I feel fortunate to go to a college with a lot of school pride. For a smaller school, we tend to have a decent sized student section at many sporting events. McDaniel students are proud to rock the green and gold and I love it! The support continued this Friday for the Men’s Basketball playoff game.
Within 24 hours of their win on Wednesday, a list was being made of students who wanted to hop a ride on the Fan Bus to watch the men play at Dickinson. For a small down payment of $5, students could sign up and save themselves a spot. My friends and I made sure we signed up as soon as possible and I am glad we did. It was a blast! The bus left McDaniel at 6pm and we arrived at Dickinson around 7:30. As we were exiting the bus, the chaperones handed us McDaniel pom-poms and plastic megaphones so we could cheer extra loud. The game started at 8, so we had plenty of time to set up our section and get the team pumped during warmups.
Unfortantely, the men did not end up winning the game, but they played their hearts out and I am glad we were able to be there for them. They had an incredible season and still have a chance at making the ECAC tournament. Regardless of the score, we showed our school pride and I am so happy to be a Green Terror!
p.s. Wish me luck in my own basketball game tonight…I have two intramural championship games to play in! I hope to have two new tshirts!
One of the best parts about being in a Spanish class with Dr. Deveny is that he always takes his classes on field trips. Last semester, for my Cultural History of Spain course, we went and saw flamenco dancing. It was awesome to be able to see something that originated in Spain brought to D.C. We also found out that Dr. Deveny’s daughter has studied flamenco.
Last Sunday, my Spanish Intro to Literary Analysis class went to the same theater, but this time we saw La Señorita de Tacna (The Young Lady from Tacna) by Mario Vargas Llosa. The play is a story all about the writing process and how one creates a story. The acting was amazing, and the set had some really cool levels to it that helped us understand the story.
It was my first time seeing a play completely in Spanish, and it was one of the best things I have ever experienced. It is fun to test yourself and see how much you are actually learning. Although the whole play was in Spanish, they had a screen above the stage that had the English subtitles. I am happy they had it because there were a few times where I lost some of the Spanish. All in all, it was a fun experience!
Hey all! One of the great things about McDaniel is how close it is to SOOO many things! One of the many is Liberty Mt. where a few friends and myself recently went to ski/ snowboard.
Although it is only 45 mins away this was the first time I had ever gone. I strongly suggest if you come to McDaniel do not wait until your senior year to go. It is a ton of fun and makes for great laughs and memories. (Make sure you go on a Wednesday evening which is college night. It is $40 to rent and get a ski lift)
The group I went with included 5 guys and 3 girls including myself. We split up into three cars and made our way to the mountain. My friend Maria and I were quite nervous yet very excited. Neither of us had ever gone snowboarding (which is what we chose to do). Once we arrived and got our rentals we headed to the bunny slope. Two of our other friends, Sam and Zach, decided to help us for our first time. We both ended up on the ground the majority of the first run and fell more times then I’d like to admit.
After the first run Sam and Zach left us to do our thing on the bunny slope while they explored the rest of the mountain. Maria and I fell a few more times, laughed way to much, and eventually got the hang of it. By the third run we were both able to make it about half way down the hill without falling (which is a great accomplishment for your first time boarding). By the end we were doing great and having a wonderful time.
We may be extremely bruised and sore from this experience but we both had so much fun! I can not wait to try boarding again (and hopefully not fall as much). The memories I have from this trip will stay with me forever.
Hope everyone gets a chance to go!
The great thing about living in Westminster is it is super easy to get to Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore is full of activities and is a wonderful city to take a day trip to or have a nice evening out. Whether students have their own cars, take the train, or hop a ride on the school shuttle, called the Pickle, you are always hearing about people’s adventures into the city.
A few things my friends and I have done are trips to the aquarium, afternoons spent on the Inner Harbor, and we even attended an Off-Broadway plays. For Valentine’s Day this year, fellow McBlogger Steph Glassick and I went to eat at a nice Asian Bistro and followed that up with desserts from a cute, locally owned dessert shop. Also, for my birthday, my friends and I went to an Eli Young Band concert at a venue called Power Plant Live. It was a blast, and not expensive at all! Those are just a couple of the trips we have taken, but there is so much more to do!
We are lucky to be so close and I recommend taking advantage of all that Baltimore has to offer!
This morning in Chinese, we all gathered with paper, ink, fans, lanterns, and calligraphy brushes to embark on a fun way to practice writing our characters. I had to borrow a brush from a friend in the class, but it was really neat to pick up the newer version of a brush that’s been used for hundreds upon hundreds of years and try to write simplified versions of traditional characters with it.
It’s a lot more difficult than it looks. The brush has to move a certain way on the paper or the desired effect doesn’t happen, and the brush itself has to be held in hand a certain way. It wasn’t too bad at it, I don’t think, but I wouldn’t exactly call myself “good,” either.
We practice writing “I love Chinese” (wo ai zhongwen/我愛中文) and our names, and some practiced other things. I put my name, Fèi dà níng, on my fan, but didn’t line it up correctly and had the girl sitting next to me draw a heart on it.
I have three lanterns I’ll be writing something on when I figure out what I want to put on them.