Trending
Calendar
 
CP on Facebook

 

CP on Twitter
Print Email

101 Feature

mixer

Hillary Edwards, Adam Jackson, Ian McCue, Latrece Pinckney, Jasmine Griner, Kalyani Vellanki, Amanda Merson, Eleni Giorgos

Mixer

Meet fellow Baltimore-area college students and recent grads

Hillary Edwards, Goucher College

22, from Washington, D.C.

Class of ’10, B.A. in Business Management and Art

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

Towson Hot Bagels—best bagels in Towson. Otherwise, if I wasn’t eating food from the dining halls, I would go to the grocery store and get food to make.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

I’ll go to the farmers market or go to the Book Thing with my roommate, or go down to Patterson Park and play soccer or kickball, or go to a movie.

Do you feel safe in Baltimore?

I’m not really ever afraid in Baltimore—it’s just like I wouldn’t go walking in parts of where I live in D.C. at 2 o’clock in the morning.

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

The word that comes to mind is “eclectic.” Goucher is really out of the box and really weird. That was what was said to me when I was coming in as a freshman, and it’s totally true.

How do you get around?

The Collegetown Shuttle is a pretty big way to get around. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the most convenient times.

What’s the best cheap date near campus?

I would have to say Sushi Hana. It’s cheap, really good sushi. It’s a really casual atmosphere, and it’s really low key.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

That it was as cool as it was. I meet people who are like “Is it really like The Wire?” There are parts of Baltimore that The Wire is pretty true to, but there is so much more going on in this city. Baltimore is so bright-eyed and so interested in arts and culture, and the people that live here really care about their city, and it really brings it to life.

Adam Jackson, Towson University

22, from Baltimore

Class of ’11, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies

What’s the big major at your school?

I want to say the arts. Liberal arts stuff. People come to school for English and that stuff, not a lot of vocational skills.

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

Probably Seasons Pizza.

Do you feel safe in Baltimore?

I’m from Baltimore, so in terms of actual crimes being committed against me, I feel safe because I’m street smart, I know where to go.

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

People who are from Baltimore go back to Baltimore a lot, but the masses of Towson students, from suburban areas and from New York and New Jersey, they probably stay on campus or go home.

What’s your favorite part of Baltimore? 

I’m from West Baltimore, and I like the west side a lot. It has a lot of parks, a lot of really nice residential neighborhoods, lots of nice local businesses.

What’s the best cheap date near campus?

You can eat at a local restaurant in Towson, go see a movie, go to the hookah bar. If you’re trying to go out you can take a bus to a lounge in the city somewhere. All those things are pretty inexpensive.

Ian McCue, Johns Hopkins University

21, from Philadelphia

Class of ’10, B.S. in Engineering and Material Science

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

It used to be called C&C Carryout, but now it’s called Ajumma. It’s Korean food.

What’s the best bar near campus?

Probably CVP [Charles Village Pub].

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

I want to say everyone is pretty open. Hopkins has a reputation for being a little cut-throat, everyone’s studying, but I’ve never found that. Everyone’s been friendly as far as I’m concerned.

How do you get around?

Unless you don’t mind being around campus, you need a car because . . . you can’t really use the public transportation because it’s pretty infrequent . . . especially at night time.

What’s your favorite part of Baltimore? 

I’d say in between the Inner Harbor and Mount Vernon. There are a lot of nice restaurants in that area.

What’s the best place for a cheap date?

I think getting a movie at the Charles Theatre. It’s near the train station and they will play indie films sometimes.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

I feel like it’s not made clear that a lot of the fun stuff is not on campus. A lot of people will just stay on campus and then be like, “There’s not a lot of stuff to do around here,” when there actually is, you just have to be aware and make a little bit of a trip to do it.

Latrece Pinckney, Coppin State University

22, from Germantown Class of ’10, B.S. in English

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

A lot of students, including myself, go to Chipotle, Ruby Tuesday, McDonald’s.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

On the weekends I usually go home, because I have church business and stuff to handle at home. New Antioch Baptist Church on the 2400 block of St. Paul Street was the place of worship I attended the weekends I did not go home. I also went to Eden’s Lounge a few times for their poetry open-mic nights.

In a word, your classmates are . . . ?

My classmates are really outgoing. They’re really intelligent. If you were to see them on the street you probably wouldn’t think so, you’d probably think they were, you know, just a bunch of kids getting into trouble, but they’re actually really intelligent.

What’s the big major at your school?

Nursing.

What’s your favorite place to study?

I usually study in the library, in my room, or at Johns Hopkins [library]—they have the coffee house in the top floor, and I like the atmosphere.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

I’ve heard a lot of people either don’t know Coppin exists, or they think it’s a downgrade university—if you don’t get in to any other university, you go to Coppin. It’s a university like any other, so that’s a big misconception.

What do you wish someone had told you about Baltimore?

I wish someone would’ve told me about the driving, because drivers in Baltimore are pretty crazy. I got used to it, but oh my goodness, when I first started driving here I thought I was going to get hit or something.

Jasmine Griner, University of Baltimore,

21, from Timonium

Class of ’11, International Business major

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

I like Oriole. It’s basically like a sub shop. They have subs, fried-shrimp platters, and lots of sandwiches and stuff. They’re really good.

What’s the best bar near campus?

I like Turps because it’s right next to our school.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

I usually go to D.C. I walk around, I go visit my boyfriend’s mom, I visit the museums, go to the bars.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

Because our school is small, we don’t have sports, we don’t have a field, many people think that you don’t get the typical college experience. I think that you get something better. I know everyone’s face. I can just come up to someone, they are really friendly, and everyone is always trying to help you no matter what.

Do students from your school get out into the city much?

Well, because lots of people are from Maryland, they usually just go to the harbor and that’s pretty much all they know. I do see lots of people close to campus but they do [get out] to Charles Street and the harbor and the places in between.

What’s your favorite part of Baltimore? 

I go up toward Johns Hopkins University. Their campus is really nice and they have a Cold Stone Creamery—I love Cold Stone. And they have Chipotle too. And I like the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Kalyani Vellanki, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

20, from Ellicott City

Class of ’11, Biology major

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

There are a couple kabob places around campus that are really cheap—Café Kabob.

Do students from your school get out into the city much?

I think a lot of people do go to Baltimore, especially the older people who are more familiar with the city and who are over 21. I think a lot of people do because there are a lot of concerts and festivals and restaurants.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

People think we’re just a random campus for University of Maryland. UMBC is an independent institution and it’s very accomplished. It’s definitely an up-and-coming university, it’s been in all these magazines and it’s ranked very highly on a lot of scales. On top of that, it is a lot of fun. We’re very close to Baltimore and D.C. so there’s a very good mix of people.

What’s the big major at your school?

Bio is a big major. Also psychology and communications.

What’s your favorite part of Baltimore? 

I like Federal Hill because there are good places to eat there and there’s a younger crowd so it’s a lot of fun. There’s always stuff going on there.

What’s the best cheap date near campus?

You can always go to Arundel Mills Mall, which is also nice because you can go to the movies or to Dave and Buster’s. It’s a huge mall so there’s tons of stuff to do. It’s good for [when] you just met someone and you don’t want to go somewhere too fancy, you can just hang out at the mall. 

Amanda Merson, Loyola University Maryland

22, from severn

Class of ’10, B.A. in Communications

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

I love Hampden, so Café Hon is like my favorite. And PaperMoon [Diner].

What’s the best bar near campus?

I like Zen West, it’s on York Road.

How do you get around?

I didn’t have a car the first two years, but my junior and senior years I did. Well, my car has just been sitting at my house. It’s just hard to get parking at Loyola. But it’s nice to be able to explore things that aren’t within reach of Loyola’s campus, and taxis here are ridiculously expensive so it’s just more convenient to have my car so I can run errands and things like that.

Do students from your school get out into the city much?

I think it changes, especially for first-year students, they have the opportunity to go explore Baltimore because Loyola has tons of programs to get people off campus. I was actually the president of one that was called Options, and we provided social alternatives to drinking. So in that we’d take people ice skating or go see a show at the Hippodrome or things like that. So Loyola has lots of programs for people to do cultural things off campus, which is nice on the weekends. And a lot of people like to go out and have a good time, whether it’s going down to Bourbon Street just to dance on a Thursday night or going to Canton to Nacho Mama’s to get margaritas. I think people have a need to get off campus and get away from school.

What’s the big major at your school?

There are a ton of undergraduate business students, so that’s probably one of the most popular. Psychology and communications are really big.

What’s the biggest misconception about your school?

That it’s a school full of rich, preppy students.

What’s your favorite place to study?

The library is OK, but I like to sneak over to the Evergreen House—it’s the mansion on Charles Street—and I’ll sit in the garden and study.

Eleni Giorgos, Maryland Institute College of Art

20, from Bellmore, N.Y.

CLASS of ’11, photography MAJOR

What’s the big major at your school?

Bookbinding is actually a really big concentration, because it’s not offered as a major and it ties in to a lot of other students’ degrees. Graphic design majors and photo majors are two of the biggest ones.

How do you get around?

I do have a car, because my parents had an extra one and it meant that I would be able to drive it to do things like rock climbing, and last summer I was interning in Silver Spring and it was easy for me to drive there. I also take the light rail a lot when I want to go climbing or if I want to go to the grocery store, but I like walking and I also just got a bike so I’ve been biking to a lot of different places.

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

I would say Aloha Sushi. It’s on Charles Street, and I always see MICA students whenever I go there. There’s also On the Hill Café which is really close to campus. They have really great sandwiches and stuff like that.

What’s your favorite part of Baltimore?

I usually go to Fells Point, I really like hanging out there. They have really great ice cream and hanging out there is really nice on the water.

What do you think is a big misconception about your school?

I think a big misconception is that students here are unintelligent artists who only have one talent and only think about art. Even my friends back home are like, ‘Oh, you go to art school, you don’t take academic classes,’ and I think that’s a really big misconception, because a third of our course work here is in academic studies. The majority of the people I know here are really intelligent and really interested in things beyond art.

Where’s a good place for a cheap date?

Well, I’m Greek and I just recently went to the Greek Festival at St. Nicholas’ Church in Greektown, near Highlandtown. That was really, really fun because I got to take my boyfriend and show him Greek food and Greek music and stuff like that. But we also really like going to Little Italy because you can go to dinner there and then you can go get dessert at Vaccaro’s, which is a bakery that I love, and it’s close to Fells Point so you can go walk there afterwards.

What do you wish you would’ve known about Baltimore before you moved here?

I wish I had known about its arts scene. When I initially got here, I was so absorbed in doing school work and being on campus that I didn’t get out to see those things that much, so I wish I would’ve known about them ahead of time. ?

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus