Esra: Fitting in Last Minute Activities

Less than three weeks of classes left and it’s hitting you that the school year is almost over. For most, it’s a very bittersweet time. So how can you make the most of it before finals? There are so many fun events constantly going on around campus, especially this time of year when the weather is finally getting warmer.

Kappa Delta’s Smart Cookie

Join Kappa Delta in their spring philanthropy event on April 13 at 7:00pm in Metcalf. The event pairs members of different BU organizations together to compete in a trivia competition using questions from an Eastern Massachusetts Girl Scouts troop. Additionally, sisters will be selling Girl Scout cookies at the event!

Alpha Phi’s Ivy Man

The sisters of Alpha Phi are hosting their annual Ivy Man Male Beauty Pageant on April 15 at 7:30pm in Metcalf. All proceeds go to the Alpha Phi Foundation supporting women’s heart health.

Boston University Relay For Life

April 18-19 will be BU’s seventh annual Relay For Life event. Sign up, donate, and enjoy some live music, a dodge-ball tournament, Zumba, and other activities while you fight the battle against cancer! Get ready for an awesome night at the Track and Tennis Center!

BU Treblemakers Spring Concert

One of BU’s co-ed a cappella groups is having a spring concert on April 19 at 7:00pm in the Photonics Center, Room 206. The “Treble in Paradise” concert is embracing the upcoming warm weather and it will be a great time!

COMapolooza

Stop by the COM Lawn on April 29 from 3:00-5:00pm and enjoy all sorts of baked goods! COM student groups will be competing at this annual bake off. Money raised will be benefiting the Katie Bleck Foundation.

Kate: Where To Get the Most Important Meal of the Day at BU

You know that saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Well while it might be true, I’ve never been one to live by this motto.  Until recently.

I’ve always been part of the camp that would rather sleep an extra 15 minutes than make a bowl of cereal.  But when I started working out with a trainer at the BU Fitness & Recreation Center, she basically told me we would have to stop working together if I didn’t start eating breakfast.  So here I am, trying to navigate my first meal options for the first time as senior in college.  I know, the most responsible.  The one advantage: I can share with you all the best places on campus to grab the most important meal of your day.

Pavement Coffee House. Previously known as Espresso Royale, Pavement owns the bagel sandwich game here on campus.  Not only do they have a variety of decently healthy options and extra fresh bagels, they also house a wonderful study space on campus that is frequently packed with students.  Go-to order: Sunrise Sandwich with sausage on a multi-grain bagel. 

Starbucks. I’m not gonna lie, coffee for breakfast is not uncommon in the college student world.  However, with the recent transition of the five (yes, five) on-campus Starbucks to the La Boulange bakery options, there are a variety of favorites that can now be heated up for your enjoyment. Go-to order: Grande iced coffee with whole milk & blueberry scone with butter.

T. Anthony’s. For those students from the tri-state area who are used to greasy diners, T. Anthony’s is the place for you.  It is also a favorite of mine for weekend morning feasts.  They have all the bases covered for those who enjoy the stacked omelette, the breakfast sandwich, and the syrup-topped specialties.  Go-to order: T’s Big Breakfast – french toast, two fried eggs, home fries, bacon, & coffee.  

Eastern Standard. ES is a big favorite among students when parent’s come to visit.  A little more expensive than the other options on this list, ES is unqiue for having an early morning breakfast option (you can thank their attachment to the Hotel Commonwealth for that) in addition to a brunch menu.  Go-to order: Breakfast Breads & Buttermilk Pancackes with Blueberry Syrup

Dining Hall. A very necessary addition to this list, the on-campus dining halls are the mecca of breakfast for the underclassman still on the meal plan diet.  With unlimited options like cereal, waffles, omelettes, and pastries, how could you go wrong? As a senior, I am always open to the gift of a guest meal by a lower classman (wink, wink). Go-to order: Waffle with a side of pizza (while you wait in line for the waffle machine more commonly known as line pizza) and bacon. 

This is obviously not an exhustive list and I’m sure I’ve missed some crowd favorites (Einstien’s and Brugers to name some honorable mentions) but just a few of my favorites.  Keep COM & Eat Breakfast.

Donald: How To Not Be Socially Awkward On Campus

For an aspiring publicist, I’m a pretty awkward guy. However, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to avoiding as many awkward social interactions as possible here at BU. Here’s a few that might help you out:

  • Take the stairs as often as possible. It’s a proven fact that elevator rides are extremely awkward 99% of the time.
  • Try to leave your dorm before the class change time. Here on campus, classes are let out 10 minutes before each hour and a massive crowd of students takes over Commonwealth Avenue heading to their next class. In order to avoid the huge crowd (and the huge potential for awkward social interactions), leave your dorm a little bit earlier.
  • Always wear headphones while walking to class. That way you look busy and people will be less likely to come up and talk to you.
  • When a professor is looking to call on someone for an answer in class, immediately put your head down. The first person who makes eye contact with the professor will be the person he or she calls on.
  • Always have your cell phone easily accessible. When you’re walking down a hallway in the College of Arts and Sciences or when you’re just walking down Commonwealth Avenue, there’s an 85% chance that you will walk past that person that you met one time, but don’t remember their name and are unsure if you should say hello to them. Therefore, always have your cell phone nearby, so you can pretend to be texting someone instead of making eye contact with that person.
  • A general rule: AVOID EYE CONTACT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
  • If you’re eating alone in the dining hall, bring a bunch of textbooks with you and spread them out over the table so you look extremely busy, even though we both know you’re not studying at all and you’re probably watching something on Netflix. Then, put your book bag and jacket on the chair across from you so it looks like you have friends.

Last but not least, don’t overthink things! People on campus are just as worried as you are, and most people are too busy to take notice of the small, weird things you do. If something awkward does happen, if you laugh it off, others will probably laugh too! Don’t sweat the small things, and be as friendly as possible. People are a lot nicer than you’d think!