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Baltimore and its schools according to its students

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Jason Palaigos

Age: 22

Hometown: Catonsville

School: Loyola University, Class of 2011

Major: biology

What’s the best cheap place to eat near campus?

There’s a couple options. There’s Panera nearby, but they don’t take the student card. Chipotle does. S’ghetti Eddie’s.

What’s the best bar near campus?

[The bars along] York Road. Other than that, Power Plant [Live] or Mad River. They can accommodate more people and are more fun overall. 

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Take Friday off and go to York Road.

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

Wild.

What’s the big major at your school?

Mainly business degrees.

Do students from your school get out into the city much, or do they mostly stick close to campus?

Everybody goes off campus. 

What’s something Baltimore/the Baltimore area needs to work on?

Getting around is difficult. Cabs are all corrupt. The light rail isn’t good to take at night, maybe to go to the game.

 

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Aubree Corporandy

Age: 20

Hometown: San Francisco

School: UMBC, Class of 2012

Major: psychology

What’s the best cheap place to eat near campus?

American Asian, because it has every kind of Asian cuisine. Rita’s Ice.

What’s the best bar near campus?

There are a couple of hole-in-the-wall bars nearby—one called Whalen’s Irish [Sports] Pub. A lot of people go to the Fish Head Cantina. That’s where a lot of UMBC students go religiously.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Every week [UMBC] has a whole calendar that lists movie nights, bus trips to New York or Ocean City, etc.. Personally, my favorite thing to do on weekends [is go to] sports events.

Do you feel safe on campus? In Baltimore?

I feel completely safe on campus, never had a problem. And whenever there is a problem they send out text-message alerts. They have the blue-light system.

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

Diverse. I’ve met so many different people from completely different walks of life. But somehow we all get along. It’s not so much of a party school, but everyone is definitely intelligent in their own way, and you can learn a lot from everyone.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

People kind of assume that since UMBC is a state school and not as well heard of, you’re a partier and don’t have much work. But there aren’t that many parties.

How do you get around?

It’s more of a commuter school, but since I’ve been there they’ve added a lot of things. In the meantime parking has been terrible. Having a car is definitely helpful going to UMBC. They do have campus shuttles that are free to Catonsville and the mall, and direct to the Inner Harbor. 

Do students from your school get out into the city much, or do they mostly stick close to campus?

Catonsville is a big destination. I lived on campus the first two years. I’m not someone from Maryland, so I wanted to explore. There are places within probably two miles with a lot of cool stuff going on. 

What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?

I’m a city girl. I’m from San Francisco. Probably my favorite thing is the Inner Harbor—walking around and people-watching. I like the water. It reminds me of San Francisco. And I also love the free museums, like the Baltimore Museum of Art. 

What’s something the Baltimore area needs to work on?

It would be nice to have a more connected campus life. It would be cool to have more things to do on and around campus without having to travel far off campus into the community. I remember seeing the Collegetown buses and being so frustrated because they never went to UMBC. I think that it needs to be connected more with the surrounding colleges.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

Don’t rely on public transportation. I’d tell them to take every opportunity that they get and to go out and explore. Do as much as you can so you know where you want to go later.

 

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Sean McCloskey

Age: 24

Hometown: Rockaway, N.J.

School: Towson University, Class of 2011

Major: marketing

What’s the best cheap place to eat near campus?

I usually cook for myself, so I don’t go out as much as another college student would. But I’d say Jerry’s Subs.

What’s the best bar near campus?

The Rec Room.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

I play a lot of video games, and intramural softball.

Do you feel safe on campus? In Baltimore?

For the most part safe. [Campus] still has a Baltimore feel to it, because it is very close. You still kind of feel like you’re in a city. To me, Baltimore is more laid-back, kind of relaxed. 

What’s the big major at your school?

There are a lot of business students.

What’s your favorite place to study?

My apartment. 

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

All the kids from New York/New Jersey are all assholes. But I think that’s just the way it is. I don’t worry about it. 

Do students from your school get out into the city much, or do they mostly stick close to campus?

They go to a lot of bars in Towson. Kids definitely go to Baltimore, but not as much as staying in Towson, because there are a lot of bars. 

What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?

Camden Yards is the coolest part, and the aquarium.

What’s something the Baltimore area needs to work on?

There’s nothing really to complain about. [Maybe] Maryland drivers. 

What’s the best cheap date near or on campus?

We’d probably go to this place called Cedar Deli. It’s a falafel place, and they also make really good chicken rolls. The people who own it are Egyptian. They make homemade hummus, stuff that’s imported from Libya. It’s a change of pace. 

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

If you’re living off campus, that you always lock your door and keep tabs on the stuff that’s important to you. If you’re coming from an affluent area, you might assume you’re not going to get robbed. You are not at home, you’re still in a city.

 

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Jessica Phippen

Age: 21

Hometown: London, U.K.

School: Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2012

Major: archaeology and Writing Seminars

What’s the best cheap place to eat near campus?

St. Paul Street, a block over from campus, has Maxie’s, PJ’s, Chipotle, Subway, freshii.

What’s the best bar near campus?

My favorite places are Carma’s Café or One World Café. In Hampden, there’s Rocket to Venus.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Bad Decisions—it’s a bar. Bar-hopping is always a good option, maybe in Federal Hill. It’s a lot easier with the Charm City Circulator.

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

Most people here tend to be very driven, but the people are varied. 

What’s the big major at your school?

International studies was our biggest major but probably engineering as well.

What’s your favorite place to study?

One World to study—I used to live above it. I don’t like the library. 

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

I think we have a stereotype for being cut-throat pre-med, which frustrates me, because I think anywhere you go there are kids that are a little too competitive.

How do you get around?

The Charm City Circulator or the Hopkins shuttle. I take the Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle down to the Inner Harbor and up to Towson. I also bike. 

Do students from your school get out into the city much, or do they mostly stick close to campus?

Most students tend to stick around campus and go to PJ’s or Maxie’s and the Charles Village Pub, but as you get older I think people try to travel a bit.

What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?

Baltimore is a really cool city, and people shouldn’t be afraid to explore it. People from Baltimore are pretty friendly and open. The city is very eclectic. 

What’s something Baltimore needs to work on?

I really wish we had a good metro system. That would do so much for Baltimore—then people would really be able to travel around the city.

What’s the best cheap date near or on campus?

Rocket to Venus in Hampden. It’s super cool but not super expensive. Or maybe Sticky Rice in Fells Point—it’s got sushi and Japanese food.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

Don’t be afraid to travel outside the Inner Harbor and those kinds of places. Baltimore has such a bad reputation, and it’s not fair. I think people let that intimidate them, but I say just go for it. 

 

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Saidah Feyijinmi

Age: 19

Hometown: New York

School: Morgan State University, Class of 2014

Major: journalism

What’s the best cheap place to eat near campus?

The best places to eat aren’t cheap. The best place to eat is Miss Shirley’s, hands down. But the cheapest place to eat is Stoko’s. It’s a fast-food place, chicken and subs.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Party! A lot of students have off-campus housing.

Do you feel safe on campus? In Baltimore?

Not only because I live here and know the area, but I’ve never had any bad experiences.

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

Creative. I’ve come across many different types because everybody has something different going on.

What’s the big major at your school?

Business and engineering.

What’s your favorite place to study?

I go to the library. The upstairs floor is my favorite. Not too many students hang out there, so you do get your quiet time. When I want to be alone and focused, that’s where I go.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

People get this idea that the area is bad so the school is bad.

Do students from your school get out into the city much, or do they mostly stick close to campus?

We have buses on campus that are provided by the school that kind of take you where you want to go. They even take the kids to the parties or local clubs in the area. That’s pretty safe. It cuts back on drinking and driving.

What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?

They have this park that’s not too far from Morgan down Cold Spring Lane—Sherwood Gardens. It’s known for its tulips. And also, because I lived in New York, always moving, I like that it’s a little bit slower. There are places where there is actually no noise. You get more of a chance to relax.

What’s something Baltimore needs to work on?

The rebuilding of certain areas. So many places with outdated houses and that sort of thing.

What’s the best cheap date near or on campus?

Sherwood Gardens.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

Definitely more information about grants and scholarships. I knew nothing about any of the programs. Morgan has a lot more to offer than the students on campus know about. A lot of it to do with being too lazy to go on the web site and look. Go on the web site and search it. Look for opportunities.

 

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Jasmine Griner

Age: 22

Hometown: Baltimore County

School: University of Baltimore, Class of 2011

Major: international business

What’s the best cheap place to eat near campus?

Aloha Sushi, right next door to the liquor store. The owners know [University of Baltimore] students.

What’s the best bar near campus?

Aloha is good for hanging out.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Our university is right in the heart of everything. There’s a train station right next-door, so I take the MARC train to [Washington] D.C. Fells Point is a lot of fun also.

Do you feel safe on campus? In Baltimore?

On campus, even at night, I feel safe living so close to my university. And I have the campus police number in my cell phone.

What’s the big major at your school?

Law school or business undergrad.

What’s your favorite place to study?

The library, because no one goes there. It’s completely empty, always quiet.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

We don’t have as many programs or offer as much as other universities because we’re a nontraditional college. And people think our campus is unsafe.

How do you get around?

Charm City Circulator. I had an internship at the World Trade Center and took it four times a week. It’s so clean and so pretty. And it’s free. I can walk to almost anything because it’s always right there.

What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?

I absolutely love the architecture. Like the townhouses and rowhomes. Really picturesque. Even in bad areas, you can see nice architecture, except for boarded-up windows.

What’s something Baltimore needs to work on?

I’d have to say some of the people. Many of them are ignorant.

What’s the best cheap date/way to impress a date near or on campus?

Ryleigh’s Oyster house in Federal Hill. Oyster hour instead of happy hour.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

Don’t be so cautious, but be smart. Let loose. It’s OK to have fun, just make sure you have a safe ride afterwards. You don’t have to stop doing things you normally do just because you’re in Baltimore.

 

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Jenna Way

Age: 21

Hometown: New Orleans

School: Goucher College, Class of 2012

Major: history with an education minor

What’s the best cheap place to eat near campus?

A lot of students go to Pasta Mista—cheap, good Italian food, pizza, gnocchi, parm, all to go, with some seating.

What’s the best bar near campus?

Ladies Night at the Crease—Wednesday nights are super cheap.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

On Friday, I would go to Charles Village. Saturday morning I would go to Waverly [Farmers’] Market to get all my groceries. Lots of vendors, diverse food selection.

Do you feel safe on campus? In Baltimore?

I feel totally safe in the Baltimore area. I think you can walk down the street and say hi to people on their porches or stoops and people will be friendly.

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

Passionate and quirky.

What’s the big major at your school?

A lot of people study psychology. I have a lot of friends that are English majors. Pre-med is pretty big, the dance program as well—performance and education tracks.

What’s your favorite place to study?

I would go to the Athenaeum [main library]. I would start in the info commons, but it’s a pretty social area—see friends and print out some stuff. Then go to a place hidden in the back of the library to get work done.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

It’s, like, all hippies. Showering is pretty optional to them, small population, but that’s what you see first. We have, like, everything though.

Do students from your school get out into the city much, or do they mostly stick close to campus?

Most students will stay on campus their first few years, but we also have the Collegetown Shuttle. I think students, as they become rising sophomores and juniors, take more advantage of that.

What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?

It reminds me of New Orleans a lot. Everything is kind of a little slower, but it’s also city life. People kind of do what they want. It’s a place for new things to happen. It really reminds me of home.

What’s something the Baltimore area needs to work on?

I would like more interaction between students at different colleges. There aren’t any really intercollegiate things. When I go out, I don’t really meet college students, I meet people that are older than me. I don’t meet other college students unless I know them already.

What’s the best way to impress a date?

I would probably go somewhere in Little Italy—there’s a place, I think, called Amicci’s. But anywhere in Little Italy, pretty much.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

How diverse every neighborhood is. Baltimore is this city made up of little towns and neighborhoods. You have a lot to take on and explore.

 

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Sophie Moore

Age: 19

Hometown: Baltimore

School: MICA, Class of 2014

Major: graphic design

What’s the best cheap place to eat near campus?

On the Hill Café, right in Bolton Hill. It’s got really good food.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Go to music shows and gallery openings. The H&H Building has a lot—a lot of the shows I go to are noise.

Do you feel safe on campus? In Baltimore?

I just moved into an apartment with one of my good friends, and my friend and I were talking last night about how you have to be cautious, but it pays to be friendly.

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

Complex.

What’s the big major at your school?

Illustration.

What’s your favorite place to study?

My room. People use the library more for art research.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

That we’re the typical artsy kids, but there are so many different types of people. You have your anime crowd, your punky people, you have the really hippy, hipster people.

How do you get around?

My main mode is a car. The thing with the light rail is there’s not good connecting transportation.

Do students from your school get out into the city much, or do they mostly stick close to campus?

A lot more people than I thought would, coming from Baltimore, definitely have explored different areas. Some choose to stay closer to campus, but a lot don’t do that, finding their own things.

What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?

Hampden. I remember that being the first part of the city I really remember when younger, and it completely changed as I got older. My other favorite thing about Baltimore is that a lot of people think they aren’t going to like it, but learn something about the city and end up liking it and staying. There’s something homey about the city, even though it has its issues.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

To go out and explore. Because Baltimore is separated by blocks, don’t be afraid to cross over into “scarier” areas. There are a lot of hidden gems.

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