Boston University is a very big school. It can sometimes be difficult to find your place as one student. Luckily there are tons of students groups on campus. There are sports, arts, major-related groups, and many more. I am a member of Stage Troupe, an undergraduate theatre group for non-majors. It has been in existance for over 60 years. I have met some of my best friends through Stage Troupe and I have had the opportunity to work on incredible shows. I would highly recommend joining a group to become more involved at Boston University.
The most frustrating thing about Boston University is the cost of fees and tuition. The university is absolutely amazing and offers so much to foster networking and growth academically, professionally, and socially. After my first year there I understood why the university expenses are high: its awesome!! Everything about the campus is cared for and looked after. The little details are made to stand out. However the cost of tuition and fees makes it difficult and frustrating for me to attend.
The most frustrating thing about being at BU is that it seems very impersonal at times. BU is a big school of about 16,000 students so making new friends after the first semester can be hard. I encourage everyone to join a club or organization or get an on-campus job so that you can continue to meet new students instead of getting stuck into the same routine with the same people. It's important to have a good base of friendships, but don't forget to branch out and make new friends!
Due to the long, skinny "campus" that's cut in half by a highway, and the surrounding city, there barely a student presence on campus. Unless a class is really tightly knit and small (which is rare) it's difficult to meet people, when half the school is only on campus for class anyway, and 95% of social activity happens elsewhere in the city. You would think that this age of living on the internet would make it easier to be connected, but really, I just want some face time!
The administration is no help, and really doesn't care about student concerns. For example, there was an out break of bed bugs in my dorm and administration failed to notify the whole building. Instead, I learned from the school paper. This, in Massachusetts, is a violation of the health code, and yet the school blew me off when I complained. And they can get away with it too. They are more concerned with image than the students.
that the RAs are very strict with drinking in the dorms and they love to call cops/ hospital at first sign of anything so need to chill out and realise that people (who are underage) will drink at college (and get very drunk) and jsut let it be when no one is being hurt. As they usually catch them when they are returning from a night out and all they want to do is go to bed, not have a big deal with the system of BU
Not sure... maybe the fact that it IS big sometimes is frustrating in that errors can often be made in the records/accounts departments, but just a quick call usually clears things up easily. But it's not frustrating in a way that makes you feel like you're lost as a number in the crowd. Because you tend to see the same people all the time in class and in social groups, it doesn't actually feel big at all!
The most frusturating the about BU is its size. While there are many benefits to attending a large university, one problem is that it is easy to get lost amongst the crowd. You are in charge of your own experience at BU, and you have the option to make the most of it or not. Nobody is going to tell you to do anything, so you need to decdide what you want and be proactive about achieving it.
It is easy to get tangled up in all the red tape at BU. No one looks out for you like you do, especially in such a large school. If you want to get something done (a major change, declaration of a minor, get into a class, etc...) get ready to push your way through a bunch of academic departments. It takes a lot of phone calls and office visits to make things happen.
I often wondered who had written my peers' entrance essays or whether the Admissions Office had bothered to read them. I wish I had studied in a place where students were excited to be there; the place felt like a degree factory sometimes, with minimal consequences for intellectually lazy people (I felt myself slipping into laziness while there, too).