Norwich alumni leave some words of wisdom, and humor, for the graduating class of 2020.
Steve Vee ’02 M’12:
You are seeing first hand the strength of a nation in a time of uncertainty. My class graduated 7 months after 9/11. Uncertainty is out there but know one thing, Norwich has prepared you to make a difference. This is your time to lead (both Military, Law Enforcement and Civilian careers). I am proud of all of you. This is your moment. 2002 (BS), 2012 (MA)
George Hemond M’04:
From Abraham Lincoln: “Every man should be proud of the place he lives and every place should be proud of the man who lives there”
Brian James M’15:
Tell people that you went to Rutgers.
Dan Corindia ’00:
For those going military or civilian “Number one. Take care of your family. When (insert service branch of company) is done with you, they’re done with you. You don’t want to get to the end of your career, check six, and find nobody there.” He’s the older filmed “Mentor’s Moment” of this https://youtu.be/Z4jQrliGHug
Military mentor’s best question: “What do you want to do when you grow-up (aka leave the military)? The end comes quicker than you think it will. Decide that when you’re an Lt. Then put your TA towards something you want to do (not a worthless degree just to have one), start your investments for your future when time is on your side, and if you have to leave the service early you’ve already got a plan.” https://youtu.be/7ny0ezrNApY
P.M. Fugère ’02 M’12:
Never think you have “arrived” because that leads to laziness and complacency. Seek knowledge and wisdom; especially when it comes from your personal wealth. Never forget where you came from. Best of luck! NU ’02, MA’12
Tom Walton ’89:
Keep all options open; be humble, every experience will be a learning experience; volunteer for undesirable tasks; and don’t be afraid to leave your hometown!
Maria Burns ’94:
All entry level jobs are tedious. That’s why they’re entry level. Stick with it and don’t quite three days after you start.
Leon Mable ’79:
Go out and do your best! Be yourself and try to be a good person to others.
Michael Hutchison ’03:
Work on your salute. If you think I’m just being funny, I’m not. If you are going into the service as an officer, you should show as much respect to the people saluting you as you can. A proper salute shows respect. A mocking salute mocks those saluting you. Rugg Adillo (alias, could not find in RE): To quote a part of a phrase to rugby players; “continue on not alone but with the spirit of those who have struggled on before.” You are part of something bigger than yourselves now. Become the leaders you have been trained to be. With you!
David Steves ’02 M’14:
Never stop giving back, not only enrich your career but the communities you belong to. Stay in touch with your friends from Norwich, I love catching up and seeing their families. At the end of the day you will be remembered for who you have inspired, that will be your legacy. NU’02, MBA’14
Zachary Gibson ’19:
Things aren’t going to go the way you planned, whatever it is that happens, keep trying. It makes all the difference. NU’19
Keith Benoit ’89:
Your journey will become a grind in many ways that are unforeseen. Stay true to your moral compass … display compassion for those around you … but most importantly be true to yourself for you have been tested … tried … and were built to lead!
Melissa Taft ’83:
Be humble, be flexible, keep your options open, seek a mentor, find your passion.
Rich McNally ’74:
All great bits of advice here! Above all, stay disciplined.
Bill MacHarrie ’65:
Live life as Norwich has taught and trained you.
Joyce B. LaRosa ’82:
Always look for opportunities to learn and contribute. Take risks, be vulnerable and raise those up around you. Ask “Why?” And Listen for Learning.
Jim Black ’18:
As is tradition, never forget to mention how harder it was in your day.
Chris Toulouse ’90:
Strive to maximize the skills that you acquired at Norwich.
Andrew O’Sullivan ’13:
If you’re going into the civilian sector from being a cadet, try to find an organization where you have camaraderie, and an opportunity for leadership: pipe band, fire department, ems, scouting unit. You’ll be lacking camaraderie you had in the Corps and wanting something similar. Stay in touch with your rook buddies.
Todd Bajakian ’94:
Listen to your NCOs. They too have a vested interest in the Soldiers you are about to lead.
Vlad Gutierrez ’02:
Hey seniors..as much as you think you know, and you guys have a head and shoulders lead on any Officer in any branch. ... Be humble and learn from other senior NCOs. You guys are going to be great! Keep your head down, ears open and mouths closed.
Beth Dewey ’85:
Show up, be engaged. Nick Jacobs (non-degree seeking):
Keep in touch with each other. Network. A lot. You have made it this far, now it’s time to put it to use. Your work ethic will get you the invite to the party, but how you play the political game, will get you on the dance floor…
Mark Maitag ’94:
“To thine own self be true.” That’s about it.
Tom Dale ’79:
Go back and visit Norwich when you can. Anytime is good but Homecoming weekends are best. You will be amazed at what your classmates have done – in their work, the families they have created, the hobbies that they have acquired, the contributions they have made to society, etc. You will relish that handshake or hug. You will have some laughs. You will realize that whatever sacrifice was made to get there that it was worth it and you will want to go back again.
Joe Groves M’16:
You don’t have to have ALL the answers today.
Karen Abel ’86:
Congratulations! We need you! Please serve your country, community and fellow human beings in any way that you can. Christopher Ross (unable to determine which Christopher Ross alum he is – maybe ’11?): No one is going to do it for you, you have to do it for yourself. Work hard at building a network of useful connections and showcase your failures as an opportunity for everyone to learn. Strive for excellence and keep your ethical compass true.
Joel Martin ’16:
Don’t ignore the crippling debt.
Larry Bailey ’65:
You have been trained as leaders. All businesses, Congress, and your fellow citizens all need leadership. Take measured chances and take charge!
Rob Clark ’93:
Be flexible, with job, people, and with priorities. Catherine Mary Wiley (not alum and unable to find in RE. friend of the university): Always support the people around you and be sure of yourself/.
Arielle Ann Eaton ’14:
Don’t get discouraged easily. Don’t let yourself feel too lost. It’s hard going from a small school to the ‘real world’ by you WILL figure it out just as you figured it out when you entered college. Just take it one day, one opportunity, at a time.
Keith Wiley M’18:
Sharks die if they do not keep swimming forward. Be the shark, keep swimming forward.
Jeremiah “Lumpy” Lumbaca ’95:
Check out “Tiger King” on Netflix. It’s awesome.