'The Barn' Could be The Best Spot on Campus

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Here at CCBC Catonsville there are a lot of things to see and do. Some people go to the gym that is free for students, some people hang out in the cafe or meet up at the library. But there's a place at the Catonsville Campus that is the perfect hangout spot, and it is called “The Barn.”

But the Barn doesn’t seem like it is getting the attention it deserves. The Barn can be the main hangout spot on campus by making a couple of improvements.

One main improvement that could be made to The Barn to become the perfect hangout spot is by changing its overall appearance. The Barn has been at The Catonsville Campus for a very long time. People can tell it has been at the school for decades. Recently, the school had a minor makeover in the MASH building. The MASH building is where they have the new science labs and more classrooms for Math and Science classes. And before that, they remodeled the new library on campus a couple years ago. So The Barn might need a new makeover to draw in more students on campus.

The campus can still have its two floor format but should make the bottom floor a lot more presentable. Reason being, that is where most of the students hangout at.

Another way The Barn can make improvements to become a perfect hangout spot is by having flyers or more advertisement to draw attention to the building.

From what students are saying, the top level of the barn gets more attention than the actual lounge. The top level has the stage, and space to have certain events that can be held in The Barn whenever there is an event scheduled.

The bottom level lounge gets the least amount of attention. Dasia, who attends The Barn on Wednesdays and Fridays, suggested, “They need to have advertisements for The barn Like put something on the website that will make The Barn stand out...Or rebuild it.”

The Barn at The Catonsville Campus should be the main hang out spot for students. Sometimes they have events that do involve students but more variety is needed to improve the use of the building.

The Barn has been around for many years and unfortunately, it has been seen a sharp decline. I believe it can get better. It can become the perfect hangout spot. With a new building, maybe more people can come in and have a relaxing time in a college where everyone can grow.


  1. Hanna Savanuck 13 October, 2018 at 14:20 Reply

    Located at CCBC Catonsville campus, The Barn is potential hang out place for students. However, the author of this article feels as though needs improvements in order to gain the attention of the students. One improvement that could be made is changing the appearance of the building. The author thinks that if the The Barn has a make over, it was attract more students to hang out there. Also, handing out flyers and getting the word out through advertisement could bring more attention to it. If these changes can be made, The Barn could be the next spot on the Catonsville campus for students to socialize.

    I agree with the author of this article. Although the cafe and The Center of Arts building can be hang out spots, I think a new building would be beneficial to students. There, students will be able to socialize and meet new people, or to catch up on their studies if the library is too crowded.

  2. Shivam Rajput 9 November, 2018 at 09:43 Reply

    I am a Student at CCBC Essex and we don’t necessarily have a certain spot like the barn to sit and socialize with our peers. We have the cafeteria and or the library. The Barn not only needs to be advertised more at the Catonsville Location, but Essex Campus can gain this idea and build a socialization area for the students to sit down and learn while talking. I believe this will be a positive outcome to the campus since students can wait for there next class to start and get work done while hanging out with there peers.

    • Joseph Bennett 12 December, 2018 at 23:05 Reply

      It does not need to be advertised more. However, I wish I knew about this location while I attended CCBC. Sometimes certain areas on campus get too crowded and loud( like the cafeteria). I would not have minded hanging out at the Barn. They should over not advertise it, just so it does not become crowded.

  3. Deja Ballesteros 13 December, 2018 at 00:34 Reply

    I have been a CCBC student for about 3 years and travel from the Owings Mills campus to the Catonsville campus and have never stepped foot on the Barn because I didn’t think it was a place for students to hangout. I’ll be sure to stop by before the last day of the semester to see what the talk is about.

  4. Fernanda Gomez 13 December, 2018 at 13:29 Reply

    I think the barn brings out a different vibe to the campus wich is really nice, and I do agree, there should be a little more spending directed towards this area so we can enjoy it and make a better use of it

  5. Melanie Goetzinger 8 May, 2019 at 22:21 Reply

    I like the barn just how it is . It is a very nice, cool, and quiet building. Yes it is a little run down on the inside but it is a perfect place to hang out. I disagree with the author saying that the barn doesn’t get attention, it does. During the whole summer CCBC Catonsville runs a summer camp, they use both floors all summer long and everyday for activities. I would know because I work there and I am a camp counselor. No I don’t think the barn needs flyers to tell people on campus about it, it is the only building that looks completely different then all the other buildings.

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