The Tenth Day of the Third Month of the Year 2013
That Time Again
Well, it's that time of the semester again. The campus starts to clear out, the UP is littered with cars of cadets who are packing to go home, the midterm tests and grades come to a close; it's mid-semester break, also known as spring break to many college students. A good mid-semester ends for me with three A-'s, one A, one B+, and one B; I am very proud of myself for working hard for the first half, now I have to keep it up for the second. Despite some low grades on quizzes, I managed to recover with even better test, lab, and homework grades. The thing I like about my classes is that the majority of the grades for them come from homework, such as Programming and English, or labs, such as Earth Evolution. As for my programming class, the homework totals sixty percent of my final grade, and since we do the homework in class, and that's the only thing we do in class, you can end up with a very good grade on it if you ask questions and do the readings and watch the videos that Professor Hansen posts onYouTube.
So the other day I got to experience one of the most breathtaking and inspiring events I have ever seen: Recognition. Norwich University holds a yearly tradition to recognize its Rooks into the Corps of Cadets. They get "woken up" a little after 2200 and they are forced into B's as they form up on the UP with their companies and platoons; they're most likely not asleep because they know what is coming, hence the quotes around woken up. Cannons constantly going off continuously remind the Rooks of what they are there for. They are brought back to the first days of Rookdom as their cadre, once again, yell as loud as possible to get them onto the UP. They are then marched down to Plumley with bagpipes playing that can be heard across campus and the upperclassmen marching down to the Armory. Although I was actually able to see what happened after that sequence of events, I will not share it. Norwich University holds its traditions dear and I fully respect and appreciate the fact that it might maintain a certain secrecy from those outside of Norwich. All I can say is that is was the greatest event that I have ever witnessed. In my first ever post I described a wall. A wall of noise that can only be experienced at Norwich. I, once again, experienced that wall of noise inside Plumley that night. Even though I was unable to be a Rook at Norwich for a variety of reasons, seeing the events that led to the Recognition of some of my closest friends at Norwich will be an event that I will remember for a long time.