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March 26

Congratulations to BU’s Class of 2016!

By Stacey Milton

You may have noticed that our blog has been a little quiet for the past few weeks. BU Admissions received a record number of applications this year – nearly 44,000 – and our staff was kept quite busy reviewing and selecting the students who have now been offered a place in BU’s Class of 2016. We are thrilled that the news is out and we can finally welcome all of you as future BU Terriers!

As you may have heard, this was the most competitive year to be applying to Boston University. We saw an increase in the number of applications, as well as an increase in the overall competition of the applicant pool. To add to this, we are also enrolling a slightly smaller freshman class. This made our job especially challenging, and for those of you offered a place in the class, we hope that you are as proud of yourselves as we are.

You are also a very interesting group! I know I can safely speak for my colleagues when I say that some of your extra-curricular activities and schedules are simply mind-boggling. I hope you spend some time on our Admitted Student site to learn some interesting facts about your future classmates. I am so impressed, and frankly a little exhausted, by all that you have done over the past four years.

We have truly enjoyed meeting and getting to know you over the past year or so – it’s hard to believe that we met some of you as sophomores! My colleagues and I look forward to seeing you in the weeks and months ahead as we embark on events both on and off-campus. If you can join us on campus for an Open House program, please do – it can be a wonderful opportunity to revisit why you decided to apply to BU in the first place. If you cannot come back to campus, we hope to see you at one of our many off-campus events, where you can meet with current students, faculty, and alumni.

Finally, as a very proud alumna of BU, I want to welcome you to the BU family. By accepting your place in BU’s Class of 2016, you will be joining a community of over 30,000 current students and more than 250,000 alumni. I  know that the tradition of academic excellence, intellectual curiosity and global engagement will continue with each and every one of you. You have an amazing ride ahead of you, and we are so excited that we get to share it with you.

Welcome to BU.

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 If you want to learn more about Hannah’s experiences abroad, check out her blog, where she chronicled her entire semester.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

December 19

Is it really cold in Boston?

By Lisa H.

I’m always surprised when I get this question on the road, especially because I primarily travel to the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, where the weather isn’t very different from here in Boston (and  I’m pretty sure that they’ve gotten more snow than us for the past two years). I understand it a bit more when I travel back to my hometown of Richmond, VA where even rumors of snow lead to hoarding of canned goods and a day off of school for 2 inches of snowfall.

So, to dispel any mysteries surrounding winters in Boston for those of you in warmer climates, I provide you with (in my opinion) the two most important characteristics of the coldest season of the year:

Winters here are long, rather than frigid. While we’ll likely have a few days that get particularly cold (think Minnesota, with temps regularly well below zero), winters here are much more temperate (we’re talking like 10-35 degrees) but the cold will start as early as October – like this year when we got our first snow Halloween weekend – and will go right on up until April.

Winters are unpredictable. One year we’ll get very little snow, and the next we’ll get this:


The snow here is one of the things that make Boston the charming city that it is in the winter, and I love watching the whole city turn white — this is the view from our office window looking out onto Commonwealth Ave last year:


But as much as I love the snow and winters here in Boston (I do love my seasons), I’m very grateful this holiday season for the days I get to enjoy the snow from the comfort of my own living room while working from home, and the week I’ll be spending in California before the worst of the winter really hits. But for when the snow does come, my best advice is to ignore all fashion and invest in a heavy winter coat and some waterproof snow boots.

Happy holidays, and stay warm!

December 15

What movie are we going to see this weekend?

By Stacey Milton

Coolidge Corner Theatre, located just off campus in nearby Brookline

Some of my favorite memories of being a student a BU include weekend outings to the movies with friends. Living in Myles Standish Hall, we were a ten minute walk from the theatre at Fenway. I couldn’t tell you how many weekends were spent corralling a group of five or more to see the new Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter (there was a new film in either series for each year I was a BU student — it was awesome).

As a high school student, I worked in a small, five-screen movie theatre in my hometown. I loved working behind the scenes as a projectionist, but often lamented that many of the films that I wanted to check out – mostly indie or foreign films – never made it to our little town. I was like a kid in a candy store when I found that in Boston I could see every film that I wanted to check out. I think I saw Amélie three times at the theatre in Copley. Alas, this particular theatre is now a Barneys.

I have no doubt that current students are still enjoying this movie-going tradition on the weekends. In fact, I was thrilled to come across this post from BU Culture Shock, the blog of BU’s Howard Thurman Center. Their recent post, “CULTS, CLASSICS AND REAL BUTTER” is a great guide to the many independent theatres in the Boston area. Film buffs, take notice. You’ll want to check these out for sure.

November 17

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Stacey Milton

Don’t forget, Boston University is closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday November 25 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is one of the many American traditions that international students get to experience for the first time while on campus. We  even have a Thanksgiving themed dinner in the dining hall before the break!

For those who have never celebrated the holiday and will remain on campus, there is a Thanksgiving Meal at Marsh Chapel at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day! All students, faculty and staff on campus during the holiday are welcome to attend.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Ann Corbett
International Student Advisor