Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
As everyone has probably noticed by now construction on main campus is underway. Between the remodeling of Gasson hall, and the building of Stokes hall (RIP Dustbowl) the noises of construction are starting to become a norm while walking through main campus. Although this may seem bad in the immediate view I believe that this is a great opportunity for Boston College and the students. If these buildings are built in the time frame the school has said, they will be done by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. As a freshman this is very appealing because this means that by the start of my junior year there will be two new halls on campus which will greatly increase the aesthetic appeal of the campus. Through this endeavor Boston College will become a even better university than it already is and will hopefully attract more perspective students to the college. To prospective students this construction should not be viewed as a determent to Boston College but a encouraging factor; moreover, those who will be freshmen next year will only have to deal with it for one year. The construction on the Boston College campus shows that BC is looking at the best interests of the students and trying to ensure that we can get the best education possible. On top of this it is showing that BC is trying to uphold its reputation as a top university in the country by expanding its grounds and attracting bright students around the world. Although the construction is going to be annoying at times, the benefits of this project will last a lifetime and let Boston College excel to new heights.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
As bad as this sounds, today was my first visit to the plex since we got a tour of the place at orientation. The day started off bright and early with a run from Newton to the plex, which may I say is a brutal run when it is 20 something degrees outside. When we finally got to the plex, I have to say I was impressed. From what I have always heard, the plex isn’t that great of a facility. People always say how crowded, hot, and rundown the place is; however, with the exception of a few other people crazy enough to get up at 7 oclock, it was relatively empty and all of the machines were open whenever I needed one. On top of this I never realized how big the plex actually is; between the fitness equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, and pool there are plenty of places to work out and stay in shape. Staying in shape is a big part of having a healthy experience and a great way to keep away the dreaded freshmen 15 (or 20). So next time your debating on were you would go to work out, (which usually doesn’t happen unless you live on Newton) try out the plex.
I've made getting a hot chocolate from the Chocolate Bar on Thursday mornings my own little ritual. My first class of the day is at noon on Upper Campus, not far from here, but fairly distant from just about everywhere else. Anyway, not only do I sip on my hot chocolate, but the school newspaper The Heights comes out on Thursdays and I always complete (or at least try and fail to complete) the crossword.
This ritual is really one of my favorites. It marks the beginning of the end of the week and the coming of the weekend. I reflect on what's happened such as my class discussions on abortion and Buddhism in Japan and lectures on Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy of imagination and look forward to the coming events of my weekend from trivia in Lower dining hall tonight to the University Chorale concert tomorrow and on and through my trip into the city on Saturday finally landing on my favorite mass at 10:15 on Sunday night to start the week off right. This is what I love about Boston College.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Portico with professor Cioni is perhaps one of the best classes I am taking this semester in the CSOM school. Although it is a required class for all CSOM freshmen, the course load is slim and the class is invigorating. As an intro to business/ business ethics course, the name doesn’t sound that appealing; however, the professors do an excellent job at making the student questioning their own judgment and ideology in business. Now I am not going to lie, the summer work that was due in the first week of august did put an obstacle in my summer plans of sitting around and being lazy; however, do not let the fear of summer work deter you from taking this otherwise enjoyable class. Another element of this class that I find very productive are the Monday night evening sessions. On most Monday nights the portico committee will either bring in a guest speaker from various companies in the US, or have someone from the CSOM community speak on the various topics we are learning that week. These evening sessions do a great job at taking the hypothetical ideas we learn in class and relate them to the real business world. Overall Portico is perhaps my favorite class due to its fair workload, invigorating discussions, and real world application. So if any incoming freshmen are debating on whether or not to go in to CSOM, I would say do it for this class alone.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
It's time to tackle a technicality about Boston College, namely the fact that no one is guaranteed four years of housing that comes to BC. It's kind of annoying since I personally only got three years. Some people luck out and are on campus for all four years, though, and there's really no problem. However, there are some pros and cons about living off campus.
Some of the cons are that you have to either walk or take the bus to class every day. This is a bit annoying, especially since I lived on Newton freshman year and had to take the bus then too. Another con is that you may be separated from friends for a year who have four years of housing and may be stuck living with people you know a little less about. The final con I would say is that it is just plain stressful finding housing, especially if you don't start early. Once you do find a place to live, though, it's smooth sailing and you can avoid on campus housing drama.
Now the pros abound. First of all, it is a great experience living on your own for a year. Paying bills and keeping responsibility is a great life lesson. Also, housing tends to be cheaper off campus than on. Another pro is that you can stay around the BC area during Christmas break and the summer since you'll have a place to live. This is great if you have a job or just plain want to come back early from break. Finally, you can find a greater deal of independence living off campus.
Overall I feel living off campus has been a great experience, but I would not want to do it for a second year, especially since I didn't live on main campus freshman year. While I love living off campus right now, I cannot wait until I move back on for senior year and spend that time with all of my friend's together again!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It’s no secret that Boston College’s football team is on a bit of a losing streak. The student body certainly hasn’t hesitated in letting their frustration at our 2-5 record be known, and even though quarterback Dave Shinskie has been pulled from his starting position, the mention of his name still has the potential to evoke angry outbursts from students.
Despite our less-than-perfect season, home football games continue to be an essential aspect of Boston College culture. On game days, students take a break from endless homework and reading assignments, put on their distinctive Superfan yellow t-shirts and shades, and then head down to Alumni Stadium with their friends to cheer on the BC Eagles. The student section is always packed, and if we’re playing a decent team, the rest of the stadium is filled with returning alumni and fans of the opposing team. All in all, it is nothing short of a good time.
Our second-to-last home game is this Saturday, and I have to say that I’m a little sad to see the end of yet another football season. We’ll be playing Clemson, and it just might be the time for us to score our first ACC win of the year. If not, there’s always basketball season to look forward to.
Until next time,
Post-game edit: We won! There's still hope!
When I originally found out that I was going to be living on Newton Campus last summer my heart sank (along with about 900 other freshmen); however, my perception of this campus has significantly changed since that first week.
First off I am not going to lie and say that living on Newton doesn’t isolate you from kids on upper, because it does; however this only makes the freshmen on Newton that much closer.
The people on my floor are some of my closest friends, and I know some of them more than my friends back home just by being with them for a little over a month. From hall sports to Wednesday night abs our floor finds fun ways to connect and emulate the “action” of upper campus.
Now to tackle the issue of the dreaded bus. The Newton bus can defiantly be a pain sometimes; for example, when the bus driver decides to take his break when you're already late for class, or missing the last 2:00am bus; however, truthfully the bus isn’t that bad and waking up 15 minutes earlier in order to get the bus is not really that big a deal. Also the 2:00am bus is perhaps one of the funniest trips you will ever make and everyone has to do it at least once.
In terms of dining, Stuart is awesome, mainly because the law students need a good place to eat, but we’ll take it. Newton is also awesome for all of its fields, especially given the new construction on main campus. Everywhere you look on Newton you see green fields that are ideal for any sport you want to play, and I cant wait till the winter for some intense sledding down Newton’s many hills. In short Newton is an amazing campus that is wrongfully viewed as boring by most incoming freshmen. We have just as much fun as those freshmen on upper and form a great bond with those people that we are “stuck” with. So to all those Eagles that live or lived on Newton be proud, and to all those incoming freshmen Newton is the place to be.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Now, my last post stated that I am a history/philosophy double major with a minor in American studies. I've already delved into what I may do with this concentration - so let's look at what it is I do currently as a liberal arts major, why don't we? Now I've finished all my core so I'm only taking classes that apply to my concentrations for the remainder of my undergraduate career.
This semester I'm taking "Kierkegaard and Nietzsche" and the "Philosophy of Imagination" for my philosophy major, "Public Culture in Post-War Japan" and "Age of Decision, United States 1877-1929" for my history major, and "City in Literature and Film" for my American studies minor. Interesting classes all, and I may talk more about each individual one in future posts, but, for now, my workload:
All I do in my free time is read. Read read and read some more. This reading is occasionally broken up by writing on the reading I have been doing, but then I go back to reading. Some might find this workload slightly taxing and monotonous, but I really do love every minute of it. Being post-core, I'm able to focus on topics I find interesting and am finally able to avoid math like the plague.
That's all I really have to say about my workload. If you have any questions about specific classes, or anything else in general, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org...I'll find some time in between readings to answer them fully. Have a great week!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I'm Chrissy Suchy and I'm a freshman. Additionally, I'm a member of the Shaw Program. Shaw is a leadership program that offers students of the incoming freshman class to live in the Shaw House on Upper Campus their freshman year with all the 20 members (half boys half girls).
So far, its been a really rewarding experience. I've been able to meet people that are from all over the country and have different outlooks on all walks of life. Its also really nice being able to live in an actual house (with a full kitchen and lounge in addition to all the rooms that we have). But regardless, the Shaw program offers students to attend weekly seminars with influential leaders in the BC community and learn about everything Boston College has to offer. I personally have really enjoyed meeting with the head basketball coach (Coach Donahue), various Jesuits, and I am looking forward to meeting with the university's president, Father Leahy. So far, Shaw has been really great to me, and I look forward to the year to come. I'll keep you all posted!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Hello from O'Neill Library!
I've chosen a very special time to begin documenting my junior year at Boston College. Right now, most of us are in the "throes" of midterms! It's like Christmas; the teachers are overly generous with handing out the gifts of paper assignments, tests, quizzes and extra work to make sure that we are all well aware of certain things (like who Boniface VII was) to prepare us for our futures in Marine Biology, Neuroscience, Criminal Law or any other career that isn't the least bit remotely connected. In a way, midterms are fun though. I get a warm feeling in my heart as I delve into my books, staring at the sunset over the Boston Skyline (Check it out actually! This is what I see from these fantastic half wall height windows!) and resurface to a beautiful sunrise about thirteen hours later with a serious cramp in my legs and hunger growls reminiscent of a passing truck. But it's nice to know that in these times, you're definitely not alone. Studying together with other people around this time is definitely recommended, it makes the time pass faster, you have a system of support of other friends who can certainly relate to how you feel, AND breakfast at 7:30 a.m. is a GROUP activity! Just make sure you can focus, distraction is a blessing in moderation!
My name is Lexi Schneider and I am a freshman in the College of Arts and Science. I am a history major, and I will most likely double in theology. I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with my life (then again, who is?), but I'm currently thinking about law school and high school education in terms of a career path.
I live on Newton Campus in Keyes South (dubbed the Newton of Newton Campus because it's separated from the other two dorms). Originally, I was a little disappointed about being out on Newton. I was not excited about being away from the action of main campus, and feared that dreaded bus. However, my outlook has significantly changed during the past two months. Newton is only freshmen, and about 900 students get placed here. Many argue that the food is better at our lone dining hall, Stuart, which has been debated by many of my friends on Upper. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but Stuart is by far my favorite dining hall to eat in. It's really "homey" because it's so small; I know the employees and they know me, and the dining is really intimate. There's also a lot to say for the community. I LOVE my floor! They are all really amazing. We've all meshed really well. My entire dorm gets along well together as well which is great. Keyes has its own library and laundry services, which is really convenient, and each floor has at least one common area. The bus is not really all that bad, although inconvenient at times. It only runs until 2 a.m., but you can always call Eagle Escort for a ride back after that. Sometimes I also just spend the night on Upper too.
Best of luck in the college search, and I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have about Newton, or college in general!
Now, reading my concentration, one may ask oneself (as many ask me), "What, exactly, is he going to do with a degree in that? Liberal arts!? I mean, come on!" My normal answer to this question is a snide "something impractical," but, this being an informational blog and that being a valid question to ask, I will answer truthfully. I am currently planning on going to graduate school for American studies, an interdisciplinary course of study which focuses more on cultural and social trends throughout history and currently. Many of those who go down this track either work in museums and the public humanities, or, rather stereotypically, teach. American studies is an enriching and interesting program that covers all the bases of American life.
Anyway, thanks for paying attention to my first post, there'll be many more to come!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
My name is Maggie Reeves, and I am in the College and Arts& Sciences. I am currently an Economics and Mathematics major, but that will probably change over the next four years. My majors probably sound odd for someone in Arts&Sciences, but I never thought of applying to business programs. So, for any of you thinking about applying to "CSOM", the business school at BC, DO IT because it is so much easier to transfer out of CSOM then transfer in. Still, a lot of my classes have a majority of CSOM students so I do not feel as thought I am missing out on anything not being on CSOM. Pertaining to the academic transition to college, I felt really prepared for the core class I am taking. However, because of AP placement, I am in a lot of classes for sophomores and juniors, and for these classes, it can be kind of overwhelming at times. This is partially because as a freshman it is kind of hard to find someone to study with or sit with in class because it feels as though sophomores already have set friends.
Social transition has been a lot easier. Concerning the Newton vs. Upper debate, Newton is where it is at. I was originally placed in a forced triple on Upper, so I was desperate to get my own closet even if it meant coming to Newton. I am so glad I did too. It is true that everyone knows each other. Also, the buildings are a lot smaller so you really know everyone in your dorm. I feel like Upper is like an apartment complex while Newton is like a home as corny as that sounds. If you end up living on Newton, you are guaranteed not to have a forced triple. Social life here is amazing. Between football games, movie nights, and random fun nights, time really flies.
My favorites class is PULSE, which fulfills both my philosophy and theology university core credit. I like it because it counts as two classes, but class only meets the same number of times as a typical class. However, the difference is that I have to do ten hours of community service a week. However, it does not seem like work at all. I volunteer at "Another Course to College," which is a public high school in Brighton, MA. Here, I tutor and form friendships with the students.
Aside from working with SAP, I am on an intermural co-ed flag football team. Intermural sports are really low commitment and a lot of fun. As a freshman, I am signed up for a lot of clubs but have not really picked which ones I really want to be committed to. I do not want to mention any that I have only been to one meeting and look foolish to anyone really involved to that meeting, but I will definitely keep you updated.
Come for a tour and fall in love with BC like I did! For me, coming here was just intuition for me, so you should definitely come see if its the same for you!
My name is Sarah, and I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m double majoring in economics and political science. In addition to the Student Admission Program, I'm involved in Cura and the women’s rowing team.
This is my first year participating in Cura. Each of the groups has 6-8 people and meets for an hour once a week to talk about faith and life at BC. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to reflect and take part in small group discussions with other students when I went on a 48-Hours trip during my freshman year, so Cura seemed like a great way to continue to do this on a regular basis. I’ve been to one meeting so far, and I can't wait to get to know the other people in my group.
Midterms are currently underway, so I took a much-needed break from studying and went with my roommates to see The Social Network last weekend. I was especially excited to see it because the film crew came to the BC boathouse on the Charles River last fall to shoot the rowing scenes. Unfortunately, I never saw Justin Timberlake or any other actors during the filming, but it was still really cool to see clips of the Charles in the movie. One of the many things I love about being a student at BC is that the city and everything it has to offer are just a T ride away. Exploring Boston with friends is always a great way to relax after a hectic week.
Thanks for reading!
Friday, October 15, 2010
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Since this is my first post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Greg, and I am a Sophomore at BC. I am sitting right now in the Loft over the Lower Dining Hall (its probably my favorite place to study/eat on campus).
You may have noticed that I am searching for all 11 dining halls on campus. I read somewhere in some literature floating around the admissions office that we have 11 PLACES TO EAT. When trying to name them, I could only name about 5, so I'm searching for the other 6 to enhance my food experience. Of course, I will keep you all posted on how the search is going, and there will be pictures to go along with the descriptions. I LOVE FOOD, and the food on campus is pretty good. That being said, it is still college food, and probably nothing like food that you would get at home. But you've got no choice but to love it enough to eat it, or risk spending a small fortune on take out.
Besides eating, class is also one of my favorite activities. And, like a true college student, I am procrastinating studying for this test in Research Methods (a communications class about how to do communications research) to introduce myself to you. There will be lots more where this came from!!
Thanks for reading
Keep it classy,
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Although classes started nearly three weeks ago, it was only yesterday that fall officially began. Wednesday marked the beginning of the new season, and also the consequent end of summer. However, my summer memories won’t soon be forgotten.
This summer I studied abroad in Bordeaux, a small town in the south of France, right in the middle of wine country. It was an incredible five weeks, during which I lived with a French family while taking Intensive Intermediate French. I completed the entire Intermediate French curriculum during that time, a feat that normally takes two semesters. The immersion experience catapulted my progress in French forward, and this semester I am taking French Conversation, Composition, and Reading I. Although I’m still pretty far from obtaining fluency, my level of proficiency amazes me in comparison to where I was just last spring, when I was finishing Elementary French I. My class is taught entirely in French now, and I am well on track to graduate with a minor in French.
BC’s study abroad programs are one of the many great opportunities available to students here. Nearly half of BC’s undergraduates study abroad at some point during their four years here, whether it’s a summer course like my trip to Bordeaux, or a one- or two-semester program during their junior year. I’m yet to meet someone who didn’t love their experience abroad, which I think is a real testament to the quality of the programs run by the Office of International Programs. Even though I’ve only been back for a few months now, I’m already looking into studying abroad in Italy during the spring semester of my junior year.
Please feel free to comment or email me at email@example.com with questions regarding study abroad here at BC, as I serve as a member of the Office of International Program’s Student Advisory Committee and would love to answer any questions you might have.
Until next time,
And in case you’re new to the SAP blog, a little bit about me. I’m from Charlotte, NC, a sophomore here at BC, and pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Art History with a minor in French. I blogged last semester, so check out some of the older posts if you’re interested in my freshman year experience.
Friday, April 30, 2010
That is the question. But according to the latest edition of The Heights, an independent student newspaper, the Class of 2014 will not have the option to choose whether they would rather live on Newton or Upper Campus. To be honest, I feel like this is probably for the best, as eliminating housing preferences means that incoming freshman will no longer have to deal with the anxiety of deciding which campus is the right fit for them. I remember last spring, when I was torn between the idea of living in a small community like Newton Campus, or enjoying the convenience of living on Upper Campus.
After a lot of debate, I ended up requesting to live on Upper. However, I was assigned to live in a double on Newton. When I received the news, I was devastated. I thought that living on Newton was going to be the worst thing in the world, even though I had been so torn between the two just a few weeks before. But as it turned out, I was wrong. Funny how often that has happened to me this year.
Newton has been great. Yes, it’s inconvenient to live a mile away from Main Campus, and yes, the buses do get annoying at times. But at the end of the day, getting on the Newton Bus feels like going home. I wouldn’t trade my experience living on Newton—good people, good atmosphere, good food, and slightly larger dorm rooms—for anything. Although everything didn’t work out exactly as I planned, I feel like it all ended up working out for the best in the end. So, keep my story in mind as you all receive your housing assignments this summer. No matter where you end up, it has the potential to be great.
Until next semester,
Thursday, April 29, 2010
So this weekend a lot of great things are happening. There's a Lose the Shoes soccer tournament for AIDS awareness. Yes, that means barefoot soccer and a lot of fun. You make a team of five to seven people, give a little money for a good cause, and play soccer! It's supposed to be gorgeous weather...or so the weather channels says, which can be deceiving. But also, one of my favorite events at Boston College all year long, it's Arts Fest! It actually started today with various creative performances. There are films, poetry readings, dance groups, comedy troupes, singing, artwork, and more. There's even free food! (Dessert presentations...last year there were free chocolate strawberries and it was absolutely amazing) Springtime is such a great experience on campus, with everyone out in the Dustbowl, in the Quad, prowling through O'Neill Plaza. It's a weekend of culture as the year comes to an end, even if it means finals are fastly approaching.
I'll be out in the sun anyway!
Class of 2012
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Just a reminder, my name is Hannah Wheeler and I'm a sophomore international studies major in the college of arts and sciences. This past Monday Boston College celebrated the annual Patriots' Day with a day off from our studies. With no classes to attend, students flocked to see the famed Boston Marathon that passes right by the campus. Not only is it an inspiring event to cheer on thousands of men and women from around the country who have been training mercilessly for this day, but for many at BC, we had fellow peers running the race.
The Campus School of Boston College sponsors students to run the race by only suggesting that they raise money for the school. This means those interested in running don't have to have a qualifying time, only have to participate in fundraising and awareness of the Campus School. Just a little bit about the Campus School--it's a non-profit, private day school part of the Lynch School of Education for students from the surrounding communities, aged 3-21, with various disabilities. Boston College students can find many ways to get involved with it other than the Marathon, if running 26.2 miles isn't really your thing. The school is always looking for students to come and volunteer their time, just spending time with the kids. Just another way Boston College gives back!
Class of 2012
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Clubs and activities are a big part of any college student's life. Whether it be EcoPledge or Special Olympics, there is always some way to get involved. Many students who come to Boston College are heavily involved in clubs in high school, and want to continue with those clubs or publications here at BC. However, college will also provide you with the opportunity to branch out and do things you may not have done in high school, and that is what this post is about.
One publication that I have recently become involved in is Elements, the Undergraduate Research Journal of Boston College. Elements began in 2004, and since then has grown into what it is today. As a member of the editing staff, I will play a part in deciding which articles are selected for the journal. What makes Elements so unique is that all of the articles are written by Boston College students, so any undergraduate student at BC can submit a paper he or she has written for a class and it could be published in Elements. So, if you were involved in a literary magazine in high school, or if you were not, definitely consider joining Elements at Boston College.
That's all for now. Until next time!
Monday, April 12, 2010
While I don’t know as much about the others, ELP is essentially focused on leadership development; it requires that its members attend weekly meetings, each of which is devoted to a topic that is in some way related to leadership. The program also has a community service requirement—each semester, every member is required to complete 10 hours of community service, in addition to the occasional group community service project in which everyone participates. Oh yeah, and ELP is the best (in my perfectly biased opinion).
To be honest, I’m not sure if ELP made me a better leader or not. But what I truly do appreciate about the program are the people that I met through it. Coming from North Carolina, I knew virtually no one upon my arrival here at Boston College last September. However, after the 2-day ELP retreat before the fall semester began, I already had found a community in which I felt welcome. Eight months later (where has the time gone?), I now consider some of these people among my closest friends. I cannot imagine my Boston College experience without them, or my freshman year without having done ELP.
ELP was a truly wonderful experience for me, and I encourage any incoming freshmen to consider applying for it (look for an application in the mail this spring), or one of the other leadership programs available here on campus. Getting involved in co-curricular activities is, in my opinion, what makes one’s time at BC truly worthwhile. You can take classes anywhere, but rarely can you find people as committed and passionate about such a diverse range of extracurriculars as here at BC.
Until next time,
I want to talk about a great service BC provides. Boston College has so many opportunities that it offers us as students. We have access to great classes and amazing professors. We have so many clubs to choose from. We have pretty enjoyable dining services. We have outstanding athletics. We have a GORGEOUS campus. In addition to all these outlets and activities to keep us busy BC also provides a place for lectures and speakers to come from around the nation and even the world to bring us a little taste of something outside Chestnut Hill.
We've had creators of different technologies, businesses, and ideologies, various political leaders, and more come to campus and give us a slice of the real life. And yes, we are busy college students, so say you have a class during a time that you really, really, really want to see a speaker, BC has got you covered. BC Front Row films and uploads various lectures around campus for us to see at our leisure. Just a warning, it can be a huge procrastination tool when the papers and the readings start piling up...but it's better than Facebook! So if you're bored or just want to check up on the type of speakers we get, check Front Row out!
Have a good day!
Class of 2012
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
It's that time of the year again! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everyone is trying to figure out which courses they should take next year.
Don't worry, you won't have to do it alone. When you come to Boston College as a freshman, you will be assigned an academic advisor, who will help you with questions that you have about Boston College life. Your first registration experience will be during summer orientation, where summer faculty and your orientation leader will help you choose courses that you might be interested.
Once you arrive on BC's campus, you will be assigned a pre-major academic adviser, who will help you navigate course selection until you declare a major, at which time you will receive a new adviser in that field. For example, as an purposed English major, it wouldn't make much sense for my adviser to be in the Chemistry department, so once I officially declare my major, I will be reassigned an adviser in the English department.
Before I register for my courses, I will have a meeting with my academic adviser, who will help me figure out which courses I want to take, and make sure I am on track with completing my core requirements. Then, all of the registration is done online. You will receive a registration date and time, and you can register at any point after your registration time. The rising seniors will register first, followed by rising juniors, and then rising sophomores.
If you're not exactly sure what you want to take, don't worry! We have drop/add week at the beginning of the semester, which will allow you to try out courses and see the syllabus without having to fully commit to them just yet.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
It's been awhile, but just a reminder: my name is Hannah and I'm a sophomore here at BC. I wanted to talk about one of the many opportunities that Boston College offers that you might not think you need...but is greatly appreciated after participating.
I'm talking about the many retreat programs you can partake in. Recently, I decided on a whim to try out Halftime, a program created by a department of BC called Intersections. Don't get me wrong, I love being on campus, but sometimes when the work piles up and life gets too stressful and you're just dying for a change of scene, getting away from the daily grind can be more than needed. There are many locations and different weekends that Halftime is located but my specific section was in Dover, MA where BC owns a retreat center.
It was an amazing and refreshing experience and completely free. We were divided up into small groups where we just got to unwind and talk about anything that was stressing us out lately, what we thought about the paths (academically, career-wise, etc. etc. etc.) that we were leaning towards for our lives, and just reflect on what we've accomplished so far in college. It was comforting to just refocus and affirm that I'm making the right choices in life. It's that feeling that Boston College is really looking out for you and providing a community spirit that makes me love it so much here.
Intersections offers some other great programs as well. In addition to Halftime, there are other retreats offered by various groups on campus. There's the freshman retreat offered through first year experience, 48hours, to get you adjusted to your first year of college, Kairos - a religious related retreat that is pretty secretive but everyone loves after they go on it; sorry, I haven't been yet so I can't offer any input, but I've heard great things. Many clubs on campus also have their own retreats.
Before coming to college I never really thought about the importance of reflecting and giving yourself some time to actually let yourself think, but these retreats allow you to realize how much this can center you in the business of balancing life at college.
Until next time!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
It opened with an exhibition showing Lil' Phunk, a dance group of 6-13 year olds. Not only were they adorable, but they were amazing dancers. The show alternated between traditional and contemporary dances, with many of the groups performing more than one dance. A lot of the more traditional groups, like The Philippine Society of Boston College (PSBC), performed a traditional dance and two hip-hop dances. The show was had three hosts, all of whom were hilarious and put on small skits in between the acts.
At the end of the night it was time to announce the winners. The showdown was split into two categories, one for the best dance group and one for the best culture group. Synergy, a hip-hop group, won first place for best dance group, and Fuego, a Latin dance group, came in second, while Aero-K, the Korean Students Association's dance group, won first place in the best culture group and Masti, the South Asian Student Association's dance group, placed second in the best culture group. It was a wonderful show and I can't wait until the show next year!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Neon Newton, as it was called, was every bit as fun and ridiculous as I had hoped. It was held in the Quonset Hut on Newton Campus, the pint-sized gym located just a hop, skip, and a jump from my dorm room in Hardey Hall. The gym was packed with freshmen from Newton and Upper Campus alike—the event had drawn enough publicity to persuade even the Upper kids to make the journey. And the event was, for lack of a better word, absolutely bumpin’. By 10 o’clock, a line literally had formed at the door as students waited for others to leave so they could gain admittance. The dance lasted until midnight, at which point most of the crowd headed to the dining hall on Lower Campus for some Late Night munchies—pizza, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, and other delicious, fattening snacks that have become indisputable staples of BC culture.
Neon Newton was the first Nights on the Heights event that I’ve attended this year. However, after last weekend’s ridiculousness, I definitely will be headed to another one soon. Roller skating at O’Connell House, anyone?
Until next time,
Monday, March 22, 2010
Midway through this semester, I’m happy to report that it has become one of my favorite classes. I have learned a great deal about the artwork of the Italian Renaissance and the Late Gothic period in Northern Europe, a subject that I never thought I’d find particularly interesting. I’ve even made several journeys to the Boston Museum of Fine Art this semester, as it’s a requirement to visit the MFA in order to view the work of art on which you write your papers. These trips have been surprisingly interesting. Not only does viewing these works in person provide you with a different perspective than viewing them online or in class, but also my random wanderings through the various exhibits have turned up some remarkable works of art.
My personal favorite is a piece of installation art by Candace Breitz entitled “Queen (A Portrait of Madonna),” which I discovered one day by following the sound of “Like a Virgin” into the Foster Gallery. I was shocked by what I found: a collection of televisions stacked on top of one another, each featuring a different individual singing one of Madonna’s greatest hits in imperfect harmony. I had no idea that art could be so weird. Or so very, very fascinating. Although I initially wasn’t sure whether or not I liked it, I found myself unable to turn away. Yet standing there staring amongst a group of equally spellbound spectators, I began to develop an appreciation for it. It’s not everyday that you stumble upon something that captures your attention so fully. And I have to say, I never expected to find it at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.
Until next time,
Oh, and did I mention that admission is free with a BC student ID? Yeah. A good thing just got that much better.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Here in Boston, this mid-March holiday is a really big deal, and lots of fun, as many celebrate their Irish (or not so Irish) heritage. This year, it is exciting that Saint Patrick’s Day is coinciding with what feels like the first real day of spring, it is beautiful, sunny, and around 63 degrees.
After a long winter, we are happy to come out of hibernation in New England, hang out outside, and celebrate the new season. In Boston, Saint Patrick’s Day is a multi-day event: it began this Sunday with the annual parade in South Boston, also known as “Southie”. I did not brave the rain to journey downtown, but my friends that went assure me that it was a lots of fun, regardless of weather. Also, BC has a proud Irish heritage, and the largest collection of Irish archives outside of Ireland.
Today on campus, lots of people are wearing festive Saint Patrick’s Day gear, everything from green hats and shirts to necklaces, shamrock headpieces and face paint. This afternoon, I could hear someone on campus playing bagpipes outside in the sunshine, and it smells like students are grilling burgers and hot dogs.
It’s hard to believe that soon it will be warm here all the time, and the year is almost over. Any questions, feel free to email me!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
This spring break I chose to go on Appalachia, a service trip sponsored by Boston College's Campus Ministry. Appalachia is one of Boston College’s largest service organizations, and with 35 sites all over the Appalachian region, the program sends over 600 undergraduates to areas in need.
Throughout the year I attended weekly meetings on Sunday nights where I learned about the types of problems that plague the Appalachian region, and I discussed the importance of working for others. There are two types of trips within the Appalachia program: Habitat for Humanity, and Community. With the Habitat for Humanity trips, BC students work with the Habitat for Humanity organization at their site to work on a house. Meanwhile, community trips involve more interaction with the people in the area, and projects could include anything from working with students in schools to painting fences.; basically you do whatever the community needs you to do.This year I went to Waverly, Virginia on a Community trip. Though our trip was technically a community trip, we spent most of the week working on houses doing everything from hammering insulation, to putting up siding, to replacing roofing shingles. I had a lot of fun and I met a lot of new people both from Waverly and from Boston College.
Boston College also has other service trips to other areas of the world, including Arrupe, a service trip over winter break, as well as trips to places like Jamaica, and trips over the summer. Boston College always has a way for you to get involved, and I would definitely recommend Appalachia to anyone who is looking to serve others and having fun doing it!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
In addition to offering dance classes, Boston College has several dance groups on campus, including the Dance Ensemble and the Dance Organization of Boston College. Both of these dance groups are entirely student run, performing student-choreographed pieces throughout the year. In January, I went to the Dance Organization of Boston College’s show Revolution at Robsham Theatre, and it was phenomenal. The show incorporated different styles of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. My personal favorite dance was “Higher Ground,” which was choreographed by a senior dancer to The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song of the same name. Overall, the show was fun to watch and you could tell how hard all of the dancers worked to put it together.
For people looking for something a little different, Boston College also has dance groups like Fuego Del Corazon, which is the Latin dance group on campus, as well as an Irish dancing group. So, if you are interested in dance, Boston College has many wonderful opportunities for you. If not, grab a few friends and go to a show; you won’t be disappointed.
Until next time!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Welcome to 2nd Semester!
Just to reintroduce myself, I’m a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m a history major and a French minor. At BC, I’m a coxswain on the Men’s Rowing Team, I volunteer with the Student Admissions Program (hence this blog; I also give tours, host day visits and reach out to prospective applicants), I tutor a local elementary school student and try and find time amidst everything to hang out with my awesome friends and roommates.
This is a busy week for many students, as we finish up 4 final days of class before spring break. Spring break is earlier at BC than for many other schools, yet we also have a few days off at Easter. It’s nice because having time off twice really breaks up a busy spring for students and faculty alike.
This year, I will be staying in Boston for spring break. As a coxswain on the Men’s Rowing Team, we will be practicing on the Charles River twice a day, getting ready for our spring racing season. There are lots of great options for Spring Break at BC – ranging from going home for doctors appointments to trips to a warm sunny beach. One of the most popular spring break activities is a service trip. My roommates are going to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and rural Virginia to help those less fortunate than us. College service trips are a lot of fun; you often travel with other BC students, professors, and sometimes even priests! I am jealous of my roommates’ upcoming adventures and I can’t wait to see pictures when they get back.
Unfortunately, I still have a lot of reading and homework to complete before break begins this Friday that I need to get back to – please post or email with ideas or questions!
Anyway, so I realized something today while I was having lunch in what's known as 'The Rat', one of the many dining halls here at BC. I have friends that go to colleges all over the US that incessantly complain about the quality of their food, but I've never really been able to relate. BC food is good - and even though not all of it is 5-star restaurant status, let me tell you - The Rat is an amazing place to experience. I'm a huge soup fan and the Rat always seems to have a different and more delicious soup every day. For example today I enjoyed the absolute heavenliness of a cup of Cream of Broccoli, but they've been known to have Thai Chicken Curry, Chili, White Bean Escarole, New England Clam Chowder (duh!), Minestrone, Italian Wedding Soup, Butternut Squash and Apple (surprisingly amazing...no really, it's life changing), your typical Chicken Noodle Soup, and more. Maybe I'm just a little bit too obsessed with soup, but it's so delicious. And you know, on those days when I feel like branching out for some breaded items, a.k.a. sandwiches, the great thing about the Rat is that once you buy your sandwich (which could be anything from the Tomato and Pesto to an Italian Sub to Turkey and Swiss on Multigrain) you can take it out and use the panini machines conveniently located seconds away, grilled to personal satisfaction.
So if you haven't noticed, lunch is my favorite time of the day. Seriously though, you won't starve coming to BC; there's such a variety of places to eat and it's easy to take back to your room. That's another thing which is great about the system. Some colleges work on a swipe plan where you get a weekly allotted amount of swipes where you eat as much as possible (Freshman Fifteen anyone?) and can't really take anything with you to go, then run out of swipes for the week. But here you get a certain amount of money per semester, and then buy food when you want to and as much or little of it as you decide, obviously budgeting it to some extent. You don't really ever run out unless you eat a lot all the time. I think it's a lot better system.
So that's just a little scoop on BC Dining Services and some of the reasons that contribute to the amazingness of The Rat. There are so many more...the daily specials like Chinese food or sausage ciabattas! The apple-cinnamon waffles! The myriad of cereals! Anyway...I could go on forever, but I'll wrap it up for now.
If you have any questions about BC Dining or even anything general, send me an e-mail; I'd love to help you out!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Now that that's done with, I can't believe how beautiful it was earlier today! It was sunny with a high near fifty degrees, which is a rarity in the Northeast during the middle of February. Although I did have some homework and essays to work on, I was able to find time to enjoy the great weather and go outside. During our study break, a friend and I decided to explore Newton Campus. Even though we've been living in Newton for a few months now, there were some places which we had still never seen. One of those places was Edmands Park, a small, forested area west of the campus, behind the Keyes dorm.
The park isn't a typical park - no slides, swings, etc. - but it's more of a mini piece of wilderness in our own backyard. Dirt paths wind around the park, going up and down the many hills. Though the park isn't too large, at points the woods become so dense that neither Newton Campus nor the surrounding suburbs could be seen through the leafless branches. It was also surprising to see how busy the paths were; during our hike, we ran into many locals who also wanted to take advantage of the great weather by getting some exercise with their dogs. It's pretty amazing to think that such a cool piece of nature is so close to campus and in the middle of the suburbs. I guess this just adds to the (long) list of why Newton Campus is awesome!
That's it for now! If you have any questions, feel free to email me!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Hi, my name is Rosie Chandler, and I’m a freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina—not quite The Sunshine State, but a place that is nevertheless a consistent 20 to 30 degrees warmer than here. An inch or two of snow, and chances are the entire city will shut down for a week. So the question you’re probably wondering is, “Is she starting to regret her decision as the snow rapidly accumulating outside her dorm room window makes it more and more evident that the cold weather isn’t going away anytime soon?” Or maybe, “Should she have gone somewhere warmer, maybe stayed a little closer to home?” My response: absolutely not. Boston College is awesome, and I plan on using this blog to tell YOU exactly why this place has become so near and dear to my heart.
Today’s reason to love BC: the community that we have here. As you may or may not know, BC does not have any of the social fraternities or sororities that tend to dominate the social scene of many colleges and universities (particularly south of the Mason-Dixon line.) The result? A campus that isn’t divided among something as arbitrary as letters of the (Greek) alphabet. We’re not ADP or KA or DKE or ATO. We are BC. Each and every one of us. And I feel that this gives us the opportunity to get to know one another through our common interests—writing for The Heights, dancing with Synergy, taking a class on social justice, joining The Emerging Leader Program, or whatever your bag happens to be—rather than because we happen to share some extraneous label. It enables us to create meaningful friendships with one another, and for each of us to grow our social circle in a really positive way. A semester and change deep into my BC experience, I can honestly tell you that deciding to come here was one of the best decisions of my life. I may not get to wear my sandals anytime soon, but the strong sense of community that exists here is more than enough to make up for the snow boots. And, after all, spring break is only a week away.
Feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you might have (preferably ones that are relevant to your decision about coming to BC) and thanks for reading my blog!
Until next time,