Saturday, April 30, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It's been a while since I've posted but I figure now it's a good time with Easter vacation over and done with and finals getting so close. In total, we had 5 days of Easter break, not counting the "unofficial" first day, Wednesday. In general, everyone seemed to enjoy their time off from their busy schedules here in BC and caught up on their much needed sleep. I've heard, however, that many people felt this short break was a tease, a sweet sign of what is soon to come but very far away. Before our official summer vacation begins, we have 2 more weeks of classes and plenty of work and studying to get done since finals are almost here! Some people felt that Easter break will make it that much harder to get past these 2 weeks. I have to disagree. I had a wonderful time at a friend's house and simply escaping my hectic schedule "renewed" me as a person. I am now ready to begin the long process of preparing for finals. If you're ever in doubt of what to do during Easter break, just make sure you get plenty of sleep and relax. This will boost your spirits for the upcoming exams. Oh, but don't procrastinate! Manage your time wisely and do get some work done over break...even if it's a little bit of reading or completing a major paper. This will ease your transition into study days.
Well, that's all I have for now.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
With several of Boston College's most highly anticipated events occurring this weekend, many students here have began dubbing this upcoming weekend Boston College's Spirit Weekend. Several of these highly touted events include the annual spring concert, BC's spring football game, Battle of the DJ's, the Black Student Forum's annual Black Family Weekend, and most notably, Marathon Monday and The Boston Marathon.
This three-day weekend is jam packed with great entertainment, an excellent showcase of student talent at Boston College, and of course, lots of fun. From watching spring concert acts J. Cole and Wale on Friday night to cheering on fellow students and athletes from around the world on Monday morning, Boston College's Spirit Weekend will provide countless events to suit everyone's desires.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
As an incoming freshman, I can’t say that I’d given it much thought. Social justice just wasn’t a phrase that got tossed around at my high school very often.
But social justice is a big part of Boston College, and of the school’s Jesuit mission. You can’t leave freshman orientation without having at least some idea as to what it means.
And once you arrive on campus in the fall, there are an overwhelming number of opportunities to further develop your understanding of social justice. It is discussed in an academic setting in courses such as Courage to Know and PULSE. It is the undertaking of service organizations such as the Pedro Arrupe Program, the Appalachia Volunteers, and the Eagle Volunteer Corps. Even walking through the quad on an ordinary day, you are bombarded by students and signs calling for social justice in Boston, and Japan, and El Salvador, and Haiti, and Palestine…
I have come to understand this phrase largely through my involvement in 4Boston, a service organization on campus, through which I serve as a tutor and mentor at an afterschool program for underprivileged kids. Although I am far from having developed a complete understanding of social justice, I have come to understand that it has to do with equal opportunities for everyone for health, happiness, and prosperity. And as a tutor, I am working alongside my friends and fellow students to help create these opportunities for the kids we serve.
I don’t believe that there are many schools that share Boston College’s enthusiasm for social justice, or that push its students as far outside of their comfort zone so that they may better empathize with the poor, the suffering, and the forgotten. And while most of us don’t go into our college search looking for these things, perhaps we should.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
The University Core is a set of basic topics that all students must complete before graduating from BC. These classes range from sciences and math to philosophy and social sciences. Some may see these requirements as annoying, but all students come to realize with time that the Core helps expand intellectual horizons and creates a well-rounded student. Without the Core, I wouldn't have discovered my major, a realization that many students here at BC come to when they think about the Core.
PEPs is a website sponsored by UGBC that has rankings of many professors here at BC. If you are thinking of taking a class but don't know what the professor is like, then PEPs is the place to go. It rates university professors in many categories, giving a comprehensive overview of what a potential student can expect if they enroll in a given class. PEPs is a key tool when class selection comes around, because it is the go to place to find the best professors here at Boston College.