Norwich University often praises itself on being the first military school here in the United States, as well as being the first to introduce engineering as a program for students to apply for. If you were to look around the campus, you would normally notice something that speaks of the legacy of the university and how students take pride in being part of this school. Two-hundred years of legacy, they will say it with confidence in their voices and it's hard to not be enthralled by their stance.
When I first heard about Norwich University from an alumni that graduated here, I was originally left unimpressed hearing about it. Then again, I was that type of person that always had my sights set on the top. Whether it was an Ivy League school or a university in the top fifties, I wanted to be part of a place that shouted "success", "legacy", and "honor" from the top of their lungs.
I wanted to be surrounded by people that had pride in their school and what they did everyday to make their lives better than before.
Eventually, I met that alumni once again, and he continued to talk about Norwich University to me. He continued to discuss how great the setting was, how I would experience different lifestyles and cultures from the school, and how everyone there was driven to improve and become a better individual. My interest at that point was caught by the driven part, and my research began from there.
I researched wherever I could, whether it was Niche, Norwich Athletics, the Norwich website, I wanted to know more about the school. And the more I looked into it, the more I fell in love with a place that seemed like the perfect match for me. I saw pictures that showed the aesthetic of the university during different times of the year and how life was for both Civilians and Rooks.
My decision for a school was changing, and Norwich slowly became my top choice.
Fast forward two months into December and I was ready to apply for the school. I didn't care about the fact that it wasn't Ivy League or the top-fifties, Norwich was the place I wanted to be in. A few things I found out as I researched the institution was that it was a division three school, meaning that sports were of course an interest, but not as big as D2 or D1. They had great facilities if you wanted to work out, play sports, or just hang out with friends if you wanted. Not to mention, it was a rural town that didn't have too many people in one place. It felt like home to me.
But the thing that caught my attention most was the classes and population size.
It was small, around twelve students on average per class and I loved the idea of it.
I hated the thought of spending class with over two-hundred students in one room. The idea of it made me feel like there was no investment in any student that wanted to learn and improve in their field of study. It was only to pass, and it irked me to the core.
With Norwich, it was different. There was no two-hundred student classes or a bustling campus that had you feeling like a small fish in a big pond. I was going to be in a school that made me feel like I was an equal, like I was meant to be there. I would be able to raise my hand in class and talk to a teacher that actually knows who I am.
What else could anyone ask for?
I applied for this school, and two weeks later, I got a response that changed the course of my life for good.
Thank you Norwich University for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the legacy this school has. I will work to be a better person every day as long as I am here, and hope that after four years, I will leave a better individual than I am today.
I will try.
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