This is Isabela G Ferraro's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Isabela G Ferraro's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Isabela G Ferraro
Recent Activity
For many students, Norwich may be difficult to afford. Luckily Norwich offers many jobs as part of work-study. A significant amount of my rook family has jobs on campus. I’ll see them working at the mailroom, Dunkin, the Shaw Center, or at the dining hall. In addition to jobs on campus, if you can find transportation, you may be able to get a job off campus or maybe an internship that is paid. I personally work under the Admissions Department writing these blogs and doing social media takeovers or being on panels for Q&As when needed. If you need some extra cash flow there’s plenty of opportunities on campus - you just have to look for them! They span over a large range of focuses as well, so you may even be able to have a job that relates to your major or otherwise interests you. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at In Their Words
I’ve never fully known what I want to do with my life. Any time I think I have it figured out, I end up deciding it’s not what I actually want. The most I’m sure of is that I’ll be in the Army for at least four years, but I’m not even sure of what I’ll do during my time of service. Every once in awhile I think about my major and what my future might look like. I came to Norwich as a Criminal Justice major with the goal of being a corrections officer. Interestingly enough, the CJ classes were my least favorite and my worst grades. However, Fall of my sophomore year I decided to switch to International Studies. This switch came after studying abroad in Taiwan over that Summer. To be completely honest, in general I don’t like school. Although I put in the work to get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at In Their Words
Image
This photo is from Rookdom, in December 2018. As a freshman, my friends and I did a lot of volunteering in the community. Volunteering opened so many opportunities for us to see Vermont and to have an escape from the Norwich campus. As a rook, it’s nice to have a break - even if just for a couple of hours. This particular event was in the Northfield Square and on one of our breaks we were able to go see Santa. Many of my friends enjoy volunteering and are officers in the Rotaract Club on campus. This club is still in the early years so it can be hard to make as big of an impact as we would like, but we’re working on it! This photo is from this past year’s Thanksgiving dinner. This dinner is always one of the highlights - good food and a rook family reunion.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at In Their Words
In one more week, I will have completed this year's Project Go program. This time around I have definitely learned a lot more of Chinese relating to the business and formal side of things, which compliments what I learned last year very well. (Last year was more of daily life aspects such as foods and hobbies.) Being in this program for two years has helped me create a solid base in the language. As we wrap up the program, there are multiple tests we will have to take. First, we have a final which in a one-on-one conversation with our professor. Next we take an IRL test which is on a scale from 0-5 and is the test used by the military and government to test proficiency in a language. This test is all reading and listening. Lastly, we have the OPIC which I wrote about before - a listening... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at In Their Words
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend making a Bucket List. It can help motivate people to stay focused on what they want to achieve. Whether it’s long-term goals for the rest of your life or short-term goals like during college or over the Summer, I think it’s helpful even just going through the process of making them to figure out what you want. On my bucket list there is a large range of topics. For example, I wrote down the places I want to travel to and cars I might want to own (assuming I’d be rich enough to afford them). You can write down what you hope to achieve career wise, or what kind of family you want. I looked through many example lists online to come up with ideas for mine. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at In Their Words
My first week of Project Go was pretty chaotic. I knew that not going to Taiwan and having online classes would be different, but the program is a lot different than I thought it would be. I essentially have to be retaught Chinese because instead of learning the Traditional Taiwanese dialect we were taught last year in the program, we’re now being taught Simplified Beijing dialect. I was in one class, but then had to be switched into another class since I didn’t know the simplified way of doing things. There are seven other students in the class from different colleges and backgrounds in the language/\. The class is taught in only Chinese which sometimes is intimidating, but it focuses me to get more used to the language. Also, my weakness is definitely the listening portion of the language, so it’s good to force me into practicing more and becoming... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at In Their Words
Image
If you’re looking for something interesting to do, look on Facebook Marketplace. People are constantly selling strange items that can be fun to buy for yourself or as gifts for others. My sister was searching through the Marketplace and found someone selling a 8 foot tall sasquatch made of wood. After she put the info in our sisters’ chat, we all promptly agreed to pitch in and buy it to surprise our dad. I drove us a half hour to pick it up from this elderly man’s house, and we assigned our mom to distract our dad while we came home and carried the giant sasquatch to the backyard. My dad was thrilled when he saw it! He painted it and waterproofed it before positioning it against some trees in the backyard. It’s so big that neighbors walking by our house on the street can see it from certain angles. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at In Their Words
The OPIC (Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer) test is a question - answer format test to reflect how well you can listen and speak. Before the start of the test, you go through some topics and check off boxes of things that interest you. These can range from activities like sports or cooking to general concepts like communication. This attempts to center the conversation around ideas that you can elaborate on with a wider variety of vocabulary and grammar in your responses. Once the test starts, a recording of a woman speaking plays and you have the chance to replay the audio before answering. It’s often a multiple part question or open ended to help you have a wide range of things to say. Depending on the question, there are varying lengths of time for the answers - generally between :45 - 1:30. I have a lot of trouble taking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at In Their Words
Image
Here is a picture I took in the hallway with the Snapchat timer. It's a common occurrence to walk into barracks and see people talking in the hallway. These hallway chats are often where people share words of advice of share cool experiences. I miss being able to walk down the hallway and interact with a bunch of people along my way out to class. This photo is from a gym session with some friends. It's crazy to think about the little things that we might have taken for granted like having the facilities available for us at school. It's hard to improvise at home and search for the motivation to workout by ourselves. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at In Their Words
For my major of International Studies, I have to spend a semester studying abroad. I plan to study in Seville, Spain for the Fall semester of my Senior year. I am also planning to change my current Spanish minor into a major since I will have that study abroad experience in a spanish speaking country anyway. Two of my rook cousins will also be going to the same location, although we may be enrolled in different programs. We want to make sure we have the independence to get through the experience of living in a new place, but also want to have that safety assurance of having people we are familiar with live nearby. We can each have our own friends and experiences, but come together and have all of those shared connections to expand our reach of new people and new opportunities. I'm looking forward to studying abroad, but... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at In Their Words
Since school is officially over for the year, at least until Summer classes start, life has been even more empty without classes, homework, and finals. Luckily, there are many free things being offered online as a way to cope with the quarantine. There are plenty of games that are free right now on sites like EpicGames and Steam for the gamers out there. I got a bunch of free games to try, since the worst that could happen is that I hate it and uninstall them, but so far I've been enjoying them all. For people who would want to continue learning new things, there are plenty of courses being offered online for free. Progress with my new hobbies have been pretty slow. I can now push off and get on the skateboard, but no fancy tricks. As far as the guitar goes, I'm right at the point where I... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at In Their Words
My online Chinese classes with Project Go start soon! June 1st I’ll start classes, but there’s still plenty to do to prepare. I have to take a pre-test of my ability so that it can be compared to the post test after two months of intensive classes. To prepare, I’ve been going over my old notes and using Duolingo as a review. I’m definitely the most rusty on writing characters, but the OPIC test is all listening and speaking. I will be going into the intermediate level, with only last year’s program as my past experience in the language as far as formal training goes. I’ve been familiarizing myself with the language by watching Chinese movies and listening to Chinese music as well. It will be interesting to see the format of the online classes as we haven’t been given any information on the times of the class or whether... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at In Their Words
I think right about now everybody’s reaching borderline insanity with this quarantine. The advice I have for everyone (including myself which I may or may not have been successfully following recently) is to use the pent up energy for good. Even if you aren’t in a great mental place to do homework or study, do something productive! I reorganized my room instead of starting my Spanish homework, but I felt so much better with doing at least something good. Now my room is more open and I have more floor space to work with. I can burn off some energy by doing a workout or even just dancing to new music. Get crafty if you want. I ordered paint by numbers off of Amazon and I felt all fancy mixing the paints. Having a final product to show off, even if it honestly doesn’t look all that impressive, is rewarding.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at In Their Words
Am I upset that I don’t have to wake up for PT at 0530? Not at all. Do I miss the mandatory trainings? Nope. But do I miss the people and the atmosphere of Norwich? Absolutely. I miss walking to class with my friends, having crazy conversations at chow, and movie nights with my rook siblings and cousins. I miss being there for the freshman if they need someone to talk to or are looking for some advice. I miss having my gym buddies guilt me into going running with them. Being home, I forgot how much chaos happens on a daily basis at school. There’s always something going on to keep life interesting. To stay connected, a few of my friends have scheduled game nights by playing JackBox games or used the Zoom platform to watch movies together. Even just being on a call to do homework together helps... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at In Their Words
I never envisioned myself taking online classes. Overall, it’s much more difficult to be motivated in your bed on a laptop than in a classroom with a professor you don’t want to disappoint at the front and students beside you struggling through and helping each other out with the same content. Although some professors have been offering virtual office hours, certain concepts are more difficult than others to comprehend online. I was doing well in Geology but feel myself getting more and more lost in the sauce even though I attend every virtual class, attend the extra help sessions, and ask classmates for help. Many of the tests have been easier at least, a few of them being open note so we can reference the materials or textbook. Unfortunately, my Summer plans changed due to the virus - I was originally going to participate in Project Go in Taiwan for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at In Their Words
Since being home and bored, I decided to work to be more independent. I know I rely on my family heavily, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but I’d like to fix that. The first thing I’m doing is getting all of my info together. In terms of banking, I got all of my login information and am applying for a credit card that I will pay myself. I made a monthly budget after calculating my income and noting all of the subscriptions such as Ipsy. Medical wise, I need to know which shots I have or haven’t had and the contact information of my doctor and dentist. I’m thinking of upgrading my phone plan, so I’ll be doing all of the research by myself. However, its important to know that reaching out to family and friends for help or advice is never a bad thing. Everyone has different experiences... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at In Their Words
On February 21st, I attended a talk on the “Latinx” movement. There were three speakers, one woman from Italy who identifies as latina, and two cismales - one of which was homosexual and the other was heterosexual. They were all very open and lively, keeping the interest of the audience. I found my eyes very drawn to the jewelry that one of the men wore with his suit in place of a tie, an interesting and new style choice. After their introductions, they had us turn to someone near us and take a couple of minutes to introduce ourselves. The point to take from this was to notice what we were and weren’t comfortable sharing with someone. Words have power to them and the labels we may use to describe ourselves influence what the person naturally assumes about us. They opened the event by instructing a mini dance session. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2020 at In Their Words
Image
It’s hard to plan anything special for Valentine’s Day when units continue training as if it was any normal day. There was the Rail Jam Friday night, but it was so cold that not too many students went to watch. My friends and I got together once everyone was free after 2200 to watch To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix. We had some chocolates that my parents had sent up for me to share with friends, which was a very nice surprise and much needed. Okay, now the real fun part - the Winter Ball! I walked down with some of my rook family (It was brutally cold and I had decided to not bring a jacket to wear over my dress so I was walking as fast as I possibly could in my heels). I had free entry since I was performing with the Hip Hop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at In Their Words
As much as I would love to say that I’m always super attentive and engaged in every minute of every class, that sadly is not the case. The nature of this college, probably more than a normal college, is that everyone is running on low sleep. Waking up for Army PT at 0530, it's already an early start to my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Then I have class at 0800, 0900, 1100, 1200, and 1300. During my 1000-1050 break, you can 100% find me napping. I simply can’t survive here without naps. I prefer more interactive classes as they keep my attention and I feel like I retain more information this way. In comparison, lecture type classes are easy to get distracted in and when you refocus, you can find yourself wondering how much information you missed. It is especially difficult to stay awake when classrooms are hot, creating a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at In Their Words
Earlier this month, one of the main thoughts on the minds of members of the Corps was promotions for jobs next year. The process isn’t too difficult - you fill out an application with your extracurriculars and such (essentially a very quick resume to determine how you stack against other cadets), and then you have a board. The board is definitely the most stressful part of the process. You report in, have an interview with a commandant and upperclassmen, and then you report out. Questions can range from what you would do in scenarios that you may face in the position you are going for to testing your knowledge on the rules and regulations. The upperclassman on your board has the opportunity to ask questions and inputs what they think about the cadet. Most of the cadets I asked agreed that it went better than they origionally expected. The key... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at In Their Words
Every once in a while, a sickness spreads around the school. At the beginning of the year the Rookie Plague finds its way around campus as people from around the country and world come together for the first time. However, regardless of if you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, you are at risk of getting sick. As my cadre would say to me my freshman year, “You get sick, you get your cadre sick, and then your cadre aren’t going to be happy and that won’t be good for you.” Once you’re sick, motivation to do anything reaches an all time low. Besides sleeping, everything becomes too much for your tired body. At this school, things are more complicated since mostly all of us in the Corps have jobs that we can neglect. You either have to push through and do what you have to do, or you find... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at In Their Words
Image
This week I had Guard Duty, meaning I had to report to the Guard Shack in Jackman Hall at 1630 on Tuesday, until 0630 Wednesday morning. The task entails being on standby in case anything bad happens on campus that we can help with. We get shifts in the Chow Hall for dinner chow to eat and then sit at the table outside to monitor the area. It's a pretty miserable time to be harshly honest, you’re stuck sitting there with not much to do. It’s so early in the semester that I haven’t been assigned a lot of homework, which is great, but it meant I was super bored that whole night. Once I completed the little homework I did have, I binge watched some shows on Netflix but even that soon became tiring. What makes time pass by faster and more entertainingly is when your friends visit you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at In Their Words
Image
It’s that time of the year again - the snow piles up and all you want to do is curl up with your blankets and take a long nap. Fighting that urge is especially difficult when you don’t have a car, restricting your options of things to do for fun to what's on campus. I never imagined that I would end up at a military college, spending my Saturday night watching The Bachelor with a group of guys. We pile into someone’s room, often times with barely enough chairs or bed space to seat everyone comfortably. Someone pops a bag of popcorn and we settle in for the late night showing. With a show like The Bachelor, you have to get overly into it - picking favorites and overreacting to every little thing. It may just be a dumb reality TV show, but it brings us all together for a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at In Their Words
For my four semesters here so far, I have had basically the same schedule. My busy days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with my Tuesdays and Thursdays only having one or two military classes for the most part. Thursdays are my absolute favorite days - being free after noon. I’ll let you know that I take at least two naps on Thursdays, but also do the bulk of my homework since I’m most alive and productive. One thing that is probably unusual for a normal college is that I prefer having 8am classes. Everyday I have to be up for formation at 0730 anyway, so why not go to classes right after and get it over with so I have plenty of time later in the day to sleep and do any work I need to do. Many of my classes this semester are lecture based - which to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at In Their Words
Image
Everyday at chow I eat the same exact thing. Is that bad? Mmmmm, maybe but it sure does taste good! There are definitely various opinions on Sodexo breakfast, but I prefer it over our lunches (I normally end up just making a decent sandwich) and dinners (which sometimes I skip altogether to opt for ramen). It's been so ingrained, that I even made it when I got home: two hardboiled eggs, avocado, a little bit of mayo, and siracha. And of course, chocolate milk (which we didn't have in my house). Too often the chocolate milk has run out by the time I get to chow - that's when I know it's about to be a baaad day. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at In Their Words