Here at the Writing Center there is a running joke about how I am one of the only tutors from Westminster — I am what students like to call a “Townie.” While it may seem like a boring place to live to some, this small town actually has some nice places that only us locals know about! These places can be fun and even inspirational when it comes to writing your papers. Since I am both a “townie” and a McDaniel student, I will let you guys in on these secret places that are hidden around Carroll County.
If you want to stay close to campus, there is a nice local tea and coffee shop right down Main Street called The Cup. This shop is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. They are reasonably priced and also have other options than just teas and coffee! The Cup also features fun holiday and seasonal options that only come certain times a year so be sure not to miss their fun fall flavors! Here, you not only get a peaceful environment, but you are also supporting a local business, which is pretty cool! If you are thinking about checking it out, go here.
For those of you who may have a car or just want to get off campus completely for a while I will tell you about my favorite place in all of Westminster, Hashawha Nature Center. Hashswha is this beautiful place where people like me go to run, hike, camp, or just enjoy nature. But that is not all you can do! If you turn onto Hashawha Road you will find what is called “Lake Hashawha”…more of a pond, but you get the idea, on your left. A pavilion that over looks this “lake” is located there. Not only will get to have some peace and quiet away from McDaniel, but you will also be inspired form this huge piece of land and all of the animals and plants that inhabit it. It is a little obvious I am obsessed with this place, but I hope you can experience its beauty too! Since it may be a little tricky to find, here is a link with some easy directions to get there.
Of course if you would rather stay on campus, there are more then enough places to explore here. I just figured I would share some of my favorite placed to get inspired around Westminster!
Forest, Peer Tutor