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I will first preface this with the fact that Immigration in Ireland (at least in Cork) is very out of date. The process starts when you land in Ireland, where you must have documents that you are going to be staying here as a student, have a place to stay, and present your passport to the immigration officer. At the end of this first meeting, you are stamped with a temporary visa, which allows you to stay in Ireland (without travel) until the date chosen by the officer. The second step requires going to the county police station, waiting in line (starting at 6am) until they open the doors at 8am, and receiving a card with a number on it to come back, about two weeks after the this second date. The third step requires getting into the same line at the police station, according to the number on your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
While many think that Halloween may not be important abroad, I am here to tell you that (at least in Ireland) Halloween is definitely not left behind. In fact, many traditions of Halloween originated in Ireland. First, the Pagan celebration of Samhain is known as the beginnings of Halloween and was a day that the boundaries between the living and the dead were lessened. Overall, while festitvities may not be as large in every city of Ireland compared to the US, there are parties to be found. Specifically if you are in Cork (as I am), Dublin, or Belfast or Derry in Northern Ireland. Here are some examples of traditions that were taken from Irish traditions: Costumes Known to be originated with the Celts who would dress up in costumes to disguise themselves in case they encountered evil entities. Jack O Lanterns The term comes from an Irish folktale, Stingy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
During the weekends I try to travel as much of I can, so far I have traveled different places in Ireland, one of them being county Kerry. The trip was put on by the International Students Society, lasted three days, and included tours of different parts of the Muckross national park and the ring of Kerry, along with partying in the city of Kerry. During these trips, its great to meet other international students and visit the touristic sites of Ireland. Muckross Castle/Park Here you can see the sea, the paths, the trees, and eventually the castle. Here you can also see our ISS group in front of the castle. Roadside Goats and Inch Beach Here you can see some goats, a donkey and a dog, and part of Inch beach. While it was super rainy, it was still beautiful in its own very Irish way. Dingle and the Gap... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Trip to Kinsale and Charles Fort The first real weekend of being in Ireland I got to go on a trip to Kinsale with the International Student Society. I spent the day with my roommate Annalee and our two friends, Berenice and Alice. We visited the Charles Fort and the center of town which is known for its colourful buildings. Trip to Cobh and Fota Trip to Cobh, the last port that the Titanic was seen. And a picture from the Fota wildlife Park! Trip to the Jameson Distillery in Middleton Took the train to the distillery in Middleton with Annalee, Sara, Grace, and Jackson, who are all also from the US and studying at UCC... We somehow lined up in height order. The Gap of Dunloe A beautiful hike (on the only non-raining day this past week) with the mountaineering club. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at In Their Words
1 - 'Thanks a million" or "thanks a mil" Meaning: Thank you so much. 2 - "This is some Good Irish weather were having." Ironic due to it always raining. Meaning: This has been a good rain. 3 - "Did you have craic last night?" ( has many variations) Meaning: Did you have fun last night? 4 - "Is that you?" Meaning: Are you done? 5 - "That 'gas.'" Meaning: That's funny. 6 - "That's grand!" Meaning: That's great! 7 - "She's thick." Meaning: She is moody. 8 - "Give out." Meaning: To give out is to complain or tell off someone. 9 - "I'm wrecked." Meaning: I'm super tired. 10 - "Yer man/ Yer wan" Meaning: Some guy. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at In Their Words
It sounds crazy, but I've now been in Ireland for a month! While it is only week three of classes here in Ireland, so much has already started to happen. The first day I arrived I was happy to find that one (out of my three roommates) had already arrived, together we started to explore the first weekend we were here. Dorm/Accommodation Here in Ireland dorms are apartment buildings and houses that let only to university students. I live with one other American, Annalee, who is from Oregon and two girls from China. We each have our own bedroom, and then there is two shared bathrooms and a kitchen. UCC/Classes Here I am taking classes that I got approval from my professors at NU to take for transfer credit. Being a double major I had the challenge of finding course work in multiple different departments that would transfer back. After... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at In Their Words
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Current updates from Boston Intl Airport: As you will surely notice from my upcoming blog posts, this semester I am studying abroad in Ireland. I have the opportunity to study at University College Cork, where I will study starting next week until December. While I miss my friends and rook siblings from Norwich, I’m excited for all the new experiences that I’m sure to have in Ireland. On another note, my flight is delayed and keeps getting further pushed back. So here is a picture from the airport as I wait. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Here is part two! This is mainly tips and pictures... -Visit as many museums and events happening while in DC. For me, most of this happened on the weekend or Wednesday after my class ended. -Take advantage of the metro, but also look up Uber pools (they can be more reliable and cheaper or same price) -Let people visit you and meet up with friends! While in DC I met up with two of my rook siblings for dinner, visited my sister while she was in town, and my boyfriend was able and generous to come and visit me (multiple times). -Not everything is about being first or meeting important people, focus on those around you. -Join a softball team, they’re really fun! (And Good for networking) -Don’t be afraid to also work a job while managing other demands. -Visit We the Pizza! They have great pizza and soda. And... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words
I'll leave recognition for the imagination, but for all other purposes here are some pictures. Just know its the best day of Rookdom. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at In Their Words
Hey! If any of you have been looking for a blog post from me...Well, my last set of posts were right before I decided to hit my head really hard! While I haven't been concussed since the beginning of January, since then we had semester break and starting back at school I got super busy. One thing to know about concussions here is that probably like anywhere else, they suck. At the time, we freshmen were still rooks. Which still meant a lot of loud noises, a lot of training, and a lot of things I could not do. Because of my concussion, I missed classes, workouts with softball, hockey games, the Rook FTX, training, and other stuff I wanted to be there for but couldn't because I would become dizzy or have a headache. I will say, my cadre did their best to not be loud around myself or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at In Their Words
While it is great to have study hall time on Sundays, depending on work load, the amount of study hall time can get to be too much, or you just need a breather from being in barracks. One of my favorite things to do when I don’t have a lot of work, is go hiking on Mt. Paine on Sunday’s. What’s fun about Mt. Paine, is that once you cross over into the mountain area, you’re at ease and able to explore as you wish. Some of my favorite areas of Mt. Paine are the quarry and the very top of Freshman field, as each gives equally impressive views. I also find it very fun to be free to explore and climb with my friends, espeacially when compared to LED lights and beige/white walls. And while this past weekend there was snow, which made some of the climb harder, it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at In Their Words
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HALLOWEEN!!! Today was Halloween, which meant costumes and candy! While I am not in Army, I did get to see the Army guys at PT run and “trick or treat” with costume pt gear on. And then again at morning formation, various upperclassmen wore different costumes. Our PL and two of our other cadre wore teletubby costumes, while others were aliens, Siamese twins, etc. While as rooks we did not get to participate, it definitely made morning formation more interesting. However, what I did get to participate in was passdown in costume. Our whole platoon scrapped together costumes with items that we had, and items we were able to acquire. My roommate, Taylor, was dressed as a peanut [pictured below] as a tribute to her peanut butter addiction. While I dressed up as Wednesday Adams, which unfortunately many in my platoon said didn’t exist. It was really fun to see... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at In Their Words
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Over mid semester break, I was able to both go home to MA, and bring some of my rook siblings home with me. And I can say it was definitely a needed break from rookdom. The first night, I was lucky enough to make it to see the end of my sisters volleyball game, something I have never been able to do before. What was really cool, was that as a result of my school buying new uniforms, my sister was playing in my old jersey. It was also really cool to see some of my old teammates, and see how all the younger girls have progressed. Along with trying to explain volleyball to my rook siblings, who all knew close to nothing about the game. On Friday, I showed them around the area that I live and some of my favorite places, along with recruiting at my high school.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at In Their Words
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Over mid-semester break, myself and some of my rook siblings that went home with me picked up a giant pumpkin from a local farmer. While not the biggest I have seen at his farm, the pumpkin weighed roughly 130lbs. The day that we got back from break, it took 4 of my rook brothers to roll and push it up to the 5th deck. Originally, our plan was to spray paint the pumpkin because of its size, and to try and better preserve it. However, our cadre instructed us to carve it. So carve it we did. Four of us, including my two rook sisters that went with me to buy the pumpkin carved it. Overall, the ordeal took two and a half hours to complete. The front face, to represent our rook sibling who dropped during rook week, we had “RI Pickel.” And on the side faces, we had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at In Their Words
We woke up at 0500, thirty minutes earlier than our normal wake up time, and left our barracks to be down at Plumley for 0530. Armed with our rifles, and dressed in our ACUS we started the course. Taking charge, our Battalion Commander, Lt Col Berger, decided to join us, along with our 1Sgt, PSG, and SSG’s, running with us. It started off with a straight mile run, down to where the center of town starts and then back up to Sabine. At sabine, we completed low, high, and bear crawls. By this point, I personally was already tired, my shoulder already numb from an extenuating injury (I decided not to get a pink slip*). From there, we ran down to the practice fields, doing push ups, sit-ups, and burpees, followed by a run to the rugby pitch. At the rugby pitch, the fun didn’t stop, we did two full... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at In Their Words
Parents and Family weekend!!! If you can't tell, this past weekend was parents and family weekend, for which, my parents, grandparents, and younger sister came to campus. It started on Thursday, where I was able to meet up with my parents and sister at Plumley for dinner. Coincidentally, I was able to find them a little early, as I had been taking a PT test, and when I came back to retrieve my water, my parents were waiting around Sabine. Seeing my parents, made both myself and my roommate immediately happy, even being tired after just completing a PT test. At the dinner, we were able to talk, and also to eat at ease, which if you haven't been able to tell yet, is a huge thing for rooks. On Friday, my sister decided that she wanted to go on an unofficial visit of the school, so she came with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at In Their Words
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the NU Scouting Assoc. (NUSA) for the annual camporee for boy scouts around the area. The boy scouts arrived on Friday night and left on Saturday afternoon. We mostly had troops from the local Vermont area, but also had a troop that traveled all the way from Natick, MA. While I couldn't help on Friday due to softball practice, on Saturday morning we arrived at the campsite that the boys had set up at the foot of Mt. Paine, and started to get ready for the day. And on Sunday, we helped them repack their cars for their travels home. For Saturday, I was a part of the logistics crew, so I went to the O Course and started setting up supplies and caution tape for later events in the day. Throughout the day, this meant I spent a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at In Their Words
The history of echo taps has many legends surrounding it, however, what remains the same is that it is to honor those who have passed. Mainly those who have passed who a unit, company, regiment, etc. have a connection with or is a person of distinction. In comparison to regular taps played on the hill, echo taps are rightfully more solemn, formal, and in a way more beautiful. It is meant as a time of reflection on the person or people who are no longer with us. So far this year, we have now had two nights of echo taps, the first was in memory of Senator John McCain, the second was in memory of 9/11 earlier this week. However, in my opinion, on 9/11, not only was echo taps solemn, the whole day was, which made them very different. As not only did the campus hold echo taps at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at In Their Words
Yesterday, was the Abare picnic. Before noon, we formed up on the UP as a regiment (of mostly rooks with some of our cadre), and then headed out marching to the Abare Family Farm some ways away (approx. 2 miles) in Northfield. On the way there we had fun marching, as our cadre led us in cadences. Once we got there, we were met by families waiting and the Abare family and staff. Overhead, there were skydivers, including one flying the American flag, who then landed in a field on the property. Afterward, our cadre left. I repeat, our cadre left. Leaving us with tents of food, games, phones, and parents smiling ready to meet us. Some of the highlights to the picnic for me was skeet shooting, the dogs, and hanging out with new people along with my company. For me, it was my first time shooting skeet, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at In Their Words
Yesterday, was labor day, and for one of the first times in my life, I celebrated it. Which I find interesting seeing as labor day marks the prosperity of every worker in the US, to everyone who contributes to the well being and strength of the country. While this isn't my first time marching in a parade, it was my first time having to do so with complete military bearing, and specific marching movements, not to mention with a rifle. When I used to march in parades back home, I marched in the Girl Scouts color guard, but most of the time we didn't do as formal marching. So, marching in this style was completely different than other parades I've participated in. Another part that I found fun was the reactions from the people watching the parade. As a cavalry trainee, I marched behind the Cav troopers marching, and in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at In Their Words
Finally, the weekend has come, after a full week of academics! We started academics this past Monday, which for me is one of my heaviest days, with four classes. But first, let me start with what happens every single day. Every day, my roommate and I wake up early to make our racks, to be ready for our doors to be posted open at 0530. After that, we either work on miscellaneous tasks, like SOPing our room or going to work out. At 0745, we are ready for formation on the UP, changed into the uniform of the day. In the morning, the formation is called reveille, which is a formal account of attendance, open ranks inspection, the bugle call, the posting of the colors, and the daily cannon fire. After reveille, we are sent to go about our day of academics on our own, including breakfast and lunch, a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at In Their Words
Instead of a long, overly detailed rundown of rook week, instead, here are some snaps of things I've learned during rook week. -Myself and my fellow provisional battalion recruits were separated into two platoons (dare I say the biggest and best platoons on the hill, 18-5-1 and 18-5-2) -Having 48 people shower all at once, (7 females) together and the boys split into their squads, can be hectic -Movie Nights and any other time the whole class can spend time together is amazing -Being injured throughout rook week is absolutely no fun---you miss the dog river run -But your rook siblings will carry a rock for you -Your Roommate is your closest ally, and if one of you is wrong you're both wrong -Always SOP, in the middle of changing, SOP -Bad sock buns can be the death of a good uniform -The phone call is worth it on Sundays... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at In Their Words
While it is now the middle of rook week, I want to talk about my experience from last week, where myself and a few other incoming rooks were able to participate in Field Training Exercises (FTX). Last week, there was a group of us that participated in the Band, Cavalry or the Drill FTX. This gave us the opportunity to meet our training staff for our specific specialty unit divisions of the provisional battalion, and to get a taste of the training to come later on this year. Monday, we went over the anatomy of a horse, the parts to pieces of tack (such as the parts of a saddle and bridle), and also started to learn marching techniques/commands. I found learning marching commands very useful, especially looking back on last week now. Without learning what I had, and going over what I already partially knew, the past few days... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at In Their Words
My name is Adele, and I’m from Amherst, MA, which is in the western part of the state (no it’s not really near Boston). I am majoring in political science, and also plan to pursue French and be a part of the corps of cadets in NROTC. My favorite things are chocolate, pineapples*, avocados, and sports. In high school, my favorite things to do were to write, sing, photograph, play sports, and be involved in the community. I imagine that despite the difference in scenery, for those not to change. I played volleyball and softball year round both for my high school teams and club teams in my area, competing at national tournaments in both. At NU I plan to continue playing both sports and also be a part of the Cavalry troop.Speaking of NU, I chose Norwich because of the unique mix that the school provides, along with access... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at In Their Words
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