Red Cross Blood Drive

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Register to donate blood at the CCBC Catonsville Blood Drive on Oct. 9 and 10 in the Student Lounge in the lower level of the B Building, Catonsville in the Barn Lounge on Wed, Oct 10 from 9:00-12:00, or at the CCBC Dundalk Campus on Oct. 11 in the Student Lounge. One donation can save up to 3 people. Stop by your student life office to sign up for your appointment today!


Do you have old books (paper back, hard cover or text books for all ages) or outerwear (coats, jackets, sweaters, hoodies, etc.) that you don’t know what to do with? Why not donate them to the Honors Center Book and Coat Sale! Proceeds from the sale will be used for scholarship purposes. Donations may be dropped off in the boxes at the Essex Honors Center, J-130 until October 24th.

Rain, Rain Go Away

The rain is the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book and read, or focus on studying. Ironically, when we’re younger as children we have this tendency to see the rain as something joyful. Now when it rains people panic and rush to seek shelter from the heavy drops, yet as children, we squealed and tried to jump into each puddle. I do realize that with the ran even if I no longer lunge towards the massive murky puddles, the rain still invokes a younger more carefree side.

Positive Influence of Others

“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”
-Frank Tibolt

I recently had the privilege of boosting my friend’s self-esteem. It seemed like a win situation for us both. I was able to support their dream by offering them words of encouragement, and I felt ecstatic knowing that my few kind words had such a huge impact on their seemingly grim perspective. We have all had that moment in our lives that we second-guess or even doubt our choices wondering if it is wise to take the keep of faith towards that unspoken dream while leaving us fragile and vulnerable. It is the helpful words of encouragement from our close friends and family that help give us the extra push to leap forward, knowing that if we fail we can lean on their shoulders for support.

CCBC Get Involved Fair

Friday September 14th on the Essex campus was the get involved fair located in the quad, which is the open space outside between buildings A and J. Various tables were spread out with the different clubs information, dates, and times of their regular meetings. Some of the tables for Phi Theta Kappa and even student life gave away prizes or held raffles, and as always student, life provided food for the students and staff.

For those of you that are curious about the student activities and missed out on the Get involved fair, you can still learn about the organizations on campus than you should check out the online database that features all of the various ckyuvs on each campus. Just click on this link or Google lead out loud to find the link.

Baltimore Comic Con 2012

On Saturday September 8th and on Sunday September 9th I attended the annual Comic con convention at the Convention center in Baltimore. Stan Lee was the honored guest for the event as well as other local authors, artists, and publishers of comic books in various genres. The entire weekend was filled with artist alley, which was an area of booths set up for different artists to showcase their work, as well as panels set up in the upper level for Q&A for the guest speakers. On Sunday, they held a costume contest for all ages to participate in and were awarded prizes for different categories for each age group, such as infants, children from ages 12 through 17, groups/ families, men, and women. This was my first time attending the event and I was stunned by how accommodating and nice the staff was that worked there. At the beginning of the costume contest, they allowed us to move to the front of the line for seating and then when we were seated asked if wanted to move even closer towards the stage asking people that were already seated to move. I’m glad to see that the staff was willing to assist other people that were there that were disabled to ensure they had a good time. I highly recommend others to attend next year.

Avengers Assemble!

On May 12 I went with my friend James to go see the new comic book film The Avengers. Like him, I love all types of comics and try to at least see the film adaptations at least once to see how well the directors transfer the comic onto the big screen, Even though I knew very little of some of the Marvel superheroes mentioned within the film I still left the theater satisfied. It was filled with numerous action sequences which made it even more fun to enjoy. The characters I wasn’t familiar with had hints at their back-story which was a nice way to tie in information without making the movie seem dry. Spending the day at the movies followed by dinner at Chili’s was an excellent way to unwind after finals. Granted, I only had two but I was still stressed out like the other college students.

Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson

On May 5, 2012 I had the pleasure of the entire day with my little sister Nicole, her BISM Youth mentor Amy, and our best friend James in the Inner Harbor for anm early dinner, than we took the bus to get to the 1st Mariner Arena to see Cirque du Soleil’s world Immortal Tour of Michael Jackson. It was difficult trying to find our seats in the dark, though once the show started it was a constant theatrical display of song, dance, lights, and acrobatics. Each song by Michael Jackson that was featured was accompanied by videos of Michael Jackson on big flat screens behind dancers and/ or acrobatics carrying out a routine to fit the song. Our seats seemed far away from the stage and the first song I feared I wouldn’t be able to see much. The costumes seemed blurry but there was flashing bright lights that lit up the stage for the high contrasted dancers. I loved the show since they did a lot of songs I recognized and sang along to, though I love concerts or any theatrics because of the adrenaline rush I gain afterwards. After the show our friend James purchased the infamous fedora hat and white glove making us all laugh at him teasing since the single glove is usually used to challenge others to a duel.

Summer Plans

What are your plans for the summer? Are you graduating or planning to either transfer or continue another semester at CCBC? I’m thinking of taking a summer math class despite the fact that I loathe math and that I’m terrible at the subject. Unfortunately, no matter what major you take at CCBC you’re required to take a few math classes as well as the other subject areas required. I think my frustration lies that I excel at reading, writing, and psychology, yet when it comes to math and science I fail to comprehend it. Hopefully if I do decide to take a summer math class it won’t be a waste of money or time and that I succeed in the class. At least before I take the class I’m going with my family on a week vaction to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Than after the class if I attend it I’m visiting my Aunt in Oklahoma City for a week or two. I guess I can withstand taking a class that will surely irritate and frustrate me to no end when I get a vaction before and after it.

Future Plans

What are your plans for the summer? Are you graduating or planning to either transfer or continue another semester at CCBC? I myself, plan on returning for the Fall semester in hopes to getting closer to finishing my education degree before transferring. Where to I’m still not sure I’ve considered Towson since I love the community around the college so maybe a different university within the area? I’ve considered going through a training center with lasts 6-9 months for those that are blind or low vision to teach them independent skills. When I heard about the training centers I got excited at the idea of learning Braille, independent living skills, and meeting more people that are blind/ low vision. I haven’t discussed this with my parents since the training center I want to attend is in Colorado. I could attend one in Maryland sure, though I won’t grasp the full advantages of the program with the thought of my parents being close by. Currently, my parents try to limit my night time activities because they feel frightened I’m vulnerable of getting hurt. If I try to arrange for things where I’d need transportation at night I have to result to them providing it or lying about my plans to them to make sure I can attend it without upsetting them. Yes I’m an adult but if they get upset and don’t feel comfortable with where I’m going due to that fear addressed above they cause a scene and that leads to me being humiliated.