When you think of college tours, you probably think of something for students who are trying to choose a college, not students who have already enrolled in one.
However, if you’re a student who will be attending McDaniel in the fall, you may find that you want to come see McDaniel again over the summer before your orientation in August. I know that after I graduated high school, I suddenly found myself with a lot of time to think about what my future at college held. All of this thinking made me nervous, and I hadn’t visited McDaniel since March of that year, so I felt somewhat out of touch with why I liked the college and why I had chosen it. As a result, my mom said that we should go visit McDaniel for a day so I could get excited about it again. She even told me to try to set up a tour if I could.
Set up a tour with admissions I did, and it was great for relieving some of the anxiety I was feeling. The other girl on my tour was also an incoming first year student, so I felt even better because I learned that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to see the College again. The tour got me reacquainted with McDaniel, and more importantly, it renewed my excitement.
So if you’re an incoming student or even if you’re a prospective student still, the summer can be a great time to tour McDaniel. If you’re an incoming student, I’d recommend calling Admissions to make sure they know that you’re already committed to attending McDaniel. Otherwise, you can schedule your visit online. You can find visitation information here. Have fun on your visit!
Today was a busy day for me! Immediately after my first class of the day, Logic, I headed to the Forum to eat at a luncheon hosted by Admissions for prospective McDaniel students eligible to apply to our Honors Program.
I sat at a table full of high school seniors who were clearly bright, talented, and interested in a lot of different things. While we only had about half an hour to talk and figure out who was interested in what, I enjoyed spending time with them. I did a lot of the talking, so I hope that what I said gave them a better idea of what McDaniel and the Honors Program is like.
After the luncheon, I had my second class of the day, Growing Up in America, in which we’ve been discussing Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I really enjoyed reading the book, and today’s discussion was interesting and useful.
After this class, I went directly to the Room of Requirement, a study lounge just for Honors students, to meet with more prospective students and answer their questions and their parents’ questions. This was a lot of fun, since other current Honors students were there too, so we were all able to give our input on questions and have a fun and laid back conversation. Unfortunately, my time in here was also limited to an hour, since I had to go to my third class of the day, Adventures in Number Theory. This happens to be an Honors class, so we had two prospective students sit in on it.
Between going to class and sharing McDaniel and the Honors Program with prospective students, my day was crazy busy but also a lot of fun! I hope that today’s visiting students got a good feel for McDaniel and that some of them will decide to come here!
Over the past few years, I’ve come to realize that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the combination of lots of great food and lots of great family, and it’s a really warm, cozy, and fun holiday. I’ve also taken time over the last few years to reflect in writing about what I am thankful for each Thanksgiving, and I would like to share with you all of the McDaniel things I am thankful for this year.
- I am so very thankful to be having such an incredible semester. I’m taking great classes with fabulous professors, and I live with such wonderful people.
- I’m thankful that my suite mates are not just the people I live with but have also become my friends. I could not have imagined my suite being such a family unit, and I am truly blessed that we are.
- I’m thankful to have strengthened my relationships with some of my friends who live outside of my suite. I am so lucky to have so many great people to rely on.
- I’m thankful that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone a little to take a badminton class. My physical education requirement is now a quarter of the way done, and I got to learn badminton and get to know some people within my major because I took the class.
- I’m thankful to have some great opportunities coming my way next semester. My schedule looks pretty good at the moment, and I’m adding in a course about working in the Writing Center and working on a presentation about Harry Potter and the Hero’s Journey to present in April at a Jungian conference.
- I am thankful for the ever-supportive and amazing faculty at McDaniel College.
- I’m thankful that in three weeks, the semester will be over. I’m going to miss this semester a lot, but after all of the stress that the next few weeks are going to bring, I’ll be so glad for things to wrap up so I can go home for a little extended down time before I get to return to McDaniel for Jan Term!
Lastly, I’m thankful to have such a great job at Admissions blogging for you guys, the prospective students. I truly enjoy sharing my stories, and I hope that some or any of the posts on this blog have helped you get a feel for what McDaniel is like.
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful, and I hope you’ll remember to be thankful too!
We’re almost done our Fall Visit Days for prospective students! Some of you reading this blog might have even been in attendance today or will be attending the upcoming, and final one next Monday.
As a student ambassador and tour guide, I love Fall Visit Days. I love socializing with prospective students and their families and telling them everything I love about McDaniel and why I decided to come here.
I love remembering the first time I visited McDaniel and how inviting everything was and how nice all the people were. I try to make the prospective students who come visit have one of those same inspiring visits.
I also love meeting people from back up north because they are friendly reminders of home. This weekend I met families from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. It’s nice to talk with them about my experiences going to school farther away and the tips and tricks that I’ve learned to make it easier for them.
If you are considering McDaniel and have not signed up for one of our visit days, call admissions and sign up today! We only have one left for fall, however there will be more come spring. Not only do you get to experience everything the campus has to offer and learn about the admissions process, but you could meet some of your potential new classmates. I would highly recommend it!
Mark your calendars for McDaniel’s annual Fall Open House on Sunday November 11 at 1:30 p.m.!
Whether you’re just starting your college search, trying to wrap it up, or somewhere in between, the Fall Open House is an excellent way to get a feel for McDaniel College and life on the Hill!
If you’re a senior applying to colleges, it’s definitely not too late to come visit! Truth be told, I didn’t visit McDaniel for the first time until I went to the open house in November of my senior year. But I’m so glad I did! The open house gave me a really awesome feeling about McDaniel that made me want to apply as soon as I got home! (Though I wasn’t sure at the time if McDaniel was the college for me, I knew I wanted to keep it open as an option come decision time.) After a couple more visits later in the school year, I knew McDaniel was the college for me, but I wouldn’t have even been able to come to that decision had I not attended the open house.
So come! You have nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain! Bring your parents, come for a tour, and sit in on some info sessions that won’t put you to sleep!
If you want to come, register here!
Attending the Fall Open House ended up having a huge impact on my life, and it could have a big impact on your life too!