Rook Arrival Day, page one: Norwich University emagazine

“And so it begins”

Rook Arrival Day is a poignant
transition to a very different life

photos by Jay Ericson

Things were a little intense for rook Jennifer Smith and her family at 10 a.m. on a sticky late-August day at Norwich University.

The morning began calmly. Smith awoke at 4 a.m. to dress in the Rook Arrival Day uniform of tan slacks, white shirt and black tie; pull her hair into a bun and load the Chevy Trailblazer with the few personal belongings she’s allowed as a rook—a freshman in the private military college’s Corps of Cadets. After a two-hour drive from their home in North Troy, Vt., Smith and her family were immediately impressed by upperclassmen who efficiently unloaded the luggage.

After lugging a black footlocker through the rain from Shapiro Field House and up two steep flights of concrete steps to Wilson residence hall, Smith found her new home—and size problems with her uniform. continue

Rook Jennifer Smith, a freshman at Norwich University, will wear the rook cap during her early months in the Corps of Cadets.

Rook Jennifer Smith, a freshman at Norwich University, will wear the rook cap during her early months in the Corps of Cadets