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upbeat and ambitious rich kids
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Work harder- Take ap tests seriously--look for more scholarships---get SAT Turtoring--Shoot for ivy league
Academically determined and focused and friendly and helpful in social situations.
Academically determined and focused and friendly and helpful in social situations.
I would tell myself to just be myself and not be worried about what other people think. You will find people that you really like and who really like you for the person you are. Don't be shy and put yourself out there, go outside your comfort zone. The most important thing is finding a balance between extra curriculars, school and friends.
The people are really great, the professors are fantastic and we have a lot of school spirit.
They are friendly and outgoing.
They are friendly and outgoing.
Do not stress out, you will be happy in the end.
The school spirit, the things to do on campus, the people. Pretty much everything!
My classmates are fun, smart, genuine, engaging, intense, passionate, loyal, driven, motivated, and I have enjoyed every minu...
My classmates are fun, smart, genuine, engaging, intense, passionate, loyal, driven, motivated, and I have enjoyed every minute of my college experience that i have shared with them.
The kind of person who should not attend this school is one who is lazy, apathetic, unmotivated, careless, unkind, or anyone who is not open to anything this college presents/ offers as a new experience.
Be sure to pick a place that you think will help you grow as a person. Allow yourself to let got of any preconceived ideas you have about who you are and who you have been, and enjoy four years of growth; both academically and individually. If you think you would enjoy a school with a large sports program, seek that option because a university with much school spirit can help draw students in, so that they really feel to be a part of campus life. Many of the people I have met in college live by this simple phrase: "work hard, so we can play hard." After a tough week of classes, projects, papers and tests, its awesome to go out on the weekend and just have fun with all of your friends. Be open to new people and new mindsets, because unwavering rigidness to old ideas can be ignorant. Live your college life with intelligence, humor, a work ethic, but also make sure to have a whole lot of fun.
I could come up with a lot of different pieces of advice for an incoming freshman but I think two of the most important are: ...
I could come up with a lot of different pieces of advice for an incoming freshman but I think two of the most important are: always having a positive attitude and a determination to succeed. Naturally, no normal human being will always have a positive attitude about everything and everyone at all times. However, even with just a little effort to see the brighter side of things, a situation could turn out much better than ever expected. From my experiences, this was definitely the case. When things hadn't gone exactly the way I planned, instead of stressing I just appreciated the situation for what it was and always ended up feeling more accomplished, knowing I did all I could. Especially during our freshman year, it?s important for students to be mentally healthy--as in having the least stress possible. For this to happen, it would do them well to follow this advice. As for the second piece of my advice, I think it goes without saying that you need determination to get into college, to stay in college, and to go beyond it for a better future not only for yourself but for the world.
The close-minded nor the lazy should attend BC. First, BC is a very diverse school in all aspects. It feeds on creativity and open-mindedness. An overly stubborn or closed-minded person would not serve BC any good nor would it improve it. Second, the school is obviously a very competitive one, filled with very dedicated and focused students. I wouldn't suggest that a lazy person attend otherwise it would be very difficult for them to keep up, and possibly very easy to flunk out, if not completely up for the challenge. Ever to Excel! is our motto.
Personally, the most frustrating thing for me was adjusting to the idea that I was going to live, and share a bathroom, with about 20 other girls. My living situation had always been constant throughout my life: I shared a room with my sisters and we just knew each other?s routines and do?s and don?ts. However, when I arrived at BC I had to be constantly aware of the fact that I practically lived with strangers. At first it was difficult, but gradually I adjusted and even became very good friends with almost all of them!
Besides the name and whether or not the college is prestigious should not be the major reason for attending a school. You mus...
Besides the name and whether or not the college is prestigious should not be the major reason for attending a school. You must seek out the college that will best fit you-socially, academically, financially. It would be best to ask students who attend the college from various different backgrounds, majors, or ethnic groups their opinion on the school. Look for places that provide great advising support in order for you to select the right path to graduate in 4 years. Check out the living arrangements. Make sure to get the opinion of those who have recently graduated or are alumni and see how their degree has helped them after college.
The most furstrating thing about Boston College isn't even that frustrating. I'm referring to the work load for students, but...
The most furstrating thing about Boston College isn't even that frustrating. I'm referring to the work load for students, but this isn't even a problem if the students maintain proper time management, which was stressed in each student's orientation. As long as everything is monitored by the student and his or her time is prioritized, then the frustrating component of Boston College is completely eliminated. Simple.
When trying to find the right college there are several variables to take into account, but in the end it really boils down to what the studen is comfortable with and what it is theyare looking for in a college. If there is any hesitation at all, some time should definitely be taken to weigh all of the possibilities before making a decision. Spend your time wisely. Manage the time that you've been alotted in order to make this decision and balance it throughout, don't wait until the last minute to try and make decisions. This is your future. When trying to make the most of the 'college experience', don't try too hard. Stay away from peer pressure, period. DO NOT follow the stereotypical college student lifestyle of all-nighters, drinking and other depictions of the college student because they're mostly untrue. Seeing this first hand, I've come to realize that many lose sight of the reason why they are at college in the first place which is to learn. Whether it be in the classroom or other event, there is always something to learn. One step at a time.
The best thing about Boston College is definitely the overall environment. No matter what type of person you are, there is always somewhere where you will fit right in. There are so many different types of people, groups, and events all over campus that allow for students to get to know one another and feel comfortable. This school is very well rounded and provides several resources and outlets that are usable by the students.
The jesuit community is much more involved that I thought it would be.
The jesuit community is much more involved that I thought it would be.
It is important not get too wrapped up in the prestige of the school, but to focus on what you really wants out of a college. If a small school in a small town is what you want, you will get a good education no matter what as long as you are happy and apply yourself.
Without sororities and fraternities, it can be difficult to meet people right away and to make friends.
The best thing about BC is that there's something for everyone. Whether it's getting involved in service organizations, playi...
The best thing about BC is that there's something for everyone. Whether it's getting involved in service organizations, playing some kind of sports, religious groups, or theatre, everyone can find something they enjoy. The size of the student body varies around 9,000 which I believe is the perfect size. Everywhere you go you'll see two people you know, and five you don't so parties and classes are always fun. The school is a prestigious institution without the snobbiness of knowing it. While the students pride themselves in attending here, we're not going to brag about it or rub it in your face (unless you go to Notre Dame that is). While on campus, you'll spend most of your time in one of the dining halls studying or hanging out with friends or in one of the two librarys if you're the studious type. Boston is an absolutely fabulous place to be at school, coming from Texas it's a big change but the city is a big city with a small town feel and if you're ever bored on campus (which rarely happens) there's always something to go see or do at only a T-stop away.
Here's a look at what Commonwealth Avenue looks like on Marathon Monday! The city shuts down, and students and families from the surrounding area gather to cheer on the hoards of runners that pass by all afternoon. If you get out there early enough, you can see some of the fastest runners in the world, and then stay to cheer on your friends! Did I mention it's another excuse for students to tail-gate all day?
Here's a look at what a typical freshman dorm looks like. This is a room in Gonzaga on Upper campus (Cheverus, Claver, Fenwick, Xavier, Fitzpatrick, Gonzaga, Shaw, Loyola, Medeiros, and Kostka), but there's a similar set up for dorms on the Newton campus (Keyes, Hardey, Cushing, and Duchesne) as well. Usually, two roommates share a room with two twin beds, desk, and dresser with a common bathroom on each floor.
Mindy, a Junior in the Carroll School of Management at BC, discusses what kind of courses and professors she has as an Accounting major and Chinese minor.
Bryan, a junior at Boston College in the Lynch School of Education talks about what life is like as a student taking classes both in CSOM and Lynch and makes recommendations for future students.
Upper Campus is divided into two areas. The first is the freshman living area with dorms Gonzaga, Fitzpatrick, Shaw (a special program house), Medeiros (honor's housing), Clavier, Loyola, Xavier. Students, not living in singles, share a dorm room with one, two, or three other students on a floor with 20-30 boys or girls all sharing one large bathroom per wing. Most rooms have the same layout of two beds, two desks, two dressers, and two closet nooks.
There are several options for sophomores on BCs campus. The most desired dorms are Vanderslice and 90 on Lower campus (near Lower Dining Hall, the Plex, and the stadium). They're suite style apartments with 3-4 double rooms, sharing a small kitchen and living room. There's also 66 and Walsh on Lower and Roncalli, Welsh, and Williams on Upper which are all freshman dorm style, with 20-30 double rooms on a floor sharing a large bathroom.
A clip from one of the dances at DOBC's spring show.
The DOBC (Dance Organization at Boston College) perform yearly for students, faculty and family. This is a clip of their intro piece.
A few upperclassmen give their opinions on what the dating culture is like at Boston College
A BC Junior gives his opinion on what the "hook-up" or dating life on campus is like.
Scott, a Junior at BC, lists the things he brings to campus for Unigo viewers.
Joe, a BC Junior tells viewers the 5 things that she can't live without while on campus!
Michelle, a student at BC, discusses some (odd) things that she brings to campus every day!
Jen, a Junior at BC tells viewers what she brings to class and why.
The Mods have been called "Temporary Housing" since the 70s. Whether or not they'll actually be torn down is up to the administration.
Of the three statues: Doug Flutie, St. Ignatius, and Mary, it's Doug Flutie's who gets the prize for the largest.
There's a rumor that the Million Dollar stairs are heated...
The Hovey House, which is now the Study Abroad office, is rumored to be the only haunted house on campus.
Chris and Julia, a Senior and Junior at BC, talk about their favorite sports events and why they choose to attend them.
Jeff, a Senior at Boston College talks about his favorite sporting events to attend on campus.
Sarah, a Junior at BC, talks about some of her favorite memories while at Boston College surrounding collegiate rivalries and the traditions surrounding them on campus.
Katie, a Junior at Boston College discusses her favorite rivalries and the traditions surrounding those games.
Mariel, a Junior at BC talks about her favorite rivalry moments, and some of the traditions surrounding those games
Lexi, a senior at BC discusses the political issues that are active and important for students on the BC campus.
The Mods, the most competitive senior dorms on campus, are the center of the social scene. On game days the Mods are filled with alumni and students tailgating and celebrating while on the weekends they're a popular source of parties.
A popular spot on campus for coffee, and food, Hillside is a great place to do some work, meet friends for lunch and enjoy home cooked burgers and fries.
After we shut out Notre Dame 17-0 on our home field we celebrate with our football team before we sing our traditional Alma Mater!
After the shutout against Notre Dame, the football team joins the student body to chant WE ARE BC as the stands file out the stadium!
When or lose the football team comes to join the student body in the endzone as we all recite the BC alma mater.
After we won the Vtech game at home, the stands rushed the field!
We chant "We Are BC" as our team enters the field!
Dropkick Murphy's, Shipping off to Boston is always a favorite at football games!
BC's fight song, "For Boston" is always sung at football games when touchdowns are scored. Here's a clip of it!
While there are some students that fit the JCrew catalogue stereotype, most don't. A majority of the students walk around in sweat pants and sweatshirts, and for the few students who choose to get dressed for class, it's a complete mix. Alot of the students here are however athletes, participating in anything from intramurals to Varsity sports and unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of diversity when it comes to race, the majority being caucasian or asian however, religion is not thrown in anyones faces or forced upon anyone and individuality is encouraged.
While BC offers a challenging curriculum for the students, it's doable. You should expect several hard weeks with papers, midterms and exams, but it's not every week which helps to balance the work load out. Depending on your major, you could be on campus in class for 5 hours a day to 2 hours a day. You're required a minimum of 5 classes each semester (or the equivalent of it by the end of each year to be eligible for your freshman/sophomore/junior/senior status). The best part of academics at BC is that the professors and TAs (when you have them) are amazing. I've never and a professor I felt I couldn't approach to help me study, or go over a paper with and if you can't make it to their office hours, there's the Learning Center that offers tutoring five days a week in almost every subject. The professors and administration really like to get involved in the students life, and if you get lucky enough to get a Jesuit as one of your teachers, or advisors-you're in for an amazing experience.
Like I mentioned before, if you can't find anything here to get involved in (which is probably very rare as there's a club or sports group for absolutely everything) you can start your own. A lot of the students are involved in intramurals, club or varsity sports and going to sporting events is always a lot of fun here. The weekend usually starts on Thursday night and goes heavy til Sunday, especially during football season when tailgating starts several hours before and continues long after the final quarter. And because you're in Boston, St. Patrick's Day, and Marathon Monday are huge events that usually require a week of preparation and recuperation. So while there aren't any fraternities or sororities, don't underestimate our ability to still have fun. Coming from the South I thought that it was going to be a big deal not having that apart of campus life, but I have found that I almost prefer not having them around as it creates a more welcoming and open door policy with parties and such. For those who don't drink, don't fear-there's still plenty to do. There's always some kind of dance performance, student theatre show, or club event to attend. Traditions aren't huge here but there are a few, especially during graduation time that are amazing like Senior week (a week of festivities before graduation), Mod Stock (a concert on campus the last day of classes), and tailgating (football is huge!). You can always expect a fall and spring concert/comedy show thrown together by our undergraduate government program, who have brought Will Farrel, Kanye West, and Third Eye Blind to name a few. During holidays a majority of the students either go home, or find comfort with an "adoptive family" for a couple of nights as most parents tend to expect their kids to bring home any stragglers left behind. If you make it into the programs (which proves to be harder than BC says it will be), the school offers volunteer trips every break to different parts of Central America and in the United States that rumor to be amazing and life-changing experiences. All in all, BC offers a well-rounded experience for their students, and is a great place to spend four years.
Some of the stereotypes that I heard about BC when researching the school were that the students looked like a JCrew catalogue with a hangover. Some others are that most of the girls have eating disorders, students are caucasian catholics and that the majority of the students are athletes.
The school's size is a comfortable fit; I don't think anyone would ever find it too big, but there are a couple different gen...
The school's size is a comfortable fit; I don't think anyone would ever find it too big, but there are a couple different general "areas" of campus, so hopefully one would not find it too small. The school is located in a residential area just outside of Boston (read: half the campus is in Boston). This is nice if you don't really want to be going to school in a city but you still want it easily accessible by public transportation. Our sporting program is incredible; we won nationals in hockey last year, Tyrese Rice will hopefully lead us through March Madness this year, and our football team performed valiantly this Fall season despite only making it into the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (what a lame name for a college bowl game). However, our student body is pretty weak when it comes to attending games, as well as cheering for our teams. At a UMass game last year I remember one entire section of our stands getting outcheered by like 4 guys from UMass. It was pathetic. Oh yeah, and we're Jesuit. For all intensive purposes, this will mean zilch to you. Just some of the professors will be Jesuits, and probably be way cooler and less bookish than most of the professors. They are interesting people to talk to, and in general their life experience will vastly outweigh the majority of... well everyone you've ever met (if you live in the U.S.) Oh yeah and we're Catholic. There are crosses in some classrooms, and there's 2, count em, 2 churches on campus. I'm agnostic and generally find religion to be well intentioned but not something I'm interested in, and I have never been bothered by the Christian presence on campus. If you're in the school of arts and sciences, you will have to take 2 religion classes, but some of the smartest minds that ever lived devoted their entire lives to studying religion and writing about it; I figure it is worth reading these authors as there is some intrinsic value in their work, even if you don't believe in God or practice religion differently.
Student body is a little less white than the public high school I attended in Connecticut, but not by a large margin. However, there are a lot of organizations designed specifically for students of different races. However, when I see a black student eating lunch, they are way more likely to be sitting with a bunch of other black students than with a mixed group with some white people in it (as the numbers would support). This is the same for asians. Basically, the student body is segregated, to a degree. I can imagine some moron from BC reading this and going "that's not true! My friend Theresa or whoever the fuck is asian/black/hispanic/portuguese!" While obviously many groups of friends have an ethnic person or two, they are scattered, and for this reason they tend to stick together. A lot of asians seem to have only come to the U.S. a few years ago and speak very fluent Korean/Chinese/whatever else and have somewhat of a heavy accent when they speak English, so I could see them naturally feeling more comfortable around other asians than average white people. If you go to late night, a common sight is to see like 12 asian kids walking in a pack that is far larger than normal, or to see 4 asian dudes smoking outside the dorm (cigs). We also have a lot of international students. They will all have fake ID's, go to the clubs until very late, not get retardedly drunk all the time, and oust regular students from good housing. One of the best dorms on campus has a reputation for being heavily diverse, it's because these goddamn international students take it all up. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike individual international students (I actually got to know a bunch my freshmen year, and they helped broaden my perspective on the U.S. (I don't call the U.S.---> America anymore because America is a continent, and people find this a display of American arrogance, which I was not aware of, and yes, I really did just put a parentheses inside a parentheses, that's the way I roll.)) but it kind of ticks me off they get better housing than the rest of us. Same goes for athletes. Athletes get everything better than the rest of us. Select housing, free tickets to all home sporting events, a gym that isn't crowded and small and full of shitty equipment.
I am a sophomore here currently (spring 2009), and having a great time as I found some solid friends and that I feel are a great fit for me. However, there are so many things about this school that suck, I would never recommend it to anyone else (except my enemies... or cute girls). Here's the list: 1. While I feel like it is a stereotype that college food is bad, I feel like BC goes below and beyond when it comes to food quality, and the dining service in general. You will be charged roughly $1250 at the beginning of each semester and this money will be converted into dining bucks, which are accepted at all dining halls on campus. This works well. For all intensive purposes, you can think of the residential dining bucks as monopoly money, because you've already spent the actual cash. However, the food is of EXTREMELY low quality. The meat especially looks like a blind thirteen year old was in charge of finding the best cut. Basically, this leads to any attempts at fine dining, which BC seems to pride itself on, being shot down. They can make a mean cheeseburger, but their attempts at gourmet meals (this can be a huge portion of the available dinner options) are decidedly terrible most of the time. There is not enough seating at any dining hall at peak meal time. God forbid if you want to eat at hillside (perhaps the classiest of the dining halls) at lunch time; you have better luck finding money (I'm talking bills) on the ground then you do of finding a table in hillside sometimes. I'm writing way more about this than I originally intended but to summarize: the food is bad (compared to food that I've eaten in high school, and at other colleges I've visited/have friends at), the stuff is pricey (despite the lack of quality), there aren't a lot of places to sit, the food is the same every fucking day, or at least repeats on a weekly basis, except for dinners, which are in my opinion usually the worst meal of the day served at BC. I could go on about this forever, so I'll stop so people might actually read the whole review. 2. I spoke about this above, but the parties are not nearly near their potential. It's very easy to find a party that is playing music, serving free beer, and has a ruit table, but if you're looking for more than that, go elsewhere. Just not a lot of big venues for parties, and every person I've spoke to who transferred here informs me that the parties do in fact suck. 3. You pay a fuck ton of money to come here. When looking for positive things about this school to validate paying so much, you'll say: oh, look at the pretty buildings! making the campus look really nice is like a giant tarpit that BC plows our money into. BC also has needs-blind admission, so some students get a free ride that can't afford it and are as smart as everyone else. this is one point in BC's favor. I don't know where the rest of the money goes, maybe they donate it, because they sure as hell aren't paying for more on-campus housing or dining halls or better food or a million other things. God, if I knew how much money they sunk into our campus I would probably cry. It's a very intangible thing, no utility whatsoever. 4. You have a 1/3 chance of getting stuck on Newton Campus freshmen year. I had the honor of living there, and didn't mind it too much, but the fact that they have to stick 800 kids a 10 minute bus ride (2-2.5 miles or so) away from campus is ridiculous. BUILD ONE MORE FUCKING DORM. Then your sophomore year, you have a 40% chance of getting stuck on college road. College road is basically like the housing that the lucky 2/3 of the freshmen class gets... except it's a little closer and some of the buildings are less nice. Co. Ro. is only good for smoking weed in your dorm room (I've tested this out extensively, for you, the potential applicant), or having loud parties because none of the RA's on Co Ro give a fuck. Then your junior year you'll probably live off campus, because you'll be so tired with getting screwed through the on-campus housing lottery. You will get no favoritism for having lived on Newton freshmen year, despite the fact that is quite arguably a worse experience than Upper (where the lucky 2/3 of the freshmen class live). Getting screwed twice by BC with housing sincerely pisses me off. I will stop ranting about it now. 5. I don't really know what else to say. I feel like I usually have more things to gripe about than I do now. It's probably because I've been writing for like an hour. I originally intended this review to be a forum for me to vent my frustrations about BC, but I'm being sincere with all I've written, and I urge any applicant to BC to read what I've written.
I would probably say a good portion of the student body is doing well for themselves financially but you are probably going to find more of the super rich at a place like Boston University because it takes more than money to get into BC. BC's students are probably more heavily christian than most colleges, but it hasn't affected me at all (unless you take a religion or philosophy class, then you'll never hear the end of it from them. public (high)school all the way). Also, while I'm sure there are a high number of conservatives here, I feel like, as on most college campuses, the student body is generally quite liberal.
Classes aren't as hard as one might think, lots of great professors, diverse classes and majors, going abroad is EXTREMELY well supported if you want to study in another country for a semester or two (I'm going to University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia next year :)))).
Party scene is decent if you know someone or if you are female. If you are an average male, you will have a very difficult time finding fun parties to go to freshmen year, unless you know people. This was not so much a problem for me, but I still think the parties here are not what they could be. I have been to on campus frat parties at other schools, that people can attend every weekend (to the point where they get bored of them) that are much better than most BC parties. Unless you want things to be ridiculously crowded and hot, you are not fitting more than fifty (this is generous) people into any on-campus party at BC.
Rich, snobby, christian, conservative
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