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I am lucky enough to be the incoming president of the Girls Who Code (GWC) club on campus. This club is currently tiny, but it's a great opportunity to work with kids and teach coding! I've had a lot of fun working with them, helping them problem solve, and encouraging STEM education. If you want to learn more email for more details! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at In Their Words
So Norwich offers a lot of different classes over the summer, and usually you would be able to stay on campus, but this time the classes are going to be held online. Sadly, I'm not going to be taking classes through Norwich, rather I'm going to take a class online at a community college near me. This works out a bit better for me, as this school is cheaper than Norwich, and I'm hoping that the credit will transfer. I think that this will be a great opportunity for me to get a Gen-Ed class out of the way, then when I go back to NU in the fall I can focus more on major-specific courses. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at In Their Words
As much as I am used to online school being an ex-homeschooler, it is really weird continuing the classes that I was taking on campus, online. The way things were taught completely changed, and I don't mind it that much, but I definitely like taking classes in a normal classroom setting better. I miss being able to talk with classmates, well, more like listen to my classmates (I'm a bit of an introvert) and have discussions about what we're learning. I hope that everyone is well, and staying sane at home! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at In Their Words
Well, I am thankful to say that finals have come and gone, it was a very hectic last couple of weeks. Between essays and final projects it was a lot to do. Luckily I made it through alive, and am looking forward to next semester already! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at In Their Words
Because I was home-schooled I have a lot of experience with taking classes online. For example, I never met my literature teacher face to face, who taught all my English classes from 8th to 12th grade (he lives in Pennsylvania, and I in California). Taking classes online isn't for everyone, but if you schedule your time well you should be able to succeed. One of the first things I did once I had heard from all my professors was create a schedule for myself. I based it off of what my schedule was on campus, keeping the class times to work on homework and watch videos for that class. I also scheduled time outside of the usual class times to dedicate to other projects and homework that the professor assigned. None of my classes have live webinars, which means that I don't have to get up at 5am here to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at In Their Words
Well, at the beginning of the semester I sure wasn't expecting to be home this early. It's really nice being able to hang out with my sister, even if I can't see my friends because California is under stay at home orders. Luckily enough, I was home-schooled my whole life, so I'm very used to doing school online and not leaving the house. I will admit that it is weird doing classes that were originally in a classroom setting on a computer. The downside is that I can't interact with the other students, or ask questions in class. I am disappointed that I won't be able to see my friends until next semester, but we have to do our part in slowing the pandemic, so it is what it is. I hope you all are well! Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at In Their Words
As I said in my previous post, I stayed at the Woods Lodge with a group of students for the first week of spring break. While we were there, we got the email saying that the break had been extended a week. This email came right as we were in middle of cooking for our fundraising dinner. To say the least, it sparked a lot of panic among the group I was with, as 13 out of the 16 people didn't live in the United States. We quickly decided that we had to think about the situation after the dinner was over, and when that came we all sat down and discussed our options. Luckily enough, the University offered to let us stay on campus for the week if we filled out a form, so that's what we all did. By then we thought we were all set, we'd just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at In Their Words
So this year for spring break I was fortunate enough to be part of an alternative break organized by the Intercultural Student Organization (ISO) at Norwich. It started out as a group of us (primarily international students) who didn't have a place to go for break, so we were going to look around and see if we could find a house to rent, and split the cost or something like that. We then got interest from several more international students, as we weren't the only ones looking for a place to stay. We ended up creating a University sponsored trip on which we had several fun opportunities, such as volunteering and even organizing and hosting a restaurant-style fundraising dinner. The dinner turned out to be a success, as we invited professors and faculty from Norwich to join and support the cause. Staying at the Woods Lodge had it perks, such... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at In Their Words
It's midterm time, and I feel like I've been so busy I could lose my mind. This last week was the worst, staying up really late to finish assignments, and working on projects every free minute I had. Last night was the first night that I felt like I could breathe a little bit, it was such a nice feeling knowing that I could indulge myself with watching a movie to relax for the first time in awhile. We have one more week of classes before spring break, and it's going to be relatively busy as well, but thankfully enough, I think the load will be a little bit lighter. On another note, yesterday a local Girl Scout troop came and was selling cookies in the Mill! It was nice to be able to support the girls by buying a box of the coveted thin mints. :) Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at In Their Words
To say the least I've been swamped with homework this last week or so. It's also flu season, so everyone's been getting sick, including myself. Luckily I didn't get the flu, just a really bad cold (thank goodness for cough syrup). It still made completing all my homework really difficult, especially when all my professors all decided to assign major projects at once. I did find that taking breaks helped, as well as naps, since my body's been fighting a bug, it's been needing a lot of rest, and depriving myself from that rest just got me frustrated and less productive on the things that I needed to get done. Stay well everyone! Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2020 at In Their Words
Last night the NU Ski and Snowboard club hosted a competition for people to join, that involved tricks on rails. It was really cool to be able to see everyone's skills as they went down the slope outside Wise Campus Center. There wasn't too many people there watching, as it was below 0 degrees outside, but there was a fire going, and my friends and I had a fun time watching people compete! Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2020 at In Their Words
So today all classes after 1200 (noon) got cancelled due to weather, which never happens. Everyone's surprised, but no one's complaining, as it's nice to have a break every once in awhile. I got to spend this time catching up on homework and enjoying the company of friends. I can officially say that I've had my first snow day now! Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at In Their Words
Eating at chow every day can get monotonous. The food all seems the same after you've had overcooked chicken for a couple days in a row. There is tons of options, but sometimes the trek (it's really not that far) through the cold doesn't seem worth the food, when I could stay all cozy in my room. My roommate has become very good at making some really tasty food on a college budget for those few times she doesn't want to go to chow. Using ramen (how college can you get?), eggs, spices, and hot sauce, she can whip up a really good soup, that actually has a bit of spice to it. That's one thing I've learned coming over here to the East coast - no one has any spice tolerance. Both my roommate and I are from the West coast though, so after growing up on Mexican food,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at In Their Words
The MLK day of service yesterday was a lot of fun! At this event around 90 volunteers came together to go to various different sites and volunteer there for the day. We all worked hard and accomplished a lot during this event. The one downside to going was that my whole day was taken up, leaving me with a lot of homework to do today and last night, so it's time to be productive and get prepared for classes tomorrow! Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at In Their Words
Since it's the start of a new semester, I thought I'd share what I do to sort of "keep my life together". 1. Find a routine I know not everyone thrives with a routine life, but I've found that it adds a bit of predictability/security to my week. For example, I eat lunch at 1300 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I also try to sort of schedule homework time for myself, as it at least mentally forces me to sit down and get it done. During this time there's no texting with friends, or getting distracted with other things. In fact, I put my phone on Do Not Disturb laying face down on my desk while I'm trying to work. 2. Schedule!!! This is a very common suggestion, and rightfully so. It has helped me immensely to use the various planning/scheduling tools that are available to me. I use the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at In Their Words
The bittersweet time has come to go back to Norwich. I've officially re-acclimated to the sunny weather here, so I can guarantee you that I will be bundled up in every jacket I own when I arrive back on campus! It's been really nice to be back home for the first time since I started college, and even though I'm really going to miss my friends here, I am looking forward to jumping back into the "college life". As the days grow closer to my departure I've been doing more and more preparations. Whether it's been securing my ride from the airport to campus, or ordering books for my classes, I'm trying to make sure that my return won't be a stressful one. I hope everyone has safe travels back to campus, and a great spring semester! Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at In Their Words
Just like that Christmas has come and gone, and now it's time to celebrate the beginning of a new decade! It's weird looking back on everything that's happened in just this last year... So many ups, downs, and major changes. In the end I think they've been for the better, and I'm sure that 2020 is going to bring plenty more surprises! It's been really nice to have a break from school. Rather than waking up and going to class, I'm now going to work, which is a nice change from all the studying. I do miss my friends though, and am looking forward to being reunited with them in just a couple weeks! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at In Their Words
After a long 8+ hours of flying, I'm officially back in Southern California. Finals are over, and I can take a breath and focus on spending time with friends and family, as well as working part time. I will say that I do miss the cold weather... I guess I'm just too used to the constant heat over here, the snow is such a nice change! I also already miss hanging out with my friends, even though I know that we'll be back to studying in under a month. As I await for that day to come, I'll be busy here on the other side of the country making up lost time with people that I haven't seen in months, and missing the snow. :) Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at In Their Words
One of the things I enjoy at Norwich is the volunteer opportunities. The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) coordinates events like the Day of Service, and provides students an easy way to find outside places to volunteer at. Just this last weekend Norwich University hosted the FLL Vermont State robotics championship, and many students were able to volunteer because the Center for Civic Engagement posted the event on Get Connected, the website the school uses to manage the various volunteer opportunities. These events aren't only on campus either, they're all over the Vermont area. Local community members will request volunteers to shovel snow for them, organizations will ask for volunteers to help at events, and places like Montpelier Parks and Recreation will request volunteers to help them out. The CCE makes sure that there is always an opportunity to serve, whether on campus or in the local area, and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at In Their Words
Last night the math department invited a guest speaker to come and give a presentation on Enigma cipher machines. I really enjoyed this presentation, as we were told about how the German military used these machines to encode all their communications during WWII, and how the allies cracked the code. It was a great opportunity, as there was an actual restored Enigma machine there that we could use! We also got to learn how these machines work, and how many have been restored from the war, even though the vast majority were destroyed. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at In Their Words
Well now that we're back from Thanksgiving break, we're diving head first into finals season. Technically next week is finals week (the 11th-15th), but I have more to do this week! From final projects, to essays, all my professors are dumping a bunch of assignments on us to get it in before the year ends. One thing I have found surprising is that several of my professors have moved our finals to this week as well! Normally the Registrar assigns each class a location and time for their final between the 11th and 15th, but two of my professors decided that they didn't like the time/date or something like that, and changed them to this week. I mean, I'm not going to complain, it means I get done a bit earlier, but it also means that I'm being flooded with things to do this week. It's a stressful time for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at In Their Words
As we all know, Thanksgiving break is over, and we have to go back to school for the next couple of weeks to finish up and get finals done. Instead of going home for the holiday, I went on the service trip arranged by the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). This trip allowed me to stay right here in Vermont and participate in multiple volunteer opportunities in the area. We went to the Salvation Army and sorted food and delivered meals, we went to Montpelier Parks & Rec. and helped them remove some and clear trails, and we went to the local Veteran's place to help them decorate for Christmas, just to name a few things we did. We also were able to have some fun as well! On Sunday we went to Burlington to do some sightseeing, as well as the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory, and at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at In Their Words
It's that lovely time of year, Thanksgiving break is right around the corner (just one week!) and class registration for next semester just happened last week as well. Registration is dreaded by many people on campus, it requires planning and scheduling. I happen to enjoy this though, so I found the process quite fun. It's a lot like solving a puzzle, looking at what classes you need to complete for your major, what classes you can take with the prerequisites you have completed, and from that you can create a schedule of classes to take. You have to make sure to have backup classes though, because they fill up fast, leaving many people stranded without the classes they wanted to take. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at In Their Words
It snowed for the first time this season just a couple days ago, and I'm really excited for it to continue in the next few days, as campus is so pretty under a blanket of snow! Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at In Their Words
This weekend the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) ran the annual drop 'n swap event at Plumley Armory. This event was a lot of fun, with both students and community members dropping off old clothes on Saturday, and coming to get whatever clothes they want for only a dollar on Sunday! I volunteered on both Saturday and Sunday, sorting clothes and carrying bags when they were dropped off, and making sure there was no tripping hazards, and helping carry bags back to people's cars when they were done picking up clothes. Not only that, but I was able to snag a much needed raincoat, and a few long sleeve shirts for when it starts to get colder! This event was a lot of fun, and I highly suggest both volunteering as well as participating. :) Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at In Their Words