Questions, questions, so many questions :) Thank you very much for putting enough faith into me to ask so many queries. I am honored to answer any and all of them to the best of my ability!
While I myself have been a diehard Communications major from the start, I know many people who have changed their majors. College is all about finding what you want to do, what is going to bring out the best in you and pave the way for your success. The professors here are more than knowledgable on how to translate credits and guide you through figuring out what kind of degree you want to walk away with. Just come with an idea of life and let the experience change your mind :)
Moving on to the most difficult of this NU forum- What do I wish that I had known prior to Rook Arrival Day? Wow. It is so easy to think of all of the tricks with rolling socks or making racks....with sprinting in and out of the shower but always coming out clean....with learning how to perfectly cram as much stuff as possible into a trunk without having to sit on it to close it (a common occurrence in my room). There are so many things that would have made it EASIER. But, I am so glad that, before Rookdom, I DIDN'T know how to roll a pair of socks NU style or how to make a hospital corner. I am thankful that it took so much time for me to figure out how to get my hair in a perfect bun while getting dressed after a dash into the shower after PT in the morning time so early that most human beings would not fathom batting an eye. I am glad I had to be resourceful ON MY OWN when it came to figuring out what I could actually keep in my trunk that I needed versus what just had to go because it wasn't necessary. Really, the learning process, all of the hard stuff that you get yelled at for and in trouble for, is the most important part. You will learn to trust yourself after going from literally knowing nothing about how to survive a day of Rookdom, to teaching yourself every trick in the book. So there is nothing more I wish that I had known....except to tell my family that sending me a HUGE care package of cookies that WOULD NOT (no matter how many Rooks sat on my trunk) fit in my footlocker.....not a good idea.
This year I am the Master of Fitness for Cavalry Troop, so I run Corps PT (for non-contracted cadets) for those in Cav Co. I am very proud of my job and all that it has taught me about my leadership style. I have learned that I am very 'maternal' (even last year with being called and still referred to as "Mom" by my Rook buddies) in how I lead, even when it comes to PT. I do not pretend to be a PT stud and I like to learn from those in my group, but I guide them and help them to the best of my ability despite the fact that many are my peers and upperclassmen. As a Corporal, I do not lead freshmen (that comes next year with the option to be a cadre) but I have shadowed a Platoon Sergeant for a Rook platoon. The experience was wonderful and I thought often about my Drill, who I still respect today. However, my leadership style is not what that position calls for and I think that I would be better and more of an asset to the Corps as a Rook 1st Sergeant. I will see what the future holds in my Junior year, but I do hope to help develop the future Rooks as leaders.
That is all for the moment as I just heard the nightly bugle call, but I promise that I will be back to answer more questions as well as any new ones that pop up!
Until next time,
C/CPL Ari Eaton