Norwich: Rook Week 2018

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  1. DesertCaliMom

    DesertCaliMom Member

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    Today was the official start of Rook Week 2018, and preparing for the 200th anniversary of the school's founding.

    500 Rooks checked in today. Less than last year. Housing is an issue though, running out of room.

    The school has raised almost $100M for improvement and endowments. The new cyber security building is complete. Return of classrooms being done to keep everything state of the art, as much as possible.

    Gen Schneider said:

    1) Rooks do your jobs just like your parents did unfailingly to get you here.

    2) Rooks try your best and we will too

    3) Parents, you're not done parenting yet, so don't sign out.

    4) Parents, when they call home crying and ready to come home - say you love them and they just need rest - and hang up the phone.

    5) it's gonna be the hardest thing of their lives ever, so don't give up.

    DS found one of his room mates through social media, the other they couldn't find in advance... hoping he showed!

    The alumni association seems as strong as the SAs. Very cool to see the class of 1972 helping out so much.

    As with every tradition, things are changing as they are analyzed for effectiveness and their pertinent nature. I applaud the school for removing things that don't help the process but can hinder. There are big changes coming to the entire Rook experience, in many ways returning to what worked in the past.

    No tears from me, Pride and excitement! DS will be busy with NROTC, 19 credits, the honors program, eagle scout association, normal Rook duties, designing an exhibit for the museum, and designing an online safety course to teach at local elementary schools. His professors have been great already pointing him towards new opportunities he wasn't aware of and are encouraging him on time management and to stay away from his room as much as possible. Lol

    Happy to chat with any parents or future rooks.
     
  2. AJC

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    My son is Cadre this year.
    He is a Junior and already talking about how much harder it was back in the "Old Corps".
    Many changes the last few years but imagine what he will say 20 years from now.
     
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  3. CitadelN88

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    Back in the olde corpse .... of course at Norwich you guys might actually march though the snow - now up hill and both ways ....
     
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    Two Seasons; Snow or Mud
     
  5. DesertCaliMom

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    And *everything* is up hill at Norwich. Lol
     
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    but is it uphill both ways?

    Citadel is said to have the highest natural point in Charleston at 15' above sea level. If it rains and the tide is coming in water comes out of the storm drains ....
     
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    I just graduated from A&M and I'm already feeling like a crotchety old alumni with just the changes for this year lol
     
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    from my son at Norwich
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  9. norcal300

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    I was also told rook week was harder in the past when I went there starting in 1968.
     
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  10. Walman888

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    All the best! Especially to the CA Cadets!
     
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  11. DesertCaliMom

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    Mine is in limbo... he's from California but after I sent him to Rook Week I moved us to Washington. He won't see "home" until Christmas! I still think he's a California desert rat, though.

    Should I change my handle now since I left California? Haha.
     
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    Home is where the heart is... It's a bear being 3k miles away though.
     
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    It is! I'm not physically able to travel either, and am grateful to the network of parents and alumni who are adopting my boy for weekends like homecoming, parent family weekend, and giving him rides down to Boston for less expensive airfare.

    My rook sends a daily "brain dump" to help him sleep and I'm formatting them into a book to print for him as a graduation gift. Just a little reminder of the journey!
     
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