Wednesday, September 29, 2010

An Introduction...and some basic thoughts


Hello there!

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,

- Greg

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Back from Abroad!


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 chandlro@bc.edu 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,

Rosie

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.