Monday
January 30

London Calling: A PR major’s adventures across the pond

By Stacey Milton

Welcome to our first installment of a series on studying abroad. Through this week and next we will be introducing you to several BU students who studied overseas last semester, as well as showcasing some interesting and unique study abroad opportunities available here at Boston University.

Cheers! My name is Hannah, and I am a junior in BU’s College of Communication, majoring in Public Relations, with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies.

Enjoying high tea in London

Enjoying high tea in London

Many of you reading this are contemplating a pretty important transition: the move from high school to college. This past September I made a big move myself, from Boston, Massachusetts, to London, England. I spent the past Fall semester studying, exploring, and interning in one of the most metropolitan, international cities in the world.

With roommate Tara, and some classic phonebooths

With roommate Tara, and some classic phonebooths

Spending a semester in London was an amazing opportunity! Field trips took on a whole new meaning when my entire history class went to the center of London to walk in the steps of the suffragettes who campaigned for women’s right to vote outside of Parliament. My Literature of Shakespeare class took advantage of our phenomenal location and visited the Globe Theater for an acting workshop.

With friends Steph (CAS'12) and Jessica overlooking the Thames

With friends Steph (CAS'12) and Jessica overlooking the Thames

One of the best parts of my semester abroad, and one of the main reasons I chose to study in London, was the opportunity to intern at a public relations agency. For the last two thirds of the semester I spent four days a week working at one of the largest PR agencies in the world: Weber Shandwick. Through this experience I learned a few things. First, English people do actually drink a lot of tea, and often make tea for each other as a gesture of kindness. I also learned that they swear a lot more than American’s (the accents might sound posh — but English people can also be incredibly crude!).

Taking in the view in Florence, Italy

Taking in the view in Florence, Italy

Beyond my anthropological observations regarding the English people, I learned a lot about my chosen profession – public relations. I was given real work to do as an intern in the the branded content division, pursuing different opportunities that brought brands and films or TV shows together. Part of my job was even watching the TV shows (on fast forward) to monitor how often our client’s products were featured on screen. I also had the chance to write a business proposal which was sent to various major corporations, asking them to consider sponsoring the production of a feature film.

Molly (COM'12) and I in Dublin, Ireland

Molly (COM'12) and I in Dublin, Ireland

My semester in London wasn’t solely spent behind a desk. A typical weekend meant heading to one of London’s numerous markets to shop followed by a cheap curry lunch and a trip to a museum (many of the museum’s in London are free!), and later enjoying a pint of cider in a local pub. Although, I’d say it’s hard to call any weekend abroad “typical.” More often than not you could find me grabbing a plane to Barcelona, Dublin, or Brussels — just a few of the cities I had a chance to visit! I’ve relaxed in the thermal baths of Budapest and eaten pizza in the center of Rome. I’ve visited DaVinci’s Mona Lisa in Paris and Picasso’s Guernica in Madrid. Traveling in Europe exposed me to so many different places, people, and cultures, and I tried my best to to take full advantage of the small window of time overseas.

Visiting the Louvre with Dani (CFA'13) while in Paris

Visiting the Louvre with Dani (CFA'13) while in Paris

My semester in London was one of the most challenging, rewarding, and enriching periods of my life. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to pursue some of the things I love doing, which I now know to be traveling as well as working within the PR industry. While BU may be my home away from home I think London will have a soft spot in my heart from now on as well.

Hannah_ParisHannah is a Junior in the College of Communication majoring in public relations and minoring in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Originally from Ambler, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia), Hannah is involved with the Community Service Center and the Public Relations Student Society of America. She’s also a huge fan of brunch and most trashy television shows. Feel free to email her with any questions at hfree13@bu.edu. If you want to learn more about Hannah’s experiences abroad, check out her blog, where she chronicled her entire semester.

Thursday
January 26

The Weekender

By kede

10-2962-ROCKCLIMB-030You’ve probably already read or heard a lot about what life inside the classroom might be like at BU. But what would your weekends look like while living along Comm. Ave?

BU Today (a daily publication that you should definitely follow as you await decisions or prepare to come to campus) recently began offering the Weekender, a weekly listing that will run each Thursday of area happenings both on and off campus. It’s a great way to get a sense of all the hilarious, silly, interesting, funny, and thought-provoking things happening just steps from the dorm rooms on campus.

Where else can you see Claire Danes accept the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award, go rock climbing and check out the “A Day in Pompeii” exhibit at the Museum of Science – all in one weekend?! Many of these events are annual favorites among current BU students.

Go ahead, read The Weekender: January 26 – 29 and follow them on Twitter (@butoday) while you’re there. It’s the best way to get in touch with life at BU (besides visiting campus in person).

Wednesday
January 18

BU alumnae taking over Tinseltown

By Stacey Milton

CBS President Nina Tassler (CFA’79). Bonnie Hammer (COM’71, SED’75), chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Nancy Dubuc (COM’91), president of History Channel and Lifetime Network. Photos courtesy of the alumnae

I met and befriended some pretty amazing people during my time as a BU student; individuals who I knew would be wildly successful in their chosen professions. Some of these friends are now doctors, lawyers, environmentalists, filmmakers and more.

So, it is no surprise to me that three of BU’s most successful female graduates were recently ranked in the top 10 of Hollywood Reporter’s 2011 Women in Entertainment Power 100 list. Find out more about these impressive women who have risen to the top of the entertainment industry by checking out the full BU Today story here.

Tuesday
January 17

Dr. King would be proud

By kede

Speaking of alumnus Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I would venture to say he’d be very proud of the incredible work done by BU’s Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB). This group of bright and ambitious students are helping to ensure diversity on campus at BU by actively recruiting new students from multicultural communities. They belive that a diverse community creates a better education, inside and outside the classroom.

And they’re having a lot of fun along the way. Check out their student-run blog which highlights some of their incredible experiences together here at BU – from studying abroad in Italy to attending an International Healthcare Gala.

If you have any questions on how you might fit in at BU, don’t be shy! Feel free to ask any of them questions on the diverse opportunities offered at BU by emailing asdb@bu.edu.

About ASDB: The Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB) helps keep us one of America’s most diverse centers of learning by actively recruiting from multicultural communities. This student organization works with Admissions to increase enrollment and enrich the experience of African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Native American students at BU.

Friday
January 13

Celebrating MLK Day at BU

By Stacey Milton

Martin Luther King Jr. Free at Last sculpture, Marsh Plaza, Boston University

Students leave flowers and notes at the base of the Free at Last sculpture honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59) on Marsh Plaza in 2009. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. earned his doctorate right here at BU?

Dr. King, certainly our most famous alumnus, received his degree from our School of Theology, and in doing so, left an indelible mark on the ethos of Boston University. During his time here, Dr. King was mentored by Howard Thurman, the first black dean at a predominantly white university; Thurman became dean of Marsh Chapel in 1953 and was influential in shaping Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence.

BU remains committed to both Dr. King and Howard Thurman’s views of social justice and inclusion. Thurman’s own Common Ground philosophy – that all people can find some point of connection with one another — is at the core of our multicultural center on campus, BU’s Howard Thurman Center.

To learn about all of the ways that BU is celebrating Dr. King’s birthday here on campus, check out BU Today‘s comprehensive coverage of events, as well as the history of this impressive figure.


Wednesday
January 11

Gourmet grilled cheese, cupcakes & banh mi…who’s ready for lunch?

By Stacey Milton

Food trucks have been popping up all over Boston recently, and many have landed right on our campus. They are perfect for a quick, cheap bite between classes, or simply a delicious option for lunch (or breakfast, or dinner!). I can vouch for the delicious sandwiches from Clover and the to-die-for grilled cheese offered by Roxy’s, and I’ve made it a New Year’s resolution to try the rest.

Check out the awesome feature that BU Today did on these mobile purveyors of tasty culinary treats, including where and when you can find them on our campus. If you’re planning a visit to campus sometime soon, be sure to save some time (and room in your belly) to check them out!

Tuesday
January 10

The life-cycle of a BU application

By Stacey Milton

Although campus is still relatively quiet, and classes won’t begin for another week, there is a lot of activity happening here in the BU Admissions office. Over the next couple months, our staff will read and review over 40,000 applications for the Class of 2016. So how do we do it?

Well, there is a lot of coffee involved (and luckily, a Starbucks and a Panera across the street). This time of year, we spend most every day reading applications, sometimes in the office; sometimes at home (which makes my cat very happy). In fact, there’s a pretty good chance your application could be initially reviewed by someone sitting at home in their pajamas!

When we receive an application from the Common App, it is  uploaded into our system, where it is then matched with all other required forms – recommendation letters, transcripts, school reports – and any test scores that we may have received. Eventually, these are all matched together with a student’s name, and a University ID is issued to the file.

Once a file is complete, it enters our online reading system so that we can begin the review process. As you may already know, BU Admissions reads regionally, and so we each tend to focus on our own state, or states, initially. I work specifically with PA and DE, and I’m thrilled to see the names of students that I remember meeting this past fall while visiting high schools in my region. We also read for all nine undergraduate schools and colleges.

After an initial review has been completed, a few things can happen. A decision may be recommended and the file will be looked at in committee, where several members of the board of admissions will discuss the applicant and come to a final decision. Or, if an applicant is clearly a strong candidate for admission, we may be able to make a final decision and move along to the next. With each file we review, we also may be considering an applicant for a scholarship or our highly selective Kilachand Honors College. Applicants to our College of Fine Arts receive an initial academic review and are also discussed in committee once an artistic evaluation (based on a portfolio or audition) is completed.

The process of reviewing applications is often referred to as an “art, rather than a science.” This is especially true for BU Admissions, where our applicant pool is predominantly made up of academically impressive students. Thus, we are attempting to build a class of individuals who will not only thrive as BU students, but who will truly enjoy their experience, and who really want to be here. We are thinking, “Would this student contribute to the classroom discussion?” or “Would they get involved with an a cappella group, the Community Service Center, or take advantage of research opportunities?” and one of my favorites, “Would you want this student as your roommate?

Believe it or not, it’s also a lot of fun, which makes the long days and slight eye twitch bearable. My colleagues and I look forward to reading many, many more applications over the next couple months as we complete the class. And we all look forward to April, when we get to leave our offices, rejoin the world and meet all of the wonderful students who have been offered a place in BU’s Class of 2016!

Thursday
December 22

Application deadline extended!

By jckeller

Application deadline extended to January 3, 2012

You’ve got an extra two days to get your applications in—we are extending the deadline for freshman applications to January 3, 2012!

And now we are signing off for the holidays; the BU Admissions office will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 23. If you have any questions, please call us before then. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on January 3, 2012.

Happy holidays, and see you in the new year!

Thursday
December 22

Sounds of the season, from one of BU’s many a cappella groups

By Stacey Milton

Check out BU Today’s series of a cappella performances from The Castle (one our most historic, and beautiful, buildings). Who knows, maybe you’ll be singing with them this time next year!

Wednesday
December 21

Congratulations to the first members of BU’s Class of 2016!

By kede

Last week was the week so many students who applied Early Admission were painfully waiting for. On behalf of the entire admissions team, we want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the newest members of the Class of 2016. You worked hard, and earned your spot as a BU Terrier. Below are couple of our favorite comments that new students shared with us on Facebook and Twitter.

@mollwass: OFFICIALLY A TERRIER. CANT BREATHE @BU_Tweets @ApplyToBU BU ’16!!!!

@MarcyTanner: My daughter got into #BostonUniversity!! w00t!