I just celebrated my last spring fling on campus, one of my favorite campus traditions.
Students generally go to bed early the night before to prepare themselves for the long day ahead. And end up passing out early after the exciting events.
Not only is the student body celebrating surviving another year, but we are also celebrating spring and warmer weather. Everyone gathers in the quads around campus to enjoy the day and the school provides a variety of inflatables, a band, cookout food, and other entertainment.
Unlike Homecoming, Spring Fling is generally the warmer holiday on campus. This year was a liiiittle cold but we made the most of it, of course. My friends and I woke up and enjoyed a pancake breakfast together before going to the baseball senior day to cheer on our friends. After, we came back to the quad to play cornhole and socialize until the sun went down.
Spring Fling is highly anticipated each year and for a great reason!
Spring break is close, but spring seems even closer! The weather on campus was beautiful this weekend. A small number of students made their way to the quad on both days for some sunbathing and studying and playing catch, and as the weather gets warmer, more students (including me) will join them.
Because the weather was so nice, nine and my friends and I walked to Baugher’s for dinner. This was a lot of fun and the food was delicious (I had a hot turkey sandwich with a chocolate peanut butter sundae for dessert), but next time, I would go with a smaller group or on a different day in order to get seated faster–ten people on a warm Sunday evening is a recipe for a long wait at Baugher’s.
I’m looking forward to the emergence of warmer weather because it means I’ll be able to get off campus by myself more. Though I have friends with cars, I only ride in them when we go on group outings. I don’t have a car on campus, so my only solo means of transportation is walking, and in though there are plenty of things within walking distance from campus, when the weather is freezing, walking off campus usually isn’t worth it for me. (I also don’t like to rely on others to drive me places.) But with spring weather, I’ll be able to allow myself to go on more errands and go get coffee off campus. And with only eight weeks in between spring break and summer, it will be those little things that will give me something to look forward to when spring break is over : )
The first truly beautiful day of the year came today, just three days after the biggest snowstorm of the year. Some blame global warming, I just call it luck. Out on the quad between ANW and DMC, two dorm buildings by the gym, students were strewn about with laptops, with laptops and blankets; some tanning, some studying…most tanning. You can’t pass up a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early March.
One fun thing to do at McDaniel when the weather gets nice is run a trail around the golf course. It’s beautiful, the grass smells nice and is a nice soft landing for your knees, and there are plenty of hills. You also cannot overlook the fact that one lap around the course is one mile. In the springtime you can see plenty of students using this trail to get in shape and get outside.
Others who are more desperate to get outside, but can’t take a break from their homework take advantage of the courtyard outside of the library. It provides a nice, quiet study place while still allowing students to enjoy a nice day. There’s also a statue that some have nicknamed “The Pissing Rock” because of the slow trickle of the fountain that is reminiscent of…you guessed it. Anyways it provides a nice tranquil feel to the courtyard and makes it one of the most popular study spots on campus.
Personally, I took a jog on the golf course, worked out in the gym, then tried my luck getting homework done while lounging out on the quad. I was unsuccessful and ended up playing pick up soccer with some of my friends. Either Way, this week has come with a few crazy weather trends and while they haven’t been the most conducive to studying they were certainly great for hanging out and enjoying good company.