McDaniel professors seem to always come up with new ways to continue educating their students outside of the classroom in unique ways and “Prof Picks a Flick” is now the latest version.
The Honors Program was approached by Dr. Madsen from the Psychology Department and Dr. Raley from the Sociology Department to put this plan into action. They had their first successful event Tuesday evening led by Dr. Raley! While many of the honors students were excited for this event, none of them could match the excitement that Dr. Raley had for her premiere as the first professor to host “Prof Picks a Flick.”
What flick did she pick? A 2004 film called “I Heart Huckabees” starring famous actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg, and Jason Schwartzman. Take a look at IMBd’s short synopsis:
“A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.”
While IMDb may have only awarded “I Heart Huckabees” 6.7/10 stars, Catherine O’Keeffe, President of the Honors Program, begs to differ. She reports, “The amount of laughter and thought provoking ideas stirred up discussion between students in all different departments. It was definitely a movie that you had to watch with a diverse group to put all the pieces of the movie together.” Other students commented on the interesting take it had on the purpose of life and coincidences that we encounter. Dr. Raley was a great facilitator for discussion and forced students to analyze the movie and truly comprehend the meaning behind the movie.
There is now plenty of excitement for the next “Prof Picks a Flick” event. Who will be next? I am personally hoping that a science professor will step up and lead a movie discussion about “Gattaca.” It would lead to some great discussion about the future of genetic discrimination… but that’s just me.
I’ve decided I have a new superpower: extreme observation. Eye sight that is now drawn to the things I used to pass without a second glance. Starting to notice all the little details, the uniqueness, the artistry, and things that are just plain cool.
The cause for my new skills? Art courses. Throughout college, I’ve taken a Black & White film Photography course, currently a Digital Photography course, as well as several graphic design and computer graphics courses. They’ve taught me to seek out and savour every little detail that I find. Photography courses have honestly changed how I see the world. While walking along campus or down the street, I notice everything (I feel like Spiderman or Superman with extreme senses): cotton-ball clouds standing out against the blue sky, the reflection of a tree in the window, the light illuminating someone’s earring in class or an interesting texture off a rusty metal car.
Everything suddenly has beauty and value even if it’s just bizarre. No longer do I simply walk looking straight ahead- I look up to see rolling storm clouds or sunset-streaked skies against the dark outlines of trees. I look down and notice how the puddles from yesterday’s rain are reflecting the cloud-dotted sky. A rainy day produces beautiful raindrops on windows. You get the idea. I’m constantly searching, observing and waiting to find something other people haven’t noticed. I have photography classes to thank for that.
Then there are also my graphic design classes. Never have I looked at magazine ads the same way. The other day I opened my friend’s magazine to a car advertisement and was fascinated, “Look at this! They morphed the car into water droplets! Do you have any idea how much work that would take??” I now know the effort and skill behind the design and the graphics, what things are original and what can be easily produced with Photoshop. When passing a billboard, I literally do think, “Woah. That’s a great logo.” Or…not so great- I could do better than that.
Whether you have a great interest in art or photography or not, take it from me that just taking one little photography class can open your eyes to a whole new world. The mundane becomes interesting. The fascinating and beautiful suddenly appears all around. Want to spice up your life? How about acquiring some X-ray vision?
Tonight, I got a three-course dinner. The best part: it was free! Sodexo, the company that does our food at McDaniel has a new chef in the kitchen for the past two years: Chef Jamie. As a new idea to improve campus dinning, Chef Jamie decided to create “Dinner on Us” events each month. Essentially, an announcement is sent out, and whoever responds can come in for a free, served 3-course meal in Glar while we discuss campus dining: what works and what doesn’t and what we’d like to see in the future.
While he’s only been here for around two years now, our new chef has had his work cut out for him and, in my opinion (and that of others there tonight), made a lot of progress on making Glar food better! He’s been improving a lot of things behind the scenes and introducing new ideas and items pretty regularly, like the Mongolian Grill, Pasta Action station and the crêpe station I talked about last week.
The meal was great (especially the fresh, still-hot rolls and the delicious lemon custard dessert), and the best part was Chef Jamie sitting there with his yellow legal pad and pen taking down all our comments and suggestions. It’s so great to have leaders and management that actually listen to the students, seek out their opinions and then react accordingly; I got to bring up how I loved the “make-your-own” type stations, such as the crêpe, pasta and Mongolian grill stations. New today was also a make-your-own flatbread pizza station! You got to pick all the sauces and ingredients you wanted to go on top and they made it right there- three minutes later you got to pick up your own personal pizza.
After we had chatted away critiquing, praising and making suggestions for both the Pub upstairs (please bring back flatbread!), and Glar downstairs, Chef Jamie took us on a behind-the-scene tour of Glar to the kitchens and food storage areas. He definitely has me convinced on his vision for Glar in the future and knows how to get there. So incoming students- look forward to more delicious food! And if we’re not happy- they’re always open to suggestions. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Starting around dinnertime and late into the night of Tuesday, Feb. 26, students found themselves battling for space in public bathrooms due to extreme flu-like symptoms. At 10:45 AM, a campus-wide email alerted the McDaniel community that we are experiencing an outbreak of gastroenteritis, a virus.
Though many students are sick and stuck in their rooms, various campus services have reached out to those affected in order to keep the school week running smoothly. Here are a few examples of ways that students can gain help from campus offices:
Online appointments with the Writing Center are typically only available to deaf students, graduate students, and students studying at the Budapest campus. This week, any student can sign up for a virtual appointment so that sick students can still have someone look at their papers.
Glar is offering a system for sick students to use their meal plan. Roommates may swipe the card of an affected student and, with the help of a Sedexo manager, pick out food to put into a Styrofoam container to bring back to the dorm.
Those who can’t attend class don’t need a note. While students are encouraged to keep in touch with their professors about missed work, they don’t need a doctor’s note based upon the high volume of students who have not been able to attend class.
Because we live in such close proximity, viruses spread alarmingly quickly on college campuses. Though students may feel alarmed by the number of affected students, there are resources that aim to help students make it through the week.
I think we can all admit to having a dream at one point or another in our lives, or at least something we want to do really badly. For me, ever since I began the college touring process I’ve wanted to be a tour guide. Something about the idea of introducing myself to a stranger and showing them why my school is such a great place to go. Today I took my first real steps towards making that dream come true when I shadowed a current tour guide and learned the ropes.
In the Office of Admissions, there are three different stages of what they call “ambassadoring,” which is just another term for being a representative of the college, and you get to do different jobs at different stages. Currently I’m an unpaid green, which is the bottom tier. I mostly just performs small jobs around admissions. From 5-8 today I made phone calls on behalf of admission, informing prospective students that they had not fully submitted their applications. This and other jobs of this nature are examples of unpaid green jobs. The next level is paid green which is just an intermediate step to becoming gold which is my goal.
Earlier this morning, I shadowed my friend and tour guide Kelsey as she gave a tour to a nice family from Potomac, Maryland. I got to see what a tour route looks like, as well as get a feel for what information touring families expect to hear. It was insanely different from the other side, and it’s hard to believe that only two years ago I was doing the same thing. What was also an excellent experience for me was finding out that the father of the prospective student on the tour was a member of Alpha Sig from the Gamma Beta chapter.
For me today has really confirmed my dream to go gold and be a tour guide. It’s a chance to meet people, to network, to spend some time outside on a beautiful day like today, and talk about myself…all of which I enjoy. I also encourage all prospective students to take a college tour. Not just at McDaniel but any school you’re interested in. You really learn a lot. I’ve been at McDaniel a year and I had no idea that Campus Safety offered rides to classes if it’s cold out and you don’t feel like walking across campus. Just goes to show, never too late to learn something new!
Whether work study becomes a part of your financial aid at McDaniel or if you just need a job to support that college lifestyle, there are many jobs to be found on campus.
Some jobs are reserved for students with work study. A list is published online, with information on how to apply, and it is updated each semester with new available positions. I work two campus employment jobs this semester. My first is my ongoing duties as an Ambassador with Admissions. That jobs helps me talk to prospective students like you at lunch dates and on tours around campus. My second job is with IT. It is my job to help students and professors alike with problems they have relating to their computers or internet.
Here are some other examples of employment options on campus:
Fitness Center Desk Attendant – Swipe ID cards as people enter the gym to workout
Equipment Room Assistant – Help out with athletics by managing team and school equipment
Pickle Driver – Drive students in the campus shuttle to places around Westminster and to metro stops in the area
Lifeguard – If you’re certified, save people’s lives by working at the pool as a lifeguard.
Phone Caller – Solicit gifts to the school and connect with alumni
And so many more!
Many campus jobs come with flexible hours made for a busy student schedule so they are the perfect solution to making a little extra cash during the semester.
Anyone will tell you not to wear jeans to a job interview. Anyone will give you tips on how to write the best resume. But what most people differ on is the personality and attitude to enter an interview with. I always try to stay as positive as possible. I greet my interviewer as if they are an equal and a superior all in one. I make sure to give them a nice handshake and keep the focus of the interview on what skills I have that are important to the job. Luckily, I have had many of these opportunities. I have had lots of chances to interview for jobs and internships. Many of which I have gotten and others have slid right past me. Either way, I always learn something from the experience.
Even though I hate to admit it, I know I have to grow up and be an adult more often than I like to. More than half of my closet now holds clothes that can double as professional and casual attire. Dress pants and appropriate skirts dangle from one side while my nice shirts and sweaters sway from side to side each morning I search through them looking for a cute and professional outfit. Then there are the shoes…there must be specific outfits for specific pairs of shoes. The floor of my closet this year is carpeted with various flats and heels that are comfortable enough to walk around in for hours at a time and appropriate for the workplace. Of course, I still have my Mickey sneakers that I wear on the weekends.
As much as I love to sleep in as a college kid (with all those late nights writing papers), I end up loosing more sleep because it takes even more time to get ready in the mornings. But all the fuss and lost sleep will be worth it in the end. All the experience I am gaining from my two internships this semester and all the summer jobs I have worked will help me get to my big professional goals.
Having the CEO (Center for Experience and Opportunity) has been a huge help as well. They have been great about giving feedback on resumes and getting the students of McDaniel into internships and part time jobs that will actually look amazing on their resumes. It is thanks to them that I am interning with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. With them, I am helping two other students create a relocation guide for people moving into the county. It was intended for English and Writing focused people. Perfect for me. I have spent time doing research on the county and it’s towns and cities, writing promotional material for each place and thing to do in the county, and creating a professional brochure for the Chamber to use as a template for years to come. These experiences have shown me the ins and outs of working with small companies and I feel that because of that I will have an easier time adjusting to working for one of the largest companies in the world come August.
The countdown continues, exactly 6 months, I will be working for the impeccable Walt Disney Company!
One of the ways to promote a club or campus event on campus is to have a table in Decker. Decker is the heart of the college, the center that every student walks through whether it be a short cut to class, on the way to getting a meal at one of three dining options, or picking up their mail. Along the halls there are tables stationed to give out information about events or promote awareness for certain clubs or activities. So how do people get attracted to a table?
One key in attraction is handing out things for free. The free candy has always been popular with students to entice them to visit your table, but also is overdone. For a campus group I am promoting, Global Initiatives, we wanted to be creative in getting people to come to our table. So what did we do?
We did three things. The first was free candy, and the second free pens. While the free thing was great our club schemed up an idea of having something interactive. This idea turned out to be buttons! Global Initiatives is allowing students to create and design their own button, which we will then deliver to them. It turns out students love the idea of creating something for themselves, especially because there are stickers involved. Almost every college student loves a good blast from the past, and stickers are a great reminder of the blissful innocent days of our youth. The table sitting has also become a lot more fun now that it has some variety.