SRS What would you do? v.college

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  1. gkremian

    gkremian New Member

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    Cliffs: I'm a freshman at Norwich University, which is a military school in Vermont. I'm having the typical "I don't know if this is the right place for me" question that goes on in the heads of a lot of freshmen their first year. However, being 1% of 1% of all college students, my situation is a little bit different. I really find myself hating it here, here is a little context: I made it through "rook week", and it's been down hill from there. I'm a physics major and have 17 credit hours a week, with classes on monday, wednesday, and friday. I have near a 4.0, except in calculus. I'm getting my ass kicked in that class, but I'm going to study groups and working with student tutors =]
    I find myself with way too much free time, even as a physics major. I'm bored all of the time and I never find myself having fun. I believe that college is something to be experienced as the ride, not the final destination. If I stay at NU, I feel that all I have to look forward to is the final destination, because I really, really hate it here. I can't just leave, because then I'd be letting all of my rook buddies down, as well as my cadre, and probably a couple of other people that I know that do not want me to quit. However, if I don't get out to a civilian university, I feel like I'd be letting myself down because I'm subjecting myself to a university and program that I hate and depresses me.

    I am looking for opinions on what you would do if you were in my situation, and some advice. I want to know what others think, I've been asking many people at NU what they would do to. I want to make a somewhat informed decision, as to whether or not the grass is greener on the other side. I made one mistake by prematurely deciding to come to Norwich, and I don't want to make another one.

    Please help :hsd:
     
  2. Kortiz-DZ

    Kortiz-DZ Resident Nigerian Lipper OT Supporter

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    So you'd rather live in the moment right now...bust still want to consider the future.

    *shrug* What is so bad about "civilian" college that makes you despise and what depresses you about it?

    The one thing you don't want to do is look back and say you quit and then feel bad about it. But on the other hand, pending your problem with any other type of university, transfering wouldn't be such a bad idea...

    Think about the cost....people you will let down (including yourself) and then think about what you really want to do to make yourself happy and whether your future will be affected by it.

    My suggestion is to see what the rest of the year brings (this fall and spring) and then decide come Summer. You may see things change in that time.

    To curb your down time, ever thought about a hobby? Study Calculus more? Videogames....post on OT....movies....do porno on the side.

    Ultimately, you make the best of your life. Do whatever makes you happy, but assuming you have a good head on your shoulders, realize that this time of your life is supposed to be about your future just as much as it is getting to know yourself and enjoying yourself.

    You'll make the right choice. This is your life, right?
     
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    Er... I think you missed the "military college" point. I'm not in a civilian college, and I want to be in one. I'm not allowed to listen to music, go off campus, watch videos, play video games, etc. I'm in three community service clubs, and Norwich's Maroon and Gold Key admissions program. I'm also getting involved in youth mentoring as well. I'm bored nonetheless, and I hate it here nonetheless, mainly because of the military academy aspect. I love it here when I'm in classes or at the library and am free to do what I want. However, when I go back to barracks, my life sucks :(

    Edit: Also, not allowed to talk to civilians unless in classroom/library settings. Not allowed to go to civilian dorms, can't go to other freshman barracks, and not allowed to fraternize with upperclassmen. The only social life I have is academic, and the people in my freshman platoon. The people in my freshman platoon only really make things worse, because they fight a lot and most do not have the same interests as me. I try to make the best of it, but trying isn't working for me. I've despised every day that I've been here for the past six weeks, and I don't see things getting better. I'm from Seattle, WA, where winter doesn't really exist. In a couple of weeks, it will start snowing here, and soon I won't really be able to leave the barracks because most things I do will be shut down due to the snow. I made a mistake by coming to the Northeast :p Once everything shuts down for the winter, it's only going to get worse.

    I can tell that the upperclassmen here aren't happy either, I don't want to end up like them. I am in not a very good situation.
     
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    That was the deal....I was thinking you had a problem with civilian college, yet at the same time wanted the benefits from one because being at a military college wasn't near as "fun" as a civilian college.

    So your problem is with the institution you are currently enrolled in and not that of one you are not currenly enrolled in.

    I missunderstood you.
     
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    Yeah, thats the problem exactly. I just want to know what you would do if you were in my shoes, because I don't want to look at it from only my angle. Although, after six weeks of thinking about it, I have tried every angle I can think of.

    I'm also starting to get involved with the math club (I'm such a nerd! :big grin:) as well as the student government association.
     
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    You owe it to yourself to see the year out...but that's how I look at things. If I make a decision to start something...it's obligatory to at least see it through. You can transfer after the year is out no problem I'm sure...
     
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    Well, the military aspect isn't really meant to be fun. It's a challenge that is meant to be overcome. Should you guys (and your superiors) develop correctly, you will develop a sense of pride and accomplishment which many college students don't have. Sure, they get to go out and get smashed every night if they want, but in the end what do they accomplish?

    For the time being you may not have the ability to do those social activities, but as the years go on, your privileges should expand and you will have the oppurtunity to incorporate those activities into your class and extracurricular schedule. Are you involved in any sports? If not, try getting involved in that, at least at an intramural level.
     
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    As I said earier, it's not really difficult to be in the military setting. I just don't enjoy it, and I know that it isn't supposed to be fun. I fraternize with a lot of upperclassmen when I'm not locked on at am at ease, and most of them tell me how they still hate it at Norwich and only look forward to getting their class ring at the end of their junior year, and then graduating. That's depressing :hs: The attrition rates at this school drop significantly at the end of the freshman year, and again at the end of the sophomore year even though sophomores have all the privileges that juniors and seniors do. Most kids just hate this place.

    I'm doing Marine Corps ROTC, but I'm not involved in any intramural sports. I'm waiting for intramural basketball to start, because our platoon isn't playing football or frisbee. Soon, it will be skiing season, so I'll be doing that, and I'm also looking in to getting in to the paintball club so that I can paintball with AFROTC and other people.
    I still find myself thoroughly unsatisfied, and that's my current situation:hs:
     
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    If you intend to go into the military, then you should stick it out, as this is training for that. Otherwise, finish the year and if you're still miserable then find another school. You will need to apply for transfer early, so start looking into that.
     

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