Mount Vernon is where George Washington lived for most of his life, which makes since why the freshmen class started visiting there a few years back -it’s symbolic. It’s nice to see where it all began, and who the founder (and our first president) was. It’s a great tradition where freshman start a new chapter, and, when it comes to it, seniors get to go back and say their goodbyes. It’s a nice segue between life transitions. Being able to go to Mount Vernon allows you to experience the culture and the beauty of the plantation-having the opportunity to explore 400 acres makes the adventure worthwhile. Besides the historical aspect of the place, it also allows you to relax by the countryside for a little while, and it is a break well deserved. I mean college is a culture shock and being able to take a break, relax, and spend time with your friends helps the assimilation. I think the trip to Mount Vernon was more than just a historical aspect—I mean anyone can open a textbook or go see a documentary, or even drive up to the manor; however, this trip was about bonding and getting to know the people you are going to spend the next four years with a little better. If you can’t spend the day with these people, then how are you going to get through the next four years of college with them?