McDaniel College Budapest 

Opening Convocation 2007
McDaniel' s academic year begins with Opening Convocation and students' first impressions

President Joan Devlin Coley and Dean of Faculty Laszlo Frenyo opened the Budapest campus' s 13th academic year on Sept. 1, 2007, by welcoming new and returning students and faculty. In addition, this semester McDaniel Budapest is host to 26 Study Abroad students from the main campus – the largest number since the Budapest program began. After the opening program, students, faculty, and visitors from the main campus boarded the boat Rakoczi for the traditional cruise down the Danube River.

Both first year students and study abroad students have already experienced the excitement – and confusion – of a new cultural environment. Here are some of their first impressions of the College and the city they will now call home.
  • "It is a wonderful city with an interesting story. McDaniel College is in a very impressive building." – Katerina Solonevich, Russia

  • "The Danube River cruise was a great way for all of the students to meet and socialize. I' m looking forward to some interesting travels and experiences this semester." – Stacey Kight, Study Abroad student

  • "Budapest is a beautiful city that sort of reminds me of a cross between Baltimore and Charleston, South Carolina—with a lot more history!" – Elizabeth Elkins, Study Abroad student

  • "The language barrier and cultural adjustments can be challenging but I already feel like I' m getting the hang of it! I' ve already met so many nice people and I already feel like I' m able to make this place my home." – Charissa Ellis, Study Abroad student

  • "My first impression of McDaniel College is that it looks like a big family. I hope that it' s also as friendly as a family. My first minutes here have been very good." – Alexander Grigorasenco, Moldova

  • "The city is everything I expected and more. Living is inexpensive and the cafes and bakeries are excellent." – Chris Worthington, Study Abroad student

  • "It looks like I' m going to have a good experience!" – Timothy Hrushka, Holland