13 Reasons To Have #MDPride That You Will Miss

13 Reasons To Have #MDPride That You Will Miss

13 things I'll miss about Maryland, one for every year I have lived in this state.


Maryland has been my home for the past 13 years of my life and now I will be leaving the nest, flying south to the sunny state of Georgia. While I am excited for the adventures at Emory, I'm going to miss Maryland.

Here are 13 things I'm going to miss about this state.

1. Our Crabs

These blue crabs are also known as "Maryland crabs."


With our location being so close to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, our crabs are truly an experience if you visit a crab shack or all you can eat place by the beaches.

2. Our Flag



We have so much love and pride for our flag here that it is used a print design for almost everything: clothes, cups, shoes, bags, wallets, and etc, and it's hung and waved everywhere. Do you even know what your state flag looks like?

3. The Sports Hype

Beat that, Philly.


2018 was a big year for Maryland and sports. During the March Madness season, UMBC's unexpected win against the No.1 seed, UVA shook everyone nationwide, especially those that had brackets with UVA advancing to the Final Four (ME!). This was celebrated for the whole week after where people started to flaunt their UMBC wear more at school and even got a few Snapchat geotags and filters. While we love our Maryland sports teams, we love the Washington Wizards and more recently, the Washington Capitals with their first Stanley Cup win. If you thought Philadelphia was wild with their Superbowl win, the Caps parades are a whole 'nother story. The Metro had announced there were well over 800k riders the day of the parade.

4. Our Weather

I have never seen something more accurate.


The only thing more unexpectable than a teenager's mood is Maryland's weather. There was one Christmas where it was almost 70 degrees and several Aprils where, instead of being showered by the spring rain, it snowed inches. Sometimes, it would be 80 and sunny for the entire week and people would start to pack away heavier clothes, BUT the following week would drop back down to the 50s and windy.

5. Quince Orchard High School

where countless Friday nights were spent


If you're from Moco, you know how spirited Quince Orchard is with our Red Army. The past few years, we've gone to many playoffs and state championships whether it was for football, basketball, baseball, soccer, cross country, the list goes on. Our school really fosters the saying "Work Hard, Play Hard." as many of my peers, including myself, are student-athletes who excel in both academics and extracurriculars. In recent years, the Quince Orchard community has come to several intersections with tragedies which brought everyone together as we pushed through the sorrow and grief together. I will truly miss cheering in the bleacher, chanting QO during the anthem, and singing our song after every touchdown every Friday night. This may seem biased, but I TRULY think Quince Orchard is one of the best schools in the state across all aspects whether it's our strength as a community to endure hardships, our unconditional support for the school, our rigorous excelling academics, or our renowned athletic program.

6. Our Slang

We call these "Snow Cones," not "Water Ice" @Pennsylvania


As I visited other universities along the East Coast such as Tufts and Lehigh, I brought my DMV slang along and these were just a few that no one understood what I was saying:

"I'm hip." = I know

"You siced it" = You over-exaggerated

"Stop boofin'" = Stop playing around

"Why are you so pressed" = Why do you care so much

"I stamp that's a lie" = I swear that's a lie

"What the move" = Where is the party at?

"She's bad/thic." = She's gorgeous

"Ard." = Alright

"That's a bet" = Yay!

"This is boring, let's dip." = Let's leave

"You blow/blowing me." = You're being really annoying

"That's ratchet" = That's low

"Yea, we've been talkin" = We've been flirting but not dating

"Spill the tea!!" = What's the latest gossip/drama

"Moe/Manz/Bruh/Fool/Homeslice/My Dude" = Friends

7. S'week (aka Beach Week)


To celebrate our graduations from high school and a passageway to college, seniors from counties all around Maryland will drive up to Ocean City (sometimes Rehobeth, Bethany, or Delaware) with their clique, and basically party for the ENTIRE WEEK, all day every day.

**If you want to fiend a Juul, I'd go to the beach during or after s'week.

8. LaxSzn

Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) | Twitter

Since 1971, 29 out of the 43 NCAA championships has had Maryland play in the title game, the last game of the season. Almost every school around Maryland has a lacrosse team. While lacrosse is growing fast in its popularity across the nation, it's heart is in Maryland, even the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame is located in Baltimore, MD on John Hopkins campus.

9. the Mansions of Potomac


On the drives from the suburbs to the cities of Maryland, you will pass through Potomac where there are endless luxury mansions sitting on top of the hills or gated residential with beautiful fountains and 6 car garages. Maybe one drive, you'll even come across Washington Wizards' athlete, John Wall's extravagant estate.

10. Washington DC


While driving and parking is a mission in D.C., the metro saves gas and time. There is an abundance of museums and sightseeing spots around D.C: the Washington Monument, the White House, the National Mall, Georgetown, several universities, the Zoo, you get the point. If there is one regret I have, it is not taking advantage of the Metro and our close proximity to a beautiful city.

11. CAVA!

Build It | CAVA

Some call it a healthier Chipotle. I call it a pricier alternative but well worth it. This growing Mediterranean cuisine has not yet expanded into the Georgia area so it will be a treat for when I come back to Maryland.

12. Our Counties


Most times, when asked where we're from, we respond with what county we're from instead of the city.

Hi! I'm from Montgomery County, also known as "Moco" (more MD slang) ((Howard County = "Hoco")).

*Fun fact: University of Maryland College Park names their dorms after the counties of Maryland.

13. Our Definition of DMV

Prep Hoops All DMV, I-495 All Star team, (Washington, DC Suburban ...

No. Not the Department of Motor Vehicles.

DMV stands for... District of Columbia Maryland Virginia

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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