I think it would have been a good idea to learn as much about the professors at my college as I could have. Professors have different styles. It would be helpful to know which professors you will learn best from. When choosing a schedule as an incoming freshman, it would be helpful and comforting to have learned something about the face behind the names of the classes I wanted to take. With the computer, it would have been easy to contact students at my prospective college and talk with them about my major and which professors would be most beneficial.
I wish I've known not to be such a nervous wreck! For whatever reason, it seems to be the norm for people to try and instill fear in highschool graduates about college. Too often, I've been subjected to talk about how college is ridiculously difficult, that newbies like me will surely struggle and crumple under the stress. Not true at all. Did college present a challenge for me? Of course, as it should. But it is definitely not something beyond my reach. Stay focused, study hard, and take your time there seriously - success is yours for the taking.
This school is very conservative despite the jesuit influence. There is some joking that Georgetown has no right to call itself Jesuit compared to Boston College. People here are very set in their ways and not too open to any outside change especially since many are leaving cookie-cutter lives for the first time. Although this should not be surprising since it seems Boston College's goal to suck every last dollar out of its students sometimes. A funny and efficient way to advertise has been to shout "Something Free at BC"
Before I came to Boston College there are a few things I wish I had known. There is so much to get involved in- instead of getting overwhelmed, choose a few activities to pressure and enjoy! There are resources at BC to help you if you are struggling academically, physically, or mentally. Many of the people who come to this school are financially privileged- do not get caught up in the materialism around you. Go abroad! It is a priceless ecperience. Do at least one service trip and one retreat.
How different was college going to be from the small high school I was studying in Ponce, PR. Since most of my classmates were focused on enrolling universities in PR, my advisor knew very little about what was like to study in mainland US. I would have liked to know how was the enviroment around BC and the city of Boston. I wish I had known what did a NCAA team was, what was like living in a dorm, how were classes like, how cullturally diverse BC was and what was like to live in a city like Boston.
Education is not just about the books and the studies but it is about learning who you are and who you want to be. It is about learning how your talents and gifts can benefit the world. So many people go through high school and college memorizing the facts but that is not what life is all about. Life is taking the skills and knowledge you learn and using it in your everyday life. Learning how to be a responsible and active citizen who benefits others - to make the world a better place.
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.
I wish I had known that people in Boston are not as open to different kinds of people as are the individuals I am used to living with in New York City. I also wish I had known that I would have wanted to explore different concentrations instead of directly applying for the school of management.
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.
That while Boston College is Roman Catholic (specifically Jesuit), many students are nonpracticing and/or nonreligious at all. This is not a deterrant in any way, but a surprise considering the school's origins and beliefs.