Questions about The Citadel

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  1. Sedrider

    Sedrider Member

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    I've been accepted to The Citadel academically, and I've also received a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship there. I'm really pumped about going but there has been a few things floating around in my head. If anyone could answer these for me I would appreciate it greatly. I've checked the site thoroughly and I have yet to find these answers.

    -How many cadets are housed in one room?
    -Are the rooms equipped with bathrooms or showers?(if not, how does this work?)
    -What are the weekends like for cadets?
    -How difficult is the academic portion at The Citadel generally?
    -What is a typical day like for a first year?
    -When and what are the room inspections like?

    I have many more but I don't want to encumber the replier(s) so much. If you want to contact me reply here or you can email me at drakesocom@yahoo.com

    Thanks!
     
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  2. mwbluebeard

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    Bump! I'm interested in these answers, too.

    Anyone?
     
  3. Gcokeley

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    The Guidon, The Red book, White book, and blue book have most of your answers. The Guidon has all that hows the cow stuff that you should learn before hell week.
     
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  4. SF49ers

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    I'll be going there next year, but my current knowledge is limited to my pre-knob visit


    -How many cadets are housed in one room?
    Rooms either house 2, 3, or 4 cadets.

    -Are the rooms equipped with bathrooms or showers?(if not, how does this work?)
    Bathrooms and showers are located on each floor I believe. The rooms do have a sink and a mirror though.

    -What are the weekends like for cadets?
    This one i really would like to know more about too. But this is what i know: Some weekends cadets are allowed to leave campus as long as they are back before curfew (midnight for knobs, 1 AM for upperclassmen i believe), and for others they have to stay on campus. On Sundays cadets go to either a religious service or an ethics seminar, and on Saturdays they may have inspections.

    -How difficult is the academic portion at The Citadel generally?
    I didn't get a chance to attend a class while I was there, but I was impressed with the Honors Program. As a whole though, I think that academics there will be tough since cadets also take ROTC classes and Physical education, and have to adhere to such a regimented lifestyle. On the other hand, the structure and Evening Study Periods would seem to ensure that cadets would study enough.

    -When and what are the room inspections like?
    There are some scheduled inspections on Saturdays, but I think there are also impromptu ones as well.

    -What is a typical day like for a first year?
    All cadets have a daily schedule that they have to adhere to, including attendance at meals, formations, parades, etc. Knobs do have a much different year though. I've found that the book In the Company of Men: A woman at The Citadel by Nancy Mace is an excellent resource. Being the first woman graduate, she does address the differences in treatment that she encountered from her peers and the system, but the majority of the book was focused on knob year.

    Also, I found this section from the article on "How the Citadel works" from Howstuffworks

    Hope this helps!
     
  5. Gcokeley

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    I read that article too. It was very informative.
     
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    HowStuffWorks website is a great resource! Thank you

    for posting about it.
     
  7. Sedrider

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    thank you

    so much for your replies, a lot of my questions have been answered.
    I don't have time in my schedule for a pre-knob visit, and I must have overlooked the books, I have checked them out though.
     
  8. mwbluebeard

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    Sedrider, are you going to the Citadel for sure?

    What state do you come from?
     
  9. Sedrider

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    Yep 100%

    I come from Texas.
    Can't wait to be in SC though.
     
  10. mwbluebeard

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    At least you already know how to speak southern...

    Texas is the state I'd most like to live in if I ever had to leave SC.

    I've lived near Midland for a summer and loved it. Was in Austin for 6 weeks, and although it was very different (Keep Austin Weird), I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    I like Texas' independent spirit. SC shares that value, too.

    Congratulations on the Citadel!
     
  11. Sedrider

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    Thanks bluebeard

    and everyone else, btw does anyone know if you can bring supplements to the citadel? like protein, weight gainers, creatine, etc.?
     
  12. Gtwright11

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    idk know for sure but if they count it as food ur only supposed to have enough for one day. but the cadets i talked to said that the rule isn't really enforced as much as the cadre will steal the food when their hungry.
     
  13. Sedrider

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    hmm

    well i hope they dont steal my supplements if i decide to bring any. Besides im not familiar with the Charleston area, so idk where i would restock up on some.
     
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    I can't answer this for the Citadel, but every guy in my son's rat room at VMI this year had/has a food box which includes powdered "Muscle Milk" protein supplement or something similar; a lot of beef jerky and Gatorade mix.
     

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