, you realize that this life isn't for everyone. After rook week, I honestly was questioning whether I wanted to do the military still. However, after pushing through and getting in the right mindset, I was able to overcome my doubts and move on. If you live every day one by one and learn from your experiences or even mistakes, you will have a much better time at Norwich. You also learn that the cadre are actually some really cool people if you get to know them. When I went to FLC last summer, I hated some of the cadre at first, because I didn't get why they were being so hard on us.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at In Their Words
This week was the start of classes. As a communications major, my schedule isn't too hectic. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I have Mass Media and English 101. Then, on just Monday and Wednesday, I have my personal favorite class, TV/Video production. This is an amazing class because one, the professor is great, and two, it is very hands on and is very similar to a class I took in high school. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have Math, and a military lab, or a military science for Army ROTC. So far, all of my classes have given me some form of a writing or reading assignment, so it hasn't been too much of a stress load yet. Going to classes gives you an opportunity to get away from the cadre for a while. I've also learned that it makes learning interesting. When you are at ease in a classroom, it's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at In Their Words
This week has been one of the hardest weeks of my life. From arrival day forward, we have been constantly moving around. The cadre for our platoon have been keeping us on our toes, making sure we know the inside and outs of the military, and how Norwich functions. We have managed to learned as a platoon what a family is. We call our peers our rook siblings and treat them as if they were blood related. Today, Sunday, was probably the best day. When we woke up, we went to chow and then went straight to the Dog River for the Dog River run. The Dog River run is a tradition in which rooks run through a river for a couple miles and get as dirty as possible in their ACU's. Although everything we were wearing got completely waterlogged, this was an amazing experience because the motivation in our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at In Their Words
My name is Sydney Parkhurst, and I am an incoming Rook at Norwich University. These past few months have been a very stressful, yet exciting time as I get ready to start this next phase of life. I am from a very small town in Rhode Island called Barrington. Barrington is a very competitive, Blue Ribbon public school, that takes academics, as well as sports, very seriously. It is safe to say that not everyone in Rhode Island is fond of us because we win many awards in all aspects. Playing both softball and ice hockey at Barrington, has given me both the confidence, and drive to compete that I believe you need to have in the Norwich Corps of Cadets program. Norwich has always been my number one choice. Although I hate the cold, I've always loved structure, and challenging myself. Through my experience with the FLC (Future Leader... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2018 at In Their Words
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