b's 2013 Baltimore college guide [Pictures]
Insider tips from area college students, for fellow students.
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University of Baltimore( Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun / August 27, 2013 )
What surprised me most about Baltimore: The variety of music coming out of the city. Not all genres get the coverage they deserve, but they continue to grow through word of mouth. It's also really inspiring seeing people get together and build and maintain their own spaces in which to create.
Best school events: The spring block party was pretty fun. I missed out on the last Baltimore Independent Game Seminar hosted on campus by the Digital Designers Guild, but I heard great things and it keeps getting bigger every year. I'm not missing it next time.
Best non-school event: Artscape is all right, but if you really want to see some local talent with no filler, check out Scapescape. It goes on for four days, the lineup is huge and it's a fun way to start the semester.
Best public transportation: I think the Charm City Circulator is still a really good way to get around parts of the city. The purple route still falls short of greatness though for not extending its route further up Charles Street. Other than that I'd suggest getting a bike if you live nearby.
Best hidden gem near school: I'd suggest heading over to The Bun Shop in Mount Vernon. The buns are delicious, the shop is open till 3 a.m. and they have free wi-fi. What more could you ask for?
Best way to meet people: There are so many events going on in Station North and surrounding areas every day. It's really worth taking the time to do some exploring, even after a long day of classes.
Favorite on-campus place to study: I'm eyeing up that new Angelos Law Center (above). I haven't been in there yet, but from what I've read, the building has some great places to study.
Favorite off-campus place to study: Doing some reading in and around Penn Station can be so much more exciting than visiting the same coffee shop every day.
Must-take classes: I really enjoyed this Media Literacy class I took last semester. It's a topic most people overlook despite ingesting so much media on a daily basis. The class discussions were always pretty lively as it's something that everyone can relate to. I feel being aware of the agendas and other factors that drive media is important when deciding what sources we get our information from.
What I wish someone had told me when I was a freshman: See how you can get involved on campus. You'll be surprised at the opportunities that come your way. Oh, and putting in the extra effort required for things like scholarships can pay off.
Best hangout spot off campus: Depends on what night it is. That determines who has the best deals on food which is really crucial if you're trying to make the most of your night. The Monday-Wednesday specials at Turps always keep me coming back. I save money and still have enough to grab some drinks later.
By Jose Rosero, junior, digital communications major