Claudia: My heart beats for the beat of Boston University

Now I know I’m not the only person whose heart starts beating ridiculously fast when they walk up to the third floor, but it’s not because of the three flights of stairs. It’s beating in sync with the beat of Boston University, aka WTBU. WTBU is my home away from home (away from home). While I spend the majority of my time in COM, I spend even MORE time tucked away in WTBU.

For those of you who don’t know about WTBU, it is the hidden gem of COM. WTBU is our campus radio station (and CMJ Station of the Year winner – DYNASTY!!) We broadcast 7 days a week from 6 AM – 2 AM. And just a side note: I applaud you 6 AM shows, I know how tough that is (never forget Broadwaves Fridays 6-8AM Spring 2015). WTBU is home to every show imaginable. We’ve got talk shows, sports shows, music shows, a show that reads Tarot cards. You name it, we have it. And if we don’t, you can pitch it.

And while yes, we can be the stereotypical college radio station (you definitely know what I’m talking about), we are so much more (prepare yourself for the cheese).

I love the welcoming click of the door (god bless swipe access — thank you Julia!) and walking into the studio to warm welcomes from DJs or e-boarders. I love the ‘zine, the shows, street team, the rat posters (but not the rats), the gifs, and the PIZZA! (Yes, we get pizza AND gifs at GSMs). I love playing music at the GSU on Fridays (shout out to the Happy Friday crew – Mer, Jonathan, Angeli and Alex) and getting to gush about WTBU on my tours.

WTBU is a community. We’re interns turned DJs friends — maybe even turned family? (I like cheese… Sorry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) The Howard Stern Lounge is our family room and you can almost always find an e-boarder relaxing or watching TV (hey Christiana) during the week. Intern Director Ben Coller is always ready to talk about absolutely anything. And I mean anything (Nickelback, Shrek, Titanic the Musical, etc.) DJ or Ingrid post up in the office, while Xander runs around begging people not to break anything.

So thank you, WTBU, for an amazing three semesters so far. I can’t wait for the next five.  And if you haven’t joined WTBU yet, GET ON IT and intern next semester!

Also ~shameless plug~ but listen to my radio show Pop Cultured on Thursdays from 2-4pm!

Claudia: Fall in love with Boston

Fall in Boston means cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and hot apple cider. It is also the perfect time for friends and family to visit Beantown!

Over Columbus Day weekend, my cousin (and best friend since birth), Lizzy, flew up from Dallas, Texas to experience her first real fall. Being her first trip to Boston, and to the Northeast, I came up with a list my go-to Boston spots!

Sweet Cupcakes 

A five-minute walk from East Campus, Sweet Cupcakes has a location right on Mass Ave. Sweet has a lot of fun flavors, vegan and mini cupcakes, and FROSTING shots!

 

Modern Pastry 

In the cannoli debate, I will always go Modern over Mike’s. Modern is on Hanover Street in the North End, which is just a quick two-minute walk from the Haymarket T stop!

Boston Public Gardens

The Boston Public Gardens are the perfect spot to watch the leaves change and for a nice walk with friends (and for some beautiful Instagram pictures).

Thinking Cup

Thinking Cup has multiple locations around Boston, with two sandwiching the Boston Commons and Public Gardens. The two are located on Tremont (right across from the Park Street T stop) and on Newbury (right next to Georgetown Cupcakes). Stop by Thinking Cup for a hot apple cider for your walk through the gardens!

Trident Booksellers and Cafe 

Surprise, surprise. Trident has made it onto another one of my blog posts. As you guys already know, Trident Booksellers and Cafe is my FAVORITE place in all of Boston. It’s not only a delicious spot for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner (they serve breakfast ALL DAY), but it is also an amazing local bookstore with great literary, kitsch, and Boston finds! Did I mention they serve breakfast ALL DAY?!?!

Lizzy left on Tuesday afternoon (with cannolis in tow), already planning her next visit back to Boston.

We have a few weeks left of this beautiful fall, so whether or not you have guests, make the best of this perfect weather before winter creeps in!

Claudia: The Lady Lounge

Bae State Babes. The Lady Lounge. These are the two nicknames for 404 Kilachand – aka my sophomore year dorm. 

I had already started a countdown for sophomore year on my last day as a freshman. Although I wasn’t really ready to say goodbye to Warren (I will always love you, 720B), I was so excited to move to Bay State with my best friends and christen the Lady Lounge. Countless TV shows have documented living with your friends and I was excited. Were we going to have a Chandler-Joey and Rachel-Phoebe-Monica living set up? Who would be our Ugly Naked Guy? We’re looking at you MIT frats.

Jen and Meredith are in the double and I’m in a SAMwich with Sam and Sammi. We’ve got the perfect set up, with each of our personalities proudly displayed on our respective corners. We’ve also got AC, a record player, and a whole bunch of seltzer. So basically, the Lady Lounge is where it’s at.

I have to admit, although I was beyond excited to live with my best friends, I was also a little nervous. Why was I nervous? Was it the ghost of Eugene O’Neill that haunts the fourth floor of Kilachand? Unfortunately, no. There hasn’t been any paranormal activity (that I know of). I was living with some of my favorite people in my favorite city, but I was worried that living with my Bae State babes could possibly hurt our friendship. Would we get sick of spending all of our time together? The answer is never. Our friendship has only become stronger, especially now that we share a bathroom (there is no such thing as privacy).

I have so many memories with these incredible ladies and I know we’ve only been at school for two weeks, but these past couple of days might be tough to beat. Here are some of my favorite roommate bondings — for new and old friends!

DANCE PARTY

We at the lady lounge are very fond of dance breaks. Especially to ABBA. Mamma Mia is our JAM.

MOVIE NIGHTS

Movie nights were a staple of our friendship last year. We laughed. We cried. We watched Rent and the Last Five Years on Valentine’s Day. Movie nights are the absolute best. Especially when paired with popcorn and pajamas.

TRADER JOE’S RUNS 

Because who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s?

“OLD LADY” ESPLANADE WALKS

Grab your roomies and get those arms pumping. The Lady Lounge is very fond of slow walks on the esplanade as our main form of exercise. All we need is matching tracksuits.

Cheers to the new year and to a new year of roomie lovin’