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Ellie Doody
New Hampshire
Hello everyone, my name is Ellie Doody! I am a Licensed Nursing Assistant from New Hampshire and I’m currently attending Norwich University to earn my Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Interests: I enjoy anything with the right company. Such things include, cooking, hiking, most exercise, playing games, and get-togethers around a campfire (s’mores included).
Recent Activity
Hello everyone! I wanted to jump on here and tell you all a little bit about the weather here in VT. Right now, it is raining here while we are in the midst of spring. Rain might not be my favorite part of spring, but it allows for a nice summer so that is the good part about it. The weather here in VT varies a lot and doesn't always stay the same for extended periods of time. Some days it could be 50 degrees and sunny and the next few days could be in the 20s. For those of you that are prospective students, I would encourage you to bring some gear to wear during all the seasons, because you will definitely be seeing all of them here at Norwich! I hope you all are hanging in there for the end of the year, we are so close to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! If you have been following me for a little while, you might know that I live by planners and how important mine is to me. It helps me plan my schedule for the week, complete all my assignments on time, and stay organized so that I can also have free time. As the end of the semester nears, I have many events and assignments that I have added to my last month. Since I do have such a busy schedule, it's nice to have all of my assignments and events planned out for the week so I can see what I have to do when. I would highly encourage all of you prospective students to look into keeping a planner, whether it be on your computer/iPad or written out by hand. Time management is an important skill to master in college and my planner helps me do this.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! We are closing in on the last few weeks of school here at Norwich and I am struck by how fast the last two years have gone. I'm already almost done with my second year of college and I feel like it has gone by so quickly. Soon enough I will be graduating and moving into the world of careers and real adulthood. However, I often take moments when I'm with friends to reflect on the time I have here with them and am grateful for the memories I have already made and will be able to continue making for many more years. I hope you are all keeping up with assignments for the end of the semester and continuing to persevere throughout these difficult times. Always remember that planning out your week and assignments usually makes it a lot easier to get things done! Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! If you have been keeping up with my blogs, you might know that I am on the ultimate frisbee team. Over the weekend we had our first and last tournament of the spring semester. We played three teams and lost every game, but my friends and I still had a lot of fun. It was snowing in the morning and then warmed up in the middle of the day. Overall, we had a great day aside from shivering for most of it. If you are considering going to Norwich next year, I highly encourage you to look into joining some clubs. I was hesitant to join the ultimate frisbee team, but after trying it out I realized that I actually enjoyed it. This is also a great way to make friends as freshmen and learn more about your community. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! As a sophomore, I'm allowed to have a car on campus. Being a nursing major too, I need to have a car to make it to clinical sessions. However, the thing about bringing a car to campus with you is that you have to move it after a big storm so the trucks can come in and plow the lots. Fortunately, I have been able to find a spot every time I have moved my car, but I wasn't expecting it to snow again so soon. We just got a storm a couple of days ago, got snow last night, and more snow is expected tomorrow. I guess that verifies that we live in VT! If you are a prospective student, I would recommend that you prepare for snowy conditions and if you're bringing a car, make sure that it can drive alright in the snow if that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! Spring break is just a few days away and I couldn't be more excited to go back home. After finishing my midterm exams today and seeing the rest of the assignment still laid out in front of me, I need some time away from school. Self-care is definitely important and I should have probably done more of it this semester, but I have been swamped with work. When I heard nurses and other nursing students say that this was one of the hardest semesters, I thought it wouldn't be too bad, but I'm definitely feeling the workload right about now. For all of you out there getting through exams or busy lives, remember that there are always going to be people around you willing to support you through this process. Don't give up! Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I hope you are all getting through the semester alright. My midterms are coming up this week and next, so I have been pretty busy lately. My last clinical session is also this week, so I have a few assignments to finish for that as well. I highly encourage prospective students to keep up with the coursework throughout the semester. If assignments aren't due every week, they are usually due at midterms and finals. This means that there will usually be a lot more work to do at this time of the year and it would be harder if you were already struggling. Some things that help me are keeping a planner, asking for help when needed, and taking some time to myself as well. Keep up the good work everyone! Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I'm currently in the second semester of my sophomore year as a nursing major which is really exciting. However, my classes are challenging so I thought I would come on here a share how I keep up with assignments. As I have mentioned in a post before, my planner is my best friend when it comes to any sort of homework assignment or study time. I plan out my entire week the weekend before and then I'm able to complete all of my assignments by the end of the week without getting too overwhelmed. If you are not someone who wants to keep a paper copy of a planner, an electronic one works just fine. Planning out your day in the mornings. I have seen people do this a lot on social media, but it really does help! Once I have some free time and can sit down... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everybody! Starting in the next few weeks, my friends and I are going to be starting frisbee practices again. This is really exciting as I can interact with a lot of my friends and we have a mutual activity to participate in. Clubs are a great way to make friends, get activity in, and have a little bit of fun as well. I'm a big supporter of my friends on sports teams here, but even if you aren't on a sports team there are plenty of clubs to join and activities to participate in while on campus. When you come to campus, I hope you will consider joining a club of your choosing. If you don't want to join a club already here, that's not too much of an issue, because as long as you can get another student interested and a professor to sign off, you can start... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I hope you are all making it through these cold winter days if you are living in Vermont or in New England. It has been very cold here lately, when I woke up this morning it was -18 degrees Fahrenheit. On the days that I have to go to clinical sessions and walk out to my car at 5 in the morning, I'm so happy that it starts every time I need it to. When you do end up joining us in VT to attend Norwich and you have the possibility of bringing your car sophomore year, I would definitely recommend checking your battery before you leave and turning your car on regularly when you're here. If it wasn't so cold out I would like to go ice skating someday since we have an ice rink right on the WCC green. However, on a warmer day, it's either... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! Most students arrived at Norwich last week and we are all still in the process of settling in. I have a lot of tough classes this semester, but I have a good group of friends that I can turn to when I need help. If you do end up coming to Norwich, I hope that you all find a good circle of friends as I have this year. There was a big snowstorm today, so a lot of people went outside to play in the snow or to go clear off their cars. One of the perks of living in Vermont is that you should always have enough snow to do things with in the winter. We have activities like snowshoeing and sledding here on campus. Have a great rest of your day everyone, and for those of you starting this semester, hang in there! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2022 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! The other day, a few of my friends and I all went to the lobby of our building to carve our own pumpkins. I forgot how much fun (and messy) pumpkin carving is. I shared a pumpkin with one of my friends and we ended up putting it between our doors in the hallway since we are neighbors. It was fun to embrace the Halloween spirit and carve pumpkins before this weekend when it's actually Halloween. Another activity that went on this week happened yesterday when one of our resident advisors in our building set up a place where students could go to make terrariums and drink either tea or hot chocolate. A few of my friends went with me and we actually had a lot of fun. It didn't take too long, so as we finished our drinks and chatted with each other and got to know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I wanted to update you all on how my first clinical session went. Since it is still the first semester of sophomore year, we don't have regular clinical rotations yet, but I was happy to finally get out into the field and practice some of the information we have learned on actual patients. As the year progresses and we continue to learn more information, the clinical sessions will progressively get more intense, but I honestly can't wait. I find that I learn and retain more of the material if I can complete the tasks myself, so this was a great opportunity. In other news, I had my second organic chemistry exam today and I think it went fairly well although I won't find out how I actually did until I receive the grade back. In the meantime, I'm going to catch up on some assignments and study for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I'm excited to announce that I have joined the ultimate frisbee club here on campus. I have never played on an ultimate frisbee team before and was never really good at frisbee when I was younger, but I tried it out the other day and had a lot of fun. We have some tournaments coming up where we can go and play other teams so that is super exciting. I'm also meeting a bunch of new people which is a change from most of the friends I've made that are also civilians. On a side note, I hope you all got through or are getting through midterms alright. We are about halfway through the semester and will usually have the most work now, so make sure you are all staying healthy and taking breaks for yourself! Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! Norwich has a bunch of activities students can participate in, some things like paint nights, pumpkin carving, succulent plant making, sending letters home, apple picking, hiking, acupuncture and so many more. My friends and I got together the other night and used the painting supplies NU handed out to paint our creations together. It was a fun activity for us to participate in and made us step out of our creative bubbles a little bit as well. I also tried acupuncture for the first time at the Counseling and Wellness Center a few days ago and that is extremely relaxing. I have been spending the majority of my days in class or completing assignments, so this was a nice little break from all the work we have to complete on a regular basis. I'm back to work today though as I have spent a large part of my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I took my first two exams of the semester yesterday, and they were challenging. I won't get my results back for a little while, but in the meantime, I am still working and finishing assignments for this week. The good thing about exam weeks is that after that stressful day, you usually have less work to do as your professor hasn't begun moving into the new material yet. However, that doesn't look too different for me because I have stayed pretty busy throughout these last few weeks. The good thing is that my professors are usually flexible with us to set up office hour appointments and to help in those areas that we are struggling in. How are you all doing with work and keeping up with assignments? Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! Now that we have passed our first week and are over halfway done with our second, most students have a tentative or set plan for the semester. The first week of classes can become overwhelming for a lot of students, especially when you tie in work, extracurricular activities, and multiple assignments, so I have found it best to try to develop at least a tentative plan during my second week here. My planner has helped a great deal when I organize my schedule and assignments due for the week and I am incredibly grateful for this as I can't remember much without assistance. If you are a prospective student or a current one and you don't have a planner yet (or haven't set up a calendar on Outlook or Google) I highly recommend you do so! In addition to classes and assignments, there are a lot of little... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! Today NU had a Convocation ceremony to start off the 2021-2022 academic year. Some students received awards for academic excellence all around, in a specific study, or for a fellowship. It was an amazing experience to be able to see and participate in, so I'm especially grateful we got to attend this year. Today also marked our second day of classes and I couldn't be happier to continue. One of my professors I met today was incredibly spirited as she is so happy to be back on campus and to see our faces (with masks on). Which made the class all the more fun and special! I hope all of you are able to stay on track for the coming year and will possibly be recognized in the future as well! Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I'm so happy to be back on campus and going to classes again. The three classes I had yesterday flew by because the professors were motivating and friendly, I'm interested in the topics, and compared to staring at a computer screen for four hours, yesterday definitely tops that. I moved in this past weekend, so it was a little bit of a mad rush to get everything settled and then prepare for classes, but we all had a great support system of RAs around that helped. The dining hall gets filled with so many students now too, with Rooks sitting on the top deck as compared to the upperclassmen and civilian freshmen sitting downstairs. There are also a few events that have gone on for the freshmen on the WCC green which has been great for the Rooks to mingle and finally get to know each other a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everybody! My arrival date is now just over a week away and I am beyond excited to return to Norwich. I'm getting antsier as the day approaches especially because I just finished my last day of work for the summer, but also because I follow a lot of the different NU social media accounts and sports teams, so I can see that everyone is settling in nicely. The sports teams are also practicing as they would during a normal school year, so that is really interesting to see since I didn't get the chance to go to many events last year. I am excited to be moving in soon, however, I'm going to be moving into a new dorm building and I'm interested to see how that will go. We have two civilian dorm buildings on campus, Dalrymple and South, so I'm curious to see if I will enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everybody! I'm so happy to welcome incoming freshmen as new student bloggers for Norwich University. As the school year begins in a few short weeks, it's crazy to think of all the new things we will experience together. I remember last year when I was in the same position and how hopeful I was as my first year approached. My first year at Norwich was fantastic and I am so grateful that I had the privilege to document it through this website and will continue to do so this year. I'm excited to welcome the new bloggers and to go back to campus in three weeks! I hope everyone is doing well amidst the spread of the Delta variant and staying optimistic! Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! As the new school year approaches, I want to reiterate the importance of buying a planner. Having one through my first year of college helped me manage my time and make sure I turned in all of my assignments. The planners with the monthly calendars and then pages for the individual days are the ones I prefer to use so that I can write out important events on the calendar page and then my lists, assignments, and class schedule go into the bigger spaces for each day. This organization tool helped to decrease my stress levels significantly as I didn't miss important events or forget about assignments. You just have to make sure you keep up with it every day or every couple of days. The Norwich University Bookstore sells them on their website as well, so if you are buying your textbooks you might as well add... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! My friends and I have already gotten together once this summer, but we recently set up another visit. I am super excited to get together with them again and to start the new school year together in about a month and a half! Spending time with each other has made us all close. There is something so special about studying and living together that transforms strangers into lifelong friends. I can only hope to make that many more friends this year with the campus opening and more in-person classes available. However, this time together will only make us closer and will allow us to lean on each other when we need support. At the end of the day, no one can travel on this journey alone and I am so blessed to have strong women at my side. Each striving and working towards their own goals. Even if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I'm sure all incoming college students know a little bit about buying textbooks for the semester and/or year, but when is the right time to buy them? For more rigorous courses and majors, such as engineering and nursing, you should definitely consider buying your textbooks a few weeks before your classes start so that you can receive the books and look through them so you are ready when the actual class begins. Before entering my first year at Norwich, a lot of my professors reached out to us via email and said that we should already have our textbooks and be ready to use them for the first day of class as a lot of classes encourage you to read the chapters before the lesson starts. For other classes, the professor might not even assign a textbook until the first day. It really depends on how fast-paced the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! Since I know a lot of college students work full-time over the summer, I wanted to remind everyone to take breaks and relax sometimes. A lot of us can get caught up in trying to improve ourselves, myself included, and lose sight of our mental and physical health. Try to take breaks if you can before you go back to school, especially as we are going to be making the transition back without many COVID-19 restrictions. Some activities that help me calm down are taking walks outside, spending time with friends and family, cooking or baking, doing something new and exciting, and crocheting. Whether you are home or at school, we should always prioritize our mental health and try some techniques that help us do so. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy! Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at In Their Words