Exploring Baltimore

I have to admit that it wasn’t until recently that I truly started to take advantage of the multitude of activities and attractions Baltimore offers…

I have been trying to get off campus and find out for myself if the phrase that many of the benches in the city have engraved on them, “Baltimore: Greatest City in America,” is true.

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Now that the warm weather is *officially* here, it seems like the perfect time to do some exploring before I am completely swamped with final exams and end of semester commitments and work.

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An Open Letter to All High School Seniors

Euphoria.
Freedom.
Responsibility.
Stress.
Under-prepared.
Torn.
Contemplative.
Excited.
Nervous.
Joy.

These may be some of the emotions you’ve experienced this school year, first as college acceptance letters start to roll in… then as you started visiting campuses… and especially now, as you prepare to make “the big decision” and enroll.

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Celebrating Light and Life in Baltimore

We got off the bus, not really knowing what to expect, and as we walked towards the Inner Harbor, we were overwhelmed by the crowd, the music, and the lights.

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My friends and I trekked down to the Harbor for Light City on Thursday night, so we weren’t expecting too many people. It was a school night and a work night, after all. We thought we might bump into some other Loyola students, since it was “Loyola Night.”

To our surprise, there were thousands of people walking around the Inner Harbor enjoying the festival. I’ve never been so happy to see so many people in one place, all celebrating Baltimore…

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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!

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 Washington, 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.)

Study

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?

Read the full post here.