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Stay true to yourself while in college. In high school, you listened to authority, but you never made decisions based on what...
Stay true to yourself while in college. In high school, you listened to authority, but you never made decisions based on what other people thought was best. You did what you believed would be best for you, and look! You're at a great institution that cares about you. The best part? You can study what you want with professors that passionately care about the subject. As wonderful as this place is, don't give into peer pressure. You didn't back home, so why should you start now? What makes other people happy isn't necessarily going to make you happy. If it makes you uncomfortable, don't do it. You are the one living with your choices, so make decisions that bring out the best in you and others. And never give up hope. Your unwaivering positivity is the best part about and makes life better for others. Never let go of this great gift. People here are quite intellegent, and the atmosphere is daunting at times. But remember that you were accepted here and deserve your education as much as anyone else. Don't let the sucess of others keep you from finding yourself.
It has a great sense of community. You can tell that the people who work here really care about the students. And everyone here is dedicated and working for the betterment of themselves and others.
I wish I had realized how smart the people are. The overwhelming majority of them were in the top 10% of their class if not the smartest person. It can be hard with that mentality. I was not in the top 10%, but I'm doing excellently here anyways.
I am completely in love with my school, its proffessors, the campus buildings, and the people who attend. It's really difficu...
I am completely in love with my school, its proffessors, the campus buildings, and the people who attend. It's really difficult to find something wrong with my school, but if I had to decide it would be the variety of food choices available. BC definetly has the best college food, but the price for food is absolutely ridiculous! I can't invite a friend from another college without them asking me how I survive witht the food prices. I still indulge in the food because its delicious, but the price I pay for a small salad is horrifying.
Remember that job you had over the summer and how much money you spent every week? SAVE IT!! Put some money in your savings account please!! College is all about self independency and without a little chump change this transition will be very difficult! You will want to go out on your own and buy something for your room without borrowing from your mom oncce in a while. Also cut down on all the candy! The gym at BC is always packed and you will never get your turn on the treadmill, so cut down on the snacks for a while. Maybe you should asking use those new running shoes you bought because food at BC is great and you won't skip meals! Take your time with each class and expect the unexpected. You haven't had a class with more than 30 kids, but when you get to America and the world you will have over 100. Find a studious friend in each class to swap notes as usual and swap numbers. Last but not least HAVE FUN!
The best thing about my school is the support of the staff and the friendliness of the students. Over the summer I had the advantage of taking classes and meeting friends. The leaders where BC students going to their sophmore year of junior, some recent graduates. I felt completely welcomed and by the end of the summer I felt well prepared to take on BC without help. The staff members are always calling or emailing me to see how i'm doing or to make sure that i have everything I need. I love the support and friendliness of BC.
Katie, go to sleep. College will still be there even if you fail this test. It's 3 AM and you've already taken enough Tylenol...
Katie, go to sleep. College will still be there even if you fail this test. It's 3 AM and you've already taken enough Tylenol for a full day. Despite what you have been hearing for the past four years, the mysterious and almost mythical entity known as "College" is not as terrifying or all-powerful as you think. Pushing yourself every night for each test and quiz is not worht it. You will succeed no matter what your class rank or SAT score. Success is the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are living a productive, healthy, and happy life. Are you being productive when you spend more time worrying about the giant, theoretical future than on fostering better relationships with family, friends, and teachers? Are you healthy barely functioning on a few hours of sleep everyday? Are you happy beating yourself up after every low test score? My advice to you, Katie, knowing what I now know, is that you are strong and will adapt. It is just another part of your life, one that will provide you with challenges and comfort - good and bad alike. And that it is nothing to lose sleep over.
Someone that wishes to live in a city should not attend/live at Boston College. Despite the name, it is not in the city. Very liberal-minded individuals might be frustrated by BC's more conservative views.
The quality of the buildings and how asthetically pleasing the campus is.
Very prestigious, very academic, very friendly and social, very complicated.
Very prestigious, very academic, very friendly and social, very complicated.
I transferred to Boston College after my first year at another university. Though I am so happy with my decision, I wish I could have saved myself some time and applied to BC right away. I would have advised myself to look at these factors when applying: The location--The city in which a college is settled makes all the difference. New Orleans is not my kind of city. Boston is. The social life--Know what social experience you're looking to get out of college. Are you interested in frats/sororities? Volunteering? Clubs? Teams? Parties? Coffee shop discussions? The faculty--This means professors, advisers, and administration. If the faculty's view of education lines up with yours, you're golden. Do they believe education is the path to a career? Or do they view it as more of a cultural and personal growth experience? How much passion do they have about learning, and does it line up with your level of passion? Are they there for the students, or are they there for themselves (simply holding down a job, or doing personal research)? Find a faculty you know will support, encourage, and guide you all four years.
The professors and the people have a great attitude toward life and learning.
You have worked so hard to get where you are. Do not give up now because it will get so much better. I know that the stress is getting to you and I hate to say it, but college is even more stressful just in different ways. It may seem like you will never get in to Boston College, but do not worry too much because things will work out the way that they are supposed to. When you get to college you may find that you are scared to be away from your family, hate the food, and feel like you will never sleep through the night again. You will miss your boyfriend more than you ever thought possible and you will have to work very hard to keep your long distance relationship, but it will be so worth. Eventually you will meet the two sweetest girls you have ever come across and they will become your closest friends, your sisters. With time, everything will get easier and you will adjust to living in a big city and really come to love the decision you made. Oh, and study hard for that first chemistry test!!
The Jesuit tradition instilled in BC really gives the University a strong moral and faithbased foothold that challenges stude...
The Jesuit tradition instilled in BC really gives the University a strong moral and faithbased foothold that challenges students to grow as a person, not just a student. It allows for a deeper relationship with friends, faculty, and family.
To my naive high school self,Preparation is key. Upon entering college, I was thrown for a loop as the academic load increased and tests required the application of knowledge. My greatest shortcoming was my level of academic preparation. It is absolutely critical to one’s academic success to be prepared. The senioritis bug tends to creep up on many high school seniors, but thinking about your future college self, don’t let it happen. As an incoming college freshman, understanding the concept of studying is a critical aspect. You need to mentally prepare yourself for the amount of time, effort, and thought put into applying yourself. I would congratulate my college freshman self on how I integrated into school. It is essential to pursue other avenues and passions to round our your education and background. From swimming to student government, I effectively time managed. Beyond being prepared and staying involved, always keep learning and value the education you are blessed to be given. Keep learning.
Anyone not academically strong will struggle with BC's rigorous curricullum and work load.
Most of my classmates are intelligent and like to party.
Most of my classmates are intelligent and like to party.
I wish I had known about the "BC biddies" and "BC bros"; they are like frat boys and sorority girls, except we don't have fraternaties and sororoties here.
I would tell myself to trust myself and to trust my parents. I spent a lot of time worrying about how to pay for college and my parents said it may be difficult but we would get through it. I have come to love my school so much and all the decisions I've made in getting to this point. I would definitely tell myself to take pride in my high school accomplishments, but not to let them make me complacent when entering college. Additionally I would have told myself to join a club sport fall semester of freshman year, because joining the Boston College Women's Club Rugby team was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I would advise finding the weirdest, most interesting people on campus, not just people who are fun to go to parties with, because they don't end up being your friends for a very long time. The weird ones are the ones that will stick around and be the most fun. Overall, I would let myself know that I was about to make some very good life choices and to stick to gut feelings.
Listen: You got into BC. You're highly intelligent, well-rounded, and driven. You worked hard in HS and you're going to conti...
Listen: You got into BC. You're highly intelligent, well-rounded, and driven. You worked hard in HS and you're going to continue to work hard in the classroom at BC. In terms of advice, telling myself I need to work hard in the classroom is unnecessary. Rather, I'd focus my advice solely on the social aspects of college. Why? Because the transition is arguably the hardest part of college; establishing yourself socially and finding a close friend group is something I cannot stress enough. You will be happy, and it will affect all aspects. You've heard the motivation, now here's the advice: Right away, be overly outgoing. You have no friends? Please realize: no one else has friends, either! People will be throwing themselves at you (in hopes of making friends) if only you took the effort to extend a hand and say nice to meet you. Unfortunately, this excessive friendliness stops after the first 2 weeks, so be sure to get on it right away. It sounds so simple, but meeting a lot of people and finding quality friends the first two weeks will have immeasurable effects on the rest of your freshman year.
I don't mean to sound cliche or biased, but I believe BC is a place for every kind of person. The religious affliation can be nonexsistant if you want it to be, don't let that deter you. We are highly respected in all of our majors (unless you're an egineer, then don't come here it's not offered). The vibe and excitement on campsus parellels a large state school yet we're a respected, top ranked private institution nestled next to one of the greatest cities in the US.
As I'm sure other smart, BC prospects will, I did my research. I knew BC, on paper, inside-and-out. Therefore, the only thing I wish I knew was that my love for BC in reality was just as true as it was for BC on paper. Let's face it, it's hard to truly know if you're going to love a school from simple online reviews, but let me tell you BC lives up to the hype.
Boston College is best known for its football program and it's managment/business school. While the latter is quite adept at ...
Boston College is best known for its football program and it's managment/business school. While the latter is quite adept at getting people employed, many of the other schools at Boston College have excellent facilities as well, especially the biology and physics departments.
The school has an extremely strong sense of community and social justice, especially when it comes to working in the local community. Even if you don't agree with many of the things the administration or Catholic Church do, you still feel like you're part of the school community and you can find your place if you try to.
Really try to be more spontaneous, especially when it comes to meeting new people. It's incredibly hard to meet a new group of friends far away from your home and different than your former social group but th easiest way is to just try out all the different activities you can; it's fine if plenty of them don't work out or you don't like them in the longer run. It's better to try these things while you stilll can rather than always wonder about them, especially with groups and social activities that are unique to the college setting. Just open up and accept things as they are and it'll all work out in the long run.
I would definately start out by telling my self to stay focused on my goals. Then I would have to say that I have great oppor...
I would definately start out by telling my self to stay focused on my goals. Then I would have to say that I have great opportunity that is ahead of me and to do everything possible to make sure that I exhaust all my energies into getting good grades and dont worry about growing up so fast, as at that time working was one of my main focuses and should not have been. The horizons and opportunities that are coming are far better then you could imagine and that do not waste time on distractions and become centered with your goals, and life is very short and you cant change your past but you are in control of your future.
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