Boston College. What can I say about you?
Let's start at the beginning.
Freshman year: if
you're a guy, plan on either having a freshman party
in your room or getting kicked out of any upperclassman
party i.e. the Mods (senior housing). Girls, on the
other hand, can pretty much get in anywhere, assuming you're
halfway decent looking. And fortunately, most girls at BC
are. Let's face it, if you come to BC
and dont drink, you'll be a bit lost. But
this is how it is at EVERY school, outside of
BYU. Even though it is illegal, the kids still
do it. And i'm sure if your parents knew
how much alcohol gets comsumed per weekend they would pass
out. Even getting written up with an alc violation
is like a right of passage. I enjoyed my
freshman year, but it didnt contain nearly as many big
blowout parties that I thought would happen every night in
college. The work was fairly easy overall
I promist, things get better. You're circle of
friends grows. If youre in the 75% who gets
to live on Lower Campus you're life has improved dramatically.
Don't let anyone tell you different: if you get
stuck living on College Road you're life will be just
like senior year. Except that now you can actually
get into parties in Walsh where you're friends live.
The schoolwork actually starts to get hard during year 2.
Not impossible, but you have to start putting in
real work. At least I had to in the
Carroll School of Management. A&S is pretty easy all
the way through, depending on the major.
Year: Things get immeasurably better. Especially if you
turn 21 early in the year. But even if
you dont things are more fun. You can throw
real parties in your off-campus residence. You know
more people. Freshman girls look up to you.
They travel in packs, so if you know one, hopefully
they bring their 20 hot friends along to hang out
too. The classes start to get much harder, at
least in CSOM. You have to really put in
the work and study to keep your grades up. And
kids in the business school work really hard to get
those great jobs on Wall Street, so you best keep
that GPA above a 3.6 at least to get some
good interviews. Internship hunting can be stressful. Everyone
talks about it. The interviews themselves can be really
tough. After all, you're paying 50k a year to
go to this school, and unless you get a good
job out of school it was totally pointless. You
can go to a lesser school, drink everyday, and have
a 4.0. We study business at BC to get
a high flying job, end of story. All the
good financial firms recruit here. Try and get a
job with them, they're great places to start a career.
To be blunt, if youre beginning job out of
school doesn't pay at least 60k a year to start
you wasted your money by paying for BC. Prepare
to work for it, but if you work hard and
do well in interviews, you can have a very nice
job right out of school.