How I Landed My Amazing Internship

Last semester, I attended Loyola’s bi-annual Career Fair where, armed with multiple copies of my résumé, I joined many of my peers in visiting tables, talking to recruiters, networking with local and regional employers, seeking a good fit for a paid internship for the second semester of my senior year at Loyola.

One of the tables I stopped at was Power Plant Live!, Baltimore’s downtown entertainment district in the Inner Harbor. I knew I was interested in having an internship second semester, so I mentioned that to the recruiter.

Following the Career Fair, I followed up with an email to the recruiter thanking her for her time and consideration… and a few days later, I received an email from two women who work for The Cordish Companies.

I work on the 6 and a half floor of the Power Plant Building, just below the giant guitar.

I work on the 6 and a half floor of the Power Plant Building, just below the giant Hard Rock Cafe guitar.

The Cordish Companies are a global leader in real estate development headquartered right here in Baltimore.

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Becoming a Marylander

Never in my life have I been told I have an accent.

It was not until recently that I began developing a regional dialect—but not from my native Long Island, New York. No, I think, slowly but surely, I am developing a Baltimore accent.

I’ll be honest. Having a Baltimore accent is something that I would be proud of!

Baltimore has become my home away from home, and there are a lot of really endearing things about this state that I am adopting in my own life.

First off, Marylanders say “Bawlmer.” It’s two syllables, and there is no ‘t.’

They also have a slight obsession with their flag. When you’re from Maryland, you hang a GIANT Maryland in your dorm room. IMG_5254

You proudly wear Maryland flag-printed clothing.

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Marylanders love their Old Bay seasoning. And make no mistake, it’s not just for crabs.

When you go to a restaurant, it is flat-out wrong to get an order of fries without Old Bay (or better yet, being handed a shaker so you can apply your own amount to your liking). Marylanders enjoy Old Bay wings, Old Bay chips, Old Bay on corn on the cob, Old Bay popcorn. The Charmery in Hamden makes an Old Bay-caramel ice cream. Living in Maryland means embracing Old Bay.

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Lacrosse is a huge part of Maryland culture (despite that its not the state sport which is jousting). Keep in mind, I am from New York. Marylanders’ love of this sport is on a different level than where I grew up.IMG_5244

Personally, I love the state pride that Marylanders exhibit and some of the quirkier things that make this state and the city of Baltimore one of a kind.

And speaking of state pride, Maryland Day is this month. Maryland Day is celebrated on March 25, the day the first European settlers landed in Maryland, the third English colony to be settled by the British in North America.

Maryland Day also has a Jesuit connection. Of the 150 or so settlers aboard the ship that landed in what is now St. Mary’s County were three Jesuit priests and other Catholics seeking religious freedom.

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It was these people who built the Baltimore Basilica, America’s first cathedral, which is less than two miles down Charles Street from Loyola’s campus and a beautiful place to visit.

Taking a Stab at Honoring History

Each year, Loyola’s Classics students celebrate the Ides of March (March 15) by stabbing Julius Caesar on the Quad.

“Hit the brakes… THEY’RE STABBING PEOPLE ON THE QUAD?!”

Well, not quite. We reenact scenes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in an attempt to remember this major turning point in Roman sociopolitical history, while also reaching out to the larger Loyola community.

Let me make very clear that no one gets stabbed during this reenactment (although there was a bruised knee this year).

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Light City: Celebrating Baltimore through Art, Music, Innovation & Community

Light City is happening in Baltimore next week!

You may have heard about Light City, either by word of mouth or signs on Loyola’s campus. Or if you’re like me, you first saw something advertised on the napkin dispensers in Boulder Cafe and Iggy’s. Greyhounds, keep this on your radar for when you come back from Easter break.

The first large-scale, international light festival in the United States, Light City “will provide a backdrop for the celebration of ideas, ingenuity and creativity through art, music and innovation.”

Translation: Baltimore is hosting a really cool art festival that features visual and performance art throughout the city, along with a conference series discussing social themes such as justice, equity, innovation, and sustainability.

The festival, which runs from March 28 through April 3, is going to be a major event for the city AND for Loyola, because Loyola is one of the sponsors.

This is going to be an amazing opportunity for Baltimore to come together and celebrate the arts, innovation, and community that is Baltimore, so make it a priority to get downtown for this festival when you can. A few things you definitely won’t want to miss…

  • The festival opens on Monday, March 28. If you’re already back on campus from Easter break that afternoon, the opening parade starts at 7 p.m.

There will be live music, floats, drum lines, and stilt walkers. I recommend planning to be back on campus as soon as you can, so that you can head downtown for this opening ceremony. Loyola students will be marching in the parade to kickoff the week’s events, and it should be really cool.

  • More than a mile of incredible light art installations: all free and open to the public every night.

From the south shore of the Inner Harbor to Harbor East, festival -goers can explore 1.5 miles of world-class installations.

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Loyola shuttles will be transporting students downtown in order to participate in this amazing festival celebrating the city all Loyola students call home (at least, our home away from home).

This is a chance for Loyola student to get off campus on a spring night and to do something cultured, something original. Light City Baltimore is the first festival of this kind in America, so it’s bound to be something you’ve never seen before. What better thing to come back to school after Easter break than a major art and music festival downtown?!

Details on Loyola Night can be found here!

  • Check out Light City’s performance, light, and music schedule for more details about what is going on each night.

Roller ballet. Dance. Human dioramas. Concerts. Music fusion. Live performance painting. Choreography around LED exhibits and fire. Yes, fire. A giant illuminated interactive puppet show. Do I need to go on?

  • You can also get more involved with the events by volunteering.

What better way to contribute to this festival than to volunteer? Light City needs a ton of volunteer help, and this is sure to be a rewarding experience.

If you can’t make it downtown for the festival, fear not…

  • Many individual neighborhoods are also participating in the magic of this event, including Hampden. So even if you can’t get all the way downtown, you can head over to Hampden or any of the other neighborhoods participation.

Check out the profiles of the different neighborhoods to see what amazing things are being done by different parts of the greater Baltimore community.

For more information on the event, visit the Light City website. Follow Light City on Facebook (event), Twitter, and Instagram. And learn how Loyola is involved with Light City!

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!

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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.

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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

WARNING: **SPOILER ALERT**

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!

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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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