Thursday, March 26, 2015


***********This just in from Off-Campus Student Services************

April Bus Passes are HERE!

For all you MTA enthusiasts and eco-friendly commuters, I’m sure you are all super excited to know that April bus passes are here and ready to be sold at the OCSS front desk!

Here are some quick reminders when purchasing bus passes:

1) MTA Bus Passes cost $39

2) We can ONLY accept payments from your RED UMBC I.D.

2.5) To do this, go to the Campus Information Center (Commons big blue desk) and load the money instantly!

3) Only UMBC Students may purchase these discounted bus passes

4) We can only sell ONE bus pass per Student I.D.

5) Limited Time offer, so get yours ASAP!

Come give these bus passes a good home and purchase one today!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hidden Gems of Baltimore
   by. Ash Payne

Howard St & W 19 1/2 St (behind Load of Fun), BaltimoreMD 21201, United States
Graffiti Alley – where artists create beauty in the not so beautiful streets of Baltimore. Pretty awesome place to appreciate urban art and take pictures.

(Next to the Visionary Arts Museum)
Federal Hill is awesome. It's now an historic park, it features fantastic views of the entire Baltimore Inner Harbor area and it is AH mazing in the summer. Go visit!

 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
 It's a small museum with unusual rotating exhibits by self-taught artists, 2 sculpture plazas & a garden. It's full of quirky art. Once you are done there, go for some fresh air on top of Federal Hill!

I absolutely LOVE this place. They have the best foreign films and THE BEST popcorn. Parking is like only 2 bucks and the atmosphere is super indie and chill. Its Maryland's Film Festival host specializing in first-run independent & foreign film showings.

2108 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231

They have literally the best artisanal pizza in Baltimore. Its eclectic pub fare & variety of beers (for those 21 and over ;) are offered in casual digs with arcade games.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Unusual Cold Weather

This winter has decided to extended its visit throughout March. It has been unusually cold and having snow mid March is unexpected and unusual. This year, Boston has gotten over 110 inches of snow, all time high. Here in Baltimore, we are expecting to have 22F on March 28th. This sub-freezing temperature is record in decades. As the month of April approaches, I really hope for the warmer weathers to come and embrace us with its presence because my birthday is in April and I would love to spend it out in a park.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hi everyone,
Fall registration starts in couple of weeks. So you should be fixing an appointment with your assigned advisers. I intend to see mine on Monday after Spring break. Make sure you see yours too because Fall registration starts pretty soon and you want to talk to your assigned adviser about the classes you want to take.

Fall Schedule is available beginning Monday March, 23, 2015

All same i wish everyone a happy Spring break. Make sure you study during this Spring break as some of us has exams on our arrival from Spring break.

All the best,

Thursday, March 12, 2015

11 Great Yet Terrifying Facts about Spring Break!

Hey guys! I hope you are enjoying the warm weather so far! Since spring break is right around the corner here are 11 interesting facts about Spring Break! Kudos to for these facts :)

1. 1.5 million students go on spring break every year and collectively spend over one billion dollars.

2. The number one U.S. spring destination is Daytona Beach.

3. On average, college students consume six drinks per week. One Spring break, men and women consume at least 10 drinks per day.

4. Last year more than 10,000 high school and college students signed up to spend their spring break with Habitat for Humanity.

5.  With all-you-can-drink specials and a low legal drinking age, Cancun attracts over 100,000 young spring breakers each year.

6. Hurrican Katrina jump-started a big volunteer oriented spring break far. Approximately 35,000 U.S. youth participated in an alternative/service oriented Spring Break in 2006.

7. In addition to beach trips, many sport and travel agencies offer deals for college students to spend spring break on a ski or snowboard trip.

8. You can participate in an alternative spring break here in the United States! Last year ten U.W-Superior students spend Spring Break building houses in Denver, CO.

9. Every year at least one spring breaker dies from falling off a balcony.

10. A report from the American Medical Associated says, "More than half of college students know friends who were sexually active with more than one partner during spring break and nearly 3 out of 5 women know friends who had unprotected sex during spring break".

11. When teens go aboard for spring break, it's easy to forget that foreign laws are extremely serious. 2,600 Americans are arrested on spring break overseas each year.

With that being read, I hope you all finish strong with the rest of midterms and have a wonderful and safe Spring Break!

Stay Awesome!
-Angela [:

(Photo taken from Flickr C.C 2.0 under username EvidencE)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Break!!!

It's the week for midterms and everyone is stressed studying for exams.
Just a few more days till Spring Break!

So take advantage of the resources on campus to help deal with stress
like the Mind Spa in the counseling center or attend one of the events hosted by:

Transfer Student Network on

Wednesday, March 11th at
Noon in Lecture Hall 1 Biological Sciences

This workshop is about study skills and campus resources a great opportunity to gain
tips to help study for midterms.

Most importantly take time to just breathe
appreciate the change in the weather.

Stay dry and have a safe spring break!

Bukky <(^~^<)

                       (Photo taken from Cached)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring is coming!

Hey, everybody! It's almost that time of the year when the last of the snow melts, and the temperature starts to warm up. Spring brings many new opportunities, so make sure to remember some important things:
  • Focus on academics, there's still a few more days until Spring Break!
  • Spend some time with family and friends
  • Find healthy activities to do outdoors 
  • Think about advising for classes for next semester 
Stay safe, and good luck with the rest of this semester! :)

- Sonny

(Photo taken from Flickr C.C. 2.0 under username Cuba Gallery)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy Early Birthday Hope!

Hi Everyone,

             I wanted to make this post about my good friend/ co-worker's birthday! Hope and I both started working at OCSS  in the fall of 2014 with TSN. Then when I left TSN last fall to do my teaching internship, Hope graduated that semester. Now that it is my last semester, Hope ended up coming back to work with TSN. Which I was super excited to be able to work with Hope again!

Happy Happy Birthday Hope! Hope you have an amazing day! You are such kind and loyal friend! I am so glad that you are working at OCSS! Lets celebrate your birthday!

  (Hope and I at her birthday party last year)

Hope's  Birthday is on March 18, be sure to give her birthday wishes!



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Brush up on your Leadership Skills! Apply for LeaderShape!

Hey there Commuters!
Do You,
Have a passion for service?
Like to connect with other students?
Want to make a difference in Baltimore?
This could be the program for you.
Info Session: 4pm - 4:45pm, February 23 in Commons 329
Applications are due March 13.

Program Components

  • A week of the LeaderShape ® Institute: Sun, Aug. 9 – Fri, Aug. 14, 2015
    • 60 students divided between participating colleges
    • Overnight retreat at Notre Dame of Maryland University
    • Facilitators and guest leaders from the Baltimore region
  • Fall Follow Up: day-long retreat: Sat, Oct. 3, 2015
    • Review goals and reconnect with cohort
    • Meet with community leaders
    • Begin planning for spring
  • Service Activity 
  • Spring Forward Retreat: Sat. Feb. 6 - Sun. Feb.7, 2016
  • Spring 2016: Plan a community-based project around your area of focus
  • Ongoing support
    • Campus liaison
    • Collegetown staff
    • Website, Facebook Group
    • Community liaisons

To APPLY by March 13 please visit:

(Photo taken from,
Safa Zahangir

Thursday, February 26, 2015

March MTA bus passes...BUY THEM NOW!

Do you commute to school?

Do you ride a MTA bus?

Do you ride the MTA bus daily or most of the week?

Do you get tired of spending $60+ for a monthly bus pass when buying it through MTA?

Are you annoyed of paying buying an all day pass or spending exact change when you don't have it just to ride the MTA daily?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider buying a MTA All Access Pass!

If you don't know what a MTA all access pass is, well let me share the knowledge. Basically, this bus pass is your all access card to riding MTA buses (with only a few restricted buses/trains)!  The great part about this is OCSS sells them at a discounted price. 

How much does it cost you ask? ONLY $39.00 on your UMBC red ID!!!!! WHAAAT!?!?!?!?!

We understand how broke a college student is, so for students only we sell them at a discounted price. Pretty nice huh? Think of this as an investment to your education...just by getting to campus without wasting gas or more money! Also think about the $25 bucks you can spend on food [: 

If you have bought your March bus pass or know about this, then give your self a high five cause you're awesome! If you haven't bought one yet, then really consider if this is a good investment for a month!

If you still need to purchase them we are currently selling them until March ___! Just stop by our commuter assistant desk with money on your red card and we will handle the rest. We are located right next to the book store and are open from 9am-5pm. 

If you want more information about the passes just click on this link: 

Now stay awesome!

-Angela [: 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

TSN Healthy Eating!

Hello Everyone!

For everyone that doesn't remember who I am, My name is Samantha and I am a TSN leader! I am pursing a Psychology major and and Aging minor.

I hope everyone is having a good semester so far! I know my first round of tests started and I am sure all of yours also have. I know it can be overwhelming getting to get to know the teachers style and testing methods but don't worry you will get the hang out of it!! Studying can be stressful and did you know you are exerting energy when you study…that means you need to consume more food to give you more energy.

The perfect way to find out information about food is by coming to our TSN workshop this week.

This Wednesday Feb 25th, TSN is hosting another workshop! WOOHHOO!

This week we will be talking about: Whats on your plate???

Come find out awesome places to eat on campus and yummy food ideas! =)

Here is the link for all the information you need to know about this weeks workshop:

Hope you are all keeping warm in this cold! Keep smiling and pushing through the semester! We are 5 weeks in!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meet Noblin

Hello Everyone!

 My name is Noblin Ogbonna. I am one of the PACC Leaders (a connection between UMBC and CCBC). I graduated from Community College of Baltimore County with an Associate in Biology. I transferred to UMBC last semester. I am a Biological Science major. This is my second semester at UMBC and I am excited to be here. I love acting, dancing, travelling, meeting new people and I love to help people in any way I can. Please feel free to reach out to me an ask me any questions you have about PACC and CCBC.

Take care and have a great semester!!!!!!!

(Photo taken from Flickr C.C. 2.0 under username Sven G.)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Apply to be an OPA/Woolie/ IHU Peer!

Do you think you have a good feel of campus?

Are you willing to share your experiences with incoming Retrievers?

Do you want to get more involved in the UMBC community?

If you answered yes, you should consider joining the O-Team (Orientation Team)!

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is looking for potential student leaders to join the O-team this summer. These positions include Orientation Peer Advisor (OPA), Welcome Week Leaders (Woolie), and Introduction to Honors University (IHU) Peer Facilitators.

As a(n)…

--> OPA you would work during Orientation Course Selection Day where you would facilitate the orientation and registration activities for new freshmen and transferring students

--> Woolie - you would lead incoming students during all the fun filled activities sponsored by UMBC during Welcome Week

--> IHU Peer - you would be a co-teacher in one of the courses UMBC provides to help new students transition to attending an honors university

These positions are great ways to be a part of UMBC as student leaders who, let’s face it, we ALL encountered at some point when we came to UMBC!

Hurry, applications are due by 5 pm today!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Week Four

Wow, it is already week 4, going on to 5, of the 2015 and I am wishfully feeling like I am in the swing of this semester... Its to bad emotions are fleeting (a little philosophy for you all, haha your welcome). In these last two days I've had 2 exams and a quiz (although I have quizzes every week), which I was able to prepare for in the beginning of the semester by studying what was taught directly after being introduced to the topics, but man CELL BIO... talk about a curve ball? Over all my exams went well with majority of the questions being based on the material I had previously digested. but I digress.

As a PACC leader on the HCC side I was able to have my first set of office hours at my previous Community College, where I was asked questions from people looking to transfer out of HCC. Most being general question, but a young dapper gentle man I knew before I transferred sought to establish a connection with me where I was able to share with him my transfer experience. Specifically about keeping his eyes and ears open for UMBC's many research and internship opportunities that would be perfect during the summer days in order for him to get a good first foot in the door whit this school, getting ahead in a way. He would exposed to the campus in order to get familiar with the ways things are here while forming any relationships possible that would add to the academic life experience. While on the UMBC side of PACC I have been able to meet face to face with two of my mentees, I will be meeting another tomorrow for the first time, while working on when to meet up with another one who has been busy thus far, and lastly have not even had a response to my initial invitation from one of my mentees. I sure hope everything is going very well for all of them though, because (for those who get this and know classes are getting real..) "Winter is Coming"