Easter weekend’s only a few days away, and with summer break only a couple weeks after, there’s no shortage of people on campus starting to think more of home and time off from school. The thing is, life at Norwich, for most of us, is very different than life at home. Because of this, some of our Wick behaviors, especially as freshmen, don’t exactly translate. Here’s a quick guide of what I mean.
You might be a freshman cadet on break if:
- The jokes that have you and your rook brothers in tears get weird or scared looks from your family and friends at home.
- You subconsciously compare everything you eat to Sodexho. On a similar note, you’re way more excited about omelets than anyone else around you.
- You say “carry on”, “stand by”, or “heinous” in everyday conversation.
- When walking around outside in your town or neighborhood you constantly scan for cadre.
- You have to convince people that spending free time up on a mountain in the library, or in the gym is “fun.”
- Your friends think going to a military college is a combination of Band of Brothers, GI Joe, the boot camp scene from Full Metal Jacket, and Act of Valor. You don’t make much of an effort to correct them.
- Someone in the airport sees you in tunic and thanks you for your service.
- Someone you know asks if Norwich is “like West Point.”
- You find yourself going to parade rest in the line at Dunkin
- The person your friends have heard you complain the most about is someone named “Jackman.”
Obviously these are all meant to be jokes, but in reality your friends and family will notice a change about you when you go home. It should mostly be for the better, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t skip on some of the jokes mentioned in #1.