“TomKat”: Welcome Back!

Tom

Kate

Hey everyone! This is Tom and Kate – blogging together as “TomKat” – to bring you the launch of our blog site for 2012! This is the official Boston University College of Communication (BU COM) Ambassador Blog. This blog is written by our student COM Ambassadors for both new and prospective students to get a grasp about life at COM. If you are looking for a bit more on student life, you’ve come to the right place.

The CA program at COM features a select group of students who come from a variety of backgrounds and majors within the COM. We hope that no matter what your interests are, there is an ambassador that can help you out or at least point you in the right direction.

For more information on each student, check out our website: http://www.bu.edu/com/admissions/com-ambassadors/

All ambassadors are accessible directly through email, so if you’re wondering about anything at all BU-related, don’t be afraid to reach out.  That’s what we’re here for!

Stay tuned for regular blog posts, videos, and BU updates.  Welcome to COM!

Tom: First Summer in Boston

Tom Schrank
Tom Schrank

Hey all! Hopefully your summers are turning out for the best and you are getting excited for your first semester at Boston University in the fall. I remember last summer I was both excited and a little bit scared for my first college semester. But now, looking back, I can’t understand why I was ever nervous as my first year exceeded all of my expectations.

Now for the summer after my first year of college, I made the decision to spend most of it in the city of Boston, working in the COM Student Services office. I went back to Long Island for a month and a half to meet up with my friends from back home, but after that time I was ready to come back to Boston. However, summer on Long Island turned out to be better than I expected. I made an eight day trip with my three best friends to the sunny state of Florida and got to relive my childhood in Disney World. In addition to that, I spent much of my time (maybe a little too much of my time) on the Long Island beaches. Now after a month and a half, I’ve been told I look like Snooki’s cousin. Not sure if I should take that as an insult, but hey, at least my tan is natural… and thankfully not orange.

Now that I’m back in Boston, I’m excited to try out some of Boston’s summer events that you can’t normally experience during the fall and spring semester here. I spend a lot of my time taking walks exploring Boston, although sometimes the heat makes this a little overbearing. Students also have FitRec access during the summer, so I’ve been going to the gym throughout the summer as well. Boston is also in the vicinity of Revere Beach, so I can even get my beachtime while here in Boston. Most of the time, I’ve spent checking out some of Boston’s restaurants, especially in Coolidge Corner, which is right near my apartment. Some of my personal favorites are U-Grill (located right on campus), Angora Café (great frozen yogurt and wraps), Zaftigs (for the best omelets), and Fugakyu (for some authentic Japanese cuisine).

Summer in Boston is definitely new for me, but I would definitely recommend trying it out over the next few years you’ll be spending in Boston. Take some classes, get an internship or a job, or just come by the city for a weekend if you can’t manage to stay. Boston is a great city and most students miss out on the opportunities located outside the classroom.

Tom: One Week Away

Tom
Tom Schrank

My spring semester run in BU On Broadway’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is almost coming to an end. We open in one week and I’ve never seen a process go so fast before. I remember way back in January when I was auditioning for the show and now we’re just a week away from our opening night at Tsai Performance Center.

Sweeney Todd is such a hard show to put on, but it’s such a fun show to be in the Ensemble of. I have three different wives throughout the show, I get my tooth pulled (you can get a sneakpeak of that scene in my COM Ambassador video!), and I get to play a lunatic (CITY ON FIRE!!!!).
At this point, my life is getting super stressful, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. Right now, we are meeting everyday in our rehearsal space right after dinner until 11. Next week, we move into tech week, where I’ll pretty much spend every waking moment of my life at Tsai Performance Center until we do our first opening night on Thursday!
Being involved with BU On Broadway’s Sweeney Todd was one of the highlights of my semester here at BU. It kept me busy for a three-month rehearsal period and I met so many people in the past three months that I never would have met previously. Plus, what’s better than a show about human meat pies? I mean, come on.