I Voted!

2016 is an election year, and you know what that means…

It’s time to vote!

This election is especially important for me, as well as for many of my fellow classmates, because this is the first national election that I am able to participate in. I just missed the cutoff of the legal voting age for the 2012 presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Come 2016, I am a registered voter—and I can participate in the primaries!


Not only is this election the first I can participate in as a voter, but this year is a little different because I am still studying abroad in Belgium for the voting cycles leading up to the general election.

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Defending the Apology

Like many of my fellow Greyhounds in Humanities classes, I was assigned to read Plato’s Apology over spring break.

“Why are these kids reading this?” some might ask.

The answer: Loyola’s Humanities Symposium.


Each spring semester, representatives from the Humanities and social sciences departments choose a text to discuss and engage with academically.

A week in February or March is dedicated to the exploration of the text and broader topics by students, faculty, and other academics, who gather to discuss the themes and issues the text addresses, trying to flesh out what this text meant to those who originally read it as well as those reading it now. At the end of each week, a keynote address is given, tying the event of the whole week together while inviting further examination of the text.

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Would You Rather: East Coast or West Coast

This year for spring break, I decided to travel across the entire United States.

My friends and I are all East Coasters, so being as West as coast as possible was a bit of a culture shock. Aside from the weather that is as moody as your emo cousin, Seattle has a lot to offer. As a New Yorker, I stereo-typically believe that my state is the best state in the country, but I have to admit the Seattle and the West Coast are pretty awesome.

I’m back from an amazing week, and I had to share seven things I discovered about the West Coast…Pike Place Market

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About Messina

I still remember the excitement rushing through my veins as I opened a folder labeled “Loyola University Maryland,” wondering whether my fate was sealed in a single brief letter from the office of admission.

“Congratulations!” I read, continuing to skim the letter, “I am delighted to offer you early admission to Loyola University Maryland.”

My heart rate accelerated. Body heat escaped. Vision blurred. I stood with the letter in my hands, attempting to figure out next steps.

As a high school senior, I thought, “I’ve made it!” All I needed to do now was confirm my acceptance, purchase books, and register for classes…

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A “Watch” Down Memory Lane


What ever happened to predictability?

Full House, a favorite childhood classic, has been revamped for a Netflix world and turned into what is now Fuller House. And this show is anything but predictable.

All the old characters return to the set of the San Francisco home built for what feels like fifteen people as we get to see the old trio of Danny, Jesse, and Joey reunite in the pilot episode. Alongside them are Becky, the twins, DJ, Stephanie, and Kimmy Gibbler, and a cast of new supporting characters. DJ and Kimmy are both mothers!


It is refreshing to see a new generation enter the cast and cause mischief of their own.

Overall, the show is very cheesy—which is to be expected—but it also sweet to revisit some forgotten memories and token phrases, like “You got it, dude!” and “How rude!”

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11 Reasons I Love Loyola

There are many, many reasons I love being a student at Loyola University Maryland.

Some might seem silly (for instance, condiments I can only get from Loyola Dining Services) compared to others (like personal growth opportunities I’ve discovered during my time here), but I assure you, they are ALL heartfelt and sincere.

In no particular order, here are some of the things I’ve come to adore about Loyola and find myself missing most when I’m not there…

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A Day in the Life: Teddy



10:00 a.m.
My alarm for the day sounds in my apartment in Rahner Village. As a senior, I have learned that, while sleeping in is nice, sometimes there are days when sleeping until noon is not the best decision. So I roll out of bed and force myself to take a quick hot shower to wake myself up.

11:00 a.m.
One of the best things about being a second semester senior studying business is that I am able to take the majority of my classes in the afternoons. That said, I have structured my schedule this semester around classes in the afternoons, and so before my classes start, I like to get a workout in at the Fitness & Aquatic Center (FAC).shuttle

Because many students are in class at this time of day, I basically have the place to myself. I get to utilize the state-of-the-art equipment as I please. It’s great. I love to run, so I warm up with a few laps around the track upstairs, then I shoot hoops for a bit. Today I decide to do a chest and triceps workout. By the end I am exhausted, but my workout for the day is done. I am a happy camper.

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Crumbs & Whiskers, the Cat Cafe in Washington, D.C.

I’ve completed an item on my top ten list for senior year at Loyola!Crumbs & Whiskers

My friends and I recently had the opportunity to visit the first and only cat cafe in the heart of our nation’s capital.

We had a few friends in from out of town who were visiting for another friend’s birthday, so we decided to head south to D.C. for cats, coffee, and to celebrate on Saturday.

It was incredible.


This is one of their kittens, Carmella.




Now, you may be wondering what, exactly, a “cat cafe” is…

Crumbs & Whiskers is a cafe that operates in partnership with a local animal shelter. On any given day, there are 20 cats in the cafe for visitors to meet and spend time with while they enjoy a variety of coffee drinks and macaroons from a nearby cafe (no need to worry about cat hair in the pastries!).

To date, Crumbs & Whiskers has helped with the successful adoption of more than 60 cats and kittens—a truly incredible feat, considering the cafe opened less than a year ago.

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A Day in the Life: Rachel


7:45 a.m.
My alarm sounds, a soothing Jack Johnson song…

Yes, I set three alarms. No you can't judge me.

Yes, I set three alarms. No, you can’t judge me.

8:00 a.m.*
My alarm sounds again, and this time I actually get out of bed. I eat breakfast (it is the most important meal of the day!) and get dressed. I’m out the door around 8:40 a.m. with my roommate, Kat, headed toward WLOY Loyola Radio on the west side of campus.

*The 8:05 a.m. is just a retainer alarm.

9:00 a.m.
I arrive at WLOY and open up the station. I put in an hour of work, taping up the week’s production studio schedule as well as sending out the weekly email to keep our largest-ever DJ staff (around 130 students!) in the loop and doing the best job they possibly can. These emails typically involve many gifs and fun tidbits about what’s happening this week on campus.

beach boom box

This was my gif choice in preparation for Spring Break.

10:00 a.m.
Kat and I are live on the air at WLOY.org, 1620AM Baltimore. We host Kat & Rae in the Morning for two hours once a week, playing all our favorite tunes.

On our first show of the semester, we paid tribute to the late, great David Bowie as well as the late Glenn Frey of The Eagles. Coldplay’s “Adventure of a Lifetime” has been in heavy rotation. (It’s a really great song if you haven’t heard it just yet.)

After jamming out for two hours to our favorite tunes and giving shout-outs to our friends and our moms, we sign off the air.

This photo was taken on the last first show of Kat & Rae in the Morning

This photo was taken on the last first show of Kat & Rae in the Morning

12:15-1:30 p.m.
Kat and I have head to a class we’re both in, a course on podcasting and long-form digital audio.

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A Day in the Life: Juliana

Loyola student bloggers offer a glimpse into the day in the life of a Loyola student— which, like our students, is anything but typical.

Like any overcommitted college student, my days start early and end late. I feel like I’m always running, whether that’s on a treadmill at the FAC or from Boulder to Knott Hall.

Still, I try to stop and smell the roses every once and while when the world slows down for a second or two.

6:30 a.m.
My alarm goes off. It’s dark outside. Is it still night? Nope. It’s just that the sun isn’t up yet. Which is a shame, because I have to be to get to the gym in time to work out before my first class.

I wake up (or try my best) to get up around 6:30 in the morning. And as much as I would like to be a morning person, some mornings are more a struggle than others attempting to roll out of bed. (My record is hitting the snooze seven times, but I eventually got up, unhappy and in a daze.)

7 a.m.

Fall on Campus

After a short walk or shuttle ride (a saving grace in the winter) from my apartment, I’m at the FAC. For me, the gym is a great way to start my day. It gives me energy and also allows me to justify a side of tater tots at lunch (OK, and maybe dinner).

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