Just some words of advice for those incoming and current students at Norwich. Try your hardest not to wait until your senior year to decide what you're going to be doing after graduation. It's ok it you need more time to make sure you don't sign up for something your heart isn't in 100%, but don't put off something that you want to go for. Even though four years seems like a long time, it goes by VERY fast. Don't be afraid to contact people and ask questions, you are not committing to anything. I am currently working with a recruiter to apply for an Army commission after graduation. The recruiter is making this process as easy as he can, but I still wish I did not wait this long. I will keep everyone updated on how that goes!
I got some very sad news last week that a friend and field hockey teammate from high school passed away from cancer. She was only 20 years old and just beginning to live life. Make sure you always tell people how you feel because you never know how much time you have left. Rest In Peace Amanda, you are truly missed. A little Norwich saying, "rest easy, we've got it from here". <3
I have recently been emailed a question about what dances are like at Norwich. There are 2 main dances at Norwich - Regimental Ball and Junior Ring.
Regimental (Regi) Ball - Held in the fall. Honors the seniors who are close to graduating. The dance starts with the seniors and their dates walking in under the arc of swords in order of their original platoons. Then there is about 45 minutes of ball room dancing time. Then the lights turn off and the real fun begins. Dances at Norwich go until midnight and surprising, a lot of people stay until the very end. This year, we had a photo booth, free to students, at the ball. The only downside was, it was so popular that you had to wait about 30 minutes to get your photo taken. Freshmen and sophomores both had accountability formations to make sure they were still on campus. These were held at midnight and early the following morning.
Junior Ring Ball - Held in the spring. Honors the juniors who just received their class rings. The dance starts with the juniors and their dates walking in under the arc of swords. Every males cadet wears their blues uniform and the juniors wear their "grey on white" or tunic with white trousers. This is so that they stand apart from everyone because the night is about them. Junior ring has the same ball room dancing portion as regi ball.
From my time at Norwich, my favorite dance that I have attended would have to be my junior ring last year. It's a great feeling to walk under the arc of swords and have people cheer for you. An even better feeling is being back together with your original platoon and just dancing the night away. This is a big part of Norwich that I am going to miss.
Feel free if anyone else has any questions to send them my way!
Until next time.
Regi Ball is an annual dance at Norwich held in the Fall. The night of the dance begins with a dinner for seniors up in Rook Dining. Being a senior, I was able to attend this event. The dinner was followed by a catered dessert. There weren't many seniors at the dinner as expected, but it was still a good time. After the dinner, the seniors and their dates marched down to Plumley and walked into the ball under the arc of swords. It was a weird feeling finally being the one walking under the swords instead of watching. The dance kicked off with a half hour of ballroom dancing and then 3+ hours of dancing. My date and I (pictured below) stayed for most of the dance, until our feet were too sore to continue dancing. It was bitter sweet to think that this was our last regi ball here at Norwich, bringing us one step closer to graduation.
Myself and Cadet William Martin - 5th Company XO
This weekend marked another last for me here at Norwich University. Family weekend: when family's come up to visit their cadets and rooks and see all the progress they have made so far this year. Being company commander this year, I didn't have a lot of responsibility this weekend, mostly just watching the rook competitions and greeting parents and families. There were 3 contests for the rooks this weekend that they all have been working hard on. The first was a banner contest (some pictures below courtesy of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets Facebook Page). The rooks were given a banner and some paint and tasked to create a unique platoon banner.
The next competition the rooks competed in was the rook MEC (military excellence competition). For this, each platoon was given a drill sequence consisting of marching and facing movements. Each platoon was graded on their military bearing, allignment, accuracy, and sharpness of execution.
The final competition was the individual drill contest. One of the rooks in my company won this event. We will find out the events of the other 2 competitions later on this week.
The rooks have been on leave since after the football game yesterday and will be returning to campus by 1600 (4pm). They will be encouraged to quickly fall back into their routine after enjoying a nice weekend. They also have new privileges to look forward to, including no more name tag on their robes or pt gear, a 3X5 photo on their desk, and quietly talking in the latrine. They may seem small, but they will be thoroughly enjoyed by the rooks.
Until next time.
It's Alumni Weekend up here at Norwich. This is the time when Alumni come back and get a chance to see how the school has changed. I met a few of them at Senior Pub Night and one conversation with an '84 graduate really stuck with me. He told me that no matter what people say about Norwich changing for the worst, don't listen. There have been a lot of changes here since I've been attending Norwich but especially within the last 10-20 years. Most people have nothing good things to say about these changes. But they are changes that are defining Norwich. And change is a good thing. I think it will be exciting to come back to campus in 20 years and see all the new things that the rooks are doing and all the new additions to our beautiful campus.
I can't believe how close I am getting to being an alumni. These 4 years have been going by so fast. I am doing my best to cherish the last few months I have here as well as figure out what I will be doing after graduation. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.
Until Next Time.
Midsemester break: The time that most cadets here on campus have been looking forword to since the start of school. It starts Thursday after our last class and ends at 7pm on Sunday. This is the longest break we have had since we started school. My plan was to head out of here at noon but tons of homework will be keeping me here much later. I don't have big plans for this weekend, just lots of relaxing and sleeping in.
I remember looking forward to this time when I was a rook. The weekend went by so fast and before I knew it, we were headed back to the hill. I had mixed emotions about leaving, both being sad to say goodbye to my family again and also excited to see my rook buddies and jump back into things. My attitude was, the sooner we got back, the sooner it would be Parent's weekend. Looking forward to the breaks kept me going as a rook. Knowing that when things got hard that they would eventually be over soon and going through this experience would all be worth it.
It's hard to believe that this will be my last mid semester break here at Norwich. When I was a rook, I prayed for time to speed up, but now, I find myself praying for time to slow down. Everyone tells you that your college years are the fastest 4 years of your life and it's so true. Before you know it, you are facing graduation and you better have a plan for what to do after. That's what I will be focusing on for the next few months.
Until Next Time.
A beautiful site to see on campus. Vigil tours for 9/11. Always remember.
I recently recieved a request from Eva about explaining the chain of command here at Norwich. Eva - this may me more detailed then you requested but bear with me :)
Cadet Colonel : in charge of the entire Corps of Cadets (only 1.
Lt. Colonel: Battalion commanders, in charge of S sections (accountability, security, training, supply, activities, student affairs) and also the Regimental XO (2nd in command of the Corps).
Majors: Battalion XO (2nd in command of the battalion), S section XO's
Captians: Company Commanders (In charge of companies)
1St Lts: XO's of companies
2nd Lts: Platoon Leaders (one per platoon)
Regimental Command Sergeant Major: one in the Corps
Command Sergeant Major: One per battalion
1st Sergeant: One per company, in charge of administrative duties and accountability
Platoon Sergeant (Sergeant First Class): One per platoon, directly in charge of SSGs
Staff Sergeants: First in charge of rook, 3 per platoon.
--There are 2 Rook Battalions, each made up of 6 companys (1st CO, 2nd Co, etc). In each company, there are 3 platoons (1-1, 1-2, 1-3 for example). The "cadre" are considered to be the one Platoon Sergeant and the 3 Staff Sergeants in charge of the platoon. The upper classman battalions (1st and 2nd BN) follow the same structure. There is also Headquarters company and Provisional BN (band, drill, cav). Rooks who go out for these special units have the choice to be in Provo BN when they become upper classmen.