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Tuesday
November 6

Figuring Out Your Path as an International Applicant

By caitfair

The BU Admissions team has been travelling across the United States and the globe to meet students who are interested in studying at Boston University. Our International Team set out in September and October to bring a little bit of Boston abroad. Caitlin Fairfield, an Assistant Director of International Admissions, met with students in Europe through college fairs and high school visits.

Caitlin Fairfield

Caitlin Fairfield at CIS Geneva College Night

Having been an international student myself, I have a profound sense of admiration for those who chose to pursue their undergraduate degree abroad.

Bravely, all freshmen coming to Boston University start a new chapter, a new leaf, a new life, and a new set of friends. International students do all of this, sometimes in a new language, a new culture, a new style of education. As an international student, there are always many questions about the ins-and-outs of college life that are not so different than American freshmen: Where to go? What to eat? How far is the closest burger place? And for international students, the questions of student visas and TOEFL scores are thrown into the mix. Or maybe simply why American kids wear bright sneakers instead of shiny, pointy shoes. It’s a lot to grasp. Keep in mind, there are always resources (like the International Admissions office) to help you with practical and cultural queries, all along the way.

In my travels, I was fortunate to meet students from all across the globe in places like London, England, Paris, France, Brussels, Belgium, Madrid, Spain, Zurich, Geneva, and throughout Germany and the Czech Republic. Many students had questions about curriculum changes (like transitioning from IB curriculum to the American system), living arrangements, and food choices for students.

First, let me tell you, if you are on an international curriculum, you will be a wonderful fit for Boston University. The kind of preparation you receive from the IB, French Baccalaureate, or German Abitur is one that will prepare you well for the challenging work at BU. Our flexible academic structure and liberal arts based curriculum fused with professional studies allows students to explore their preferred area of study, while growing in personal experiences, and keeping an open mind. At BU, we like to think big, we like to see the whole picture.

The Swiss Alps

BU traveling through the Swiss Alps

As far as the other two concerns of housing and food, all Boston University students are guaranteed all four years, and the dining services here may even rival your local patisserie. All the basics (like your new favorite place to study overlooking Kenmore Square) are covered!

So, relax. Focus on your strengths, and where you would like to go with BU. As international students, you are already adventurers, and this is your big moment with your own American Dream. You are equipped to take on the challenge of American education, and just like they say, the American folks are pretty friendly, and ready to make life-long friends from all around the world.

 

 

 

Wednesday
October 26

Warm Reception, Cool Day

By Jonathan

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes are on the menu, haunted houses seem to be on every corner, and I hear from friends back east that leaves are beginning to change colors. Fall is in the air! However, I travel to sunny, southern California to visit high schools and attend college fairs during the fall. I am one of the few people on our staff who packs a swim suit and lays out on the beach for a little bit over the weekend.  It’s fabulous!

Last week, I woke up to a cloudy, rainy and cool California. Where did the “never-ending” summer go? It appeared my weather was similar to that which my friends had been Tweeting and Facebooking about for some time on the east coast.  At my first high school visit of the day, I was greeted by this sign:

Whitney High School

This instantly put a smile on my face as I raced toward the door in the rain (I didn’t even think to pack an umbrella for southern California) and was greeted by a student at the front gate, who happily shared her umbrella with me as we walked to the Career Center.  Inside, I found a room full of eager and excited, future Terriers.  We had a wonderful conversation about BU and the admissions process, and none of the students were shy about asking questions.  This is why I love my job! No matter the day, no matter the location, no matter the weather, I have the privilege to meet with many amazing students.

Sunset

In true California fashion, the weather cleared and I watched a beautiful sunset over the Pacific before attending a college fair that evening.  Whether you met me at the fair last week, or you meet one of my colleagues across the country, know that our energy and enthusiasm comes not only from working at such an amazing place, but from having the chance to get to know you. Come say hello!

Tuesday
October 18

The leaves are changing! Here’s what’s happening around Boston this season

By Stacey Milton

Lake Wannapowitt in Wakefield, MA, courtesy of our own Rachel Boyle.

Lake Wannapowitt in Wakefield, MA, courtesy of our own Rachel Boyle.

Boston University has students from all over the country, and all over the world. With that said, whether you are from Los Angeles, Chicago, or Mumbai – or even from right here on the East Coast – it’s hard not to love Boston in the fall. The leaves are changing, the air is cool and crisp, and the sweaters are coming out. We are right in the midst of my favorite season, and there is so much to take advantage of as a student in the Boston area this time of year! Many students take it upon themselves to head out and find fun ways to spend a crisp October day, but you will also find that Resident Assistants and student groups often organize some pretty awesome day trips around the Boston area.

Here are just a few of the things you could look forward to!

Check out the beautiful fall foliage at the Arnold Arboretum – you don’t even need to leave the city! Take a tour of the “marvelous maples”, or learn about autumn fruits. Even better, it’s only a short T ride from campus.

Chill out with the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. This annual event is generally scheduled toward the end of September along Columbus Avenue in downtown Boston. Listen to some great tunes, eat delicious food from all over the world and even check out the “instrument petting zoo”!

Spend a day at the Harvard Square Oktoberfest. You can take a hot air balloon ride over Cambridge! Among other activities, there is a parade, lots of arts and crafts, tasty fall food, and several music stages.

Take a Halloween Haunted Beacon Hill Tour! Learn some fun history, hear some ghost stories, and spend a night walking around one of Boston’s most beautiful areas.

And…one cannot miss a trip up to historic Salem, MA for some Haunted Happenings! You’ll find haunted cruises and ghost tours by trolley and candlelight. Home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials (there’s even a museum!) this is a wonderfully spooky way to spend an October day.

Saturday
October 8

From the Alamo to Plymouth Rock to Mexico City – our staff is covering the globe!

By Stacey Milton

Here are few pictures sent in by our staff this week. As you can see, we’re not spending too much time in Boston these days!

Thanks to Stephanie, Zoe and Duffy for sharing their photos from the road. Safe travels out there!

View of the Auditorio Nacional in Parque Chapultepec.

View of the Auditorio Nacional in Parque Chapultepec.

Stephanie Gonzalez snapped this shot while visiting Plymouth, MA.

Stephanie Gonzalez snapped this shot while visiting Plymouth, MA.

Zoe Winkler, our Texas rep, was joined by Assistant Director Jeff Williams and current student, Dexter, at the Alamo.

Zoe Winkler, our Texas rep, was joined by Assistant Director Jeff Williams and current student, Dexter, at the Alamo.

Sunday
October 2

BU in Racine, Wisconsin

By Stacey Milton

Wind Point Lighthouse in Racine, WI

Wind Point Lighthouse in Racine, WI

Thanks to Dan Casseley, our regional Assistant Director for the parts of the Mid-West, for sharing this photo from Wisconsin! We love that old school BU binder you’re rocking, Dan.

Minnesotans: Dan will be visiting high schools around the Twin Cities this week, so be on the lookout!

Thursday
September 29

Travel Highlights: Boston, MA

By Stacey Milton

I am early in my travels throughout Boston, and last week I was thrilled to see just how much enthusiasm and excitement students have for BU! I visited Boston Latin Academy where I met about 50 excited students ready and waiting to hear me talk about all things BU.  In less than an hour we covered everything from academics to study abroad and everything in between. My favorite part of any high school visit is the time for Q & A. I feel like students walk away with a feeling of comfort knowing that the admissions process doesn’t have to be as scary as it can sometimes seem. Plus, I love sharing the many ways in which BU is a really cool place filled with amazing possibilities.

In case you’re ever at a loss for what to ask when either I, or one of my colleagues, is visiting your high school, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Why should I apply to Boston University?
  • How can BU connect me to the city of Boston?
  • When can I study abroad and where?
  • How can I decide if Early Decision is right for me?
  • What kind of workload should I expect as a freshman?
  • Do you really read my essay?

Phebe & Sarah Z. after a visit to Boston Latin Academy

Phebe & Sarah Z. after a visit to Boston Latin Academy

Stay tuned for more travel highlights!

Phebe

Monday
September 26

We love meeting proud BU Parents!

By Stacey Milton

Talk about Terrier Pride!

Talk about Terrier Pride!

Fran Festa, mother of Kate, a current student in our Sargent College, came to our Farmington, CT reception to meet and greet prospective students and families. We love that she was proudly wearing her daughter’s Dean’s Host jacket. Thanks for sharing, Fran!

Saturday
September 24

Hangin’ out in Somerset, NJ

By Stacey Milton

We met some pretty great students in Somerset, NJ last week. Thanks to everyone who came out! A special thank you to Bridget, who took some time out of her busy student schedule to join us. Southern and Central NJ students: keep an eye out for Liam! He’ll be visiting schools in your area over the next several weeks.

Bridget Burgoyne (CAS'13), Lauren Vildostegui, Andrea Chivakos and Liam McCartney, ready to meet prospective students in Somerset, NJ.

Bridget Burgoyne (CAS'13), Lauren Vildostegui, Andrea Chivakos and Liam McCartney, ready to meet prospective students in Somerset, NJ.

Sunday
September 18

Pirates at Penn’s Landing?

By Stacey Milton

Arrrgh! Andrea met some friendly pirates at Penn's Landing

Arrrgh! Andrea met some friendly pirates at Penn's Landing

Assistant Director Andrea Chivakos encountered some pirates at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia today before our admissions reception. Just a typical day in the life of a BU Admissions counselor. Many thanks to Andrea for taking some time out of her travels in Western NY and Southeastern MA to join us here in PA — and for sharing this awesome picture.

Now we’re off to Somerset, NJ….see you tomorrow night!

Sunday
September 18

Good morning, Philadelphia!

By Stacey Milton

It’s a beautiful day here in Philadelphia, PA. Looking forward to our afternoon reception to meet prospective BU students. Come by the Hyatt Penn’s Landing at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about BU, the admissions process, and to hear from Bridget, a current BU junior and Philadelphia native. Hope to see you soon!Philly Love