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Norwich Odyssey: A “Nontraditional” Path to a Traditional Education

June 14, 2019

Tradition: at Norwich University, we place great stock in it. And part of the Norwich tradition is to embrace evolving ideas about the definitions of terms like, well, “tradition.” For instance, what does it mean to be a “nontraditional” student at NU? These are students who typically live off campus, attend college part time or full time while holding down a job, raising a family, or any combination thereof.

In the 2018-19 academic year, 30 percent of enrolled Norwich undergraduates were either commuters living off campus or students in the online degree-completion programs. If one out of three Norwich undergraduates falls outside the definition of “traditional student,” could it be that we’re entering an era where such labels—traditional and nontraditional—fall away, and our students are called, simply, students?

Tune in to this episode of Norwich Odyssey for a glimpse into the university experience through the lens of a not-so-traditional path to a traditional Norwich education.

Host: Jacque Day. Producer: Crystal Drown ’19. Guests: Judy Wright ’19 and Amy Holt ’19.

Caption: Odyssey producer Crystal Drown ’19 (pictured, far right) with classmates Judy Wright ’19 (far left) and Amy Holt ’19 (center) at 100s Day 2019, Norwich University. In April, the trio convened in the WNUB studios to reflect on their paths as nontraditional students. 

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