Friday was a beautiful fall day at McDaniel–perfect for a fall visit day.
One of my favorite things to do with my time is work for admissions. It is a really great job on campus that allows for flexibility in my schedule. I get to give tours to prospective students, and I meet a lot of the future Green Terrors before they make their decision to come to McDaniel.
On Friday, we had one of our Fall Visit Days, and I got to give a student tour. All of them were from Maryland, and it was their first McDaniel visit for most of them. One girl was in two bowling leagues. The guys played a few sports. The other girl was interested in theatre and business. It was fun walking around and talking to them about all the cool things we have at McDaniel.
Because the tour finished early, we sat outside and talked for a bit. I learned about what they liked to do for fun, about their favorites movies, etc. After our talk, I took them to class. It sounded pretty interesting, and it’s taught by a cool professor. I think that if you get the chance to visit McDaniel, Fall Visit Days are always a fun time.
MSL delegates around lunch tables.
Last Saturday was Maryland Student Legislature’s first conference of the year: the Fall Leadership Training Institute. McDaniel didn’t send a delegation to this event since it was over Fall Break and since LTI tends to be the less exciting event of the year, but my friend, who is Secretary of State, and I, as Attorney General, got a ride from our friend at Mount Saint Mary’s and went up since being on Council of State really means we need to be at every event.
There are four MSL events a year. The fourth is always held in Annapolis, but the other three rotate through schools so that every delegation gets the opportunity to host. This conference was held at Frederick Community College.
I had to lead a few of the workshops–one on Parliamentary Procedure and another on Bill Writing, both for new members. To my pleasure, we had about 60 delegates there (a big number for LTI) and about half of those were new members. They all seemed really engaged and interested in debating and writing legislation, which made me in turn really excited for this upcoming year. They asked a lot of questions, and though I was nervous about giving presentations, I think they went really well.
It’s always fun seeing old friends and making new at these events, and I’m really glad I was able to go.
Hanging with my residents at the Glow Party
Being in the Honors Program is such a great opportunity! I have taken so many great courses, and I have never had an honors elective I haven’t enjoyed. The Program Directors always ask for our input on the classes, and we often get to take classes that also help fulfill our McDaniel Plan requirements. I am already excited for the Honors Privilege and Worldview course I’ll be taking next semester.
Besides taking awesome classes and getting priority registration, we have our own housing options. I have been leaving in honors housing all three years because it’s such a fun time. You live with a bunch of awesome nerdy kids in a suite-style dorm. There is always something awesome to do, like play games in the common room or see what events are going on in the lounge. It’s cool because you have a group of people that you already have a connection with and you also have the option to live together.
This year, I’m the Resident Assistant of our Honors housing. I have been having such a great time with my residents. They are just a great group of people, and I have had so much fun bonding with them.
I would say that overall, the Honors Program has really made my college experience a lot more fun, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in taking fun courses outside his/her major and making cool friends along the way.
This week I had an opportunity to work an athletic event here on the Hill as a ball boy at the women’s soccer game.
I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect day to work the game. The weather was beautiful–It was a mild 70 degree day with no wind. The sun was out and so were the fans, making it a perfect environment to watch so collegiate soccer. The only downfall about the game was the area I was working had a lot of bugs flying around. But hey, if that’s the price I have to play to watch and amazing game, I’ll take it!
The outcome of the game was a women’s soccer victory. Our Green Terror got the victory over Goucher 3-0. Maggie Quinn made two of those goals, with Erica Diffendal scoring the other. McDaniel is now 7-2-2 and seem to be on their way to a successful season. I’m glad I got to be a part of the game and witness some of the team’s success.
Anyone who’s currently a senior in high school will attest that senior year is a year of “lasts,” and this is a bittersweet thing. The same thing happens in college, and right now, I’m finishing up my last day of my “last” Fall Break as a McDaniel student.
Some McDaniel fall foliage as viewed from DMC (Daniel McClea Hall) two years ago.
While I’m all too aware that number of breaks and days off from school between now and my graduation in May is dwindling, whenever I start to feel daunted by this fact, I try to put it into perspective. For example, while this is my last Fall Break as an undergraduate, by no means does it have to be the last time I ever have off in the fall. Real world jobs also come with vacation, and the cool thing about that is that it doesn’t have to be used in the summer time. At some point in my career, I might choose to take some vacation in the fall–maybe I’ll even manage to go on a trip with some of my McDaniel friends. I can’t wait to see who ends up where after graduation and to figure out what we’ll be able to do to together.
I also know that since I don’t plan on continuing with grad school right after college, next fall will probably seem like a break in itself since I won’t be working on my senior seminar paper every weekend. I’ll have more time to do fun fall things like bake, go to orchards, and curl up with a good book (that’s not for homework) on crisp days.
The only thing I really know for sure about what next fall will look like is that at some point, the leaves will turn red and orange. But as scary as it is to not know what’s in store, I’m looking forward to finding out and experiencing what life ends up offering me over the next couple of years.
In the meantime, I hope to enjoy the remainder of fall on the Hill every chance I get!