Multicultural Community Weekend!
Thank you to all of you who came out to visit BU for Multicultural Weekend! We absolutely loved having you. It was an exciting weekend for us all. However, I may have been more excited then some of the admitted students…
You see, I came to MCW last year as a admitted student and it was my first time every seeing Boston University, and even just Boston. My experience that weekend is what ultimately led me to choose BU. In fact, I bought my sweatshirt and committed that Sunday before I flew back to California, where I’m from.
I hoped I could have that same impact on students this year through hosting and being a part of admissions and asdb. It was actually a little weird reliving the experience from the other side of things. I loved running the ice breakers with my group (Group 12!!) and then leading students on city experience. The best part though, was sitting down with students at dinner and sharing with them all that I love about BU, along with some tips, tricks, and hints for freshman year.
I hope you all had as much fun as I did, but more importantly, I HOPE YOU ALL COME TO BU!
To all of those I met, it was a pleasure, I can see why admissions wants you as a fellow terrier. You were all intelligent and engaging, and a pleasure to host! Hope to see you again come Fall! Go class of 2017!
-Natalie Fritz, CGS 2016
Run Away to Auckland!
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
It has been too long, maybe even two weeks since I last spoke to you all; however, I have returned and am ready to divulge more BU happenings! In my past blog posts I believe I referenced that I studied abroad in New Zealand for a semester, although I never got to share my wonderful experiences. UNTIL NOW! So in 5…4…3…2…1 and then BOOM. Let’s roll.
I arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on July 14, 2012 and stayed there until November 13, 2012. If I had to sum up my experience in a single word, it would be: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. And maybe that does not contain all the feelings I have about the program. Every morning I woke up to a glistening sun, accompanied by a relaxing day at the beach after classes, and a field trip to somewhere else amazing inside New Zealand. In no particular order: I saw the Haka War Dance of the Maori people, went Zorbing (see below), went to the coronation of the Maori King, went on a few cruises, and all around just upped my serotonin levels.
I did my study abroad through the Boston University Abroad program which gave me a supervisor and an internship to help me throughout my entire stay in the country. For those of you that are about to visit the campus, I highly recommend that you put study abroad on your radar now because it will be something you will extremely want to do down the line. I had an amazing time doing it and wish I could have either stayed longer or have done it again.
Well, my time is up yet again, but I will see all of your very soon and I wish you all safe travels!
P.S. Also in the tradition of me leaving awesome songs, here is a new one I discovered while in New Zealand by the Black Kids: I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You! Enjoy!
Hey there, new Terriers! Are you guys getting excited for Multicultural Community Weekend? My roommate Sylvia and I are both hosting students, and we can’t wait for Thursday!
I went to CVS today to buy poster board to welcome our students. I tried making it as pretty as I could on my college student budget…
In addition to the plethora of fun events ASDB has planned for the prospective students, Sylvia and I hope to show our students around the city of Boston as well. (A stroll on Newbury, anyone?)
MCW is going to be a blast! Welcome Class of 2017!
- Lauren Vu, CAS 2016
The Moment I Chose BU: My Overnight Visit
When you’re choosing where you want to go to college, it’s like choosing your future home. It’s not just the classes and professors that make the college experience, it’s the entire atmosphere that is created by the people and the surroundings that you’ll be living in. When I went to visit BU for an overnight stay, that experience really helped me decide that BU was the place that I wanted to call my future home.
As I arrived at BU with my backpack and sleeping bag, I was anxious to meet my host and pretend that I was a real college student for a day. We went to Warren Towers for dinner and I made waffles. They had a little imprint of Rhett, the boston terrier in the middle of my waffle and it was the first time that I had really seen the school mascot. Being at BU was really different from anything that I had ever experienced in high school but even though it was a new place, eating in the dining hall with my host and her friends made me think of my friends at home, just sitting around a table talking about their day.
After dinner, my host took me to Newbury street just to walk around and shop. I had visited Boston before, but I had never really explored it. When we got to Newbury Street, I fell in love. We walked all the way down to the end of Newbury when we reached the Boston Public Gardens. We had walked a long way, and I did a bit of shopping, H&M, Zara, and All Saints (to name a few) and by the end of the day I felt like a Bostonian. I loved the old brick brownstones and the mix of history with the modern feel of the city. The walk back to her dorm on Bay State was quite long, but I didn’t seem to notice. I felt as if I had found a new hidden treasure in Boston that no one else knew about. Even though Newbury isn’t exactly a part of BU, it is a part of Boston that I fell in love with and walking around the city was a great way for me to get to know BU as a school and as a place to live. I found things about BU that I liked that could not be found on paper, and I would say that by the end of my visit, I had decided that it was the place that I wanted to call my home.
With Multi-cultural weekend coming up, I hope that our visitors will be able to have the same great experience as I did when I visited BU!
~Cherie CAS ‘15
Hello! My name is Cherice and currently a junior in COM studying Film & TV! As we get ready for MCW (which is just days away!!!) I want share with you a special part of my BU experience thus far. For all you prospective College of Communication students, particularly those entering the Film & TV program. get ready for an amazing experience!
I’m an aspiring documentary filmmaker and the classes you take in COM really prepare you for any type of film production. I’m currently taking Prod 1, a required class for all Film/TV students. You get experience working with a DSLR Canon T2i and a Tascam recorder. I used this camera and sound recorder for this short documentary profile I did on street break dancers. Please have a look. I had a blast shooting this and you will too on your future projects. I’m also currently filming a third film with fellow ASDBers Ryan Fields and Natalie Fritz. We were out last night in the freezing cold filming but it was so much fun! (I’ll post it when I shoot!)
So was this a shameless plug? Yeah. But it’s also to show you guys a piece of all the amazing stuff we get to do as a part of our academic studies here at BU! Whether you’re in SMG or CFA you’ll get hands on experience in whatever field you’ve chosen. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Can’t wait to meet MCW guests and other Class of 2017 members!
Check out my video: https://vimeo.com/63447511
Plug for the College of General Studies
Over the weekend I did an imitation project for my College of General Studies Humanities class. I chose to imitate the street artist Banksy. So with the great weather on Saturday I went outside with spray paint and a giant canvas and spent the day making art. It’s projects like this one that make the College of General Studies unique. Using this same artist I will write an essay for Social Science about how Banksy fits into historical and sociological context.
The college’s interdisciplinary work allows you to see all sides of something, whereas you wouldn’t if you took the classes separately in the College of Arts and Sciences. Our choice in topic was broad as well. We were allowed to choose any artist, writer, poet, director, etc. from any time period, obviously a lot to choose from. The College of General Studies wants its students to love what they’re studying, or at least my teachers. I haven’t once had to write a paper on something I thought was uninteresting or difficult, because we always choose our own topics! It really lets you enjoy the projects, the writing, and the college experience altogether.
Live at TD Garden: BU BEATS BC!
Why HELLO Ladies and Gentlemen,
It has been far too long; I have been to Auckland, Hong Kong, and a few other places around the world all with one goal in mind: getting back to your o so faithful readers. It is me Ryan! I know it has been a long time, but now I am back in Boston and I am ready to share some of my new adventures with all of you. Most notably, Boston University beating Boston College 6 to 3 at TD Garden!
This past Friday, a few friends and I ventured down to the North End to see the Terriers smash Boston College. Now, I don’t want to take away from the ferociousness of the game by insinuating that the Terriers won easily (which we could have if we had felt like it), but you see we had to warm up ourselves a bit before we could go in for the win.
At the very beginning the game was in Boston College’s favor, with them being ahead by two points at the midway point during the second period. However, BU then scored not only, but two quick goals to tie it. BU was not done here. Soon after, BU went on the offensive and scored an additional four times to BC’s one, making the score a beautiful 6 to 3.
All in all, it was an amazing game and it launched BU into the finals against UMass Lowell for Saturday. I hope to update you all soon on how that went and some future things I do at BU, but until then, I hope you all have a wonderful day and week!
This weekend, BU’s Programming Council presents SPF ‘13 (SPRING. PC. FRENZY. 2013). Last night, I attended a stand-up comedy show featuring Colin Jost and Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live. Let me tell you, it was one of the highlights of my BU experience so far.
Yeah, I went by myself. My friends bailed, but come on… It’s Seth Meyers! Definitely worth it! I got in line early to the pre-party at BU Central to be the first one hundred to score priority seating to the main event. I initially went just for that, but I was pleasantly surprised by BU’s talents. Hilarious comedy and improv groups performed, and the Dear Abbeys graced us with their amazing vocals.
After more waiting, PC finally escorted us to our front-row seats in the Metcalf Ballroom. I sat to the right in the first row — not too bad! One girl even offered me 20 dollars to switch seats with her, but I declined.
Colin Jost opened for Seth Meyers. I didn’t know who he was before the show, but he has gained a new fan. I just found out that he’s also a writer for SNL! Talented guy.
The man of the hour: Seth Meyers. As a huge SNL junkie, he’s the reason I attended. It was kind of weird seeing him in a hoodie and jeans because I’m so used to him wearing a suit and tie on “Weekend Update”. Nevertheless, he did not disappoint! My favorite part was when he read unaired “Update” bits.
I’m really grateful that BU gives us the opportunity to attend so many great events. Never before had I thought that I would be lucky enough to see Seth Meyers live since SNL tickets are so hard to come by. Thank you, BU.
- Lauren Vu
Last night, the Boston University College of General Studies hosted a very inspirational speaker. Her name is Benita Singh, she is successful female entrepreneur in the fashion and fabric industry. Benita is the CEO and co-founder of Source4Style, a fashion textile sourcing company. Benita spoke about being a female entrepreneur in destroyed the notion of a so called “glass ceiling”. She was very inspirational because she never wanted to be a businesswoman. She wanted to get her PHD in comparative literature but found her calling in fashion and business while writing her senior thesis in Brazil. Benita Singh is just one of the many distinguished and inspirational speakers and educators that come the Boston University.
Michael Montesi ‘16
When I was a Junior, I visited BU (along with other Boston schools) with my high school. The second I walked on campus, I knew it was the place where I was going to graduate from college.
Working on Common App and taking SAT/ACTs were stressful and because I was so secure on where I wanted to go, I took a leap of faith and decided to apply Early Decision. My application was due midnight on Halloween, so I worked hard to make sure I could indulge in the festivities and thankfully I was able to. The worst part about the application process was waiting to receive a reply.
I remember the day I got accepted like it was yesterday (sorry for the cliche, but it’s true). I was in Walmart when I received an e-mail that stated my admission letter was ready to view - I screamed in the shampoo aisle. I checked out what I was buying, I raced home, jumped on my laptop and opened the e-letter. I was in! I jumped up and down and almost broke my laptop in sheer excitement.
I was the first one of my friends to get into college, and I’m still one of the happiest at which school I went to. Hope the same for everyone else who’s starting to make their college decisions.
- Vince Calvi ‘16