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Lauren Critelli

Broadcast Journalism, Class of 2020

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Nicole Gerhardt

Pennsylvania, Undecided, Class of 2021

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Alwin Sheriff

Business, Management Maryland, Class of 2019

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ON THIS TOUR

Meet Lauren at the University of Maryland 4517 College Ave

Lauren's Sorority House Tour University of Maryland-College Park

Terrapin Row Apartment Tour Terrapin Row

A double in Hagerstown Hall Hagerstown Hall

Amanda and Sarah talk about dorm life Hagerstown Hall

McKeldin Mall- The biggest quad on campus University of Maryland-College Park

The Washington Quad Washington Quad

A look inside journalism class in Tawes University of Maryland-College Park

The newest academic building on campus Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center

Walk down Route One for all the food places you can imagine! MilkBoy ArtHouse

Grabbing a late night snack at North Campus Diner University of Maryland-College Park

Amanda and Sarah talk about the dining halls on campus! University of Maryland-College Park

Rubbing Testudo's Nose Outside of McKeldin Library! McKeldin Library

The Memorial Chapel and the secret anonymous confession book UMD Memorial Chapel

Exploring the Stamp Student Union Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Fraternity Row Fraternity Row

The "M" Circle M Circle

How to beat the freshman 15- go to Eppley Geary F. Eppley Recreation Center

GAME DAYYYYYY Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium

The famous Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium

Xfinity Center xfinity center

College Park Bar scene Cornerstone Grill & Loft

Lauren gets ready for formal! Umaya DC - Izakaya

Carly from the business school! Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center

Liza talks UMD Terrapin Row

Mitch's hot takes on UMD University of Maryland

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All right, guys. Thanks for watching my tour. I hope you enjoyed my final advice. That I would say to you is just apply if you can. Don't worry. If something seems like a reach school or a safety school, some of that stuff doesn't really matter. Just apply where you want to go and see what happens. Definitely. Make sure you have some safety schools. Um another good thing is to just go visit because as much as you can do a lot of online research and watch videos about it, sometimes the best way to decide if you're really like, stuck between multiple schools is to just go put yourself on the campus and see where you feel the most at home. Because I know for me personally, that's that's how I really picked Maryland was. I came here and I just completely saw myself here, and I felt like this place felt comfortable and like the place I belong so go where you want to go. Trust the process. It all works out in the end and if not, I'm in the Xfinity center right now, which is our huge sports complex, where the basketball team plays G upstairs right now, trying not to trip. Right now, the women's basketball team is warming up their game at two really out of breath. Women's team has a game at two against date, and I think so. I'm actually working at the game. I'm gonna be running a camera down there. Gonna be really fun. Definitely a lot more people come out, watch men's basketball. It's a lot more popular. The way that the ticketing system works is that it's a lottery, so you can request tickets to any game. But all Maryland student tickets are free, so you can go to any game for free. It's just that you might not necessarily get a ticket because it's just a lottery. Normally, the band will be right down there under the flag and below that will be the cheer team and dance team. There's really loud music right now. This is not working out here. We are on the outside of the Xfinity Center. It's a huge, huge building, and it's so far up on North Campus. It's about to be like a thirty five minute walk home for me right now. But basketball is the main thing that's in this building That's really popular that a lot of people go d'oh basketball games. They usually give out some kind of free shirts or something. And that's a huge thing about Marilyn, too. Is that it? Everywhere you go, you get a free shirt. I don't know if that's an incentive to come here. Not. But I've gotten so many free shirts just from going here and going to different games and events. I literally don't have space for them anymore. So right now I'm walking down Route one, which is Main Road that runs all the way through the town of College Park, and you pretty much have to drive on it to get on or off campus. So it's a pretty busy road all the time. It also has a lot popular food places. For example, you could target back there not a food place, but very convenient. We have a bagel place. We have placed pizza both good off. Um I just saw my friend. Basically, there's all these food places in a row. This's pretty far from North campus. But there is a bus that could take you here. I'm their subway. There's Shanghai Cafe. There is clucks tres What is this? Another pizza place? There's the red boat, so money, food places. So for me, personally, I have a chef in my house that cooks lunch and dinner and but not on the weekends. So on the weekends, I come out here Goto bagel place. It's not as good as a New Jersey bagel, but it's pretty. It's good enough. Um, and then if you go a little further up, we have to pull play. Noodles and company were getting Akaba soon. Everyone's really excited about that. They're Starbuck Stone and doughnuts. So this is really just one main strip. Um, it's basically the only place you need to come if you want it, eat food off campus and not in the dining hall. So mostly on Ly Freshman and some sophomores have a dining plan. So for everyone else, we come to Route one and chow down behind me. You could see there's Jason's Deli, the new QA Va Chipotle a Starbucks, etcetera. And here's a nice Maryland shuttle right behind me. Something about how the freshmen on North Campus bus down to Route one to come eat food hangout. Go to the bars. There's a Nando's so, so many options. There's Applebee's. There's a faux place. Yeah, many different Asian restaurants. Everything you could possibly want is on this one strip. There's just always a lot of people around. This road is also very trafficking. I wouldn't recommend driving on it. We also have this new restaurant, as of last year called Milk Boy Art House. It's really nice there's. It has like a garage door kind of thing that opens and all the tables and stuff her in here. So when it's open and the door's open, you're sitting at your table and you're just looking outside. So it's really pretty and nice. A cute, little nicer place rather than the mostly fast 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 All right, girls, where we're going, you're going to join the daddy? Hold it right there. This's our bill. Do they have a double walk? You have just site car in order to get into. Then you just flip again. What do you guys do at this death? What do you think? You pick up packages. You could have a room. Yeah, for action. Fun fact. I lost my key three elevator. You have to swipe again. Get to your floor. So will yer. Well, your slice work in any dorm? No, it only works in my door. How do you do your laundry? You go to Washington. Drunk washer dryers. No tired People. Guys, there's a mike. We've been there, which is nice, but we can't have those. Can you have fridges in your room? Yes. Do you have them? Sweet. We are in the hole. Oh, hidden in the dark home Sweet home. Oh, this is beautiful. Um All right, give me the tour. Well, whose bed is this? This's my bed. Look at this day, Cor. Uh, no way have my desk over here got the calendar, and then we kind of are a little Catherine, This is my bed. This is my desk. Got on makeup in the market. Wow. This is the most beautifully organized dorm room I've probably ever seen. And then we each have our dressers. There's actually a lot of storage space in the dresser. Yeah, you can fit so much. And under the butt is our fridge underneath. We have a little cart. Make the fridge taller and awful like snacks and stuff it under there has been. It's a really big closet. Yeah, the shelving on top is really nice for extra storage. And then if you like, Amanda has a shoe hanger in the back there. And then I like you things to give yourself more room. It was really more storage in here than you think. When we first moved in life, we had, like, empty bins that we didn't have anything to put it. Obviously. Now, because we've been here for a couple months, like we've accumulated more stuff and we filled them up, But like, she had an empty dresser drawer first moved in, but There is a lot 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 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.