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Having taken several online college classes last summer and in high school, I had an easy time adjusting to the virtual transition due to COVID-19. That being said, here are some tips for success during this unusual online period: Organize a calendar of deadlines: Although NUoodle creates an assignment calendar for you, not all professors put important deadlines on NUoodle. The first thing I would do during this transition is to go through syllabi and NUoodle pages for each class and condense the information into one calendar. Check emails and NUoodle daily: While your new calendar should be reliable, it is important to double-check NUoodle for changes in the course. The same goes for checking your email every day, especially as professors are also adjusting to the virtual classes as much as we are. There are also essential emails being released regularly by other staff that are important to watch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at In Their Words
The current education situation with COVID-19 has been extremely difficult to manage. Not only did I hear about the online transition when I was still in D.C., but I also had to coordinate travel back home after I packed up my belongings. Moving to Norwich in the first place was no small task, as it takes over 20 hours and hundreds of dollars in gas money and tolls to make the trip. Considering that I had to do this myself, as well as figure out how to get from D.C. to Vermont was a lot to take on. As it turns out, my boyfriend was not able to return and pack up his room, so I not only had to pack up my room but his as well. This meant coordinating a shared storage unit and shipping some of his belongings to him. After struggling with travel arrangements and renting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at In Their Words
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During spring break this year, I had the amazing opportunity to go to Washington D.C. with a group of 16 students to speak with members of different government agencies involved with the key focus of national security. Although a couple of agencies had to cancel due to COVID-19 policies, we still had a great experience being in the city and learning first-hand about international affairs and security policy. While at the State Department, we heard from desk officers about current events and critical issues in areas such as China, Russia, North Korea, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, and so much more. We also heard from the Diplomatic Security Service, which is a really interesting career path that I, myself, would enjoy. The highlight of our time in D.C. was probably the Terrorist Screening Center, in which they had artifacts from notorious acts of terror that were incredibly symbolic. They also told us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at In Their Words
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Please stay safe and healthy everyone! The best way we can stay healthy as a community is to stay home. Who do you stay home for? Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at In Their Words
62 days left and counting... I stare at the graduation countdown clock every time I go to the WCC. Graduation is almost here, and I can't wait. Midterms are over for me, which is incredibly reassuring. I never doubted that I would graduate, but whether I do so with my good grades and sanity intact is still a burning question. As the end of the year gets closer, it's actually kind of unbelievable to think that in a couple of months I will be done with school. In two months, I will actually have managed graduating at 19 years old (it still feels insane but it's happening). I might go to grad school in the future, but I need a break from lectures. Most people stress out about finding a place to live after college, but I am confident in my plans to move to Washington DC. It may be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at In Their Words
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Valentine's Day in a big city is one of the craziest experiences you'll ever have. Considering this is my second year in a row being in Boston for Valentine's Day (due to the Harvard MUN conference), I have a couple of interesting stories. First of all, there is a lot of yelling, even during the day. Some of it is pleasant, like strangers wishing each other a happy V-Day, but there's also a lot of catcalling. I've seen this happen in big cities during the rest of the year, but the cheesy greeting cards, red roses, and boxes of heart-shaped chocolates amplify people's desire to yell at random people. Despite witnessing this craziness before, I think this year tops it off. Don't get me wrong-- I love Boston. I was especially excited to leave Norwich for Valentine's day weekend because I am the biggest foodie most people know. I live... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2020 at In Their Words
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Valentine's day weekend was the Harvard Conference for the Model UN club here at Norwich. Our weekend started with an early-morning drive down to Boston and a few hours to explore the city. I had been to the Harvard conference last year, and I would say that the biggest difference between this year and last year was that the delegations from China didn't show up. Students from all over the world come to Boston for the HNMUN conference every year, as many of them get national recognition for winning awards. It's always a lot of fun to meet people from other countries, both during the conference and social events. Unfortunately, considering that the coronavirus is pretty nasty, and officials are wary of the virus spreading in the US, delegates from China were not allowed to participate in the conference. The conference this year was especially fun for me, as I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2020 at In Their Words
I know that not a lot of civilians attend the Colby Symposium when it rolls around each year, but I thought it was extremely interesting, even for someone not in the Corps or planning to join the military. For one of my courses, I was required to attend the presentation on Non-State actors in warfare and attended the panel on my own time. All of the speakers were so fascinating, and I learned so much about how far technology has taken the world when it comes to warfare. Everyone always jokes about AI taking over the world and how we’re giving up too much control, but listening to all these speakers makes you think about how much we actually use AI and what kind of decisions we think they should make for us. I just read an article the other day about the invention of stackable grenades, which is one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at In Their Words
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No matter if you're an upperclassman or a new student, internships are the best way to get your foot in the door when it comes to careers. Personally, I ended up discovering a job that I would love through an internship that I did last summer, and many other students agree that it is a great way to get job experience. While coursework teaches you about the subjects you are interested in, you don't get a grasp of what a career in that field would be like until you experience it firsthand. That being said, here are some resources and tips on how to find the perfect internship for you. The best place to start is the Career and Internship Center in the WCC. Even before I started my work-study with the CIC, they helped me a lot last year with finding internships and applying for positions. Now that I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at In Their Words
A lot of people ask me how I study or how I have time to do clubs and still manage my desired GPA, and honestly, the first thing I say is that it depends on the person. I have what some would consider bad study habits, but it works for me every time without fail. I have always considered myself a "measured procrastinator." Sometimes that means that I put off assignments and studying to the day (or even hour) before it's due. At the same time, I always know my limits of what I can and can't put off to the last minute. Personally, I always cram for tests at the very last second. That way, the information is fresh in my mind, and I can picture the information more clearly. No matter how far in advance you choose to study, I always recommend repetition. The more you write or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at In Their Words
Designing a club fair display isn't always easy, but I was so impressed by every table's ability to rope people in. Even though I'm a senior, I still hadn't heard of all the clubs that were there on Wednesday. However, the fact that so many of them jumped out at me with cool posters and marketing ideas was awesome. Personally, I worked at both the CJSA and Model UN tables, and I was really impressed by the turnout. Model UN is a small club as it is, but we had about 40 interested people that signed up. Many of the students we spoke to seemed very interested, even if they hadn't heard of Model UN before. I couldn't have been happier with the way our table turned out. I was nervous that we wouldn't have enough people volunteering at our table, but I was lucky to have an amazing (albeit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at In Their Words
I think it’s safe to say that this school is expensive, not only through tuition costs but also with food and laundry expenses. Last year I had a lot of trouble finding a job, which made my freshman year at Norwich very stressful. So, for those of you looking for jobs (or just money in general), I have some tips to find opportunities around campus. The first place I would check for jobs is the work-study program. You can check with the financial aid office to see if you are eligible for work-study, and then try to find positions with different offices and professors on campus. Most administrative offices have work-study opportunities, such as the registrar, the mailroom, and the career & internship center. There will also be a work-study fair showing all currently available positions. Another good place to look is on Handshake, which is a database for students... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Every year when classes begin, I start out with these outlandish goals for myself. I start out very organized, I get assignments done early, and I plan out daily schedules for myself. Usually, it takes a couple weeks for me to slip up, but this year seems special. Let me be clear, I’ve always been a procrastinator. I usually tell people that my best work is done less than an hour before the deadline. Turning assignments in at 11:58 PM is pretty much the norm for me. However, every year I tell myself I’ll get stuff done earlier. It makes sense to get homework done right after class, doesn’t it? That way, you can relax without the pressure of finishing assignments right before bed. Oh, and I’m not a morning person either, so there’s no way I would wake up early to do homework unless I was so tired that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Everyone struggles with the impossible question of what to do after graduation, which I never really understood until I got to Norwich. In my ignorant high school mind, I always thought the path to success was easy and that hard work was all you needed to find that path. Someone told me today that I sounded like I had my life plan together, which completely shocked me. It's only the fourth day of senior year, and I am already struggling to keep up with coursework and planning for clubs. Not only that, but I have yet to nail down a job for after I graduate in May. Sure, I have a vision of what I'd like to do, but I know that nothing ever falls into place perfectly. So yeah, I guess other people think I have my life together, but on the inside, I am extremely stressed and nervous... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at In Their Words
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This year I applied to be an Orientation Leader for the incoming freshman class, and I have to admit, it was all about the money at first. I mean, Norwich isn't cheap and I spent a whole summer living alone in an expensive city. For those of you who aren't aware, you get paid $600 before tax to be an OL... which is a lot of money for a college student. Just an FYI if you are interested for next year. Anyway, I didn't think I would have fun as an orientation leader because I'm definitely not a "people person". I also realized that I would have to sit in on many of the same presentations from my freshman year, which didn't really appeal to me. Despite my reservations, I threw myself into the job and tried to have as much fun with it as I could. And sure, there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at In Their Words
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