Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
“I applied to schools in Baltimore, New York, Chicago, and Boston. Baltimore, though, was a city that I immediately fell in love with when I visited. There is such a diversity of people and places here, and I am constantly finding new, wonderful locations and events to explore.”
For Annie, Hampden is the coolest place in Baltimore. She marvels at the local history and characters on display during Hampdenfest in the fall and the Hampden Light Festival around Christmastime. A John Waters fan, Annie enjoys walking around Hampden, spotting locations where Waters filmed his movies.
She thinks the Senator Theatre on York Road is one of the best places for film lovers. “Not much has changed since it opened in 1939; its main auditorium has a 40-foot screen covered by a massive red curtain. They have special showings of classic films, and they’ve maintained their 35mm projectors. Going to the Senator is just as much about the experience as it is about seeing a great movie.”
Annie is a huge movie fan, but without a doubt, the highlight of her week is volunteering at Northeast Middle School in Baltimore. She tutors students who come from refugee backgrounds once a week. “It is a privilege to witness their growth and progress in school.”