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| Boston College has the ability to be the perfect school. It?s got an amazing campus, great professors, lots of programs to become involved in, and you?re right at the foot of a wonderful city. If you take the chances as a student, you can develop friendships that will last a lifetime, and make connections that will aid you in future endeavors.|
That being said, you must be an ambitious student in order to do well and have a good experience at Boston College. It is a place where you must work hard both socially and academically, lest your experience be marred by poor decisions and an unwelcoming atmosphere.
Let me start with the academics. The core curriculum can seem like a negative to a lot of students, but in all honesty, if you find the right professors, you can have a blast and learn a lot of interesting things. Granted, I took a few courses that were boring and seemed unessential to my education, but I wasn?t dissatisfied with the overall quality of these courses. Unfortunately, if you do not actively seek out the best courses, you?re going to have an awful time with some pretty terrible faculty.
If you want to be successful in your major, you must seek out the opportunities early. I did not find that the general population at was overly competitive, but the above-average students were downright scary when it came to wanting to get ahead. Unfortunately, you will be passed by the wayside and favoritism will be showed to students who have been there since the beginning?after all, they have been putting in the most hours, right? My advice: speak up in class when professors ask questions, and visit office hours! It?s a much needed skill in life to be able to form a connection to your superiors, AND my letters of recommendation came much easier because my professors knew who I had been in their classes.
This is where academics and social life meet a crossroads. A lot of information about activities at BC will come through word of mouth. If you don?t hear about an opportunity right away, most chances are you never will. And God help you if you want to join an established clique (i.e. student government, orientation leaders, research within a department, etc.) and didn?t hear about it right away. Students here can be very resistant to change, almost to the point that they fear the unknown. Boston College students like to have everything appear perfect (I?ve seen the phrase cookie-cutter used), and when it?s not, they get upset.
When it comes to social life, Boston College has plenty of parties every weekend, as well as other social events. If you don?t drink, I can?t imagine that you?ll be too comfortable here, but there are subcultures on campus that do other things. Again, you must work to find them, as they don?t appear readily obvious. I do believe BC students are open about mingling with others?parties are generally a wide array of social groups, and the beer is usually free (but this is mostly due to the upper-middle-class of the school not caring so much about the price tag). Students are an affable bunch, though the dress is a little homogenous.
I loved the social scene and actively took part in it? I had a few different groups of friends, and I definitely subscribed to the ?work hard, play hard? mentality of the general population. People can be generally warm and inviting if you let them be?though sometimes you can feel as though certain relationships are a little superficial.
I never had a problem when it came to race or sexual orientation issues. I think sometimes students create issues themselves because they are angry about the apathy of the general student body, and more about the attitudes of the administration. It?s not that there are a lot of racist or homophobic students on campus; instead, most students simply don?t care enough about the issues (hence the reason a lot of student don?t think race here is an issue? they simply don?t think about it). Service groups can come across as superficial as well? ?White guilt? is an ongoing joke at BC, and a pretty sensitive issue.
There are PLENTY of things to get involved with at BC, whether it be volunteer programs, retreats, work study, academic research, or social clubs? but again, I stress your experience at Boston College will only be positive if you are a hard working, ambitious individual with a thick skin. I loved my four years at Boston College, and I felt that the experience taught as much about myself as I had learned academically, which I believe is the cornerstone to a good undergraduate education.
|Jul 27 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| Boston College is life changing. The school is challenging academically, socially and spiritually. I have made lasting friendships and my professors and I will continue to stay in contact for years to come. A word to the wise: don't believe all of the hype about BC's "prepster" crowd or about the "lack of diversity here." Just because we wear polo shirts does not mean we are all dripping in wealth and attended private Catholic boarding schools. I went to Catholic school, but I worked all 4 years at BC to help fund my education. You'll be hard pressed to find a top-tier school without an abundance of wealthy students. As for diversity, consider this: the national percentage of what Boston College calls AHANA students (students who are African, Hispanic, Asian or Native American) is right around 30%. Boston College mirrors that national average. BC is well worth the investment. Work hard, get involved, explore all the opportunities for fun (which far exceed just parties and "drinking" on Fridays), go into Boston, study abroad, do research in your major...this is advice I would give to all new BC students. If you're not happy here, I'm guessing you're a rather difficult person to please. |
|Jul 15 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2010 |
I came to BC because of the financial aid package they offered me. Within the first few weeks, I knew I had made a huge mistake. I am planning to transfer out as soon as possible.|
If you are science/math major, BC is a wrong choice. There is very little/ no opportunities for research. Although Bio and chem departments are somewhat good, physics and math departments are two of the worst among Boston area schools.
If you are a business/econ major, BC is where you want to be.
There is a HUGE degree of censorship - there is no freedom of speech and expression which the administration has admitted to enforcing. The administration has actively cracked down on people who speak out against the university. It influences what can/cannot be learned at BC and it shows as there is a lack of majors/minors. Even certain plays cannot be performed there and extracurricular activities must be cleansed of anything they nefariously deem "bad". There is also a lack of culture on campus although BC is trying to improve in this section by accepting more and more minority students. But,if you're looking for community and traditions look elsewhere.
Most of the students at BC are ignorant kids who are concerned with drinking, partying, and football. Any sort of personal diversity isn't welcome. Most of the kids are facebook, watching some sort of sports on doing something else in class. No wonder BC academics scores only 87 according to Princeton review.
In terms of the professors; most of them seemed to be more concerned with their researches than the students. Four out of my five professors were unavailable most of the time out of their office hours. You are bogged down by a laughably large core curriculum you have to fill before you even start your major, a core which lasts well into your junior year - essentially; it's a glorified high school. The administration is completely out of touch with the student body and reality. There were movements to try and fix things at BC within the student body, but realistically, it can't happen because it is ingrained in the constitution of the institution the ways it operates to this day.
In terms of Internship- If you are A&S student, expect no internship or any job help from BC Career center. If you are CSOM student, you will get all type of help to get internships and jobs.
Overall, BC sweeps things under the rug and cheat and dupe prospective students into attending. They wasted my time and I can't wait to transfer out of this place.
|Apr 22 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |