Take a Trip Across the World at The French Twist Café


The espresso machine whirls at the call of an order. Coffee aroma spreads throughout the air, tickling your nose with a strong sense of magic in a cup. The griddle sizzles as fresh batter is poured onto the piping hot circular surface, producing steam around the edges; a new crepe in the making.

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The Eight to Five – A Journey With the Towson University Marching Band


John Milauskas happily reps his Towson Marching Band hoodie at band rehearsal. (Photo by: Brittney Everett/TU Student)

Meet John Milauskas, the director of the Towson University Marching Band as he provides insight on the hidden meanings of band and the magic that goes on behind the scenes to produce a show.  The 2017 show is entitled “Beast”, featuring “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, “Barracuda” by Heart, closing with “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and wrapping up the show with an encore piece, “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera.

Read to Reef Book Club grabs attention at Baltimore Book Festival

Check out my latest published article and video package with Amy Phillips about the recent Baltimore Book Festival and the National Aquarium’s reading program.


Kick Your Stress and Worries Away with Kickboxing Group Exercise Classes at Towson University

Alyson Fitzgerald demonstrates an exercise she incorporates during her group exercise class.  Fitzgerald instructs kickboxing and tabata at Towson University through Campus Recreation.
(Photo by:  Brittney Everett/TU Student)


Left, right, up, and back!  The commands echoed off the studio walls as Alyson Fitzgerald, a student at Towson University and a group exercise instructor, teaching kickboxing and tabata for Campus Recreation, shouted them to her class.  Heavy breathing and drops of sweat from the class answered her instructions.

With flushed faces and rapid heartbeats, the class followed Alyson’s every move, pushing themselves to work harder.

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Learn the Importance of Student Involvement on Campus


Brandy Hall is nothing but enthusiasm and smiles as she answers questions about her job.  Hall is motivated to get students involved with campus activities at Towson University.  (Photo by:  Brittney Everett/TU student)

Students go to college to study several different subjects, but something that brings everyone together are on-campus clubs, activities, and organizations.  Listen to Brandy Hall, former Towson University student and current Assistant Director of Student Activities, discuss the importance of involvement on campus.

Study Abroad Scholarships



Studying abroad can be expensive, but thankfully there are a ton of scholarship options for anything and everything that will get you where you need to be!  Paying for study abroad can sometimes be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be.  Going abroad is encouraged, therefore travel companies and college programs are more than willing to help out. Study abroad scholarships go towards funding for travel, lodging, course credit and book expenses.

There are five different ways to obtain a study abroad scholarship:

  • Merit-based:  Focused around a student’s extracurricular activities and/or community service.  A student’s academic, athletic, or artistic abilities.
  • Student-specific:  Based on gender, race, and religion.
  • Destination-specific:  Awarded by the desired country being traveled to as an incentive for students to come study at that specific country.
  • Program-specific:  Normally distributed by the student’s college or the univeristy they will be attending abroad with the basis or academic and personal achievement.
  • Subject-specific:  Given based on the student’s major.

There are also grants and vouchers which can be obtained.


Application deadlines are approaching quickly!
Fall 2017 – Apply by May 10th
Spring 2018 – Apply by November 15th

“It was nice not having to worry about finding my own housing arrangements, choosing classes, getting transportation passes, and coordinating excursions. CEA helps with all of that and makes it so much easier.” McKenzie McClanahan |
Concordia University Nebraska | Summer 2015, Berlin, Germany

After applying for money and budgeting the books, there are payment plans that can be set up to help pay for study abroad in the timely manner that’s suitable for your lifestyle. It doesn’t hurt to apply for as many shcolarships and grants as possible; the more money in your pocket means less stress of affording study abroad.

Scholarships are anywhere and everywhere, all you have to do is contact the study abroad representatives at your college or conduct a web search for a large variety.

I cannot fully express my gratitude for the IES Abroad Scholarship. During a time of economic uncertainty, when my father lost his job and my college education became increasingly more burdensome, IES Abroad helped me go on a life-changing adventure.” Hope Nardini | IES Abroad Buenos Aires

Take the time to do some research and make your dreams of going abroad a reality without working about the trip burning a hole in your wallet.

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Students Gathered for 15th Annual TUjday


Towson alumni sit on stage, awaiting the discussion to begin.

(Photo by: Brittney Everett/TU student)

Towson University recently hosted its 15th annual TUjday, a panel discussion held by Towson alumni as they exchanged stories about their current careers in the field of journalism and multimedia.

Several journalism students gathered in the University Union, eagerly awaiting to talk and listen to the former Towson students.  Within the panel were broadcasters, public relation and marketing columnists, and news anchors.

Amongst the mix of seven sat Erika Shych, a graduate in the class of 2013.  Erika is currently a general assignment reporter for CBS 21 located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“I am primarily in our 10 and 11pm news casts, but if there is breaking news or meetings we are going to preview I will do those as well,” Shych stated when asked about her daily routine.
Although the late night hours can be daunting at times, Shych loves her job and one day aspires to work for a news station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania doing on-scene news reporting.  Shych stresses the importance of internships and getting your name out to employers as soon as possible.  She did so during her college career by involving herself with the campus television station, WMJF-TV, two years as a sports reporter with Towson Sports Network (TSN), and three years as the “In-Stadium Host” for Towson Football.

Sitting in the crowd, current Towson student and aspiring news reporter, Amy Phillip’s ears perked up as she heard the words “Towson Sports Network.”  Phillips has had an internship with TSN for two semesters.

“Hearing that she started at TSN really got me pumped because I am on the right track for my future career and I feel a bit relieved,” Phillips said.

The Resurgence of Records


Peter McKibben, assistant manager at Record and Tape Traders in Towson, Maryland receives a shipment of record to the store.  (Photo by: Brittney Everett/TU student)

There is always that one box people have in their attic that has gone from collecting memorabilia to collecting dust.  Recently, people have been opening the box, revealing a forgetting treasure.

Vinyl records.

A trend surfacing within recent years has begun exploding and attracting the interests of people all over the world.  Whether a long time vinyl collector or a person in love with vintage, vinyl records are making a comeback.

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Studying Abroad in College Future Benefits

The typical student who studies abroad physically comes back with souvenirs and a camera full of photos.  What many don’t realize, is the amount of cultural knowledge they are carrying with them in their minds as well.  Studying abroad creates long-lasting memories, but what are the future benefits for students?

A study was conducted by The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) which surveyed study abroad alumni who participated in programs across the globe from 1950 to 1999 to measure the long-term impact people have from their time abroad.  Most respondents agreed that “studying abroad is usually a defining moment in a young person’s life and continues to impact the participant’s life for years after the experience,” said Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, President & CEO of IES Abroad.

Studies found that studying abroad provides:

  • Personal growth
  • Intercultural development
  • Education and career attainment
  • Lifetime of benefits


“When asked about personal growth, 97 percent said studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity, 96 percent reported increased self-confidence, 89 percent said that it enabled them to tolerate ambiguity, and 95 percent stated that it has had a lasting impact on their world view,” Dwyer stated.


Future employers are also big fans of students who have ventured around the world.

Students who have studied abroad have notable differences in the working community:

  • Increased hirabilitygradcap
  • Jobs secured more quickly after graduation
  • Higher starting salaries
  • Higher acceptance into grad school

“We believe that more and more employers are realizing the extraordinary benefits of study abroad, and are seeking out graduates who have study abroad experiences,” Dwyer said.  “Key jobs skills such as adaptability, global understanding and tolerance, leadership, and independence are directly fostered by learning and living abroad.  For parents concerned about the return of their investment, studyabroad offers some very clear benefits for graduates.”

So go!  Get an education and experience, it can only benefit you in the long run!

Feel free to leave a comment.  I would love to hear from people who have had their careers impacted by their study abroad experience.