We began our day at 8:30 am. I slowly rolled out of bed, jumped into the shower, and met Briana and Andrew downstairs of the Goucher House to begin packing the van. It was my turn to drive, so Briana took over the role as DJ for the quick one-hour ride to Cooksville, MD for our second send-off. As Andrew dozed off in the back seat, I marveled at the beautiful scenery– there is not nearly as much green in Dallas as there is in Maryland.
We arrived at the home of Robert Bull ’93 a little early so we decided to find a Dunkin’ Donuts to quickly grab some coffee and breakfast. We then returned to his beautiful house right in time for the students to arrive. We mingled with parents and first-years and talked about Goucher life and fall orientation. After a light lunch, the group gathered together for a quick introduction. We then opened the floor for questions; however, we had to duck out early for our next send-off in New York.
Now, the drive didn’t go as smoothly as we had hoped. We left Robert Bull’s house at 12:15 so we could arrive in New York in ample time to get to the send-off at 5pm. With Rachel Williams ’12, aka SGA President, tagging along with us, we felt confident that we would make it in time because we had a genuine New Yorker driving with us. Although she knew the best way to get into the city, the traffic got the best of us and it took us a total of 6 hours to get to Lynn Toby Fisher’s ’71 house.
As Andrew valiantly faced the traffic, Rachel, Briana, and I sorted through music playlists, took naps, and talked about everything from Goucher to our home towns. Probably the best part about our drive was when we were driving down 95 and the person in the car next to us opened the window and started waving at us and pointing to our van shouting, “I went there!!!” It was such a random yet glorious moment to have a Goucher grad recognize our van and wave with excitement.
The New York send-off went really well. Although we were an hour late, the students were enthusiastic and eager to ask us questions and extend their appreciation for our attendance. Lynn and her husband were very warm and welcoming and kindly opened their home to the new students and their parents. After two and a half hours of getting to know the students of the New York area, we left Lynn’s home and went straight to the hotel.
We once again want to extend our thanks to Robert Bull and Lynn Toby Fisher for hosting two successful send-offs.
Tomorrow we plan on exploring the city in the morning and then head out to New Haven, CT for send-off number 4.
Good night, y’all!