Boston College - Comments and Student Experiences|
Given the stuffy Catholic nature of the school, I offer ten commandments for enjoying your four years:
1. Be white, rich, and straight.
2. Be Catholic, but not so Catholic that you actually go to mass or understand the belief system you adhere to. Only Catholic enough to be ignorant towards other religious (or non-religious) stances.
3. Be unable to get into your first choice of school. Be prepared to hear everyone's interesting complaints about not getting into Harvard, etc.
4. Abstain. Given the moral superiority of this righteous institution, no condoms shall be handed out, and no birth control prescriptions shall be filled. However, if one is a sinful pre-marital sex-doer, Planned Pregnancy is just a few T stops down the B-line.
5. Be from an all boy or all girl Catholic prep high school. After all, if you aren't born intelligent, daddy's dollars will ensure you are tutored to at least think you are brilliant.
6. While in high school, remain sheltered. Most kids will show up to orientation with almost no idea what alcohol is. Of course, one semester of Facebook pictures taken at parties shall help you look pretty cool.
7. With one semester of really cool awesome great parties under your belt, immediately begin bragging about how cool college is, how much you drink, and how many people you hooked up with.
8. Only wear Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, Polo, Lululemon, and North Face. We have a dress code around here called "look as boring, white, and homogenous as possible". There shall be no diversity of clothing. On second thought, there shall be no diversity of anything.
9. One must not actually learn at BC. Only learn how to memorize tons of material and promptly vomit that information word for word onto an exam.
10. Mommy and daddy say yee shall not leave campus. It is a sin to leave the utopia of BC's spotless campus, where everything is safe and predictable, with butterflies fluttering about. It shall be a sin to venture past Cleveland Circle, thus what is called "the BC bubble". Bubble mentality ought also apply to your friend groups. No new friends past day two of orientation. Call these bubbles, "cliques".
If you read all 10 of those, thanks. In all seriousness, BC is not a place that will open your mind, help you learn to think for yourself, or educate you to be a citizen of the world. I do not mean to offend anyone, but I find the kids who enjoy BC the most come from very sheltered, white, catholic, privileged upbringings. In a liberal city full of great institutions, it's sad to find BC refusing to take steps to modernize its policies on gay rights, birth control, etc. It's not a terrible place to get an undergraduate education, but just know what you are getting yourself into. If you hop around like a pastel-clad Vineyard Vines bunny, went to Saint "something" Prep High School, and live in a hole on Nantucket, you will likely love your experience. If not, look for a school that lives in the 21st century. Amen.