After a week in Northfield, I have found some of the greatest traditions to exist. I have seen hard times and I have experienced a sense of belonging and family. Rook week was hard on many of us. Some of the most simple things that we once did have been changed completely. From "Rookie Knowledge" to physical fitness there is a tradition in the many things that happen to an incoming Freshman in the Corps of Cadets. Yesterday as I finished running the Dog River with my Rook Brothers and Sisters I learned That all of the people around me are my best friends. Throughout the week we have all found a place where we belong. The rock I took from the Dog River is more than just a giant stone. It represents accomplishment, success, hard times, and a tradition that people across the country and across the world hold close to there heart. The dog river is more than a PT session in the water and a little bit of fun. This event demonstrates the hard work that everyone that steps into the river put into the week prior. It is one of the last big events before the academic year starts. Rook week taught us the Cadet Creed, Norwich Forever, and The University Guiding Values. More than that it taught a sense of pride, accomplishment, tradition, courage, and confidence. Rook Week may be over but Rookdom has just begun. Students of all backgrounds, degree options, and lifestyles come together on one campus as something more than just a University but a family. Congratulations to all of my Rook family and let's have an amazing academic year. As we embark on the upcoming year let's remember why we chose Norwich and Celebrate 200 at the many festivities that will be held this year.