As a college student, I feel there are very few things that warrant a 7 am wakeup call.

Maybe catching a plane headed to a glamorous tropical island. Or starting a day trip to Six Flags. And yes, I’d begrudgingly drag my sorry pajama-clad self out of bed to register for classes. But I think I speak for everyone when I say that the sight of “8 am” in the body of email makes me want to crawl under my comforter, put a pillow over my head, and learn how to hibernate. Though I know I somehow managed to start my day at a horrifying 6 am for the past decade or so, my brain has swiftly managed to repress its memory of exactly how to do that, opting instead for a “if the sun is not up, then I shouldn’t be either” mentality. It’s left me with the 7 am crankiness level of a newborn baby.

JHU_Dan and I looking only mildly sleep-deprived.

JHU_Dan and I looking only mildly sleep-deprived.

So I was feeling pretty fussy this past Saturday morning. One look at the darkness outside my window was enough to take the beeping of my alarm rather personally. But a shower and cup of coffee later, I couldn’t help but feel tingles of excitement as I headed over to Mason Hall with the lovely JHU­_Dan for a day of SAAB-ulous new experiences (can’t take credit for that gem of a pun). If you couldn’t guess from my less-than-subtle blog title, I spent my Saturday with the coolest of the cool on the set of JHU’s admissions series: Learn More, See More, B’more!

If you’re a prospective student who is unfamiliar with Learn More, See More, B’more, then I command you to stop reading right this very minute and go watch all the episodes that Youtube has to offer. Go. I mean it.

Learn More, See More, B’more is the perfect way for all you students considering Hopkins to get a taste of Baltimore without having to leave the comfort of home. When choosing a college, you aren’t just committing four years of your life to a university, but to its surroundings as well. And one of my favorite parts of being a Hopkins student is that while I have easy access to a bustling city, I still get to enjoy a gorgeous campus. I can have my cake and eat it too!

But back to Saturday. This B’more episode is going to give you an inside look at the hotels that are most frequently chosen by the families of current or prospective students. After meeting B’more’s stars, JHU_Lucie and JHU_Noah, our fearless producer/director Joe, and a handful of impressively tech-savvy camera and sound guys at Mason, we hopped into a Zipcar and headed to our first filming destination: The Colonnade, a hotel right across the street from Homewood.

 

Queens of the sorority pose.

Queens of the sorority pose.

Being on set was like nothing I’d ever experienced. It felt like a professional shoot, and it was so cool to get a chance to watch people who are passionate about film and media do their thing. The legitimacy of the students in charge of videography and sound was a huge testament to the strength of Hopkins’ Film and Media Studies program, a department I’d known very little about before Saturday.

Impressed? You should be.

Impressed? You should be.

But there I was, a total film newbie, holding a reflector, feeding lines when needed, laughing along with the crew at JHU_Lucie and JHU_Noah’s hysterical on-camera camaraderie. Both hosts were obvious pros, effortlessly improvising with hotel employees and weaving genuine comedic moments into their script.

Holding a reflector like it's my job. Cause, you know, it was.

Holding a reflector like it’s my job. Cause, you know, it was.

JHU_Dan and I mostly stayed on the sidelines, referred to lovingly (we hope) as “the freshmen,” “interns,” and “assistants to the executive producer” (or “assistant executive producers” if we’re channeling Dwight K. Schrute over here). We helped the crew stay organized and served as human pack mules. But every so often we’d get a chance to jump into the thick of things, whether to hold a reflector or a lamp borrowed from a hotel side table, and those were the moments that made this experience so memorable. And totally blog-worthy!

JHU_Dan flaunts his lamp-holding skills.

JHU_Dan flaunts his lamp-holding skills.

It was a long day full of hotel-hopping, B-roll (sorry, had to flaunt my newfound knowledge of film terminology), and far too little coffee. And though I may have fallen asleep instantly upon returning to my dorm, I’d definitely deem Learn More, See More, B’more deserving of a 7 am wake-up call. Who knows? It might just make a morning person out of me.