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
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
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
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
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.