R&B: Ryan and Beilin

We're two admissions counselors at Washington College. One of us is an alum (Beilin), and the other one is regretful that he is not (Ryan). Follow us on our adventures during our first year in admissions! Feel free to ask questions about WC, Chestertown, college life, or admissions in general.
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This past weekend, we had our Admitted Students Day - a special day just for the awesome people who have been accepted to Washington College! We had a record-breaking 700+ visitors on campus, which is about half of our student body. Prospective students and their families got to see WACapella perform, sit in information sessions to learn about different departments, take a tour of campus, a tour of downtown Chestertown, eat brunch in the dining hall, attend student/parent Q&A’s, meet Gus the Goose, and just mingle with fellow WC enthusiasts! Also, our VP wanted to take an Ellen Degeneres style selfie with our guests:

Best of all, we had 16 students commit on the spot that day! To you lucky 16, welcome to the family and get ready for the best four years of your life.

Ryan and I both grew up in MD and while we might be biased, we agree that it is by far the best state ever. This has been a week full of Maryland love!! On Monday, guidance/college/independent counselors from all over the country visited Washington College as part of the annual Crab Crawl. The Crab Crawl (perfect name, right?) takes counselors to visit all of Maryland’s Independent Colleges to learn more about them and to take info back to their high school students! The “Crab Crawlers” took a tour of campus, met with admissions, took a bus tour of downtown Chestertown, and then had a real Eastern Shore lunch complete with crab soup, crab cakes, and jalapeño corn bread! 

That same night, the Crab Crawl had a lovely dinner in Baltimore that Ryan and I were able to attend. It was on the 15th floor of the Hyatt which has an incredible view of the harbor! Here are pictures of it from ground level:

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We also had a chance to walk around in the shops a little bit, and there was this OLD BAY SHRINE. It was amazing. Ryan almost cried.

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But wait, there’s more!

Yesterday was Maryland Day! Maryland Day is the celebration of the first European settlement in the state. 380 years ago on March 25th, 1634, settlers landed on StClement’s Island (in St Mary’s County). 

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Happy Maryland Day!!

-Beilin

Ok so this whole freezing temps and weekly snow storm thing is getting pretty old. In honor of the first day of spring (tomorrow), please enjoy these pictures of our campus during some of its more beautiful months. I will be staring at them and chanting “any day now…..”

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I mean…come on. 

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The annual cardboard boat race, held every September during the Center for Environment & Society’s Waterfront Festival. 

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Our beautiful waterfront. *sigh*

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The always fun Annual Spring Fling hosted by Residential Life and the Student Government Association. 

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Every season looks great on this campus!! 

thewacexperience:

WHAT??! Apparently Martha’s Kitchen is serving BUTTERBEER! Okay, if there were any ever doubts, I chose the right school.

The absolute best, most traditional, most fun, most over-the-top event at Washington College is coming up in just 11 days…BIRTHDAY BALL!!

Some back story: WC has been celebrating George Washington’s birthday for more years than he would probably want to admit. Every fall, a planning committee gets together to create the most amazing birthday party that anyone, even George, could ask for. One of the best parts is the fact that there is a different theme every year AND the student body gets to vote on said theme. Past years we’ve seen themes like the Wizard of Oz, The Great Gatsby, Winter Wonderland, and Alice in Wonderland. This year’s theme is Harry Potter so you I’ll be there with some serious Slytherin accessories (no shame). No matter the theme, the decorations are always mesmerizing and the dance floor is always superb. But even better than all of that is the fact that everyone is there. Professors, staff, students, alumni, friends, parents, even the President and First Lady Reiss are there! 

Now that I’ve said all of that, let me say this: you absolutely MUST come to Birthday Ball at least once in your lifetime. Or, even better, apply to Washington College and before you know it you will have gone to 4 Birthday Balls! 

Check out these pictures of past Birthday Balls!

1. Have you been accepted to Washington College?

2. Do you want to visit or re-visit campus?

3. Would you like to learn more about us?

4. Would you like to have a delicious all-you-can-eat lunch in our beautiful dining hall?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you absolutely should come for our special “We Love WC" day. It is, not coincidentally, the day after Valentine’s Day (Saturday, February 15th, if you aren’t near a calendar). This day will include a campus tour with a current student, lunch in the Hodson Dining Hall, and a meet-and-greet with admissions counselors. That’s right, RYAN AND I WILL BE THERE! Now you really have no excuse not to come. You can register for the event here.

All this week The Bearded Ladies, a cabaret troupe, have been on campus conducting workshops and working with students in the Drama department. Their week-long residency ends with three performances of their show “Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret” beginning Thursday night at 7:30. The show is based on the book 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart, Hodson Trust-Griswold director of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center.

The Ladies will be leading a parade through campus today at Noon.

We are SO pumped for tomorrow’s big premiere! Ryan and I already got the chance to check out the video, and trust us, you don’t want to miss it! 

washcoll:

On Friday, we’re launching a new video featuring the fabulous Wacapella. Prepare yourself: January 24 at 5 p.m. You’ll be glad you chose us.
See it in person at the CAC Visitors Center or online at www.washcoll.edu!

We are SO pumped for tomorrow’s big premiere! Ryan and I already got the chance to check out the video, and trust us, you don’t want to miss it! 

washcoll:

On Friday, we’re launching a new video featuring the fabulous Wacapella. Prepare yourself: January 24 at 5 p.m. You’ll be glad you chose us.

See it in person at the CAC Visitors Center or online at www.washcoll.edu!

(via thewacexperience)

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Meet miss May Matthews, class of 1895. She was the first woman to graduate from Washington College after the school started admitting women in 1891. Not only was she the sole female of her class, but she was one of the top students! Every year she was awarded the title of “Meritorious" scholar for her good grades (I’m assuming that’s something like Honor Roll or Dean’s List). She also won first place for a speech she delivered in 1893 in front of the whole school. On top of all that, she served as the founding VP of Washington College’s first female student organization called the Pieria Literary Society. All I have to say is, GO AHEAD GIRL! 

For more info and pictures on May Matthews and other alumni of WC, check out The Revolutionary College Project by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

-BZ 

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Fun fact: One of George Washington’s absolute favorite foods was hoecakes….yup you read that right. They are basically cornmeal pancakes and George ate them most days for breakfast. They are called “hoecakes” because they were traditionally cooked on a garden hoe over an open fire, but the cooks at Mount Vernon used griddles. George loved to smother them in butter and honey, but then again, who wouldn’t?! 

Here’s a modern adaption of the recipe, straight from the Mount Vernon website: 

Ingredients:
8 3/4 cups white cornmeal
1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
1 egg
Warm water
Shortening or other cooking grease
Honey & Butter
  • In large container, mix together 4 cups white cornmeal, 1 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast, and enough warm water to give the mixture the consistency of pancake batter (probably 3-4 cups).
  • Cover and set on the stove or counter overnight. In the morning, gradually add remaining cornmeal, egg and enough warm water to give the mixture the consistency of pancake batter (3-4 cups).
  • Cover and set aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Add cooking grease to a griddle or skillet and heat until water sprinkled onto it will bead up. Pour batter, by the spoonful, onto the hot griddle. (Note: since the batter has a tendency to separate, you will need to stir it well before pouring each batch.) When the hoecake is brown on one side, turn it over and brown the other. Serve warm with butter and honey.