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Lauren
Go BU!

I graduated from BU in 2014 and I had the best experience there. It's all about what you make of it. It is a very big school ...

Go BU!

I graduated from BU in 2014 and I had the best experience there. It's all about what you make of it. It is a very big school in the middle of a city so it's easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and it does take time to find your niche. The important thing is to branch out, explore, and try new things, which BU offers plenty of opportunities for. Boston is an amazing city, filled with tons of students, great food, diverse neighborhoods, and great sightseeing. BU offers a wide variety of extracurriculars, from Greek Life to film clubs to intramurals sports, and there really is something for everybody. While it is a big campus, the campus is linear, so you find yourself frequently running into people on the main street of Commonwealth Avenue. While it is a big school, class sizes vary. I have had large lectures with up to 100 students, and seminars with only about 20 or so. I have benefitted from both types of classroom experiences. I have had so many great professors at BU and still keep in touch with some after graduating. They are approachable, reliable, and are incredibly knowledgable. I have learned so much at BU, both inside and outside of the classroom, and I have zero regrets about choosing to receive my undergraduate education there.

Honoria
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like the urban feel of this school's location. Everything is at your convenience. There are late night school bus tr...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like the urban feel of this school's location. Everything is at your convenience. There are late night school bus transportation and public transportation that runs through the city. I think the size of the school is just right, not too large or too small. Additionally, whenever I tell most people I attend this school; they are very proud and congratulate me. However, I do not think this school is diverse enough. The administration's aim to diversify the school is by means of admitting international students from many Asian countries. However, domestic diversity is minute. Most students complain about the science departments, especially the Chemistry department at this school. In addition, some students are upset about grade deflations conducted by some professors.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

One of the main stereotypes at my school is that all Asians are smart.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Different fraternities and sororities are very popular on my campus. Additionally, many student love being involved in different community service groups. I a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the Pre-Med Society, and my club Sister to Sister. BU is known as a "party" school. Students are usually at many fraternity parties during the weekend. Many students are usually dating and usually hook up at parties. I met my closest friends during my classes. I am not the typical college "party" student. You can definitely study on a Saturday night, which is what I am usually doing because of my hectic schedule or you can go to the movies or a nice restaurant. I visit some of my friends off campus and we usually go to the mall and go out to eat.

KRISTINA
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

If you are looking for a traditional college campus/gated community, Boston University is not for you; if you like city livin...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

If you are looking for a traditional college campus/gated community, Boston University is not for you; if you like city living, you will inevitably thrive here.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How important it is to become involved in clubs/organizations. BU is a large school (30k+) with an open campus. It is easy to become isolated/forgotten in the crowd of students. Participating in interst groups is an important way to connect with others.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It’s surprisingly easy to bob through college like a paper boat on a stream. I careened through my academics without much reflection, and before I knew it, I was docked at graduation. Hindsight is 20-20 but this much is true: set a goal greater than graduation and create a structure that enables you to attain it. Take small steps to reach bigger ones. Assess. Reassess. Network with professors in your field: pick their brains and inquire as to how they arrived at the present moment. Degrees are one size fits all: meet with your academic advisor and consider tailoring your curriculum in ways that suit you best. Join an organization to meet people who share your values and interests. Drink, eat, sleep in moderation. Exercise and discover healthy ways to reduce stress. Be present. Schedule and honor time for yourself. Consider graduate school or PhD programs, if that is your thing. Be kind to yourself. Mistakes are inevitable. You can always start anew. Cherish free pizza. There are few times in life where so many resources are at your disposal. From art and music, to mental health and career development, be opportunistic and understand that you have choices.

Ellen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself not to be scared or nervous. The...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would advise myself not to be scared or nervous. The transition from high school to college is certainly daunting, but there is a learning curve. All that I would need to remember is the importance of finding a balance. There is so much to do and see and so many people to meet at college, and doing all of those things and gaining those experiences is as important as studying diligently. If something appeals to you, whether you think you have the skills or experience to do it or not, just go for it because this is the time to find those things out about yourself. Don't be afraid to discover new things, because that is what college is all about! Don't worry too much about whether you will get it, because it comes naturally and even if it doesn't, learning how to deal with that is all part of the experience. In short: college is a time of trial and error, so make the best of it.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how important it is to get involved with extracurriculars and how important it is to find a balance.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is that professors are not as available as I would have liked them to be.

Charlotte
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

BU is huge, diverse, academics-focused, and your experience here is completely customizable!

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

BU is huge, diverse, academics-focused, and your experience here is completely customizable!

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Being a large, highly ranked, research university. It has a large international student population as well as a huge study abroad program. As such a large university, people here can have experiences that are different in every way. It's pretty academically focused, and it can have a large and difficult workload if you have a tough major.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Study consistently, you can't start cramming a few days before an exam and do well! Go to office hours, and do homework with a study group. Be more friendly and social! Initiate social events, and join something. Friends won't come to you. They can only reach out halfway, and you have to reach and meet them. Don't spend hours wasting time on the internet. If you're not doing schoolwork, at least do something worthwhile. Read, draw, explore Boston. Have something to show for your time. If you think you're unhappy with your major, your plans, or your classes, don't ignore it and hope 'it'll work out'. Examine yourself. Don't be scared to let go of things you don't want, no matter how much you used to want it. This is the most important thing of all: Even if you make every single mistake I've warned you about, forgive yourself. Part of moving forward is looking forward. Don't compare yourself to others, or be upset if things aren't perfect. Sucess isn't some far-away mountaintop. If you're climbing, you're successful already.

Elizabeth
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates care about their grades a great deal, and for the most part are very focused on getting a good internship or jo...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates care about their grades a great deal, and for the most part are very focused on getting a good internship or job after school ends.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how much walking I would be doing everyday.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first thing I would tell myself is be organized. When you suddenly can do whatever you want with your free time, sometimes you truly don't remember all the work you have to do. Planning ahead and staying on top of work will alleviate so much stress. Don't forget to enjoy yourself and don't forget to call your parents! They miss you more than you know

Taylor
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Boston University is a wonderful university. Its students are academically driven and use the city of Boston as an excellent ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Boston University is a wonderful university. Its students are academically driven and use the city of Boston as an excellent resource for internship, research, and job opportunities; at the same time, the univeristy fosters a fun and creative atmosphere. We're attending Red Sox games with our discount student tickets, exploring Faneuil Hall's marketplace, seeing Seth Meyers perform in our student union, and more. One of my favorite aspects of BU is its campus: Commonwealth Avenue is lined with Boston University colleges, laboratories, and dormitories, and I know so many people as I walk around the street. We've got a campus feel while being pracitically in the heart of Boston. If I could change one thing, it would perhaps be the weather. Sometimes it can get snowy and cold, but this means plenty of snowball fights! Overall, I have immensely enjoyed my time at Boston Univeristy.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

At Boston University, there are student activities and groups for everyone. We have performance centers for theater majors but also for students who simply enjoy acting. You can find students cheering on the BU crew team during the Head of the Charles Regatta (the largest rowing race in the world held each fall in Boston) or putting together teams for Race for the Cure. I am involved in a sorority, a student newspaper, BU admissions, and a television show on campus, and this names just a few of BU's many activities on campus. I love attending comedy shows put together by Liquid Funn, a student improv group. There is even a club that offers free hugs on Fridays!

Dean
What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

There really isn't a stereotype for students here at Boston University. Students are all very different and are motivated to ...

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

There really isn't a stereotype for students here at Boston University. Students are all very different and are motivated to do their own types of things. I guess the stereotype would be that there is no stereotype for students here.

Describe the students at your school.

Students here, in my opinion, are all very amazing, and I'm sure they are the ones who are going to be changing the world for the better once they graduate. People come here from all walks of life, socially, economically, culturally, etc. However, it's still super easy to get to know anyone and become the best of friends.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The sports that are the most popular on campus would be our hockey, basketball, and soccer teams. They usually do get a good showing of BU fans to come and support their games during their season. BU is by no means a sports-dominating school. BU has actually just joined the Patriot League, which puts an emphasis on student in student athlete. Over 500 groups and organizations can be found at Boston University. I'm part of a few of the cultural associations, the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Hosts, and I participated in the I Embrace You club my freshmen year (the hugging club!). I loved the experiences from all of them, and there's always this huge event in the beginning of the semester called Splash, where all the clubs on campus advertise their clubs to get new members (and you can always snag a few free items too!). I would say a decent amount of students participate in community service organizations as well, with the Community Service Center's programs being always popular. There's a huge event each year called 'Global Day of Service', where students and alumni volunteer around Boston and around the World, and tons of people sign up (I've done it each year I've been here so far!). As for Greek Life, BU is definitely not a go-greek-or-go-home school. Around 14% of our undergraduates do participate in sororities/fraternities, but you don't need to join one if you're looking for a social life, because you can have one without them. There's always events going on at Boston University, and the Boston general area as well, so I've never had a day where I really didn't have anything to do. Go explore Boston, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, head to our BU Central to see local artists, comedians, comedy-sketch groups, etc., and you'll have a great time wherever!

Brenden
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

In my mind, the school is best known for excellence in education and a wide variety of resources being available to students....

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

In my mind, the school is best known for excellence in education and a wide variety of resources being available to students. That is why I have made the choice to pursue my graduate degree here. I have friends in other programs, or who went here for Undergraduate degrees, and the opportunities they've been given and the excellent educations they've obtained are very impressive.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Keep as many friendships as possible and don't ever use anybody as a temporary means to an end. You don't need to stay in touch with every person you've ever known, but you'll realize years later that you've turned your back on good people and in some cases, it will be too late. Do what makes you happy, but keep an eye on the future. I have never regretted a single art class, but there's nothing wrong with sneaking in a marketing class or two. You'll have to learn a lot of those skills later. Artists need to know how to communicate, too. Trust me when I tell you to continue studying Spanish. It will come in handy more often than you think and it's a lot harder to pick back up when you're in your late twenties. You're going to do very well by following your heart, but if I could sum up what I wish you'd done a better job of, please stop and think about what you're doing and how it will affect your future and the people around you more often that I did.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I am starting in the fall, but I wish I had remembered just how much work goes into getting ready for school. All the financial details and papaer work are very important and I think a lot of students forget how much of that there ends up being. It is important to be organized and dedicated even before classes start.

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