View Full Version : For all you Citadel folks...
18th July 2009, 01:22 AM
I shall be attending The Citadel this fall and will be "blogging" about my Knob Year. Starting from Matriculation Day (August 15th). I probably won't have time the First Week (Hell Week) so... I'll write about that in the following week.
If anyone is interested (upcoming class of 2010):
Enjoy or Hate...
B/C I be Knobbin' Life
18th July 2009, 01:34 AM
EP: Good luck at the Citadel. I don't know what El Cids rules are, but I will tell you that Rats at VMI were not allowed to be on any social websites which would have included this- and weren't allowed cell phones either, so you might want to consider that you will be relatively incommunicado for much of this coming school year. At any rate we'll understand if you don't post as soon as you expect to.
Hope that you are doing your pushups and running every day in prep:eek:
18th July 2009, 02:19 AM
18th July 2009, 03:47 AM
to read this and join you at the citadel this august. pretty much pumped about going, ready to leave now and leave my civilian life.
18th July 2009, 09:33 AM
One piece of advice that my son adds for those about to be Rats, Knobs, Rooks, Plebes or what not... You might not want to actually go out of your way to call attention to yourselves with Blogs, Facebook groups etc... until after you are on the flip side of this whole adventure. This was the source of some adventure for a number of his "Brother Rats" last summer. I believe that the motto of the US Merchant Marine Academy and the 22d Infantry right now would be a very good one to adopt ("Acta non Verba" or in English: "Deeds not words").
18th July 2009, 02:42 PM
a good idea of what good role models these upperclassmen are already, cant wait to see this firsthand.
18th July 2009, 09:10 PM
I'm going to be brutally honest. Don't come to The Citadel "expecting" anything. It's not for everyone. It's not USMA, it's not VMI, it's nothing but The Citadel. It has its own culture. You're a knob, get used to things not being your way. I'm only telling you this because you've chosen the road less traveled. If you make it through hell week, you will understand that your decision for The Citadel has landed you in a place like no other. Traditions, customs, and duties that are not carried out anywhere else. These upperclassmen WILL become your role models, because they are Citadel CADETS. They've earned their place in the Corps, whereas you have done nothing. Do yourself a favor and avoid trying to size up, analyze, or criticize upperclassmen. The best training you can give yourself right now is PTing and learning to drop the attitude, keep your mouth shut, and follow instructions. If you don't like that, I suggest you seriously not come. It will be a waste of your time, your parents, etc. Other than that, enjoy what's left of your summer.
20th July 2009, 10:49 PM
Many freshman and parents have the idea that this is just an "ordinary college." They tend to believe Citadel life is a like a regular academic institution, but with a military atmosphere. I promise you if you go in thinking in that perspective you will be hammered. There is a civilian perspective, and there is a cadet perspective. Your first thoughts going into the gates should be neither. Prepare for the unexpected, because its not for everyone.
Don't forget even after Hell Week you still have the rest of the year. There will be plenty of challenges. Do not bring any attention to yourself.
26th July 2009, 01:29 AM
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