Hello everyone, my name is Kathleen Covino but my friends and family call me Katie, which was shortened to “KT.” I am an incoming Rook at Norwich University. I have lived in Medford Massachusetts my entire life; I am one of four kids in my family. I have two older brothers, one is a mechanical engineer while the other is in the Navy Reserves and is now goes to Massachusetts Maritime Academy. I also have a younger sister who I think looks nothing like me but her looks convince people that we are twins. My father is a police officer in Medford and my mother is a nurse at a few hospitals in the area.
I toured Norwich thinking I’d hate it because when my brother was looking at schools he didn’t like it. When I got there I was blown away by the organization of the admissions office, I had a whole schedule to follow consisting of who I’d be meeting with and where I’d be going. We were even fed lunch! I first toured the school I was looking into Construction Management (no too sure what I was thinking). I knew I was in the right place when I began to meet with some of the professors and administrators. They loved their jobs, they loved their students and their colleagues. Right when I got home from the visit I applied to Norwich. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go into the corps or civilian. Once I was notified that I was accepted into Norwich I visited the school again, this time I attended an NU Experience. My host was incredible. She answered all of my questions, and even opened my eyes to parts of the school I never really thought to consider. After my stay with her and being surrounded by a bunch of rooks, I knew that’s where I wanted to be. Still not quite sure what I want to do in my future, yet, I do know that I want to help people. I dream about helping people in many different ways, from providing medical attention to enforcing laws. No matter where I end up I know that Norwich will help me get me to where I am supposed to be.
August 21st is move in day, day one of Rook Week. I’m excited about the challenges that I will encounter. At one of my campus tours the Dog River Run was brought to my attention. After watching videos and hearing stories of it I couldn’t wait to complete it. I am also eager to learn how to become a great leader. In high school I was a leader on my dance team, a captain of the varsity cheerleading team as well as the varsity lacrosse team. I am most excited about meeting my rook brothers and sisters. When I visited Norwich I fell in love with the bond between each rook. It was like they were actually related, they cared for each other like they were family, and even goofed off with each other as I do with my siblings.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt