Why I Chose Norwich As A Civilian

Why I Chose Norwich As A Civilian

One civilian's reason to the question "why?"

Norwich University is a unique private college in the fact that, for 175 years, civilian students did not live on campus. Founded in 1819, it wasn't until 1972 before they merged with Vermont college and shuttled civilians to and from the campus. In 1994, the full merge of Vermont College and Norwich University, The Military College of the State of Vermont, became a reality and civilians and women were allowed to live on campus with the corps and women could be in the corps for the first time.

This is the moment in history that allowed me to be able to even consider Norwich as a choice. While attending, I got asked a lot my first year why I went to Norwich if I was just going to be a civilian. Why not go to a normal college? I always know the answer, but explaining it to someone who doesn't really know me is difficult. First of all, the way I found out about Norwich blew my mind.

One day I was checking my email designated to the college search, scrolling through the mounds of college's in North Carolina waiving my applications fees or trying to sell me on some aspect of their school, not knowing I wanted to be a good distance from home when I went to college. That's when I stumbled upon an email from Norwich's head wrestling coach, saying he'd love to have me visit the school and check out the team. Now, in my wrestling career I had plenty of people decide my name was just a typo, or thought it was just spelled funny, and decide I was actually called Kyle, and a boy. So my first response to Coach was pretty much I'd love to, but you know I'm a girl, right? The next email I got back mentioned nothing of my gender question and simply said if I was interested I should fill out a prospective athlete form. I raced down the stairs and showed my computer to my parents, shocked and elated that I had received an email from an actual college wrestling coach that didn't care if I was a female that wanted to wrestle co-ed. That was a big check on my list, especially since my number one college was very against females wrestling on previously all-male team.

They had psychology, but I was hoping to look more in depth into forensic psychology. When I visited, that was checked off too, since they were advertising a forensic psychology minor that you could take. Another plus was that you were required to do research to graduate, and boy did I have a lot of hypotheses I'd love to look at on a university's dime.

The last thing was the sense of home I felt when visiting. I'd visited probably around seven colleges and that was the only one that when I spent time there, it felt like I belonged. As for the part about becoming a civilian, well, I pondered being corps for a while. The option of doing research in the military appealed to me, but I could always contract as a civilian. I decided in the end my distaste for authority acting like their, well, authority, and the Army recruiter who told me yeah, maybe the military isn't for you, were probably good signs I shouldn't go corps side.

That's why I went civilian, that's why I chose a private military academy rather than a normal college, and I'm glad I did. There's nowhere else I think I could've gotten the experiences I did other than Norwich. I somewhat understand a world most don't even get the chance to see. I can communicate with people in what can seem like a whole other language. And while the military path isn't necessarily for me, I know the other options that are open to me from this experience I was blessed to have.

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How Can An Acting Class Prepare You For Medical School?

Acting is the secret to the "Art of Doctoring"!

When you enter college with the dreams of one day becoming a doctor, there are so many classes that you have to take. You're told to take Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and every other science class on earth. Then you're told to take your required Physics class, that one random English class, and a Psychology class to fill some schedule gaps. At the end of your college career, you may be prepared for medical school from an academic standpoint, but you've failed to learn the skills that will allow you to master what I like to call "the art of doctoring."

Is there any class that will help you learn the "art of doctoring"? Yes, there is!

Acting classes!

An extremely important aspect of being a doctor that several students tend to forget about is the art of connecting with your patients. Doctors have to be effective communicators in order to get the most out of their patients and make their patients understand what is happening to them. Doctors must be emotionally available for their patients. They must help their patients overcome the vulnerability or embarrassment they might feel exposing intimate parts of themselves and their lives to their doctors.

In my opinion, the best way to learn how to connect to people, how to understand other's perspectives, and how to properly access situations and react accordingly is by learning how to act. You may not be the best actor in the world; As a first-year medical student that minored in theatre, I can assure you that I was far from the label of "Best Actress". Yet, my experiences in acting class and on the stage truly helped me when we started having patient interactions. I was better able to understand others' emotions because I had learned how to, essentially, become other people and tell others' stories.

I believe that every student studying something science or mathematics based such as Biology, Computer Science, or Engineering will benefit from finding some time to take an acting class. You will improve your communication skills, relieve some stress, learn new skills, and make new friends.

I understand that the 3, 4, 5 or more years spent in college can actually go by very quickly making us feel like we don't have time. I know that there are so many other classes to take and requirements we must fill, but just one acting class can be such an amazing experience. If you still have the chance to, I suggest trying out an acting class or minoring in theatre, like I did. It's actually quite interesting to see how a set of skills seemingly unrelated to your "major" or "career plans" can make you a better student and professional in the future.

And if nothing like that happens for you, at least you experienced something new!

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7 Ways To Cope With The Stress Of College Midterms

With class, clubs, and your social life, you barely have time to breathe.

Professors are pounding you with homework, midterm paper due dates are drawing way to close for comfort, and you’re probably swamped with everything else in your life. It can get pretty stressful, especially with daydreams of spring break keep you from paying attention to important information in class. With all the work you have to do, it’s important to take a few breaks now and then, for sanity’s sake. Here are some ways that you can do that in a healthy and relaxing way.

1. Go for a walk and crank some music.

Sometimes just giving your brain a break is helpful. Trying to plow through can keep you from doing your best work. So go for a walk outside if it's nice, put some headphones in and jam out for a little bit.

2. Take a nap (we all know you don't get enough sleep).

Get some gosh darn sleep! Taking a 20-minute power nap can and will reenergize you. Lay down and set the alarm so you don't sleep for hours and then you can get right back to studying or writing that paper. Never underestimate the wonders of a nap, it's truly magical.

3. Exercise!

Not everyone likes to go for a 4-mile run, but even just going for a mile can be really good for your mental stability. It's been proven to relieve stress, and it's good for your body. Just grab a buddy and hit the gym!

4. Hang out with friends.

Sometimes you get caught up in all the papers you have to write that you forget to interact with other human beings. Go get coffee or let off some steam with some of your buds. Watch a movie, play some games, or even just talk to them, being around people you enjoy will always make your stress disappear.

5. Online shop, but don't buy anything.

Fill up that cart, look at the most expensive things, look at every single pair of shoes that a store has on their website. I don't know about you, but looking at a really cute pair of sneakers always puts me in a good mood. Then you can always get a good laugh when you look at your cart and look at the price. It's always fun to think about what it would be like to be rich. Maybe it'll give you the motivation to do your homework so you can get a job that allows you to buy all the things.

6. Reflect on your day/week.

Take a few minutes just to talk to yourself and reflect on your life. Allow yourself to worry for a few minutes, then give yourself a pep talk. Think about what you are grateful for and what you want to do within the next month or year. Sometimes just taking a minute to think can be beneficial. You never know, you might just figure a few things out along the way.

7. Do some laundry or clean your room.

A clean space to study in is very important. It's hard to get things done when your room is a mess, and everything that could possibly distract you is just lying right in front of you waiting for you to give in. And having clean clothes is always a plus. I've found folding laundry to be very relaxing. Not only are you giving yourself a break, but you're getting other important things done too!

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