First off, I would like to congratulate Sam and all of those aspiring Rooks! If you follow through with Norwich's offer of acceptance, you are in for the time of your life!
I have been asked for advice about entering the Corps, and I honestly do not believe that there is anything that I could say here that could qualify as the Rookdom 101 Handbook. Understand that everyone's experience is different no matter what school you go to, whether you are civilian or Corps. Everyone is different and everyone will handle each situation differently.
I cannot tell you how many times I watched my Rook brothers take on a challenge last year with such ease that I could never fathom being able to pull through without them. For some, the seperation from home coupled with the rigourous requirements (both Corps and academics) will be easy and unchallenging. For others, myself included, the stress of Corps life was and continues to be something I am proud (and shocked) to be able to get through. For me, academics have always been a welcome challenge, however physical training and asserting myself are two areas I fall short in. Many of my peers are the opposite, but we have managed to learn from one another by going through that first year together...by taking the path less traveled.
Rookdom changes each year - the standards, the tasks, the leaders - but the value remains the same. I cannot give you much advice about how to best get through Rook year, but I can tell you that you will come out of it having learned so much more about yourself and how you fit into society when you are stripped down to your morals, mental strength, determination and character.
Congratulations, again, and please do not hesitate to ask questions if you have them!
C/CPL Ari Eaton