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So excited that the trees are blooming, I am super hopeful that in 2 weeks they will be fully bloomed and campus will be pretty again! Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at In Their Words
Hey everyone, Fortunately, the end of the year is upon us. Finals start in a week and everyone is ready to get out of here. This is probably one of the most craziest times of the year, because not only are we preparing for finals, we are packing our rooms and getting ready to go home. So we are also trying to secure jobs, internships and etc. This summer I am staying in VT and living with a friend, that way I can keep working at my job with Washington County Mental Health Services! Vermont summers are gorgeous and I hope to spend a lot of time swimming, kayaking and camping. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2019 at In Their Words
Hey guys! So today I wanted to write about something that I wondered about a bunch before I started college: how hard will working while going to school be? I was given work study as part of my financial aid package, which many of you will too. My first year at Norwich I only worked on campus as work study. This year however, I do have a bunch of jobs (4) and work on average 40-55 hours a week while taking 17 credits. I work at a mental health crisis house, the center for civic engagement, residence life and for Vermonts department of liquor control. Working has always been something that is super important to me, but I really don't recommend working full time while in college for everyone. I am going to list some of the pros and cons that I have noticed from my experiences. Pros: Meeting new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at In Their Words
We are 8 days into April and it is still cold and snowing! Today we are having a lot of hail. I have never walked around and had actual hail falling on me. Crazy!! I am hopeful that it will start to be more Spring-like soon. Supposedly it will be in the 50's all next week!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at In Their Words
Every night in the civilian dorms there is an RA on duty. We sit at the first floor desk in either building from 10pm to 2am on the weekends so that if any residents have questions they can come see us here. We also do rounds throughout the building periodically just to ensure that everyone is doing okay and that no one is like screaming in the hallways. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at In Their Words
March has seemed like a very long month in my opinion. Classes are picking up as we are preparing for finals and over all I think everybody is just ready for summer to begin. It has been so cold and snowy here for such a long time, we are all in desperate need of some sunshine! My favorite summer time activities here in Vermont are kayaking, hiking, camping, sky diving, cliff jumping, and just swimming. Vermont offers so many outdoor activities right in your back yard, it is impossible to ever get bored. So if you find yourself in the position to stay here for the summer I highly recommend it! Especially if you are from somewhere that is not like Vermont, it would be a great experience to have. Hope everyone is having a great March! Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at In Their Words
Hi guys! Today is Norwich's first day back from Spring Break. I spent my break volunteering in Puerto Rico through the Center for Civic Engagement. This way by far one of my best breaks from school to date. During this week we mulched trees and weeded invasive species, did a coastal clean-up, trail maintenance, cleared out an abandoned school and painted it, worked at a Boys and Girls Club, and explored Old San Juan and the beautiful beaches of PR! This trip only cost us $250 a person and that included flights, housing, transportation, food, etc. We all made friends from schools across America during this trip and in Puerto Rico! 100% recommend getting involved with the CCE during your freshman year! Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at In Their Words
Hey all, Spring break is around the corner! This is an exciting time for most students as we are really hopeful that the weather will become warmer, some of us have fun plans for the break and it means we are half way through the semester! It doesn't get better than that. For my spring break I am traveling to Puerto Rico with the Center for Civic Engagement to volunteer there for the entire week. I am expecting it to be a GREAT time because it involves three of my most favorite things: volunteering, traveling and swimming! We are providing disaster relief and working within the communities for the majority of the trip. One of the days we will go snorkeling! Super cool. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at In Their Words
Today is Thursday, so that means I have no classes. Usually I work all day on Thursdays just to use my time wisely, but today I am not at work so I am going to sleep a lot and catch up on homework! Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at In Their Words
Hey guys! So I have told you before about how getting involved means you get to travel sometimes, right? Well from Thursday until Sunday, there are 8 of us from the Center for Civic Engagement attending the Impact Conference in Virginia! This is my second time attending the Impact Conference- last year it was in Ohio. So, because I am deeply involved with the CCE I have been to a bunch of new states, such as- Maryland, Delaware, for driving through, and Virginia and Ohio for a few days each. The purpose of this trip is that we get to go to about 6 workshops that are usually centered around service learning, improving relations with community partners and getting more students involved in volunteering! It's super cool! This conference I am attending the following workshops: Workshop 1: Human/Sex Trafficking: From Awareness to Advocacy to Action Panel Breakout: Campus Sexual Assault:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at In Their Words
So as I have mentioned to you guys before, I am having an abnormally hard time adjusting to the semester. I still don't feel like I know exactly what my classes expect from me and I feel like I can't keep on top of my work. I turn all my stuff in on time, but it is either not to the quality that I know I can produce, or I forgot that it was due until the night before/morning of. Even with my super colorful and in depth agenda! I started my job at WCMHS this last week and it is going super well! I am loving it and so happy to have this opportunity to work there! So even though things might not be going super great this semester academically, but it is going really well professionally! Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at In Their Words
This is my fourth semester here at Norwich, and it is proving to be the hardest to adjust to. I think it is because it is the first time I have taken 18 credits while working 40+ hours a week. It really is proving to be a struggle but I know it is doable. One thing that has helped me a bit is printing out the course outline from the syllabus and writing all due dates and homework in my planner. That helps me visualize each week and see what I have to do. Another thing that helps is talking with people who are in class with you, that way you can discuss what you have to do and how it is going. That way they can keep you accountable and maybe work together and get it done. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at In Their Words
Very similar to the NU Day of Service that I wrote about earlier in the year, today was the MLK Day of Service. We had 50+ volunteers out and about in Central Vermont volunteering at 9 different sites! This is really something you should consider getting involved with during your time at Norwich! Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at In Their Words
Winter here at Norwich is super cold, and it is really easy to feel like there is nothing to do. I am going to list some of the things my friends and I like to do for fun during these cold winter days. Ice skate- Norwich creates a small ice rink in front of the Wise Campus Center (WCC) and gives out free rentals to those who have a student ID. That is always something fun to do either during the day or even at night! Rock climbing- The Shaw Outdoor Center hosts indoor rock climbing every Friday night! Each time you attend, they put your name into a raffle to win a trip to an outdoor rock climbing experience! Swim- There are certain hours and days that have "Free Swim" in the pool on campus. Swimming is always fun and is a great way to feel like it's not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at In Their Words
If you know anyone in college then you know about what an RA is. But just in case you don't, an RA is a Resident Advisor. We pretty much are there for our residents for any problem/situation that may arise. We can help you with schedules, tell you where the best place to study is, help you with your roommate conflicts and just be a good live-in resource! Plus we get a free single and our own bathroom as a perk of the job :p The reason I decided to write this post about res life is because we just had our RA applications come out yesterday. If that is something you think you'd like to do during your college career, then keep your eye out in January of your freshman year! Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at In Their Words
Today is the second day of the semester and classes already feel like they are in full swing. Yesterday I had 4 classes in a row, then 2 hours of work, and then another class. It was busy busy! Today was a little less hectic because I only work 12-2 and then have class 2-4. I always love the beginning of the semester because I am always excited to start my new classes. Its always excites me getting to meet new professors and learn more about Criminal Justice. This semester I am taking criminology which I am SO excited about, and I am taking it with one of my favorite professors. I am also taking the courts, civil liberties, racial and cultural minorities and some class about Victorian literature. It should be a really interesting semester! If/when you attend Norwich you should get excited about the variety of classes you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at In Their Words
So today is Christmas Eve, and because my family celebrates Christmas we have a tradition. We always watch It's a Wonderful Life every Christmas Eve. I highly recommend the movie if you have never seen it before. It is genuinely amazing and teaches such a great lesson. Other than that, I think my 10 year old sister and I are going to bake cookies today for Santa. She's super excited for Santa to come, and I love seeing it, especially since it will be probably soon that she finds out that Santa isn't real. Yesterday we decorated the Christmas Tree and that was a lot of fun. We always decorate on the Christmas Eve Eve. Anyway those are some of my family's traditions! Happy Holidays and stay safe! Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at In Their Words
There is no other feeling compared to when you get home after a long semester. Getting to sleep in your own bed, relax all day, and hang out with friends that you haven't seen in months. Im excited to be home but I know it will fly by. Gotta get ready for the coming semester! Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at In Their Words
Winter break is a good time to catch up with family and friends, work some hours at your job near home, and catch up on some desperately needed sleep. My plans for this winter break are to work at the hotel that I worked at all summer, go skiing, see the Ice Castles in NH, go ice skating, and go to Long Island for a week. All of these fun events are what is driving me through this harsh finals week. Some people, myself included, feel super pressured to go to all the family events, go see your first, second and third cousins, visit all your aunts and uncles because EVERYONE wants to spend some time together. Winter break sounds like its a long time, but it goes by sooo fast so make sure that you are doing what you want to do. I am not trying to discredit family... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at In Their Words
Finals are upon us and it is very noticeable. Everyone is super stressed, super busy and running on minimal sleep. Despite all of that, it is really nice to see how much everyone cares about their academics whether it be just because they are about to fail and need to get that D- or because they have a B+ and would like to make it an A. This is one of the reasons I chose Norwich. Academics are something that's very important to me, so seeing everyone else putting in a bunch of effort makes me happy to be where I am. Plus, studying in a group is a lot more fun and sometimes easier to learn the material than by studying by yourself. When you surround yourself by like-minded people, you'll see yourself begin to flourish. It's important to keep people who have the same motivation around you so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at In Their Words
Finals are coming in the next few weeks, and it really has been stressful so far. Last year finals were not that bad but as your classes get harder, so do your finals and the expectations! Here are some tips for finals!: Create a study guide Color code your notes Organize a group study guide Make it FUN! Quiz yourself Ask your prof questions Attend the review sessions Go to you professors office hours Take breaks!! Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at In Their Words
While most students went home for Thanksgiving break, I choose to spend my break volunteering around Central Vermont. Norwich's CCE puts on alternative thanksgiving and spring break trips for a minimum cost for those who do not wish to/are not able to travel home. Thanksgiving break is always in Central VT and spring break locations change annually. (This year we are going to Puerto Rico and Texas!!!) Below are photos of my week and the work that we did! Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at In Their Words
Throughout high school I volunteered at many different locations for many different clubs, but it was always mandatory. For example, National Honor Society required about 20 hours for the school year, Student Council was always doing events that required my attendance because I was an officer, and a few of the other clubs I was in had similar requirements. Once I got to college, I was not required to complete any hours. I was not apart of any clubs or organizations and got to pick and choose what I wanted to spend my free time doing- which at the time I thought was NOT volunteering. Regardless, I still loved the though of community service and volunteering so I got a job with the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) on campus and have been working there for the last 14 months. It has been wonderful. For those of you who do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at In Their Words
This Saturday was Norwich University's Day of Service. We had 130 volunteers volunteering at 13 sites throughout Central VT. My group volunteered at a homeless shelter in Barre and cleaned out the attic of all the donated clothing (about 30 big black trash bags) and sorted through what is of good enough quality to keep, then organized the living room into a mini store for the guests to come in and pick out a winter coat, some warm sweaters and a few nice pairs of pants. Some of the other groups were working at sites such as the VT Food Bank, the humane society, Wrightsville Beach and many more. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at In Their Words
Tonight was the annual trick or treat event in the civilian dorms. We invite children from the community to come trick or treating in the dorms, and our residents sit outside their doors and hand out candy provided by Res Life! It is awesome to give back to the community in this sense and to provide a safe trick or treating alternative for the kids of Northfield and surrounding towns! Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at In Their Words