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Sign up for the average college tour and you learn all kinds of weird factoids, from the size of the quad to some famous alumni who died 100 years ago. But for answers to many of the more pressing questions, you need to hear from fellow students. Orientation is under way at several local colleges, and freshman move-ins start this week and run through the end of the month. To help incoming freshman and sophomores make the most of their four (and sometimes five) years of higher education, we asked juniors, seniors and recent grads from 10 Baltimore-area colleges for some advice. Where are the best places to get free wi-fi? The most interesting classes? And, most importantly, the advice they wish someone had told them when they were freshmen. College may be what you make of it. But it helps to have some tips from the pros. After all, knowledge is power. Or so they say on the campus tour.
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What surprised me most about Baltimore The reality goes farther than the perception. Baltimore, specifically North Avenue where Coppin is located, is perceived as nothing great. Now in my junior year at Coppin, I believe it's the complete opposite. Just from adding the Health and Human Services building and the upcoming ground breaking of the Science and Technology Center, North Avenue is changing for the better. Best school events All of the students at Coppin get pumped for the upcoming basketball season during Midnight Mayhem. It's also a way for students to make new friends. It's one of the only days (besides homecoming) that the PEC arena is packed. And around Valentine's Day, they hold a speed dating, which is a great way to meet new students and other folks who don't go to Coppin. Best non-school event The recent Ball Up Basketball Tour (pictured) not only caught the attention of Coppin students but also a large portion of the community. Best public transportation When traveling locally, the MTA bus and Metro are both affordable. If you're heading to other counties, the MARC train is excellent. What I wish someone had told me when I was a freshman The importance of staying on top of Financial Aid. Of course, high school counselors always said to apply for as many scholarships as possible. But you need to stay on top of your school bills all the way, or they might get away from you -- even if you have decent grades. -- By Bernard Reeves, junior, applied psychology major
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Sign up for the average college tour and you learn all kinds of weird factoids. But for answers to many of the more pressing questions, you need to hear from fellow students. To help incoming freshmen and sophomores make the most of their four (and sometimes five) years of higher education, we asked juniors, seniors and recent grads from 10 Baltimore-area colleges for some advice. Also see: •
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