I know that most people think it is really cheesy when someone says that McDaniel changes lives, but in all honesty, it really does. Almost everyday I see at least one way that this college has affected us as a McDaniel community. Whether it is through thought-provoking events or fun excursions off campus, we are continually growing as people.
On this note, one of those McDaniel changes lives moments happened yesterday. I was in the honors’ room when it hit me. On the board, someone had written a quote from Cervantes that said, “I know who I am, and who I may be, if I choose”.
First of all, this goes to show that we are being touched and moved by the things we learn in our classes; we have been so inspired that we cannot help but write on boards in order to share our excitement with others.
This quote is all about being who you want to be. No matter your circumstances, you can still succeed and achieve your dreams and goals. It is such a beautiful, inspirational idea.
Secondly, it shows me that the knowledge that I have gained from Great Works has also been instilled in the classes before and after me. We have a certain amount of mutual appreciation for these literary works.
To me, it creates camaraderie and promotes discussion and the sharing of ideas. We begin integrating this knowledge into our lives until it becomes a part of who we are and how we think.
So when I say McDaniel changes lives, it really does. It makes you a more open-minded, analytical, and passionate student. McDaniel opens your eyes to a whole new world.