Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hi, everyone.

I posted on the blog last Wednesday & just wanted to give an update! This past Sunday was the first really nice weekend day we have had since before winter started. Every open area on campus was covered with people sitting outside to do homework, play sports, or just talk and lay in the sun. And since then the weather has stayed pretty nice. :) My friends and I have been able to sit out in the quad between classes, which is one of our favorite things to do when it's warm (it's more fun than the library).

Also, Monday I went with a bunch of girls from Newton Campus (where I live) to see Britney Spears at the TD Bank North Garden in Boston! The trip on the T is always long, but it was definitely worth it to go to the concert. Then yesterday was St. Patrick's Day; it was great to see so many people on campus showing their Irish pride and wearing green. Other than that, this week has been pretty full because midterms/ tests are really kicking into high gear.

But the weekend is on it's way! I'm hoping to go to ALC Showdown on Friday, which is a big competition between some of the dance groups on campus hosted by the AHANA Leadership Council. I'll keep you posted. :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hi, I'm Erin

Hi, my name is Erin McGrail, and I am a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences at BC. I am currently a Communications & English double major, and I am also in the A&S Honors Program. In my free time, I am a member of SAP, and I love attending BC sporting events. I also really like to dance and have been looking into the dance programs at BC; I am hoping to join one next semester.

It has unfortunately taken me a while to start posting because the past few weeks (especially leading up to break) have been filled with a lot of work. I also think many people, including myself, had a little case of "the Februaries." But most of the stress has passed for the time being, and the weather here is finally starting to get a little better (at least we're seeing some sun every now and then), and that seems to have put everyone in a better mood. So I'm going to try to start posting weekly from now on. :)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Greetings from Paris!

Hey everyone!

I'm about 5 weeks into my study abroad experience at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris, France. It's definitely quite a different experience from being back at BC, but I'm having a lot of fun. I live in an apartment with 3 other girls in one of the central regions of the city, about 20 minutes from my school. My neighborhood is a great area with a lot of restaurants and cafes.

I'm taking courses in both English and French, three of each. I'm taking courses in History, Political Science, French, and Law. They're really interesting, especially having a European perspective. There's a lot of work, but I think it'll be a really rewarding experience.

In my free time, I've been trying to explore as much of Paris as possible. I've been to the Musee de Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, Versailles (just outside of Paris), the Jardins des Tuileries, the Champs Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower. Paris is definitely a great city. There's so much to do here all the time. It's kind of overwhelming and hard to remember that I'm in school too!

I'm starting to travel next week, with a trip to Ireland. I'm hoping to get to a bunch more countries and cities, including London and Venice (when my friends come over for a summer study abroad program).

I'll be sure to update you all some more as my program goes on!