Mel DeCandia

College Park, Md.

Mel DeCandia

University of Maryland, Merrill College of Journalism '16
Terp, show-tune enthusiast & part-time Belieber; sometimes I write things.



Packing For College: Five Must-Haves

Packing for college can be a daunting task if it's the first time you're leaving to live on your own. While certain items like mini refrigerators, shower caddies and under-the-bed storage containers are obvious must-haves, there are a few things students often forget or don't even think to pack.
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Blended Learning: College Classrooms of the Future

Getting out of bed for an early morning class can be trying after a long night of studying; dreading a long walk across campus, you only wishing you could attend without having to leave your dorm. For some students this is a reality, a result of the Blended Learning Initiative.
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The Cooper Union & Tuition Spikes: What Does It Mean for Students?

A college education continues to be more of a necessity for the job market today, yet at the same time it seems to grow more unattainable for students from lesser financial backgrounds.
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Can Greek Life Ease the Transition Into College?

Greek life may not be for everyone, but for those who do choose to pledge in their college career can find their niche in college as soon as their first semester, easing the move to college.
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Thrifting: College Students Shop for Trends & Deals

For some people ‘popping tags’ might be nothing more than a lyric in the popular Macklemore song, “Thrift Shop.

Is Justin Bieber losing it?

For some time, it looked as though Justin Bieber was just about ready to fade into obscurity: the teen heartthrob hadn’t released any new music and there was little to say about his love life outside of his relationship with longtime girlfriend, singer/actress Selena Gomez.

Indie Films on Netflix Instant Streaming

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival kicked off last week in New York City, running April 17 to April 28, celebrating independent filmmaking for its 12th consecutive year.

Free Museums in DC

By Melissa De Candia  For college kids on a budget, it can sometimes be hard to find something new and exciting to do without breaking the bank. Luckily, several museums in Washington, D.C. have fr...
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The most interesting classes UMD has to offer

As scheduling time draws nearer, students are starting to consider their options for next semester.

"Bates Motel" is a thrilling prequel to Hitchcock's "Psycho"

Bates Motel, a new prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s infamous 1960 thriller Psycho has a lot to live up to.

Upcoming DC shows feature mix of indie talent

Students looking for something new to do on the weekends in the upcoming months should check out the indie music concert scene in DC.

Pledging to be Drug Free, Bringing the troupe together

By Mel DeCandia For the average UMD student, when classes end for the day, time is divided among homework, jobs and various club meetings. Members of the Gymkana troupe, however, will often be foun...
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