b's 2013 Baltimore college guide [Pictures]
Insider tips from area college students, for fellow students.
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Towson University( Photo by Desiree Stover / August 27, 2013 )
What surprised me most about Baltimore: How close it is to Towson. Whether you're going to a baseball game on student night, heading down for some fine dining at the Inner Harbor or even just a relaxing night near the water, it only takes you 17 minutes.
Best school events: Tigerthon where you dance 12 hours straight for the Johns Hopkins Children Miracle Network; TedxTowsonU where local and national speakers inspire with ideas worth spreading; and Tigerfest, where celebrities bring out the wild in students.
Best non-school event: CVP, Rec Room, Green Turtle and Little Dickey's at any night of the week are sure to get you a cold one -- so I've heard.
Best public transportation: Your feet. Go green, TU!
Best free wi-fi on campus: It's always poppin' in the Union. If you don't have a signal, at least you have someone around you to complain with.
Best free wi-fi off campus: Barnes and Noble. Sometimes Cook Library just doesn't cut it.
Best hidden gem near school: The reservoir. Feed some ducks, watch families love each other, maybe see some puppies. It's a beautiful thing.
Best way to meet people: Checking out the Involvement Fair and daring to join a student group you have no affiliation with. You'll make the best relationships with people you never would have thought. Works every time.
Favorite on-campus place to study: The Liberal Arts Building (above) provides color-changing chandelier night lights for your educational entertainment.
Favorite off-campus place to study: Did I mention how Barnes and Noble saved my life?
Favorite things to do on the weekend: Friday Night Live and Saturday Night Scene events are always great. Magic shows, cultural showcases, dance parties, international buffets -- they're all free!
Must-take classes: Religion 205 with Carl Yamamoto, Intercultural Communication with Jennifer Potter and Persuasion with Richard Vatz who has been here for decades. Literally.
What I wish someone had told me when I was a freshman: You will make a greater impact on people once you step out of your comfort zone. Not only is college a fresh start, but Towson has the opportunities to lead you in your specific path. You just have to discover that desire.
Best hangout spot on campus: The grassy area in front of the library we call the Beach. Occasionally you'll see the bathing suits, towels and make-out sessions, but at least you don't have to worry about the sand sticking to your phone.
Best hangout spot off campus: Towson Town Center. Four floors. Solid.
By Glorimar Quinones, senior, communication studies and Spanish major