This week, my brother turns 30! His wife rented a house in the Poconos for the weekend and invited a bunch of friends and family to join them. My brother picked me up (he lives in Washington) and we went up Friday afternoon. My sister-in-law and my sister joined us after dark, as did my parents (from Boston) and my brother’s graduate school friends (from upstate New York).
Once assembled, my brother mentioned how cool it was that almost none of us had gone to the same undergraduate institution: we had someone from McDaniel (me), Centre College (my sister), Northeastern (my brother), RIT (sister-in-law), Wheelock (mother), MIT (father), University of Rochester (friend), and various other small school in New York State. His comment got me thinking about how well placed McDaniel is.
McDaniel is about an hour and a half away from my brother and my sister, who both live in Washington. McDaniel is only 45 minutes from Baltimore. Philadelphia is only about two hours away. Pittsburgh is a little more than four hours. Even New York City is only about four hours away!
At times, McDaniel can feel like the middle of nowhere, but really it’s more like the middle of everywhere! I know people that have taken day trips to: beaches in New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland; battlefields like Gettysburg and Antietam; cities like B’more, Annapolis and DC; sites like Hershey Park and Busch Gardens; and other schools like Maryland, Widener, Haverford, and Salisbury.
Even though it is surrounded by cornfields, McDaniel is actually quite the happening place. Speaking of cornfields, I think there’s a corn maze I need to go navigate! I’ll let you know how it goes.