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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.

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.

Wednesday
November 30

BU hosts Global Urban Health Summit on campus

By Stacey Milton

We’ve met many students during our admissions travels who are interested in the areas of medicine and public health. Here is an interesting story from BU Today about a new global health initiative that is being led by Boston University:

“The future of public health is urban health. That was the consensus among researchers at the Global Urban Health Summit hosted by BU’s Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) October 28. Public health experts from universities in the United States and abroad explored strategies to meet the overwhelming health challenges of the urban poor, from New York City to the slums of New Delhi and Nairobi. The meeting, held at the Hotel Commonwealth, also marked the launch of BU’s Global Urban Health program, which will add new talent and an expanded research agenda to the center.”

You can check out the rest Susan Seligson’s article here.

Sunday
October 23

Applying Early Decision: A current BU freshman looks back on his application process

By Stacey Milton

John-Michael (left) & friends

John-Michael Sedor (COM'15), left, and friends

Hi there!

My name is John-Michael Sedor and I am from Philadelphia, PA. About a year ago, I started my senior year at the Westtown School and began the process of applying to college –  I had three schools in mind and BU was one of them. A friend of mine was at BU and this was one  reason I decided to apply. I’ve been interested in working in radio since I was a kid, and my friend happened to work at WTBU, Boston University’s radio station. I visited him early in the year and was able to take a tour of the school and the radio station. I loved everything about BU and Boston! Everyone I met was extremely nice and I felt very comfortable. After that visit I decided to apply Early Decision.

The main reasons I decided to go ED was because I loved the school, and a representative from BU mentioned that my chances of admission could be higher under ED (there are only about a thousand applicants, versus 39,000!). Applying ED meant that I would be one of the first students to hear where I might have a place for the fall. By mid-December I was notified that I had been admitted into BU’s College of Communication. I was thrilled, and it was a great feeling to know where I was going so early! This was also great for my senior year because I was finished with the stressful college process early, and did not have to balance that with all of my school work. It also felt awesome to know where I was headed while most of my friends were still wondering whether or not they would be admitted to their first-choice colleges.

Hanging out at Fenway Park

Hanging out at Fenway Park

Now I am a quarter of the way through my freshmen year and I am having an awesome time. I love my classes and there is so much to do in the city. To be honest, I was a little nervous about BU seemingly not having an “actual campus,” but I quickly found that’s not the case. Plus, all of the academic buildings (and classes) are on one main street: Commonwealth Avenue. BU does a great job of enabling new students to immediately become immersed in extra-curricular activities. I work with two radio shows at WTBU and am also a part of BUTV. Already as a freshman I have controlled a radio show and helped film an episode of Terrier Nation, a Boston University college sports show. I never imagined that I would be this involved so early. Also, Boston is an amazing city; it has so much to offer and it’s easy to get around.

Freshman John-Michael Sedor with Rhett, BU's mascot

With Rhett, BU's mascot

I am really glad that I applied to BU early decision and I am excited about my future here as a Terrier!

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.

Tuesday
October 4

To be, or not to be…applying Early Decision?

By Stacey Milton

Associate Director Jon Korhonen, regional rep for Southern FL

Associate Director Jon Korhonen, regional rep for Southern FL

Greetings prospective BU Students!

My name is Jon Korhonen, and I am the Associate Director for Early Decision at Boston University. My colleagues and I have met many of you already during our travels this year. It is always exciting to learn that BU is a #1 choice for so many seniors!

If you have decided that Boston University is your top choice, I would like to encourage you to consider being an Early Decision candidate for admission.  Last year we received about 42,000 applications for admission, and only about 1,000 of those were for Early Decision. This means that you have a unique opportunity to stand out and highlight your candidacy for admission within a smaller applicant pool.  We value a student’s demonstrated interest in BU, and Early Decision is certainly the best way to show that you are really excited about being a BU Terrier!

If you are applying Early Decision, please remember that both the application and the CSS Profile (if you are applying for need-based financial aid) are due on November 1. You will receive a decision letter and financial aid award by December 15.  As you may already know, Early Decision is a binding process, and is different from Early Action (which BU does not offer), therefore it is expected that admitted Early Decision students will enroll with our class next year (the enrollment deposit is due by January 15, 2012).

If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Best of luck to all of you, and I look forward to seeing your Early Decision application in a few weeks!

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!