Reason #6 – Community in Action

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Stop any McDaniel College student you encounter on campus and pose this question: “What organizations do you belong to?” You’re almost certain to get an earful. That’s because there’s a group for everyone here, and most of the time there are two or three.

More than 70 organizations thrive on campus for students interested in alternative film, outdoor recreation, environmental action, politics, women’s issues and multiculturalism. For vocalists, there’s the College Choir and the Gospel Choir. For musicians, there’s the Jazz Ensemble, the African Drumming Ensemble, and the only Electric Bass Ensemble south of New York City, among others. For aspiring diplomats, there’s the Maryland Student Legislature. For writers, there’s Contrast, the literary magazine. And for journalists, the McDaniel Free Press newspaper published online and in print.

Several fraternities and sororities are active on campus, plus a variety of service organizations, including Best Buddies, which mentors people in the local community with developmental disabilities. Canine Companions for Independence trains puppies to become service dogs for the disabled. The Westminster Boys and Girls Club enjoys a special relationship with the McDaniel community and dozens of students get involved in mentoring young people there each semester.

In the unlikely event there is not a student organization catering to one of your interests, you will be encouraged to create your own. A group of campus comedians founded the improv troupe Danger Sauce to recruit more talent for regular performances.

Most important, you’ll play an active role in defining life at McDaniel through your participation in student government and other organizations that have the power to create positive change on campus and beyond. You will not only have a place in this community, you’ll find you are part of a group where action produces results.

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