Collegetown intern Ava from Goucher College shares her plans from home and some of her favorite activities in the Baltimore area that can be done socially distanced.
How has COVID life been like for you?
Like everyone else, it has been a time of adjustment and uncertainty. My classes are all synchronous so we meet as a class on zoom during our normal class period. One of the many things I appreciate about Goucher is the flexibility that my professors allow, they are so understanding of the current situation. Even though I am far away from my friends, we try to keep connected as often as possible with zoom or FaceTime calls, even if just for company while we study thousands of miles apart. I have also found that moving in any way has done wonders for my mental health, so there has been lots of dancing, walking, and running! My family also decided to get a puppy so we definitely have our hands full!
How are you staying engaged in campus life and Baltimore even though you’re remote?
Though I am at home, I love to stay updated on Baltimore news and events. I follow lots of social media accounts about events happening in the area, some of my favorites on instagram are @visitbmore @baltimorecollegetown and @madeinbaltimoreprogram. I also have some photos of the beautiful fall weather around my makeshift desk to remind me of the gorgeous weather! I also am trying to stay engaged with my campus by attending the events that Goucher is holding remotely - lots of open mic nights and movie streams.
What are you looking forward to most for Fall 2020?
For those of you in the area, one of my favorite things to do is visit the Towson Farmers Market on Thursdays. They have a great selection of fruits and vegetables and a booth with some incredible flowers - a perfect apartment staple! I also love to go apple picking with my friends, Weber’s Farm in Pikesville has a great selection! Plus, the hiking trails are great in the fall, the picture below is of Loch Raven about a 15 minute drive north of Towson.
However, since I am remote I am having to make do with a Florida fall. I have resorted to burning many fall candles around the house and kept busy with lots of baking. Trader Joe’s makes an awesome pumpkin bread and muffin mix if you don’t have the time to make them from scratch. St. Augustine also has a fantastic light festival in November so I have something to look forward to!
Why did you decide to apply for the BCN internship?
I decided to apply to this internship because of the positive experience that I had with the Baltimore Collegetown Fellowship last year. I was able to make such incredible connections and learn more about Baltimore. I would highly recommend the Collegetown Fellowship to anyone interested in meeting people outside your school, with a passion for positive change within Baltimore!