Well, I’m now in my Sophomore year here at Norwich, and all I can say is “wow”, I have grown so much just by being here thanks to the Lord. So that’s what this post is about, what a Sophomore year at Norwich is like, and some details regarding it. First, when you’re a Sophomore here at Norwich, you’re no longer a recruit; you’re a cadet (this is if you have the Corps of Cadets lifestyle choice selected at Norwich). And as a Cadet and as an upperclassman, you’re granted privileges that you wouldn’t have had previously and therefore are able to have a better time overall in your second year here at Norwich (to be discussed more later). The first year at Norwich when you have chosen the Corps of Cadets lifestyle is supposed to be the “refining” year. What I mean by this is during your first year at Norwich, you’re a recruit, and without spoiling anything too much, just know that many of the privileges you may enjoy now will not be allowed during the Rookdom period. Furthermore, during your “Rook” year, the physical fitness, rookie knowledge, and other standards are stressed to a higher degree to ensure that you are ready to rise up to the challenges that Norwich is going to present along the journey. But if you get through Rookdom, the reward is worth it as you get to become a Cadet in the Corps of Cadets regiment at the oldest senior military college, you become more physically and mentally fit, and you become a better person overall. Now, to focus back on Sophomore year, some privileges that Sophomores get are they can have a coffee maker, doormat, poster, and even a flag (to certain sizes) in their room, which are privileges that first-year recruits and cadets cannot have. Now, these privileges may seem minuscule to the average individual, but once one goes through Rookdom, these privileges are much more of a big deal in the long run. Another advantage I discovered is that as a Sophomore (and as a Junior and Senior as well), you can register for courses at an earlier date which helps ensure you get the courses you want when you want them. So, why am I talking about all of this? Well, because some of you reading this may be a current recruit at Norwich, a freshman, etc. Whatever the case, just know that your hard work and the trials you’re going through right now will lead to a sure reward. Yes, it may be exhausting or too hard to complete, but just keep on pushing, turn to God for help, and you can do this. Anyways, here are some final word’s for this week’s post, “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” (Unknown), and of course, have a blessed day!