I never really realized what life outside of Norwich was like until one night, I was working a catering event. Granted, this was still on Norwich’s property, I was away from being a recruit in the corps and I was not wearing a uniform, so the change of pace was really nice. I was working a catering job with some girls from the softball team here, and they were all upperclassmen. I haven’t had much of a chance to meet many of the girls, because they are all busy and practice is not totally mandatory (not until this Monday that is.). Anyway, working that evening I met a junior and two sophomores that were super nice to me! We had a good time making jokes as we were stacking plates and separating silverware.
During all of this, I was learning so much about rookdum and Norwich and just how things worked here. They were super nice about everything and they were excited to hang out with me during softball. One thing I will have to say is that in just that one night, I found people to look up to and to turn to when I need something. These girls are people that I aspire to be, that have the same goals as I do, and that enjoy the same things that I enjoy. I was really happy when I discovered this, because back home this was an area in my life that was lacking. Yes, I do have two people from my hometown that I look up to, but to be surrounded by people who have positive influences on you and can understand and relate to what you are going through really changes the game on how someone lives their life.
I can tell you that ever since I have had the opportunity to come to Norwich and to move away from home and just start over, I have become really happy with my life and with myself. I have made friends that share the same values and qualities as I do. They share the same interests as I do. I can tell you that at first, when I really had my heart set on going somewhere else for school I thought that it would make or break me if I didn’t make it into that school. Looking back at it now however, I am so thankful that I didn’t make it into West Point. I’m thankful that God said no when I wanted Him to say yes. Sure, my freshmen year is insanely hard because of being a recruit in the corps. Yes, everyone likes to mess with me, but this is a part of a bigger plan. I believe that I’m here for a reason. It doesn’t have to be some big grand plan, but there is a plan and this school is supposed to be a part of my life that prepares me for the bigger plan to come.
Having role models here and in my life in general has been the guide for how I ended up here at Norwich. I looked to them for guidance. At first, it was hard to grow and to learn that God had said no. There were many hard days for me. People who did make it into West Point would rub it in my face that they got in, and that I didn’t. Also, people would tell me that I was going to a “Soft” military school. It was hard to listen and endure that, because I was trying to plan the rest of my life and pick the school that was right for me. I tend to let the opinion of others dictate my decision most of the time. Yes, in the end I am the one making the decision, but at the same time, to always be surrounded by negativity poses so many problems. That is why while I am here at school, I look for the people who are going to build me up. The ones that are going to help me reach my goals. I look for those that share the same values that I do.
Every day is an adventure here, some are good, and some are not so good. At times, I am faced with tough decisions to make, but I get the power to make the one that will make me the better person. I was told no when I wanted to be told yes. Being here and learning from the other’s around me, I have learned that it’s not about me, but it’s about the person to my left and to my right and it’s the other way around for them. I have learned that we are all a team and that we can be great together.