Volunteer, Explore, and Eat
Get a group of your friends and go live
Published: August 21, 2013
Morgan State University is located on the quiet border of the city and the county, but the heart of Baltimore is only 15 minutes away. If you’re new in town or just haven’t explored the city as of yet, look for things posted on campus that actually take you into the city and into the community. Exploring a new place or stepping out of your comfort zone is always easier with familiar people.
Sign up for extracurricular activities that take place off campus. You can explore the city with fellow students and possibly start new friendships. Most national organizations have events and community service off campus. The National Council of Negro Women (ncnw.org) has community service opportunities off campus several times a week. You can serve the community in a variety of ways, from feeding the homeless in the Inner Harbor to putting on a hair show to celebrate the local talent. Or you can join the Morgan Community Mile (morgancommunitymile.com), an organization whose goals are to get Morgan State involved in the community within a mile or more of the university campus.
Another way to get into the community is to get involved with your department or neighboring departments. Most departments at Morgan State University have lectures and events off campus, in the city. The School of Architecture and Planning partners with the American Institute of Architects Baltimore Section to host lectures from world-renowned architects and designers in local spaces. Going to these lectures and events not only allows students to meet professionals and other students from different schools, but also to experience Baltimore’s hidden gems.
Finally, instead of eating in the “Refac” or the Canteen, explore Baltimore through the world of food. Baltimore has a variety of food that will have you coming back for more. From amazing quesadillas and drinks at Nacho Mama’s in Canton to elegant plates for two at b Bistro in Bolton Hill, Baltimore is filled with hidden food gems.
The key to getting out of Blount or Rawlings is not to hang out in Morgan View, it is to get a group of your friends and go live.