Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Time for an update?

Hey all, I figured that a week and a half meant time for a new post. And it's not like I was doing anything better (coughFACEBOOKcough). You'll come to realize how useful Facebook is for stalking all your floormates and classmates, because unlike high school, you really don't know anything about the 9,000 other kids you're spending your life with. I guess that's one of the weird things about college...my friend and I actually made a mental list of all the weird things about college. Time is one. College student time is completely different than any other time in the world. No matter how tired you are throughout the day, you will always be wide awake between the hours of 11pm and 1am. Nothing you can really do but embrace it--that's what laptops are for, right?! (...or I guess books, and journals, and music as well...)

But I guess the discussion of time was a good transition for this entry's topic: BC activities and whatnot. In college, you've actually got a lot of time because you're in class for about half the time as high school. More outside work, but there's a lot of free time during the day...and so much to do! Thanks to listservs (mass emails sent out), you'll find out about a myriad of panels, discussions, lectures, programs, parties, sporting events and more! There's something going on every day of the week. That's one of the great things about BC. It's small enough to not be overwhelming, but it's big enough that there are always multiple things going on (and sometimes you'll have to prioritize...) And even if you want to get away from campus, Boston is just a half-hour T ride away, and then you've got another whole plethora of things to do.

Though truly, kids don't go into the city all that often because like I've been saying, there's so much to do on campus. This leads me to another great thing about BC: school pride. If you ever come to visit, make sure you really look out for this. BC students love their school and they love their Eagles. BC "Superfans" come out to support every team, and in huge numbers for BC's famous football and ice hockey teams. Students buy the ridiculously overpriced BC merchandise in the bookstore and wear it with pride. In that aspect, I know I made the right choice in picking BC because when I'm surrounded by other people who love BC as much as I do, it makes the experience that much greater.

I'm off to go play some Mario Party (hurray for rainy days and the end of midterms!)

And for whoever's reading this, have a fabulous week!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Yo!

Hey all! I decided to make my title "yo" because it's a greeting I frequently use...and "Hey Everyone" was seeming a little trite. So I'm new to this whole blog thing, and I guess you readers are new to the whole college process thing which is why I'm here! I try to make your life and the whole college application process (which let's face it...for high school seniors at this time, is your life) a little easier just in that you can get a better sense of what life here at BC is like. (It's pretty awesome.)

But let me first introduce myself! My name is Sabrina (Caldwell...if last names are really important to you) from McLean, Virginia which is about five miles from Washington, D.C...which is also absolutely not the south, so don't think that! (But for any prospective students south of D.C., beware--you will frequently hear about your southern roots. It's really not too terrible though, and I've begun to use my location to my advantage...and it's also fun to rub it in the faces of the kids from Massachusetts and New York that your vote actually matters in the upcoming election.) Anyways, I'm a freshman this year, and right now am planning a Political Science major, with a German minor...but that might switch to an International Studies and German double major if I can get into the IS program next year. I'm what they call a "Newtonite", meaning I live on the far away Newton campus which houses about 40% of the freshman class. I have to take a bus to class. Now I know that sounds awful, but it's really not. More will come about the Newton experience later, but we do get the best dining hall at BC, the Newton campus itself is beautiful, and you learn to deal with the bus. But as I said, more about that later.

As for classes, students are supposed to take 15 credits per semester...I believe I'm taking 16, but the one credit course is a Freshman Topic Seminar called "Warring for Peace" which is part of the Cornerstone Program for Freshmen. My other classes include Fundamentals of Politics, Intermediate German, Finite Probability (this is just getting the math core out of the way...you'll see BC has a pretty extensive core, but AP credits do get you out of a lot of classes), and Perspectives which is a theology and philosophy year-long course which counts as two of your classes in the semester. I would say Perspectives is one of the most popular ways to get the Philosophy and Theology core done in one big sweep freshman year, especially when many students don't know what they'd like to major in. It's a heck of a lot of reading but really interesting.

My extracurricular activities basically consist of band band band band band. (Do you get the picture?) I'm an alto sax player in the Screaming Eagles Marching Band and the Pep Band, and a clarinet player in the University Wind Ensemble (UWE). Marching members come to campus ten days early for Band Camp and practice two nights a week from 7-10 during the football season, with football games most Saturdays and random other performances throughout the year (we played the National Anthem at a Red Sox game last month!) UWE is the top band ensemble on campus, and an audition is required to be a member. We perform about 3-4 times per semester. And then Pep Band is the equivalent of Marching Band...without the marching...but it plays for ice hockey games (BC is the reigning national champion!), and men's and women's basketball games. Much more laid back than marching band, and a huge perk is that members are considered "student athletes" so we get free tickets to all the sporting games. Non-band activities are scarce for me, but they exist. I've joined Appalachia, which is an alternative Spring Break service trip through Campus Ministry; and I'm also part of the German Club...in that I mean I've been to about one activity because during the football season, band is basically my life.

Wow, that was a lot of information! But there was a lot about me that I wanted to share I guess! I wrote this blog during my canceled Politics class, because as you'll come to realize when you start college...if a professor is out of town or sick...class gets canceled! No dealing with subs! So my canceled class therefore gave me time to write this blog, yay! (Did anyone notice the high number of exclamation points I just used?) So I hope anyone reading this found some helpful information, and to all you high school seniors: do not get too stressed! And feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions, I'd be happy to help. (And definitely apply to BC because it's an amazing school...and more about the amazing factor will come in a later post). Peace.

-Sabrina

P.S.--Go BC (vs. VA Tech Sat 10/18 8pm on ESPN 2) and go Sox!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hello!

Hi everybody!

Now that I've finally gotten down to writing my first blog post, I suppose I should introduce myself. My name is Ted, and I'm a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences. Currently I do not have a declared major, but am leaning toward Classical Studies. In fact, I am writing this blog entry while taking a break from translating some of Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche.

So to give a little more about myself, I am originally from Maplewood, New Jersey, about 1/2 hour west of New York City. Part of why I chose BC over a certain school in NYC was because I wanted to see what life was like outside of the NY metro area. Granted, as a lifetime Yankees fan, I now have to deal with Red Sox fans and their recent success, but I manage to handle it alright.

Outside of class, I am involved in the Student Admission Program, I work at the Plex three days a week, and I am a member of BC's Cross Country and Track teams. I have also signed up for Ecopledge, but because of my work schedule, I am yet to attend a meeting...hopefully I'll be able to take part in it in some way soon. Last year, I was part of the Emerging Leader Program, a service-based program for freshmen (if/when you get the chance to apply for ELP, absolutely go for it).

That's all I've got for right now, but I'll be sure to update sometime in the coming weeks.

-Ted

Post #3

Hey there!

I want to keep my post short and sweet this time and talk about student government here at BC. As I previously mentioned, I am a member of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) and I serve as a member of the Executive Staff. Basically, I work directly with the President and Vice-President of the student body to try and effect long-term and short-term changes.

One project I am working on is the addition of printing stations on Newton, Upper, and Lower Campus. This project began over the summer and I have worked with the Vice-President of the student Senate (another great way to get involved) to try and make this goal a reality. While some elements of the plan are ambitious, we are hoping to see new printers on campus soon!

A more tangible project that I am working on is called the "Financial Crisis Forum." A colleague and I are working with the administration to put on a forum in which BC students can talk to professors about the financial situation one-on-one. That is happening soon and should be very interesting.

Thats enough for tonight...maybe this morning? If you any questions on what you have read so far or are curious about student government, don't hesitate to comment or post responses.

Have a good week!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hellooo

Hello new friends, I hope the college hunt is going well so far!

My name is Isabella, and my posts on this blog will give you a glimpse into my sophomore year in the College of Arts and Sciences here at BC. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio, which is pretty far from home, but I feel so comfortable here that I think I’ve forgotten you’re supposed to get homesick in college. Seriously. I chose Boston because I love the East Coast and I absolutely needed to be near a city, but I definitely wanted the whole college campus experience. Boston College is the perfect combination—there’s a subway stop literally across the street from my dorm for easy city access, but plenty of green space and suburb-y atmosphere for that “Let’s play Frisbee in the quad!” college feel. I know tons of people who have fun without leaving campus too often, but I can’t resist taking advantage of the city at least every other week. The incredible shopping on Newbury Street and the fact that just about every concert has a tour date in Boston are some things known to lure my friends and me off-campus from time to time.

I’m a Communications and English double major, which is working out quite well so far. I might actually like every single class I’m taking right now, so it’s a good thing there are other bloggers here in case my peppiness gets out of hand (Is this optimism from my Midwestern upbringing? We don’t know).

This year I’m working on getting a lot more involved than last year. It was a LOT easier than I expected, and I love being busy. I participate in two different mentor programs with inner city kids, one volunteer (Loyola Volunteers) and one paid (Bank of America Mentor Program), and I plan on attending one of BC’s Appalachia Volunteer trips over spring break. (Before you applaud me for sacrificing a potential vacation to Cancun or Florida, you should know: BC has a spring break AND an Easter break. If that’s not a fantastic perk of Catholic school, I don’t know what is.)

More posts to come so stay tuned, and obviously if you ever have questions or comments or anything like that, I’d love to help you out. Good luck with everything this week!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Welcome!

Hey there and welcome to the blog! Over the next few months, I'll be giving you a glimpse into student life here on "The Heights" so I guess I should introduce myself first. My name is Tommaso and I am a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences. I'm majoring in Communication, with a PR concentration, and minoring in Italian. I originally hail from the great state of Connecticut, only about 2 hours from BC. Here on campus, I'm involved in intramural sports, the Italian Club, and, obviously, the Student Admission Program. I also had a marketing/PR internship this past summer, which I'll talk about more in a future post. When I'm not busy with class or extracurriculars, you can usually find me at Alumni Stadium or Conte Forum cheering on BC's athletic teams, in Boston taking advantage of all the great things the city has to offer, or just hanging out with my friends somewhere around campus.

So that's a, very brief, introduction to who I am... Check back soon for updates. In my next post I'll talk about how I ended up at BC. If you have any questions you want me to answer in future posts, let me know in the comments!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

DJ Justin Breaks Down Week Two of Blogs

Hey there everyone!

I am going to try to post every week and guess what!? Its been about 8 days...being on top of things is important here at BC!

I finished off a busy week of work in the time since I posted last. First, I turned in a technological autobiography for my sociology class, Technology and Society. Second, I wrote a four page paper analyzing how the city related to a short story by Edgar Allen Poe for my City in Literature and Film class. Finally, I wrote a short two page paper on what I thought it meant to be a good person. That bad boy was for my philosophy class.

This all, no doubt, seems like a ton of work...and it is. However, at the risk of seeming like I thought of a moral lesson for this weeks post...I have discovered how important time management and getting ahead can be. I read the books and articles for those essays long before I had to write them and, as a result, got the writing done fairly quickly.

Why don't I procrastinate? Well, I used to do that a lot in my freshmen year and I did OK with that approach. However, I chose to get much more involved in campus life this year and my time is now at a premium. I am on the Executive Staff of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, very involved in Student Admissions Programs (you may have guessed), and I am in the Red Cross Club. These three activities keep me fairly busy but I will save an in-depth description of whats involved in those for another post.

Until the next post... stay on top of things, write your college essays, and come to BC!

Justin