My name is Ema Barnes, and I’m a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshman here at McDaniel.
If you ask me where I’m from, my answer will vary. Some people ask because they pick up on my subtle accent. I grew up in Invercargill, New Zealand, so I pronounce certain words differently and can occasionally turn on a total Kiwi accent. However, if you ask me just off-handedly, I’ll say San Francisco, California, which is where my family currently lives. Having spent all of high school there, I consider myself a city kid. My heart, however, belongs in my favourite place on earth, Yellowstone National Park, where I spent this past summer working and playing. But right now, I consider McDaniel and my lovely dorm room home.
I’m an English and Political Science double major. I’m also minoring in Spanish, Computer Science, and Writing, and I plan on studying abroad for a year–either in Morocco for an entire year, or in Morocco for a semester and Hungary for a semester. This may seem a little overzealous, but I took a lot of AP classes in high school and I technically have enough credits to be a sophomore now, and because the McDaniel Plan is so flexible, I have some leeway.
Outside of class, I adore participating in simulations such as Maryland Student Legislature, Model European Union, and Model United Nations. I’m also a member of our budding Young Americans for Liberty, of Philosophy Club, and of Outdoors Club. While almost everything I do in groups seems to involve politics, my passion in my alone time is writing and editing. I love to edit other people’s work and will give feedback on practically any essay or creative writing piece I’m sent, but I can’t seem to edit my own creative work. I’ve won National Novel Writing Month the last four years, a feat I’m particularly proud of.
I can’t believe that a semester has already gone by—that an eighth of my college experience is over—but I’m excited to be sharing my experiences here. Hopefully they’ll provide you with some entertainment!