Spring is officially on it’s way! The sun was shinning and it was a gorgeous day!:) I was able to go for a run outside and not have a thousand layers on! SCORE! I wore shorts and a t-shirt!!! It was amazing! On my run I saw so many people out and about. A bunch of students were playing soccer on the Bermuda grass fields! Spring sports were outside practicing. People were outside enjoying the spring weather! You could tell how excited everyone was!
Plus, this weather made me even more excited for spring break!!! I need the sun and especially a tan!!!! I cannot wait for spring to come to campus because it makes our campus life more active since the weather is so nice! Once spring hits, everyone is always outside reading, playing sports, or just getting some vitamin D.
Hope you all had a great day like me!
McDaniel is part of a program called Chamber Music on the Hill, that sponsors musicians from all over to come to the Forum in McDaniel and play on a Sunday afternoon. Yesterday, a group known as the Westminster Trio performed, with a special guest who’d come from Florida. The program sponsors about four shows a year. One falls in summer, sadly, but normally students are able to go to the other ones. While for adults the program costs $20, with our McDaniel IDs, we get in free.
I went to the first concert of the year back in October by myself and was utterly mindblown. I’ve forgotten where one of the performers was from, but he had about ten different types of flutes. As a flautist myself, I was exceedingly enthused to see all the sounds that they made. He was super lively as a person, too, and he explained how each instrument worked.
The concert in November was cancelled due to the McBlackout, sadly, and has been rescheduled for the day after I leave campus in May. When I went to the concert yesterday, I’d kind of forgotten how amazing the first one was. While this one wasn’t quite as good because of the different variety of music, it was still immensely beautiful and I found it really relaxing to just listen to quality live music for an hour and a half and to try and destress myself.
The Forum wasn’t packed, but there were a ton of people from the Westminster community who’d come out to see the show. It’s great to see that McDaniel’s able to help sponsor something that also helps the community. Events like these keep me sane, and I’m really grateful that McDaniel offers them.
Last Sunday, the most wonderful night of stars, glamour, and movies took place: the Oscars. Normally, I would not watch the Oscars because I don’t have a TV and I also tend not to watch shows alone. Fortunately, we had a suite event in DMC. Suite 101 threw an Oscars Party.
In a true honors’ party fashion, everyone brought homework to work on during the commercials. Other than that, we had tons of fun. We laughed at Ellen’s jokes, we ate tons of popcorn, and we had a contest to see who could most accurately predict the award winners. I got 2nd place with four other people, so we split the candy prize.
I love living in honors’ housing because it’s nice to have a cool community of people that you take classes with live with, and you can party with them too.
At 6:50 yesterday morning, the alarm on my phone went off. Admittedly, it was difficult. This is college–I don’t get up that early on weekdays let alone on a Saturday. But I had a duty to myself, my peers, and in a small way, the global community. Seven other students from the Honors Program and I were going to volunteer at SERRV for the morning, an experience that I find fun and rewarding.
SERRV is a nonprofit fair trade organization that operates in New Windsor, Maryland, only a ten minute drive from McDaniel. A major catalog and online business, SERRV finds hand-crafted goods such as scarves, jewelry, and home wares from all over the world to help underprivileged artisans and farmers lead sustainable lives.
I’ve volunteered at SERRV three times, and every experience has been a little bit different. That’s because volunteers are primarily responsible for inspecting, properly packaging, and counting goods so they can be sold to consumers in the U.S. My day volunteering yesterday was spent working with olive oil, rugs woven from bands of fabric, wind chimes from India, and heart-shaped wooden puzzle boxes. Last semester, I got to help inspect and gift box dozens of beautiful scarves. The work is simple, but it’s made fun by the fact that volunteers get to see so many pretty items and that in going with the Honors Program, I’ve gotten to interact with Honors friends and get to know people in Honors that I hadn’t previously known all that well.
Another perk of volunteering at SERRV is a 20% discount at their retail shop, located above the basement where volunteering takes place, which makes buying unique, fair trade items a little more fit for a college student’s budget. (So if you have a bit of a thing for retail therapy, this is one volunteering stint that might actually cost you money.) Last semester, I bought a beautiful jewelry box that was discounted because a small piece of its black-painted wood was chipped off. (Coloring the chipped off area in with a black marker made it almost as good as new.) And this semester, it was with great joy that I was able to purchase one of the scarves I had helped inventory last semester, a scarf that my fellow volunteers and I had spent half an hour gushing about how pretty it was. It was also on sale, so I bought another one in a different color for my cousin, whom I got to visit at College Park later in the afternoon.
I also treated myself to two bars of my favorite variety of Divine Chocolate–milk chocolate with toffee and sea salt. I can’t wait to have an excuse to break into the latest editions to my chocolate stash!
Overall, I had a wonderful morning at SERRV. I got to work with some great people and play a small role in making a difference in the lives of people from around the world, both by making their products ready to buy and by buying a few of those items myself.
If you are an individual or have a group that would like to volunteer at SERRV, scroll down to the volunteering section here to learn more. And of course, to shop SERRV, go here.
These days, movie prices can be so expensive. It is hard to find a theater where you will spend less than $10 for your movie experience. Luckily, here at McDaniel, we get our own, FREE theater about once a month. Decker Auditorium has a huge screen and movie theater-like seats, so it makes you feel like you are not even on campus! You can bring your own snacks and watch a blockbuster hit on the big screen without spending a dime.
Posters are plastered around campus with the movie schedule, so you know when your favorites are coming. Like I said earlier, it is generally about one movie a month, but they are usually huge hits that everyone wants to see. We actually just had one playing this week. I wasn’t able to go, but I heard it was “Identity Theft,” which is hilarious! I have definitely attended my fair share of McDaniel movie nights, though, which included: “The Conjuring,” “The Great Gatsby,” and many more. It is the best feeling to throw on some sweatpants, grab some snacks, and walk a short 2 minutes to the auditorium to watch a movie you would have normally spent over $10 on.
However, McDaniel doesn’t only play movies in Decker Auditorium. When it is warm outside, they will sometimes set up a screen in what we call Red Square. It is the big open plaza right outside our library and it is the perfect space to watch a movie. I remember watching “The Avengers” out there the fall of my junior year. There is sometimes pizza included, which is just an added bonus!
As you may be able to tell, McDaniel movies are a great deal that we are lucky to have here on the Hill!