Staying Active in College

Don’t let your schoolwork get you into a slump! This is the time to develop a consistent workout regime in order to stay fit and healthy for years to come. Baltimore has tons of great options for staying active. Check out some fun running events this fall to get your body in shape before the holidays!

Race for the Cure: October 26

The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure returns to Maryland! Although it may be too late for you to prepare for a 5K run this Sunday, you can still consider the 5K walk, or volunteering at the event.

The race will be in Hunt Valley, at the Executive Plaza parking lots, across Shawan Road from the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. The race doesn’t start until 8 am, but participants are encouraged to get there between 6 and 7 am to avoid any parking issues and to have adequate time for checking-in or registering.

If you can’t make the event, still consider donating to the foundation. About one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, and we need to find a cure!

The Running Dead Virtual Run – 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon: October 25 through November 1

For those of you that may not have adequate transportation, this run is perfect! It’s a virtual run, so it can done from the comfort of your treadmill!

The Halloween/zombie-themed run’s proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All participants will also receive a Running Dead medal in the mail.

Color Run: November 15

The Color Run comes back to Baltimore! Nicknamed the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” the run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality.

The 3.1-mile loop circles Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Ravens Stadium. Runners wear white at the starting line and get doused with five or six different colors throughout the run!

The daylong event has a morning run at 9 a.m. and afternoon run at 1 p.m., and dismisses runners in shifts every few minutes. The race isn’t timed, and encourages everyone to go at his or her own pace.

My personal experience with the Color Run was incredible. I completed the Color Run in May of 2013 with a group of friends and it was one of the most fun events I’ve done. Everyone is in a great mood, happy to be there, and encouraging of strangers to keep going!

Y of Central Maryland Turkey Trot: November 27

If you’re staying in the area over the Thanksgiving holiday, rise and shine to run before you feast! This year marks the 20th year of the Turkey Trot in Towson.    It will start at the Orokawa Family Center Y in Towson, run through the hills of West Towson and Southland Hills and finish back at the Y.

There will be prizes for the top three males and females overall, and there will be food available after the course for runners!

Other locations for the Y of Central Maryland Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day include Ellicott City, Bel Air, Arnold, and Westminster.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk: December 14

This festive run is a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations! The proceeds from the 5K go towards finding a cure for arthritis. Runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in a holiday themed costume.

The walk/run starts at 9 am and is located at Du Burns Arena at Bonvenga Field, 1301 S. Ellwood Avenue n Baltimore Md. Get into the holiday spirit by giving to others in need! Let’s find a cure for arthritis!

What are your plans for staying in shape this fall and winter? Let us know if you have any tips or ideas!


COLLEGE EATS: Baltimore’s Farmers Markets

Tired of eating greasy dining hall meals?

How about overspending at grocery stores?

College can set you up with terrible eating and spending habits. Like many students, I chose cheap fast foods over cooking something in my apartment. It’s also not surprising that when I did cook, it involved Kraft’s Easy Mac, Ramen Noodles or Chef Boyardee.

Credit: Amy Davis, The Baltimore Sun

With the surging popularity of locally grown food, I knew it wasn’t too late to acquire a taste for healthy meals. Depending on your school’s location, there are nearby FARMERS MARKETS featuring great and affordable selections of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, pastries, Vegan items and more. All come from local growers! Some markets even offer handmade crafts and collectibles like jewelry, handbags, clothing, pottery and photographs.

So join me in exploring the Baltimore Collegetown Farmers Markets List and find one close to your campus!

Near Coppin State University:

3100 Swann Drive, Baltimore MD 21217

Wednesdays, 3:30pm – 7:30pm, now through September 26

Near Goucher College and Towson University:

2200 York Road Main Gate, Lutherville-Timonium MD 21093

Wednesdays, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, now through October 31

800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson MD 21204

Tuesdays, 3:30pm – 6:30pm, now through Novembr 20

17 Alleghany Avenue, Towson MD 21204

Thursdays, 11 am – 3pm, now through October 25

Thursdays, 11 am – 3pm, November 1, 8, & 15

Near CCBC Catonsville campus and UMBC:

730  Frederick Road, Catonsville MD 21228

Sundays, 10am – 1:30pm, now through November 4

Near CCBC Dundalk campus:

44 Shipping Place, Dundalk MD 21222

Saturdays, 7am – 12:30pm, now through November 17

Near Stevenson University:

1630 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville MD 21208

Tuesdays, 9:30am – 2:30pm, now through November 13

8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown MD 21133

Wednesday: 2pm – 5pm, now through September 26

Near Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University:

400 block of E. 32nd Street , Baltimore MD 21210

Saturdays, 7am – noon, all year-round

Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets (under JFX Viaduct), Baltimore MD 21202

Sundays, 7am – noon, now through December 23

Near University of Baltimore, MICA, Peabody Institute and University of Maryland Baltimore:

1700 Charles Street, Baltimore MD

Friday, 3pm – 8pm, now through November 23

10 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore MD 21201

Fridays, 10am – 2pm, now through November 30

Plaza Park, Corner of Paca Street & Baltimore Street, Baltimore

Tuesdays, 10:00am – 2:30pm, now through November 22

201 West Preston Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Wednesdays, 10am – 2pm, now through October 24

Near McDaniel College:

797 E. Patrick Street, Frederick 21701, Frederick MD 21705

Saturdays, 8am – 2pm, all year-round

Source: Maryland Department of Agriculture, 2012 Maryland Farmers’ Market Directory

While you’re at it, check out Urbanite 2012 Project: Healthy Food Challenge and Mother Nature Network’s Top 10 List of Impressive College Farmers Markets.


Credit: Mother Nature Network

Get inspired and maybe start one on your campus.

If you’ve been to any of the farmers markets listed above or if you have one in mind, feel free to leave a comment below.

UP NEXT: Tune in next week to check out my adventures at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar!

Samantha Lozano, Intern

A Charm City summer

If you haven’t heard, Baltimore ranks #22 as a best city to live in as a recent college grad. So Collegetown friends if you’re spending the summer in Charm City, here are a few ideas of what to check out!

1. Mt. Vernon: home of WTMD‘s First Thursday Concert
2. 2640 Space: beautiful venue in Charles Village for concerts, speakers, and everything in between
3. Fort McHenry: you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the view from the fort
4. American Visionary Art Museum: fun and quirky musuem in Federal Hill
5. Federal Hill Park: take a walk down from AVAM and take a look at the Inner Harbor from the top of the hill
6. Annapolis: Not quite Charm City, but if you’re looking for a day away take a drive to Annapolis.
7. Farmers Markets: take a bit of home-grown fruits and vegetables
8. Artscape: America’s largest free arts festival happens here
9. Little Italy Open Air Film Festival: grab a gelato and enjoy an outdoor movie
10. Explore! There’s so much going on this  summer to see and do. Check out these sites to start filling your calander.

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You’re the CEO!

Chris Dessi managing partner from Drive Action Digital gave a presentation to Loyola students and faculty on social media. Dessi, who doesn’t consider himself an expert, definitely  knows the tricks of the trade when it comes to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

The Loyola alum encouraged students to be the “CEO of your own company” He emphasized being creative, fearless, and to get excited about finding a job. Dessi suggested not to wait until graduation to begin the job search, use your resources, connections, and social media to start the hunt now.

Here are a few of Dessi’s tips:

1. Create content- be personal
2. Be fearless
3. Be discoverable
4. Blog
5. Your interview isn’t your first impression. Use social media to show your potential employer who you are, what you know, and what you can offer.

Interested in learning more? Check out Dessi’s blog or send him a tweet!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

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It’s that time of the year again. Christmas trees, holiday music, family, and…final exams! The timing of finals week never fails to add a little bah humbug to your holiday cheer.  We all know there’s no avoiding them, but how about keeping stress levels at a minimum this year? Here are some easy tips to make preparing for exams a little easier.

  • Exercise- keep it simple and go for a walk in the morning or evening before you hit the books
  • Eat- studying can build up an appetite. Remember to eat during those long nights at the library.
  • Laugh- take a break with some friends. Everyone’s in the same boat and a little time away from the books might be just what you need to refuel.
  • Plan- if your finals are all back-to-back plan a study schedule ahead of time. Visuals can help when preparing for a week of hard work.

Shuttle Spotlight: Cory Booker

I am firm believer in the power of leadership, that leaders are born, not made, and leaders have an ability to inspire others to make a change.  I know economic times are difficult now and it’s hard to be optimistic about our elected officials who are supposed to work together and find solutions.  With this posting, I hope to challenge your thinking and learn more about an amazing individual by the name of Cory Booker. 

Cory Booker was elected Mayor of Newark in 2006 and since his time in office, he’s hit the ground running.  He’s an innovative leader who demonstrates bold leadership who’s worked tirelessly to reduce crime in the city of Newark and double affordable housing opportunities.  He’s also known for creating and sustaining public/private partnerships and calling greater attention to civic responsibility.  His tenure as Mayor was well received and the people of Newark chose to reelect him in 2010.  

What does this have to do with Collegetown?  Well folks, he’s here in Baltimore!  Goucher College named him a Visiting Professor for the fall 2011 semester and he’ll be speaking not once, but twice.  You can catch him speak at Goucher College on October 12 a the Kraushaar Auditorium at 8 PM.  If that doesn’t work for you, well the JHU MSE Symposium has arranged something for you on October 15 at 7;30 at Shriver Hall.  For full details, go to or

The best thing is, both of the events are FREE!    How do you get there – Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle!  To get to Goucher College, hop on the Blue Route and it’s the northernmost point of the route.  If going to Hopkins fits in better with your schedule, then take either the Blue of Red Route and get off at one of the two Hopkins stops.  Best part is, if you’re not too familiar with the JHU Homewood campus, then you can download a free app and get directions on how to navigate the campus. 

For a little sample of what you might see this week, here’s a link to his speech at Brandeis’ University 2009 Commencement: 

For now, this is Ankur…

Signing off…

Shuttle Spotlight: Walters Art Museum


When we talk to students at different schools throughout the year, the biggest question we get is “What is there to do in this city?”  Usually, I respond back with “Well, what interests you?”  At that point, I usually (not all the time) I get that deer in the headlights look, because we’re human – we’re interested in different things and open to new opportunities.  Baltimore is a great college town with plenty of attractions and activities to participate in and the Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle can definitely get to you a lot of places around town.

So here’s the deal:  A couple times a week, we’re going to post a little something called the Shuttle Spotlight (queue disco ball drop), which will basically highlight an event and/or attraction you can visit using the Collegetown Shuttle and other transportation options.  We want you have a great on-campus experience, but branching out is just as important, and we can totally help with that!

To kick this off, we’re going to shine the spotlight (queue bright lights and drumroll) on the Walters Art Museum’s College and Arts Community Night to be held on Thursday, September 22 between 6 to 9 PM.  There will be some commentary from the curator, light refreshments and drinks, an LED hula hoop dance (no typo here, seriously LED hula hoop dance!), and some dancing.  The staff does an excellent job of putting this event together every year and it’s definitely a must see.  Of course, don’t just redeem your one-time pass to the Walters and fuhgetta about it – there are rotating exhibits all year round!

Now, how do you get there?  Simple!  Take the Collegetown Shuttle – blue or red route – to Penn Station, hop off, then transfer onto the Charm City Circulator’s purple route.  The Charm City Circulator is a free bus as well, so don’t worry about shelling out some coins for the bus – we got you covered!  Ride the bus all the way down to Centre St and walk a few blocks west directly to the main entrance of the Walters.  Show your student ID and you are golden!

For more information on this event and anything related to this gem of a museum we are proud to have in Baltimore, visit

For now, this is Ankur..

Signing off!