University of Maryland Through iPhone

I’m slack-a-lackin’ on my posts aren’t I? I guess I have an excuse since I’m visiting colleges, but I still miss talking to you all!

Something I have ZERO excuses for? Accidentally eating meat yesterday (Friday during Lent). *Sigh* I realized it several hours after I ate it too. In addition to that, I ate peanut butter yesterday morning, which had been my other Friday sacrifice for Lent. Father, forgive me… #LentFailure

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Hotel breakfast: English muffin with coconut peanut butter and banana. 

I also ate some pistachios and half a mini blueberry bagel at the welcome of the UMD Admitted Students’ Day.

As I said in my last post, yesterday was the University of Maryland Admitted Students’ Open House. I have not decided to go there yet, but I can tell you that I still love it!

Reasons why I love it:

  • Cheapest out of my top three colleges
  • Fairly close to home
  • Huge, beautiful, clean campus
  • Huge campus=lots of walking=automatic exercise opportunity 😉
  • Diverse students
  • Energetic school spirit
  • Kinesiology program (I’m currently interested in becoming a physical therapist)
  • Awesome recreation/fitness center
  • Active and supportive Catholic center
  • I would be a part of the Honors college
  • Research and study abroad opportunities (I can fulfill all my Kinesiology credits if I study abroad in Australia, Arman!!)
  • I feel comfortable here

Cue the iPhone photos of our visit!

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The Welcome.

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I should wear these for college gear day at school.

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Testudo the mascot!

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Lunch at a food court on campus. Chicken (*facepalm*) platter from a kabob place. It was very tasty! But I feel guilty.

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Hot day called for fro yo, even though I didn’t deserve it. (I know— so dramatic and scrupulous I am.) For the flavors, I got peanut butter (just slap me now), strawberry banana, and blueberry muffin (<— ehhh) with mango, blueberries, and Cap’n Crunch. 

Moves

  • walking around UMD’s huge campus
  • random stuff at the hotel fitness center: 5 minute run, push up variations, triceps dips, low rows, 8 minute ab tabata (weighted Russian twists, cross knee tuck planks, ankle taps, spiderman planks)

Dinner was at a vegan place though! It’s called OVO Simply Veggie, and it was awesome.

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Refreshing and crunchy daikon salad that came with mom’s meal

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Vegan wonton soup that came with my meal (it tasted just like meat wontons!)

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Mom’s entree: mushroom protein with coconut green curry sauce and brown rice. The mushroom protein was actually the BOMB.

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My entree: Tofu with eggplant basil sauce and brown rice. Delicious as well!

This was my first time to a vegan restaurant and I was a fan, as you can tell. All thanks to Yelp! I even wrote a raving review for this place— that’s how you know it was good. I brought leftovers back to the hotel, and I’m thinking of having them as breakfast this morning. That’s right— I’m going to eat savory dinner food for breakfast (as if I can make up for my Lenten failures).

Today we’re driving down about 2.5 hours to Charlottesville, because the next open house is at University of Virginia! I honestly have no good or bad expectations from the school since I visited it over a year ago, so I don’t have many distinct perceptions of it yet. I do know that it’s an awesome school and it’s in a foodie/blogger town, which is pretty cool if you ask me 😉 A lot of people have told me that they see me at UVA and that my personality fits there. We shall see what happens!

So tell me:

Have you ever accidentally eaten meat on Friday (if you observe Lent)?

What is your favorite vegan protein? Have you ever tried mushroom protein before?

How do you find good restaurants in unfamiliar places?

 

Thursday Things + University of Maryland Pt. 2

Hey everyone! I really enjoyed doing this kind of random thoughts post last week, so I’m thinking of making it a regular weekly post. I’m considering calling it “Loggin’ the Noggin,” but I have a feeling I’m going to regret starting that name a year or two from now. It’s definitely a little Dr. Seuss-y, so I it would probably just do me a disservice in the long run (In college: “I have a new post called Loggin’ the Noggin!”…..What?). Speaking of college, I’m also going to talk a little bit about what I thought of the University of Maryland (spoiler: LOVED it. That’s why I’m taking the time to review it, I guess). At any rate though, here’s what’s going on in the noggin this week:

1. Wacky Wednesday was a success for the whole school! I’ve seen wackier days in years past, but some of the outfits were certainly head-turners. I don’t own any super bright neon clothing, and I’m too lazy to go out of my way to make the clothes I do have more wacky, so I usually just settle for mixing and non-matching. 🙂

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2. Ever since eating those amazing crispy brussels sprouts from Zaytinya, I have been obsessed with the vegetable I thought I hated. I always knew I enjoyed brussels sprouts roasted, but one incident in which I ate them raw sort of ruined my relationship with them. Zaytinya reconciled all harsh feelings. When we got home, my mom bought some sprouts and sauteed them with avocado oil, a little garlic seasoning, and pepper. I have been poppin’ those like candy.

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3. I am slightly  really obsessed with Tori Kelly right now. I found her through someone’s tweet of her “Suit and Tie” cover a while ago. I don’t know how I came across her again, but I have been replaying all her songs on Youtube about 100 times a day. She has the most AMAZING voice, awesome music style, and sweet personality. And her hair– she rocks that ‘do! Some of my favorites of hers include “Dear No One” (I can actually relate to it, unlike so many other songs on the radio), “Fill a Heart,” and “All In My Head.”

4. This morning, we high school seniors are having a “breakfast tailgate” at 7 AM in the school’s senior parking lot. I am all over the fact that we are going to be hanging out while eating my favorite meal of the day, but ugh–getting to school that early? (I’m typing this Wednesday night, which is why I’m regarding to this even as the future.) I guess it should be okay though, because I usually start eating breakfast around 7 anyway. It’s just that I need at least 20 minutes to eat it, causing me to leave at around 7:30.  But I’ll just be using that time to drive to school and eat there. Alright, so it’s not so bad anymore 😀

Let’s move onto Maryland! The drive to our hotel was about 5 hours with traffic, which isn’t too bad in terms of distance from home. I already talked a bit about our hotel and the fantastic fitness center there, so now I’m going to focus on the real reason we went–to visit the University of Maryland in College Park! UMD has slowly turned into my number one choice ever since I first visited the campus earlier this year. They had an Open House on Monday (which I had off for Columbus Day), so my mom and I excitedly took the opportunity to go again and see if I still really like it.

The event started with “Information Express,” which was basically a setup of booths for all the different schools and programs available at the university. Since it started at 8 AM, they provided lots of mini muffins, juice, and coffee. Nice touch!

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I stopped by the College of Public Health, Campus Recreation, and Dining Services tables. I guess that’s predictable, huh?–fitness and food. I also caught a picture with the Maryland Terp (short for terrapin {turtle})!

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After touring the booths and picking up some brochures, we followed a large group to the Freshmen Admissions session where we were briefed on application specifics. Then we proceeded to a specialized session for the School of Public Health since I’m interested in studying kinesiology. The director of the school and student panel were super informative, and now I’m even more pumped about kinesiology! To be honest, I’ve been telling people that I don’t really know what exactly I want to study (and of course, nothing is set in stone still–it may not be set for a while), but at least my interest in physical therapy has been reinforced!

I was actually really tired that day since I had a little insomnia the night before, so we skipped the campus tour. We also went on a tour the last time we visited. Even so, my mom and I walked over 11,000 steps all over campus (thanks to her pedometer)! It is such a huge, spread out campus that it requires a good walking workout whenever commuting from one class/building to the next. We also got lost a few times, so that added to our step count significantly. Luckily, the weather was perfect and the campus is gorgeous, so walking around certainly was not a chore.

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We visited the Recreation Center first to check out the fitness facilities, and we were so impressed. There are several weight rooms, group class rooms, cardio rooms, swimming pools, a track, and even a room specifically for functional training! My kind of area!

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Those are all the photos I took before one of the staff members told us we couldn’t take pictures of the rooms if people were exercising inside for privacy reasons.

By this point, we were on the verge of being “hangry.” My mom was thinking that we should go off campus for lunch, but the aroma of food spilling from the dining halls was tantalizing. I also wanted to try the campus food while we were there, so we settled for UMD’s “Diner.” I didn’t get anything fancy because I was really just in the mood for a big ol’ wrap. I asked for lettuce, tomato, brown mustard, grilled chicken, and more honey dijon dressing in a whole wheat wrap. The lady went a little honey-mustard-dressing-happy, but it still hit the spot. 

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My mom’s lunch looked and tasted delicious! She went to the pasta station and ordered whole wheat pasta with mushrooms, artichokes (!!), broccoli, chicken, and tomato sauce. They give you the option of having the veggies stir fried or steamed, so my mom went with steamed. Thumbs up for healthy options! And the sauce was quite flavorful.

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Also, the portions were HEFTY. I mean, I finished all of my wrap except a few pieces of tortilla (hungry hungry), but they give you a lot of food for a pretty good price (about $7 for each our meals) compared to other colleges we’ve visited. My mom got a lunch and dinner out of her meal as she ate her leftovers that night. That container was FULL!

Once our tummies were satisfied, we went to the last stop of our trip, the Catholic Student Center. My faith is of utmost importance to me, so I wanted to check out the place where I would probably spend a good chuck of my time.

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The center was a little off campus, but it was well-kept and pretty big for a relatively small group on campus. At first there was no one there, so I just walked around and took pictures, but then a couple guys came in and introduced themselves. One of them was actually a kinesiology major, and both of them thought the name of my uncle (a priest) sounded familiar when I talked about him. Small world! Other members of the Catholic group stopped by, and I was happy to meet such kind, passionate people. Another reason I’m loving UMD!

So that’s about it, I believe. I apologize for this being such a long post, and I hope you weren’t bored to tears. Actually you wouldn’t be reading these last remarks if you got that bored. But if you’re still hangin’ tight, I hope you enjoyed my Thursday Things and MD recap!

So tell me: Do you like brussels sprouts? Have any favorite Youtube musicians? Tell me something that you love about your alma mater/favorite college!