This week was very fun and I've definitely felt myself starting to appreciate Norwich. Although it's not always fun and games here, moments like regimental and the Navy Marine Corps balls, platoon meetings, the Rookie Performance Challenge, and even rook week have made me realize why I came to Norwich. I could not ever see myself at a regular college because I just wouldn't fit in. I know that I would be way too quiet and probably not make a lot of genuine friends anywhere else. However, this school brings out the best (and sometimes the worst) in a person. It forces you to come out of your shell and become closer with people whom you never would have talked to if you just saw them on the street. My rook brothers and sisters are such a diverse group of people and despite the disagreements that are part of being in a platoon, we are all there for each other constantly. I can honestly say that I would be able to trust most of them with anything.
I had a club hockey game that was three hours away in Massachusetts. I had to wake up and get to the bus by 0800 and didn't get back to barracks until about 1745. My parents surprised me by coming to the game with my Nana and dog. I was very excited to see them and I couldn't believe that they came. It was so nice to see them again and that they came to watch me play, even though we ended up defeating the other team 18-0... Anyways, although I wasn't gone for more than a day, when I came back to barracks, I felt like I had been gone for a week. I actually had started to miss being around my rook siblings, especially when I came back and some of them stopped by my room to ask how my day was or tell me about how their days went. This to me is why I came to Norwich, to be apart of something bigger than myself, and make friends that will last a life time.
This week we are hopefully going to earn rights back. We will be able to be at ease outside as well as talk in the chow hall with our cadre. Both of these privileges are going to be huge and another step towards recognition. Upperclassmen always talk about how they would love to be a rook again and honestly, I am starting to realize why. Although it's not the best at first and there are many struggles on the way, I am very happy with where I am at and excited for the months to come.