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First-Year Students Go the Distance for McDaniel

Alyona Skovorodnikova from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.
July 24, 2013

Alyona Skovorodnikova says the city of Westminster is “very different” from her hometown of Krasnoyarsk in the middle of Siberia, from its milder climate to its small-town charm to its easy proximity to the cultural centers of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She and other incoming freshmen from very far-away places say they chose McDaniel exactly because it’s not like anything they could find closer to home.

Skovorodnikova “fell in love” with the East Coast as a high school exchange student and is excited to return to the region: “In Maryland, there is the incredibly beautiful Chesapeake Bay, sunny beaches only a few hours away, and it is also close to major historic cities like Washington, D.C.”

After living in Denmark for a year as a Rotary Exchange student, Nina Breece wanted to explore someplace new in the United States for college. Coming from a small city in Northern California about an hour outside San Francisco, she knew she didn’t want to be in a landlocked state. “McDaniel College is outside my comfort zone without being a place I am scared to explore. One main draw of Westminster is that it has a small town feel, but I can still explore Washington, D.C. and Baltimore,” she says. “I am excited about eating crab, being called ‘hon,’ and small-town charm!”

First-Year Students Go the Distance for McDaniel

Of course, academic opportunity tops the list of reasons they set their sights on the Hill. Says Lamia Rhymee of Dhaka, Bangladesh (pictured above): “I have chosen to study in the United States, and specifically at McDaniel College, because I find the college’s liberal arts approach of teaching a valuable one, and its diversified curriculum will allow me to pursue all of my interests no matter how different they are from one another. Another reason is that I have been looking for an academically challenging environment and a cultural exchange, which would not only expand but also strengthen my professional, social and personal world.”

While she enjoys the city life in Dhaka, she says, “Although McDaniel is not in a large city, I think I will get the best of both worlds because of its convenient location.”

First-Year Students Go the Distance for McDaniel
Jacky Mejia from Guatemela

First-Year Students Go the Distance for McDaniel
Nina Breece from California