I promised I would make this post on why I stayed, so here I am, making good on that promise.
I stayed at Norwich for a lot of reasons, one of them being pushed by my mother. No, she didn't say "YOU HAVE TO STAY THERE", but my mother always told me to be a part of something bigger than myself and to work hard in order to achieve what I want in the world. So that's always in the back of my head.
Another reason is the people. The friends i have made here will be my friend for life. And I don't mean friends like "this is my bro Aaron, you should see the parties we get into, we're wild." If that's what you're expecting, you might be a little disappointed to learn that Norwich is not that juvenile. I consider my friends to be my brothers. I would give them anything and they would do the same for me. I even have sisters here too. But Norwich pushes you through many challenges and forces you to work with strangers that you don't know. If you believe in the system, you'll learn things you didn't think were possible.
Another reason would be for the ideals that Norwich stands for: "I believe that the cardinal virtues of the individual are courage, honesty, temperance, and wisdom-".
Those words to me, are, in the words of a close friend of mine, my key and compass. They are everything to me. To be courageous is to face your challenges and fears head on. To be honest is to live up to the Norwich honor code, "A cadet shall not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.". Honesty is the best policy, and I believe that Norwich, the Ring and the MCV sum that up perfectly. Temperance is to be patient, and to wait your turn before you speak. I have never regretted a moment that I've been able to hold my tongue and think about what I have to say. Wisdom is something that comes in time with experience.
I'll tell you that graduating from Norwich is going to make you wiser than your constituents at other schools.
Care about Norwich, and what she stands for, and you'll learn lot's of things.
Always a hoot.