When I was first looking at colleges, St. Mary's College of Maryland wasn't on my list. It wasn't until I received a scholarship that gave me the money only if I stayed in state that I even looked at a St. Mary's brochure.
Once I visited the campus, however, I really did fall in love with it. The night that I stayed on campus, I remember eating buffalo chicken pizza while listening to French rap and talking to prospective students and St. Mary's students about politics and literature.
Now, in my senior year at St. Mary's, my view of the school hasn't changed all that much. The close-knit atmosphere that I glimpsed that night still exists; everyone knows pretty much everyone on campus, and everyone is incredibly welcoming.
I have come to appreciate the benefits of the St. Mary's River, which borders campus, whether through crew club or just walking down to the riverfront. The setting is beautiful, and when students aren't working, you're bound to see a few tossing Frisbees past the bell tower or perhaps lobbing footwear up toward the branches of the legendary Shoe Tree, where for years people have celebrated watershed moments on campus.
I'll be sad to leave St. Mary's College of Maryland, but when I do, I feel that my experiences will have prepared me for whatever comes next.
St. Mary's College of Maryland sits upon a key entry point for British colonists and is considered an important archaeological site.
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