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  • This semester is the first time I’ve brought a car on campus and it is glorious. Knowing that I am able to leave whenever I want is an almost better feeling than actually going. This weekend I’m making a trip back home since my uncle from Puerto Rico will be there and my sister just gave birth to her first child, making me an aunt for the first time. Last weekend a couple of friends and I went to Lowell, Massachusetts to eat Dim Sum with a rook brother who is now enlisted and studying at another university. Without having cars on campus, you are limited to Norwich and Northfield. They have their perks, but realistically it is nice to be able to explore places further out and meet with people out of state. A large con of having a car on campus is dealing with the snow, especially the...
  • This past weekend I got to go back to the barn to watch the Cavalry Troop trainee demos. This is a demonstration of what they have learned throughout their training, put to practical use. One example of what you may see if you attend is the diamond formation. This can be used to escort personnel through a crowd to keep them protected. It is nice to be able to go back to my roots here at Norwich and support the troop. The following Monday, the trainees received their cords from current Troopers. I was able to pass my cord down and see how the Trooper I passed my cord down to two years ago has developed since her cord ceremony. The trainees have just a few steps to go until they have the chance to earn their sabers and officially become Troopers.
  • My last days in Spain I felt content and very ready to leave. The beginning was very difficult to adjust to. Interestingly enough, I had more culture shock in Spain than I did in Taiwan - or maybe I should say that it was much easier to adjust in Taiwan because it felt more welcoming and was an environment that fit better with my values, allowing me to feel more comfortable and a stronger sense of belonging. I think that in Taiwan I had a much better support system and had a great roommate that I did most things with and she was much more proficient in Mandarin so she took me under her wing in the language department. Although as a whole I did not specifically enjoy my time in Spain, I respect the experience for what it was and how it helped me grow as a person. I...
  • I’m glad I was able to make it to a soccer game during my time in Spain. It was a difficult process to get tickets for the teams I specifically wanted to see, but the team I was able to get tickets for was one of Sevilla’s teams - Sevilla FC. Since I saved money by not going on any big trips, I decided to splurge a bit on my ticket so I could have a good seat in the middle and close to the field. I ended up being just a few rows back from the field and loved feeling so close to the action. At the start of the game there was a song that everyone sang and throughout the game there were periodic chants and cheers from the stands. We ended up winning 1-0. At the end of the game I stayed as long as I could...
  • Although we did not have a Thanksgiving Break, there were Holidays that fell conveniently in a row so that there were open days for a long trip without missing any class. Many people planned trips to places such as Germany, but I wanted to go somewhere closer and without a plane ride to eliminate the chances of Covid related issues. I also didn’t want to go on a very long trip considering that finals were that next week and I wanted to have plenty of buffer time to study. I settled on spending three days in Faro, Portugal. It was only about a three hour bus ride from Sevilla. Crossing the border to Portugal, officials stopped the bus and got on to check everyone’s Covid vaccinations and tests which was drastically different from my trip weeks ago to Lagos, Portugal. That trip our bus was not stopped at all and...

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