Analysis Of Hell Week: Hell Week

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Rook Week ~ Hell Week
What better way to enter the depths of Hell, than to become a Rook at Norwich University? Most of what goes on during your first week, and then on through January, is a verbal slaughter-fest. You are forced into an environment with minimal sleep, other’s expectations beyond your abilities, and a maroon bass ball cap (Rook Cover) that says “Rook” on the front of it in big gold letters; as if you did not already have a giant target on your back already.
Day Zero of the week and you have not even been given the chance, or the amount of time, to learn the name of the person next to you; and you are rushed into your rooms, and you are told to get changed into half PT gear. “Hurry up! Get out on the wall! It doesn’t take this
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You file in, in one straight line, stand at your seats until you are told to place your stuff on the ground (rooky trash), and then you are told to walk single file, down stairs, to get your food. While there, you do not have the luxury of looking around at what is being served, and you have to sand with your heals together, and your tray out in front of you with your elbows at a 90 degrees angle. This especially gets uncomfortable when your tray gains more and more wait with the food you putt on it. Again, while walking around, you are not allowed to look around. You can’t turn your head, and you can’t move your eye left to right. If someone from any platoon’s Cadre staff catches you doing this, they yell at you right where you stand. When you get to your table with your tray of food, you first have to request permission to take your seat and join chow. Then, you have to take one bite of your food, small enough it does not take more than ten chews, and you can’t start eating until your hands are on your lap, with your utensils on the tray, in their respective …show more content…
You leave your family but unlike most colleges, you can’t talk to them other than ten minutes on Sunday nights, at 21:15 (9:15pm). The being away from my family part of this school, I can deal with, but it is the lack of communication that is the hardest. The hardest challenges I had to overcome have been all mental, not physical. Can I push myself to get up, and complete that next pushup? Can I run two miles without stopping? Can I make it without my family’s direct support, and being able to talk with them? All of these things are mental; because at the end of the day, the mind can push the body harder, further, and faster than anything else. Family is a big deal to a lot of people, and if rook week dose one good thing for you, it makes you forget about any outside entities. This is not a bad thing. You do not feel as home sick, you do not have sad thoughts about leaving your family as much, and they force you to, in a way, make a family of your own, right here at

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