One of the perks of being in McDaniel’s Honors Program is the chance to go on the annual Honors field trip. This year’s trip was to Baltimore, and for only $5, I had the chance to be whisked away to the Inner Harbor on what turned out to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
I spent most of my afternoon at the American Visionary Arts Museum with fellow Honors Program member and e-ambassador Mara. The large mirror mosaics gave us a chance to work on some artistic photography before heading into the museum, where unfortunately, no pictures were allowed. I really enjoyed the exhibits. My favorite exhibit was called “The Art of Storytelling,” which is on display through September 1. The exhibit, which featured several artists, consisted of pieces that had very integral narrative components. I loved the beautiful and intricate fabric pieces done by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, with which the artist told the powerful story of how Nazis came to occupy her small town in Poland and how she and her sister escaped before being sent to a concentration camp.
After we explored the museum inside and out, Mara and I returned to the Inner Harbor for ice cream and some people watching. Mara created a point system to keep track of all the runners we saw; whoever spotted a runner first would get a point. (Mara won.)
We browsed through a few shops before meeting up with the rest of the group at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp and Seafood to have a tasty and fun dinner paid for by the Honors Program.
After dinner, there was a little time before we had to board the bus to return to campus, so a few girls and I went to the newly-opened Marshall’s (which was not that great) and Barnes and Noble before our trip came to a close.
I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful Sunday to go to Baltimore and spending time with some of my Honors peers exploring the city was a lot of fun!
McDaniel College is situated in a small town, but if you ever need to get away to the city Baltimore and Washington D.C. are far from out of reach. I am a big fan of taking advantage of the opportunity McDaniel students have to explore both of these amazing cities. Owings Mills, about 25 minutes away from McD, and Shady Grove, about 45 minutes away, are two metro stops that will take you right into Baltimore or D.C., respectively. Just park your car and welcome yourself to the city!
I recently took advantage of this system last night with my friends! We used the Owings Mills metro to take us right into the Inner Harbor early in the evening. One of our friends had a happy hour at Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar, in the Power Plant Live attraction complex. This is a great experience since admission is free as well as the first two drinks – then they are 1/2 off! (Plus there is free food and chances to win more free drinks!) So for a college student this is a great deal! Happy hours are given away to McD students like crazy so almost every other weekend you have this opportunity to take advantage of.
Don’t have a car? Not a problem! McDaniel has a transport system called the Pickle – a big green van that shuttles students around in Westminster and to the two metro stops. They will drop you off and pick you up as late as 1:30AM (Owings Mills station) and 3:00 AM (Shady Grove station) on the weekends. Just give them a heads up and they will be at your service. It is kind of the ultimate designated driver. Also (a side note) any student can become certified to drive the pickle if they sign up and pass a driving test. So if you think you are capable of driving an 11 passenger van then you can become a pickle driver just like me! You will be the cool kid who can drive students to awesome off campus activities through organizations.
I always have fun at McDaniel on the weekends, but sometimes it is refreshing to go on an adventure to the city and have a great time with friends. Washington D.C. better be ready for when my friends and I go on our next adventure!
Unlike many smaller schools, McDaniel is not a suitcase school. Students find themselves feeling like they missed something if they head home for even a day or two. It also helps that there is always a plethora of things going on around campus.
McDaniel also makes it super easy to spend some time off campus with friends. Heading into Baltimore is a popular destination for students on campus. Thanks to the Pickle, which is the campus shuttle, traveling around Westminster, as well as getting to major cities in the area is really easy, and FREE.
When the destination is Baltimore, the shuttle bring you to Owings Mills metro stop. After paying a small fee, the metro becomes your transportation into the city. For people not familiar with public transportation, not only is it cheap but it is incredibly easy to get from one place to another.
One of my favorite things to do once downtown is visit Camden Yards for a baseball game. Although the Red Sox are my main team, I love watching an Oriole’s game. Not only are the ticket prices notoriously dirt cheap, but you can get them for even cheaper on student nights. The stadium is very new and a great place to catch a game.
With a playoffs atmosphere it is even more exciting this year! Let’s go O’s!