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University of Maryland-College Park Tours & Reviews
College Park, MD
A Day in the Life with Lauren
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I'm going to start off right at my own house to show you guys where I live. I personally live off campus in a sorority house, So here's my house. It has forty six girls that lived there. Um oh, and right behind me, the Suit Landmark. This is an off campus apartment option. It's beautiful. A lot of juniors and seniors live there, and my house is mostly juniors and seniors as well. They're sixteen different sororities on campus, so a lot of different options if you're looking into joining Greek life, but let's go see my house. Here I am in our front room. Living room, type of things. Nice, big sitting area. Here's our cute little sign. Um, you can see my roommate back there doing homework in the side room, studying hard, as always. So this is our kitchen. We have these long tables where we can all sit and eat together. And basically the way it works is that we have a chef and his name is Dave. He's really cool. He makes lunch and dinner for us on the week days. So basically, for lunch, you can order whatever you want, and Dave will make it for you. And then for dinner, we all eat the same thing. There's like a new menu every week, so it's our little coal into the kitchen. But I'll show you the inside, too. Basically, we have this big industrial kitchen with so much food, enough food to feed forty six girls living in a house. And David Carmen, our, our our heroes. Not all heroes wear capes, but David, Carmen make meals for forty six, forty seven for forty six of us every single day on. Yeah, so definite. It's definitely better than the dining hall. And definitely better than having to cook for myself. So thank you, David. Carmen. Hey. Now you have to see my room here in here. It isthe nestled up on the third floor, Me and Allie. Home sweet home. So this is my room inside Thie pi sorority house. Um, I have my giant elephant tapestry, and I'm still wearing my jacket inside because I'm dramatic. That's my bed right over there. You see, my a little messy, but that's life. We have one dresser that we share. What you're really isn't a big deal like we both have a lot of clothes, but we make it work. This is Alice's bed. She's super neat. She makes about every day. It's great. This is our one desk that we share. That kind of just turns into a garbage dump a little bit. We kind of pile stuff on top. No, I just want to give you an authentic look at college life. That's just the reality of it. Were a little bit messy. This's in off campus housing option. I did live on campus freshman year in a dorm, which was great. We had airconditioning, which was so nice. Not all of the freshmen dorms have air conditioning, but I was fortunate enough we had. We got to control it with a remote, so yeah, that was really great. There are a lot of different housing options. I'll show you a few more. This is just one of many, but, yeah, this is So tonight we have normal hydrate before you drinks. So tonight we have formal and this is just one of the things we do to go out at night. Sometimes this is more of a rare occasion. We only really do this like twice a semester. And my whole sorority does it. Ah, lot of Greek life, Other clubs, professional fraternities, things like that have formals. And basically we take a bus into D. C. It's pretty close and we rent out a club and it's just like a big dance party and a chance to go out with me with all What is your guy's favorite food to eat here? I want another girl. Cheeses. They have been like once, and you can see he wants twice. But I like Mr Rock Station on the rice like some noodles and chicken. They have like sesame and teriyaki sauce, acres. And on top of it, how is the food here? Overall, nothing's bad. Like it's pretty good, I'd say, but you just eat the same things over and over again. So you kind of gives it some things, but there's always something. You know that here you'll always find something that you like. It's not like you were walking and you look around and I'm really picky eaters for me to say that huge so and I've never not been able to find something what's like something that's so good that they don't bring in that off hand. But like when they have it, you guys have to get it. Wait Tenders on the way and fried pickles. I love friends and they've had them once. It was like a special one time, and I wish that they were here. How does this compare to the other dining halls on campus? I think probably more or the to do what it's supposed to be like the nicer Diner. I'd say it's more like cafe style. Um, South Campus is also bigger, I'd say, and they have more options. South Campus has come back through that. They calling it's Magnolia drill or something like that, and it's a build your own front station. And I really like that feature at South Campus. But the actual diner party, I'd say it's less options in this. Yeah, but like in size wise with sitting area and everything, it's probably work. Yeah, because that's more like those soft. How close is this to your door Way? Would like, literally right. We can smell it from our. It was always open. It's open seven a. M to a night on Mondays to Thursday and then Friday. Closes at ten p. M. Saturday closest. Saturdays ten to ten and then Sunday is ten to midnight, so you never start. You have a build your own omelette station, which is Hi guys. My name's Lauren. I am at the University of Maryland College Park, and I'm so excited to give you guys a tour. I'm a junior here, and I'm a broadcast journalism major. So making these videos is kind of up my alley. I'm from Livingston, New Jersey, which is about three and a half hours from here. I'm going to show you guys all the really important things you need to see on campus if you're deciding to come here or not. I'm really involved on campus. I'm on a dance team in a sorority. I'm in some journalism clubs, so I'll show you everything The reason I wanted to do this tour for campus Riel was a It seemed like a good opportunity just to showcase my school and show everyone what I love about my school. But also, I think this is a really authentic way to look at University of Maryland because you could go on actual tour. You can look on the website and see the statistics and everything, but a lot of colleges have impressive statistics and have a really nice tour guides. But sometimes you need to see the random little details and like an authentic day in the life, I guess, and that really gives you a different perspective. But at the same time, I'm only one of thirty something thousand students here, so I guess everyone does have a different experience. But that's what's so special about a really big school like Maryland. Is that there it is. There's just so much opportunity here and so many places to live so many things to be involved in. You can have so many different experiences here. And if you try out one thing one year and you didn't like that much, do something else. The next year, there's endless things to try. We're at Terrapin Row, which is an off campus apartment building. Well, it's actually three buildings, and they have a variety of apartments and townhouses. Right now I'm standing out in the courtyard where it's covered in snow, but they have grills TV. There's a volleyball court again, snowy. But these air, the apartment's up here. Um, it's a really nice option if you're looking for a place to live. If you want to move off campus after freshman or sophomore year, it's really, really nice. And a lot of my friends live here, and it's an actual apartment. You cook for yourself, you pay rent, you have a full year lease. So if you need to live here in the summer, this is a good place. There's a lot of other off campus apartments, but this is just one I want to show you. So let's go look at my friend lies his apartment. This is my friend Liza. Hi. And we're in her Terrapin roll apartment. So Liza, look, it was the tour. So we walk in. We have a nice stay living room, a big kitchen with lots of space. It's obviously not clean right now. Well, it's the authentic experience. Grams, this is mine. Okay, let's see. A big company. Bad dusk. And they actually really big deposits, too, which is nice. Lots of storage. Nice. Um, lots of clothes. And I share a bathroom with just one other person, but it's really big. The shower. Beautiful. Thank you. Is the rest Have this? It's not every mates room. We got these nice. And what else? It's just a really good living area. And they have a really nice pool, A good workout place. He's two floors below at should really go more. But what else is there? They free spray tans? I don't know why, but it's really nice. Um, and good study areas. A big courtyard, free coffee in the mornings, so I like living here. Here we are at Toss Plaza, So it's three academic buildings that come together into this one little courtyard area. Little fountain right there. Um, Tawes is a building that houses a lot of humanities classes, like English. That's the education building. But however, there are a few different journalism classes that meet in tow full. So I do spend a good amount of my time and Tawes because that's where we have our computer lab. And, of course, as with everywhere on campus, there's a lot of different tables and picnic benches and just like places to sit down. Enjoy the outdoors, although getting to be that time in November where it's really cold and windy out. So that's why you're maybe not seeing as many people outside as you normally would. But I swear people go here. This tawes it's a very typical looking academic building. Nothing too crazy. Tawes has a variety of different size classrooms. This is maybe a smaller one. Maybe it's about thirty people. It does have some big lecture halls. Um, I mostly just come here for the computer lab and the TV studio, which I'll show you in a second. We have these two computer labs that AA lot of journalism classes Hughes. So it's really it's really small. These classes only have about ten people in them. As you can see, there's not that many computers, but and that's brand new teacher sits. And this is where I have my video reporting class that I'm in right now. So well, check out cameras from the journalism school, go out and shoot a story, our package, and then we come back to these computers and we edit the packages. And here's another lab that looks identical to the one that I just showed you. You probably can't even tell the difference, except for the colorful cards on the wall. But, you know, use the monitors on the wall to watch each other's videos and critique them. And this is one of my my video reporting class is one of my favorite journalism classes that I've taken because it's really hands on. And we got some really good critiques because my professor is an actual news anchor at WC nine. So it's really fun. But I'm in class. This is Journalism three sixty one, which is video report from What is it called? Really? This is video broadcast news, writing and reporting. This is my wonderful Professor Adam. Long ago today, we were pitching stories in class. So essentially what that means is over the course of the semester, all the students in this class have to do four separate news packages. Right now, we're on package number three. So everyone's got to come to class with an effective pitch. They have to tell us what they're going to shoot. What the story's about who the central character is of their story and why anyone should care. Why that story is interesting and deserves to be told. So we just wrapped up class. Everyone made their pitch. Everyone has kind of experienced into how to pitch their story now. So they're on it. They pitched, and we're going to leave about an hour early today. Wow. Great. And I'm a great student, right? She's all right. Thank you, Professor. Long ago. Yes. So that is my journalism class I'm doing today. So I'm going to answer Some frequently asked questions about Maryland. So the first one is. How big is your school? We have twenty nine thousand undergraduate students and forty thousand total, which sounds enormous. And that actually really surprised me when I looked it up because it just doesn't feel that big to me. What is the student body like? Well, since it's so big, it's the student body's really diverse. There's a little bit of everyone from all over. I will say it's a lot of in state Maryland kids, but in St I'm from New Jersey and I would say Half of my friends here are also from New Jersey. New Jersey is like the second most popular state that goes here. What is the academic culture like the academic culture? I would say people take academics really seriously here. I feel there is like a big pressure to do well in school, mostly just for myself, but also because everyone around me is also trying really hard at their classes. What are some defining features of our campus in community? Well, test youto our mascot is a pretty big deal. He's a terrapin, which is some form of turtle, and he obviously there's the mask out, the dresses up at all the sports games. But then there's also these like metal statue test you does. They're big. They're like a full life sized terrapin that they're supposedly like ten of them around campus or something. And if you rub his nose, it's good luck. That's like anything that we have. Greek life is really popular in Maryland. I shouldn't really popular. I think I've I looked up the statistic and it's only around thirty percent, which isn't a lot. But we have so many different Greek life. Chapter's a lot of people. Russia's a freshman or sophomore. I personally am in Greek life, so to me it feels like everyone's in Greek life. Just because I know a lot of the people I know are also in Greek life. But I do know a lot of people who are not, and it's not one of those schools where you have to be in Greek life, taboo, good time Like there's plenty of other stuff to do terms of social life and going out at night at midnight, all the parties open up and anyone can go to them. So if you're not in Greek life, it's not like you can't do anything because we also have bars. We have all the frat parties. Um, and yeah, there's just if you're into the going out scene, there's a lot of options. I think Greek life is a really important thing to consider. If that's something you're into, it's a really good community and network of people. And it's helped me out in so many ways. It helps me with academics. I find other people in my classes. Um, that can help me. It helps you with internships and having confections, and it's also just It gives you structure. Sometimes freshman year. You don't always you know what to do with yourself when you're not in class and you know not doing homework and it gives you kind of an organized schedule. You have weekly chapter meetings, you have philanthropy events, you have to do community service, and then you also have the option to go to social events. The sports culture here is huge. It is. I mean, we're big ten school. So our football games a really popular with the huge tailgate before the football, well, there's all kinds of telly. It's all over campus. But there's one big one on the practice field and on game day. It's just like everybody dressed up everyone with their Maryland pride. It's it's a really, really nice, big, um community feeling that you could just you could tell, What are some of the best clubs and organizations on campus? Paschal? There's some really unique ones like There's Gymkhana, which is this acrobatic troupe that I love to watch. They always have, like someone doing, um, tricks on the trampoline at the first look fair. And they're really cool. There's the lettuce eating club. There's the Quidditch team. Um, there's a lot of club dance teams. I'm on one of them there. I mean, there's just a club for everything. Something that's really popular is professional fraternities. So there's like multiple business fraternities, law, fraternities, premed engineering. There's tons. I can't even name them all, but I know people in them and those air really, really good for networking and having a community. Um, there are clubs, sports teams, which a lot of people get involved in and those air really fun. And, um, good way to stay active. I would say no. It's good to spend your free time doing a club or getting involved. It's something good to have on your resume. It something to do with your free time and kind of, um, channel your energy and passions into doing something outside of just her classes. Because if all you did at college was go to class and do homework, I feel like it really wouldn't be a super fulfilling experience. I'm here with my friends Sharon, Amanda, and we're at the North campus diner, which is one of what, three mean Dani halls on campus. So it's open till midnight tonight, so we're going to go have a late night dinner. It's Thanksgiving special, right? There's gonna be some Thanksgiving food. Sarah and Amanda are freshmen, so they currently have a dining plan. I don't anymore, but they're gonna show me around. So every time you enter the dining, all they have machines where you just swipe your hand and it'll say, Access granted. If you have a shining planet, you could just walk right in. About that thing over here. We have sandwich station. Wait. Have you our viewer? So thank you. Be very clear. Oh, my God. New Jersey. Yeah. Right here. Veggies and, like coming. What? It's late at night. You know their loans. Burgers. That's, um, five star dining right there, decorated for Thanksgiving but usually vegetables like carrots over. This's our favorite station. Always in the pictorial cheese. Oh, normally they switch between French fried potatoes. Wait fries station, which is one of never to the point. This is Vegan Station. I remember when I used to come here. They had these, like, tofu chicken nuggets that tasted like actual chicken nuggets. And I eat them all the time. This's like salad vegetables. So there's like always fresh rush. Make warm. Cookies are so good. Is there a limit to how much food you know? It's a limited income and as many times as you on and take it much food as you want every time. But you can't leave. Have to eat whatever you get. What? This has to be. My personal favorite station at the dining hall. Ramen noodle bar. Way to show it. Oh, there's none left. Okay, normally, there's like chicken and all kinds of things you could put in your ramen noodles that sign Amanda, What did you get for your second dinner tonight? My second dinner? I have some cream. Handsome like apple pie thing. I also got the apple cake. The people. I sell it on some Mac and cheese and sugar cookies, so I'm really in the health Amy. I was my Rachel. And on Saturday, yeah. We're gonna lose okay with everyone. Way off, Poppy. We play cornhole, we dance, We have a good time. And that's what we do on Saturdays.