On Friday, February 28 the men’s basketball team had a game at Dickinson College! They were playing for the spot at the finals vs Hopkins. Since it was such an important game, they wanted to make sure their Green Terror fans could be there to support them…so they got a fan bus for us! My friends and I signed up immediately because we knew it was going to be a good game! The bus signup sheet filled up quickly and people were even put on the wait-list. Luckily, we got a good spot on the bus and the drive was not too bad.
When we arrived at Dickinson the whole bus starting chanting and getting pumped for the game. We were given temporary Green Terror tattoos and other cheering toys! As we made our way into the gym we were able to see the tail-end of the previous game, where Hopkins won. Then the McDaniel fans made our way behind the McDaniel section and began our cheering! Sadly, we lost in the end but the boys played their hearts out! Even though they lost it was nice to be able to watch and support them!
This Monday morning, I awoke early (for whatever reason), realized I should check my email to see how the weather would be affecting my day, and promptly rolled over back to sleep upon learning that McDaniel College would be having its fifth snow day of the semester. (It’s normal to have one or two snow days in the spring semester, but once we get to four or five or more, things start to get a little excessive.)
Missing five days in a semester makes for a lot of lost class time–I’ve lost nine hours of time spent in class due to weather-related school cancellations. Luckily, the tuition dollars that would apply to that class time has not gone completely to waste; this semester (and in previous semesters), my professors have gotten creative with having class outside of class so that we can accomplish the work we need to stay on track and get as much as possible out of every class. It can seem and be tedious to have to give up part of a snow day to do this work, but I appreciate my professors’ concern with student education and tuition dollars being put to good use.
Today, for example, my Memoir Writing professor, in anticipation of the snow day, set up a discussion board on Blackboard (an online tool used to facilitate learning, assignments, supplements, and grades) so that my classmates and I could discuss last night’s readings online. The discussion board questions were based on questions she had supplied last night and which would have been used to facilitate discussion in class, so I had time to prepare for the discussion before it went live this afternoon.
While an online discussion board doesn’t come close to replicating an in-class discussion, it does allow me to see and think about what all of my classmates are thinking about each particular question instead of a few select classmates who choose to volunteer answers and ideas during class. It also takes away some of the pressure of having to come up with responses on the spot.
I’ve had other professors establish discussion boards too, either for snow day makeup work or as homework assignments in addition to class.
And in terms of other ways to make up missed class on snow days, I’ve had professors video tape themselves giving lectures and then posting them on YouTube and I’ve had professors assign written work to be submitted directly to the professor as a substitute for what would have been time in class.
For me, time spent in class is better than any of these options, but I am thankful that technology has allowed me to make up for classes (and money) that I would have otherwise lost due to the uncontrollable forces of Mother Nature.
Track takes up a lot of my life. I spend at least an hour at practice a day, plus lifting, plus meditating/visualizing/watching video, and sometimes distance runs or extra core workouts. It requires blood (which happened this past week), sweat (which happens all the time), and tears (which happened a few weeks ago). It requires a mentality that is confident and fierce, especially for pole vaulting where a lack of confidence can mean injury and scary vaults extremely quickly.
I’m still working on the mentality, but I’m definitely more confident now than I used to be.
Today at Indoor Conferences at Haverford, all the work I’ve put into this season paid off. Coming off a disappointing performance in the shotput, where I just wasn’t using the power I have, I was determined to do better and make improvement. For me, it was about time.
And then an amazing thing happened: I made a personal record of 8ft 6.25in.
And then I was very close to making 9ft. I ultimately didn’t make it, but the jump that was close was the best one I did in my entire life, and that counts for a lot.
And I was fifth place overall.
This indoor season had me questioning why I’m on the track team. Sure, I have friends on the team, but the sport itself has a lot to do with it. Making no progress made me wonder why I kept pushing myself and doing drills and covering myself in bruises from the training.
Now I know why. The feeling of reaching a goal, of improving, is one of the best things in the world, especially after putting in a lot of hard work. And in this case, hearing my name announced with a rundown of the top eight in the event was a glorious moment.
This evening I played a championship game for intramural basketball. The team I was part of was made up of other soccer players. Although we are used to playing soccer we are still pretty good at basketball, we even won our game this evening.
One of the best parts of playing intramural’s here on the Hill is that if your team wins you win a t-shirt. I already have one t-shirt and am very excited to receive the next one. My first one is from playing intramural volleyball with some of my friends two years ago.
This year we plan to play intramural volleyball again in a few short weeks. Hopefully we can pull through and win another t-shirt. Other sports that are available to play include softball, floor hockey, and football. All teams are able to be either girls, boys, or co-ed.
I’m still not sure as to why these t-shirts are so special (besides the fact that they are free) but when you receive one its a big deal. I can not wait to wear mine around!
Hopefully everyone gets a chance to play an intramural sport here at McDaniel
This weekend, I’ve been away at a Maryland Student Legislature conference at the University of Maryland, College Park. MSL has four conventions a year, and thankfully, most of them are close enough that we can come back to campus for the night, which means that they’re free for us thanks to the funding we receive. Our fourth, known as annual session, is in May, and is held at the State building in Annapolis.
Mainly in MSL, we write and debate our own bills about Maryland law. We can write acts, which have the exact language for how Maryland code should be edited or what parts should be added and removed, and we have resolutions, which are more generally things that dictate government should do something, but now the specific way to implement it. McDaniel students can also get 2 credits for participating in annual session.
We have nine schools that participate, and about 40 people come to the smaller events. We’re hoping to get 100 delegates for annual session in Annapolis. The bills that are passed then get sent to the real Maryland legislature for consideration, which is pretty awesome because we could really make a change in the world. In our 25 year history, we’ve had two bills that have actually been implemented. I really enjoy drafting the legislation, and it’s super fun to see what work other students do and to debate it.
I’m super exhausted, since this has been my third weekend with a convention in a row and normally I catch up and get ahead on schoolwork over weekends, but it’s been worth it. I’m excited to sleep in next weekend though!