These first few weeks have seriously flown by at a rate I am not at all comfortable with. Everything I have done from getting off the plane, to orientation week and starting my classes has been a whirlwind of excitement albeit challenging.
I am not going to lie, leaving home was extremely challenging. Coming all the way from Los Angeles, California to Northfield, Vermont is a giant culture shock. Although I love it here, the lingo and colloquialisms are something I will definitely have to get used to... and everyone here will have to get used to my jargon as well. HAHA. Ever since I have arrived I have missed my mom and my dog terribly but I know in time this will pass and I will finally adjust to living here. Moving in was a lot of fun however. I felt as if I was finally an adult asserting my independence, as I decorated my own side of the room.
Orientation week was an absolute BLAST. My groups orientation leader, Anaeto, is actually a member of the Corps but wanted to do civilian orientation-- so it provided a different experience for my group entirely. After a week full of fun activities, getting-to-know-you type events, mixers, dances, and seminars I had found my group of friends within my orientation group which then branched out to include others, like my roommate Jazzy. Being a civilian here, I certainly thought that I was not going to make friends with a lot of the Corps students based on the things I have heard about how they hate civis, don't like to associate with them blah blah blah. This I found was not true. Sure, it took me a while to meet them, but through orientation mixers, other friends, and my classes I have not only mingled with a few but have become close to some as well. Friendships come fast here at Norwich. Within the first couple of days I was here I had intermingled into several different groups of people between just civis, football players, swimmers, and some other upperclassmen.
Speaking of classes, it is a lot easier than I expected. My major is Communications, which needless to say is not one of the harder majors here on campus. When I realized how paltry and relatively simple my schedule was, I attempted to add another major or minor but my advisor told me this was, well, unadvisable until next semester when I was used to the school and so I could enjoy the first semester with relatively no deathly hard work. My math class is the most challenging out of the four I am taking, but that is to be expected.
Last night I went to my first Ballroom Dance Club meeting and it was tooooooons of fun! I love to dance and learning it for a purpose (Regimental Ball is in a month and a half) makes it meaningful as well. I met a lot of people, some who I had seen around campus or had talked to on Facebook and others I had never seen before. Both guys and girls would definitely benefit from this club!
FOR GIRLS ONLY: So, as well all know Norwich is lacking in their female population. I knew coming in that I was probably going to get more attention from the opposite sex than I was used to. And BOY ( no pun intended) was I right! Guys will practically jump on you here for you to notice them. Besides getting very obviously checked-out (we all know the up-down look); there is the cat-calling and the very obvious flirtationing. For example, today I was sitting at a table in the chow hall doing some homework before class and guy came and sat next to me and asked what I was doing. After I explained to him that I was doing homework he said that he should be my homework. I proceeded to ask if he meant for me to study him. He said yes and so I then asked if that was his cheap way of hitting on a girl. He also said yes to that question. This kind of thing is not uncommon here. It happens all the time. There are the nice guys who will just tell you that they think you are "wicked pretty" and that is that but you have to watch out for the crass and completely crude ones as well.