When the people you look up to are good people in real life

One of the many things I enjoy about my role as DJ for WLOY, Loyola’s college radio station, is the opportunity to speak with artists about their music, their lives, and their passions, and to share this with our listeners.

Recently, my co-host/roommate/confidant Kat O’Brien and I had opportunity to sit down (virtually first, physically later) with Allen Stone. Allen Stone is a national recording artist from Oregon, who is soulful and sweet and everything you’d expect him to be from his picture—and more.

We had a great phone interview with him a few weeks before his show in Baltimore.  We dug down deep and asked him some serious questions, including about his hair and his taste in hats. You can listen to the interview here.

Allen has been on an international tour for his new album, Radius, which came out this summer. He was accompanied in Baltimore by Bernhoft, an internationally renowned musician who has been with him for the Southern and Northeast American leg of the tour.

We went to their show on November 11 at the Baltimore Soundstage, a fantastic local venue for anyone looking for known and unknown musical acts throughout the year.

In a word, the show was unforgettable.

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The Ultimate Guide to a Successful First Year: Part II

We live in what can seem like a stressful and competitive world. The tendency is to work hard and play harder, or to burn the candle at both ends until you’re exhausted and can’t do either. Sometimes it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to do the things we need to do, let alone the things we want to do.

This post is part two of a post in which I share what I have found to be methods to help first-year college students like me have a productive and enjoyable experience…

(You can find Part I of my Ultimate Guide here.)


Even homes is putting some hours in - but is he doing it right?

Let’s be honest: Every college student dreads studying. I can’t think of one person who doesn’t despise the hours spent in the library, taking notes and staring at pages until our eyes glaze over.

More than being prepared for a test, success in life is defined by knowledge, and you will never be able to hold an intellectual conversation without a base of appropriate information.

The most effective way to keep the information locked within your conscience is to study. Here are my top four ways to engage with information while studying…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Family Weekend

I recently experienced my first ever Family Weekend here at Loyola—and just in time, seeing as I’m a senior.

My parents and sister traveled down from Pennsylvania for the weekend in hopes of seeing what my life is like and enjoying all Baltimore has to offer.

We had a lot of fun, so I wanted to share my Dos and Don’ts from the weekend for my fellow Greyhounds…

DO touristy things that you wouldn’t normally do on your own or with friends.

My sister and I explored the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this weekend. It was so much fun and great for just the two of us to spend a little time together.

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Springtime in Baltimore: Top 5 Things for College Students to Do

After what felt like the coldest winter Baltimore has seen in quite some time, spring has finally arrived. And as the weather gets warmer, the opportunities to get outside and get involved in activities around the city increase exponentially.

As someone who is not originally from the area, I will tell you that at first, it was difficult to figure out things to do beyond the Evergreen campus. However, I started following the advice I received from older, wiser students, and I eventually became familiar with the downtown neighborhoods.

The amazing thing is, aside from the things I am about to suggest to you, there is so much more to see and do.

Let’s start with my top five ideas for fun, low-cost ways to spend the remaining weekends of the spring semester in Charm City…

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Loyola’s Underground Secret

Not all those who wander are lost.

It is easy for Loyola students to stay within the boundaries of the Evergreen campus.

We get lost among work, activities, meetings, a social life, and we do not take time to explore the area surrounding Baltimore.

During the last week of school last year, a group of friends and I decided to explore the Evergreen Museum, which is located right next to Loyola’s campus.

We were wandering through the woods when we discovered this underground secret…

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A Present for the Future

“What are your plans for after graduation?”

I don’t know.

“What do you want to do with your life?’

I don’t know.

“What do you want to do right now?”

Food. Bed. Friends. Art. Not necessarily in that order.

See, I know what I want now (happiness). I know what I need now (sleep). But ask me about the next 2 to 6 decades of my life and I have no idea how to respond. Who really does?

See, I know what I want now (happiness). I know what I need now (sleep). But ask me about the next 2 to 6 decades of my life and I have no idea how to respond. Who really does?

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A Homeschooler in the Harbor

Little unknown or unmentioned fact about me: I used to be homeschooled.

From 3rd through 8th grade I learned from my parents via the Calvert curriculum, took classes with other homechoolers in a co-op, joined homeschool groups for knitting, choir, and even went to museum events specifically for homeschoolers. Oh yeah, and there was even a homeschool prom.

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Reminiscing and Winding Down

Hey guys! I’m back with an update on what happened after both fashion shows. In the last post I talked about how excited I was for the fashion shows but now I’m feeling underwhelmed. It’s been so exhilarating and so fun to be able to have the opportunity to participate in both of these fashion shows. Now, it’s like my schedule has cleared and I would like to be busy again. Continue reading

Updates and Countdown to the BSA Fashion show

We have just returned from spring break and now it is full speed ahead. You would think that after a break I would take it easy but in fact it is the complete opposite. March 2014 is going to be the busiest month of my life. The one thing that keeps me sane is my planner and I’m literally hanging on to it for dear life in order to keep up with everything in my schedule. However, it is exciting and fun to see that eventually all my hard work will pay off in the end. Continue reading

Tis’ the Season of Love

February 14 is the season of love and everyone is either preparing for a chill night with friends or a date with a cutie. Valentine’s Day is not just a day to spend with a date or a boyfriend but it is a day where you can show your loved ones that you love them. Or even just do something nice for a stranger. Continue reading