I don't drink either so I try to do as much in Baltimore as possible. There is a club on campus called Options that holds events each month like laser tag, hibachi, bowling, etc. It's really fun. You can take the collegetown shuttle into the inner harbor or go to the towson mall. There are a lot of museums and the aquarium is fun too. I will admit it does get a bit boring. Everyone just goes to bars, it sucks, but college is what you make it.
Hi Yankeesgirl (i'm assuming you from NY - I'm from LI). I'm a junior and will be visiting Loyola in April. I'm really excited and from everything i've read it looks like a great place.
I'm wondering if you submitted your SAT's? Any guess at what point a particular score would help/hurt? My math scores will alwasy be lousy and my reading / writing were not as good as my practice tests. I'll be taking the ACT next month and then will decide which test to focus on and retake that one.
What other schools did you look at? i'm also looking at Fordham (don't think i'll get in unless SAT go up a bit), holy cross (reach, even though SAT are optionl), providence and stonehill.
hii tellch00 i submitted my sats they weren't that great. 1720. i got waitlisted but was persistent and got in. you might as well just submit them you never know. i'm actually from nj lolz. and i looked at marist, high point, ucf, rutgers, penn state, loyola marymount, and probably more but i don't remember haha
superghuman- favorite thing: the small campus and how easy is it to get involved in extra curriculurs least favorite: it's a bar school
shaniceeex0- diversity doesn't exist. there are some african americans and asians, but for the most part it is upper-middle class white kids from new york-long island, new jersey-everywhere, connecticut, pennsylvania. i wish there was more diversity
CTMom1- it is easy to make friends. you just have to make sure that you're finding the right people.
ducttapeguy- i am transferring from loyola for that reason. i am from nj and most of the people are superficial. they have a lot of money and just like to go to bars. i want more out of college than just drinking and its tough to find that here. the people are friendly though. whether they are being genuine or not, that is the question. i will admit there are a few people here who are real people and not just fake and want friends to go out with. it's hard to find people who could be your best friends. luckily i found my best friend here, and i've met some other cool people too. it's easy to make friends once you get involved in a lot.
I remember reading in a college review book a while back that the Loyola population tended to be into designer brands, expensive cars, etc. How true is this? Would I feel like a freak for not being interested in such things? I mean, it would seem to fit in with what you said about students being superficial, but they don't always go hand in hand.
I know you said that you find plenty to do on the weekends besides drink, but how many people would tend to join you? Do you feel like you're really out of place for not drinking, or are there a decent number of people that don't drink?
lovethecape- marist was actual one of my top choices too. i feel like they are very similar people wise. with a lot of students from the ny/nj area. i feel like there's not much diversity there either. but i liked how marist had a sports communication program and it is really pretty. the schools are similar in academics, but i think that loyola's core is harder. loyola is also jesuit as marist is not.
you are correct i am leaving loyola, well hoping to transfer somewhere else in the fall.
loyola is perfect for some people, just not me.
fruttivendolo- the students at loyola dress up for class. the girls are all carbon copies of each other wearing sweaters, jeans, boots, purses, makeup etc. i honestly don't care what i look like. i'm going to class to learn not to impress anyone. the guys wear t-shirts, but a lot of them are preppy and wear sperrys and clothes like that. you wouldn't feel like a freak, but it would just be easier to fit in if you were like everyone else. I wouldn't change for anyone. You will find people who will like you for who and who have the same interests as you do.
Ehhhh it's tough to find people to join me. I do feel like I'm out of place for not drinking. Tonight is st. pattys and everyone is out at the bars. I'm alone in my dorm, which is fine. I choose not to drink. Trust me if I wanted to I could easily get a fake id and go out with them, but I don't find the fun in getting drunk and going to a bar. There are some people who will just want to play video games or watch movies or go explore baltimore, but it seems like the majority just go out and party. Which is fine it's college go crazy, but I'm looking for more than that in a college.
Much as I hate to see it, EVERY college my children have attended so far (BC and Wake Forest) is a bar school...and we are talking Jesuit and a college established by the Baptists. The M.O. today in colleges is underage drinking, and students have to find the personal strength to chart their own course. For D1, it was immersion in her studies, which left her at the top of class at BC where she was able to write her own course for the future. For D2, it has been making the decision to be the "designated driver" for her friends. In the end, like all of life, these are personal diversions that are all too sadly, very hard to avoid. I wish you the best of luck in your pursuit of happiness in college. You sound bright, committed and mature.