As today is the last day of the shortest month of the year I thought that it might be good to post a new entry. To tell you the truth Celeste mentioned that there were prospects out there that had a bunch of questions that needed answering. My fellow bloggers and I were more than obliged to answer them so here are a few of the questions you guys wanted to know about :)
What is it like living in a colder climate?
Having spent a majority of my life in Maine, I find it difficult to admint that Vermont has a colder climate. In all my life I have never expereience sub zero temperature like I have at Norwich. This may be due in part to the fact that the campus is located in a valley, which makes the weather a little loopy. However you get accustomed to the changes fairly quickly and the gear you are supplied with as a Rook will keep you warm... well expect for the glove liners. I suggest that if you are an incoming rook you purchase a pair of very nice BLACK glove liners. You'll thank me when your the one in your company who doesn't have frost bite.
What is the best thing about Norwich? Or living in Vermont?
The best thing about Norwich is the rich history as well as the scenic view. Touching on the first one, the campus has so many stories and urban legends that you will be entertained for months. As a rook you don't get to go off campus unless your in the National Guard. The majority of your time will be spent doing homework, hiding from cadre and attempting to have a social life. The library is a great place to be. Not so much for studying since I can garentee that you will get distracted, but if you want to learn about the school go to the archieves. That place is seriously worth spending some time in. There are old posters from when the school was first build, yearbooks, magazines, even picture albums and memory books. The scenery on the other hand is splendid. When I look out my window every morning it takes my breath away. The beautiful tree lined mountains. Fog suspended in the air. And for this time of year the snow makes everything look like a winter wonderland.
How has Norwich made you a better person?
This is a tough question but if I had to pick one way that I have changed I would say that I'm probably more bluntly honest than I used to be. The fact that in the honor code it states , ' A cadet shall not lie, cheat, or steal' has transformed into not trying to seem like someone I am not. When you have a SSGT yelling in your face about integrity you learn really quick to fess up to what you did.
How does Norwich compare to the other senior military colleges?
Oh this is a good one! Little known fact is that I also applied to VMI, but when I went to visit I didn't get the same feeling that I did here. People always talk about that magic feeling of knowning when that you have made the right choice and I think I did by coming here. Norwich is unique in the aspect that it have a civilian population. It is also the first senior military college established in the United States. RAH! Although it may not be as strict as say the Citadel or West Point it has its own perks. Personally Norwich is the best out of the colleges.
What is your favorite thing about Norwich?
My favorite thing about Norwich would have to be all the different opportunities that are avaliable to you. Study Abroad is highly stress and they work with you to make it happen regardless of if you have finacial troubles. There are mulititudes of clubs and sports as well as events that are always happening.
How do you feel about the civilians on campus?
They are really a nonentity. The only time you interact with them is during class or at sporting events. Even then you probably won't have much to say. Persoanlly I have a lot of friends who are civi and I don't think any less of them for making that choice. It's basically all about preference.
How challenging is The Corps of cadets mentally and physically?
If you have a hard time memorizing stuff quickly or having someone screaming in your face 24/7 then you might not be mentally cut out for the Corps life. Its actually not as tough as you would think. I expected an almost boot camp like regime and was handed a more toned down approach to shaping young minds. All you have to do is follow directions and you'll be fine. DO NOT QUIT! Physically it will be challenging because you want to better your self. The only was to do that is work to your max potential and then go a little more. Give until you have nothing left to give.
What is it really like as a Rook?
If you want to know what being a rook is like read any of the blogs on the NU page. If you don't feel like that satisfies your question feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me personally about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that answered most of your questions and I will all of you guys a good Spring Break! Stay safe and don't forget to stay motivated! RAH!