Hi all. With my junior year in full swing, I am looking to apply to Norwich at the end of the year. VMI has grown increasingly interesting to me, in large part because of the fantastic academic review that I have gotten from teachers here at school. Coming from NH, I don't know much about the school, so I would like to ask some questions about VMI: 1)As a parent and an alum, how is the Ratline experience? 2)Culture: I have lived in NH for most of my life. How much, if any, is the culture shock coming from outside VA? 3)I have been talking to many people about ROTC. After visiting USMA, I just didn't feel right there. I think that the size of the school was really the factor. How is ROTC at VMI? I will be applying for both an AROTC scholarship and a USMC scholarship. I'm hoping to fly or be in Intelligence. 4)Finally: When I told my parents that I wanted to be in the military, my mom wasn't sure what to do. She is slowly understanding that this is what I want, but she is still scared. Any advice as to how I should explain that VMI is a good school? We will be visiting VMI after the new year. Thanks for your help.