The process to come back on campus from a semester abroad was very tough. I struggled to find an officer job since not many people study abroad in the Spring which would leave vacancies I could have filled. However, I ended up being offered a PL slot for 5th company and was excited for the opportunity to be cadre once again. I wasn’t given a room until many emails and a couple calls left me with a single on 5th deck of Gerard. Now I am settled and happy with the extra room and privacy that a single offers. The stairs don't faze me anymore as this is my third year on fifth deck. My ID card wasn’t activated for a couple days so I had to wait outside until someone could let me in and I couldn’t eat food at the chow hall. Although the process was very stressful and there were a lot of hoops to jump through to get settled, I am thrilled to be back.
Being back on campus just feels right, seeing everyone again and being surrounded by other people who are ambitious and driven makes me feel at ease. So many people I haven’t seen in a long time since last year’s Covid-19 situation left a lot of people taking classes remotely from home.
Having classes taught in English is a relief compared to the classes in Spain where I had to have so much extra concentration and focus. However, the classes here at Norwich are much more interactive and less lecture based so I feel more alive during these classes.