Visiting UMBC (10 years later!)

I am having am extremely hard time believing that next month, it will have been ten years since I graduated college. TEN YEARS!!!! Seriously, where has that time gone? I really feel like it’s only been about two years… maybe three.

I absolutely loved my college experience. I wouldn’t change it for anything. Well, except maybe I’d get a degree in exercise science rather than graphic design…

I spent four wonderful years at UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) and lived on campus the entire time. I loved it! I was an R.A. my senior year, which was a lot of fun. I made some amazing friends during that time, many of which I still keep in touch with and see often. And I have to say- Facebook definitely makes staying in touch a little easier.

Yesterday I met up with my friend April (who also went to UMBC and was one of my roommates during my sophomore and junior years) and we took a stroll down memory lane. April’s sister Niki is currently a student at UMBC and met up with us to walk around. I’m sure that I embarrassed her thoroughly with all of my dramatic comments and crazy nostalgia. šŸ™‚

I went back and visited the dorm I lived in during my freshman year, where I was also an R.A. my senior year.

It’s crazy how much this dorm has changed! It underwent a major renovation over the last few years, and is actually really nice now.

It was kind of old and falling apart when I lived there, but it had a ton of character and I loved it.

Here’s the library where I spent a lot of time “studying”

And the Fine Arts (or “Farts” as we called it) building, where I also spent many, many hours…

I had my first graphic design class in this room!

I posed on the steps in the “UC” (University center) – do I look like I could pass for a student? šŸ™‚

We also visited the gift shop to buy sweatshirts. I realized that I don’t have any UMBC clothing anymore- that needed to change!

After leaving the campus, April and I went to grab lunch near her apartment, which is about 15 minutes away. We had planned on going to this salad/wrap place that sounded awesome, but when we got there- the store was nowhere in sight! Apparently they had just up and moved and closed business in the middle of the night a short while back. Guess they need to update their website! Luckily, there was a Chipotle in the same shopping center.

I got my typical taco salad- with chicken this time. April had some awesome looking steak tacos.

Have you had the brown rice at Chipotle? Oh, man- it’s so good! I always ask for a side of it with my salad.

After lunch, we ventured over to Trader Joes, and I headed straight for the nut butter aisle. This is not the usual TJs that I go to, so I needed to check to see if they had the goods. And you know what?? THEY DID!!!!

After months and months of looking for this cookie butter at three different Trader Joe’s, I finally found it! I immediately dipped a spoon into it (and made April do the same) when we got back to April’s apartment. To be completely cheesy- it was love at first bite. Now, there is absolutely nothing nutritious about this cookie butter at all, so I will not be spreading it by the bucketful on any toast any time soon. But a spoonful for dessert- why not?! šŸ™‚

April and I hung out and chatted for a while and then headed over to see our friend Monica (who lives near her) and her ADORABLE KIDS AND DOGS. They had just gotten a mini dachshund, and she is the cutest thing ever!!

I eventually made it back home, and modeled my awesome new UMBC sweatshirt for Greg and posed with one of my favorite “Retrievers” (UMBC’s mascot is “The Retriever”)

Check out the back! I love it!

It was an awesome day- but this break is going by WAY too quickly! Greg and I are heading out to one of our favorite trails to hike this morning, followed by lunch at Dogfish (I promised him that next time we headed down that way, we would go to Dogfish for lunch instead of Whole Foods :)).

Enjoy your Friday!!

Where did you go to college and what did you study? Do you get nostalgic for the good old days?


21 Comments on “Visiting UMBC (10 years later!)”

  1. Lee says:

    Have we discussed the fact that I was an R.A my senior year too?

    I graduated 12 years ago. How did that happen? I haven’t been back since it’s far away (Vermont) but I would love to. Although I think the changes might freak me out.

    • Lauren says:

      OF COURSE you were and RA! šŸ™‚ And a Graphic Design Major too, right? I don’t think we have ever discussed that. šŸ™‚
      And wow- I didn’t know that you went to Vermont. That’s far!

  2. I graduated 10 years ago too šŸ™‚ I started out at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, double-majoring in Art and Math. Yes, I know… I’m weird.

    Then I transferred to Univ. of Colorado Boulder halfway through my sophomore year. WOW, was that a beautiful place to go to school! It beat the heck out of the massive amounts of cement, smog, freezing sleet, and dreary winters in Pittsburgh, that’s for sure. I dropped the art major and got my degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education to teach high school. I student taught at a high school right outside of Boulder… but decided, I don’t really like teenagers all that much! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    So now I’m an accountant, working with adults, who often act like teenagers šŸ™‚

    (And the best part of Carnegie Mellon? Well, that’s where I met my hubby – in “Interpretation and Argument” class freshman year!)


  3. Katy says:

    Looks like a great day!! My 10 yr was last Fall, went to Frostburg, and it was so much fun going back to visit! A group of 10 of us met up and did the college tour, bought updated FSU gear of course, visited old dorms, ate at our fave spots, went to the football game, and hung at our fave bar for the evening. Such a blast!! Does UMBC do anything special for reunions?? FSU doesn’t unless it’s like 50 or 70 yrs, so we made our own. Seeing your fun visit back to UMBC makes me want to hop in the car right now to visit FSU! I had the best time in college and love talking about the good ole’ days with friends! Glad you had such a fun day!!

    Enjoy the rest of your break!! (Must try cookie butter ASAP!!)

    • Lauren says:

      Oh man, Frostburg! I visited there for a weekend when I was senior in high school. It was definitely a big long party! UMBC was quite different. šŸ™‚

  4. Corrie Anne says:

    I went to Emmaus Bible College and studied music and education. I love my visiting! It’s a tiny school in Iowa so I still know personally about 90% of the faculty/staff. It used to be a monastery so it has a beautiful chapel and tons of stained glass everywhere. Really, my favorite place to visit is the kitchen. I worked a TON in college so I wouldn’t have to take out too many student loans, and I had a lot of fun working in the kitchen. Everyone was always impressed by the amount of garlic bread I could eat without getting fat. The good old days. Haha.

  5. I went to Florida State (Go NOLES!) and I loved it. I don’t get really nostalgic for old times, but I do have great memories. I was also an RA my senior year. šŸ™‚

    I had a great time with my sorority sisters and I’m still in touch with so many of them!

  6. I graduated in 2008 and I’m freaking out because I’ve been out of college for the same amount of time I was in college (Go Hokies!!).

    I actually go back to Tech several times a year: football games, my sister didn’t graduate until 2011, and my brother’s (hopefully) going there next year. I have tons of memories of college and I’m still asked if I was there during 4/16/07 (I was at junior at the time and lost a sorority sister). I really miss college because all my friends were five seconds away from me!

    • Lauren says:

      Virginia Tech is definitely one of those schools that people are “deep-rooted” into. And being there during that tragedy… I can’t imagine! The only thing I can relate to that was that I was a senior during 9-11, and can clearly remember all of the unity on campus after that.

  7. Tiffany says:

    That sweatshirt is adorable! I never knew that was their mascot. I love going back to WVU and seeing how things have both changed and stayed the same. I just can’t believe I graduated 10 years ago–where the hell does time go?

    • Lauren says:

      Yeah, UMBC is not big on sports. We didn’t even have a football team. They are the world chess champions though!
      10 years went by WAY too quickly.

  8. I love going back to my alma mater!! SO fun šŸ™‚

  9. Michelle says:

    I went to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. I had a double major in physical education and healthy education but wish I would have picked something different; I probably would major in dietetics/nutrition. I loved it and reminisce about the good old days often.

  10. my husband and I still go to restaurants we ate at when we were in college when we go to Austin. So proud to have gone there for school! That cookie butter is dangerous…be warned.

  11. Good morning!
    I went to Clark University in Worcester MA and had what I thought were the most amazing 4 years ever.
    Last year was my 10 year reunion and sad as it is to say, it was very disappointing. I’ve actually found that any official reunion has been disappointing. I can only guess that it’s because I have such fond memories and can’t possibly beat those.
    It’s sad but at the same time I still have those amazing memories, so that’s all that matters.

    • Lauren says:

      I haven’t heard anything about a reunion. If we have one, I’ll definitely go though! I went to my 10 year high school one, and THAT was a major disappointment!

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