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Mother’s Day at Home

I was fortunate enough to be home for Mother’s Day to celebrate with my wonderful mom! The distance was one of the reasons why I choose McDaniel. McDaniel is the perfect distance away because I can come home for a weekend and it is not stressful or anything like that.

My mom loves waffles, so I cooked her that with fruit on top and she loved it! A popular thing my family does is watch old home movies. So we got a chance to watch me being a bratty five year old! Which I never like but my mom loves. Home video’s are so fun to watch and I hope our generation will make them too! They’re great memories!

Then I hung out with my mom and I gave my card and gift for her! I got a spa day! Since I was unable to do it on mothers day I asked if we could hold off and do it when I come back from school. She didn’t object. Anyway, mothers day was a success and I was so happy I could be there for the woman who gives me the world.

Jersey Bound!

This past weekend I was Jersey Bound! I left after my last undergraduate class ever on Friday!!!! But it’s ok…the class was Archery! But I packed up lot in my room. All my winter stuff and the little stuff that never use or need at school. So hopefully when I officially move out, I’ll only need the one car. And I have a very small car so that’s why I need to at least two trips.

But the weekend was great! I went into Philly on Saturday. Got Geno’s cheesesteaks, which are my favorite! Then I walked down South Street in search of a graduation dress, but was unsuccessful–though South Street has some great stores! We also walked around Old City, which was gorgeous! I love that section of Philadelphia.

Then we had a nice family dinner on Saturday and Sunday I packed up the car and headed back to McDaniel so I could begin my studying for my finals! Finals week is officially starting!

 

 

Philly Experience

Hello!

So this weekend, I went home with fellow McBlogger, Maria Brew, and Steph Glassick (also a McBlogger) went with us! We were able to go into Philly with Maria’s family and we had a wonderful day! The weather was beautiful and we had a great time walking around the city. I also had my first Philly Cheesesteak experience which was amazing! There are two competing cheesesteak restaurants across the street from each other, named Pat’s and Geno’s. Steph and I got one from each place and split them so we could try both. We both felt that Geno’s had the better cheesesteak, but it was fun to test both! We went back to her house and spent the rest of the weekend relaxing. It was so nice :)

McDaniel really is in a prime location to visit major cities like Philly. Being from Colorado, I remember being amazed at how easy it was to travel through multiple states. In the time it takes to get through three states, I can only get to Denver from my house! It made traveling for soccer games a lot easier and it gave me the chance to visit a lot more places. I am glad I have been able to take advantage of it and I am lucky to have friends that can show me around.

It was great to have a relaxing weekend, but now it is time for finals week! Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else!

Phi Alpha Delta Initiation Ceremony

Hi guys,

On Friday night, Phi Alpha Delta had its re-activation and initiation ceremony.

Phi Alpha Delta is a professional pre-law fraternity. While the traditional fraternities and sororities you hear about are social, meaning they mainly group around social events and companionship, professional fraternities such as honors societies also exist, and PAD is one of these.

McDaniel used to have a chapter, but it had died a few years ago, so a good friend of mine decided to bring it back to campus. We needed 20 members to reactivate, and were proud to reach that number in time to have our initiation ceremony before the end of the year.

PAD’s exec board members at the ceremony.

The ceremony was in Little Baker chapel and was pretty formal, with all members getting a button and a certificate after signing a roster and taking a pledge. PAD on undergraduate campuses is a group for students who are interested in possibly attending law school and want to learn more. Most law schools have chapters, and over 1 in every 6 lawyers is a member of PAD, so it gets members connections as well as discounts on LSAT testing and application fees.

I’m not interested in going to law school; however, there’s a possibility I’ll go into public policy and because of this, the fraternity will be worth my time.

Ema

 

Holocaust Speaker

Rueben (the speaker) answering a question

Rueben (the speaker) answering a question

A couple of weeks ago, we had a Holocaust survivor visit campus and talk to us. His talk was so moving; almost everyone in the audience cried. I thought it was interesting to see how the experience affected him and the way he thinks about the world.

I love the fact that he is dedicated to justice and making sure nothing like the Holocaust happens again. His main message it seemed was to make sure that we understood that the only way for evil to prevail is for good people to say nothing. It really inspired me to want to help others.

His talk reaffirmed for me the importance of caring about other people. Many things that happened in the Holocaust were known by many of the neighboring countries and even the U.S., but we did not try and stop it.

It’s just like Martin Niemöller’s quote:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”

I think it is important to not only remember the past, but we must also understand it to prevent these types of things from happening.

All in all, I felt so lucky to have met him and to have learned from what he had to say. I love the fact that we get these types of opportunities here at McDaniel; I always find inspiration!

(Quote taken from: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392)