Sara: Boston Off the Beaten Path

So you’ve been in Boston a couple weeks now. Chances are you’ve been to Faneuil Hall, to the Common and Newbury Street – all the grand tourist-y spots. Which means you now understand the frustration associated with circumnavigating the tourists. But where to go next? It’s time to discover the places in Boston upperclassmen know and love. Here are my three favorites:

  • Coolidge Corner Theater
    • Jonesing to see that really obscure indie movie that came out 3 years ago? How about a midnight screening of a classic horror movie? This is the place for you! The theater is small, cozy and has a killer old-fashioned marquee. It’s also less expensive than going to the Regal- $10.25 a ticket. It’s time to broaden your horizons! Now Showing: Boyhood.
    • Also see Kendall Square Cinema & the Somerville Theatre

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  • Carousel on Rose Kennedy Greenway
    • It’s cool, you’re in college now and way too cool for riding a carousel. NOT TRUE. This is by far the best carousel I’ve ever been on. Ride a hand painted, hand carved animal of your choice for just $3 while listening to Frank Sinatra? Sign me up any day.

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  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
    • I will admit I’m a little biased here because I did a research project in the library’s archives, but I really think this is one of the most underrated places in Boston. The library itself is beautiful and chock full of history—a great fall weekend activity! The views from the library are also stunning as it sits right on the water. Just take the red line out to the JFK/ UMass stop and hop on the shuttle that takes you to the library.

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Hannah C: Keep COM and Tweet On

As the most social media savvy college on campus, COM rules the Twittersphere when it comes to school pride.  Last week we proved it when our #myCOM100 campaign, celebrating 100 years of COM, put the hashtag among the list of worldwide Twitter trends. Yes, that’s right — worldwide!

Social media is integral to what we do at COM. Everyday Twitter gives us the power to inform (through 140-character blurbs), story-tell (through microblogging), and keep up-to-date on what’s happening in the world.  If you want to be in-the-know about what’s happening at BU, head over to these Twitter accounts and click “Follow.”  Become a follower of these handles, and you’ll never be out of the loop.

@comugrad – Official COM twitter

@COM_Ambassadors – Your favorite group of COMrades

@BU_Tweets – Official BU twitter

@butoday – For BU news stories

@dailyfreepress – For stories from our student-independent newspaper

@WTBU and @butv10 – BU radio and TV stations

@BUPolice – To stay safe on campus

@BUdiningservice – For all things food

@BostonTweet and @BostonCalendar – For local events, free prizes, and Boston-related fun facts

 

Keep COM and tweet on, terriers!

Stacy: Get Artsy

Hey yall! Hope your first month of class has been wonderful. With so much going on at BU, it’s sometimes difficult to escape and experience things in the heart of Boston, off campus.

I went to an arts high school, so theatre and ballet are close to my heart. A personal goal of mine is to see one piece of theatre per month off campus. There are a lot of great opportunities to see shows this semester, and at student rush ticket pricing it’s very affordable!

ArtsEmerson: https://artsemerson.org
Supported by Emerson College on Boylston Street, their mission is to strengthen the relationship between artists and audiences and help theatre make more of an impact on the community. They try to bring difference performances from other countries and cultures to broaden Boston’s knowledge of theatre. This semester some performances are Traces, King Lear, The Magic Flute and The Trip to Bountiful.

The Boston Ballet http://www.bostonballet.org
The Boston Ballet makes ballet accessible to the community, educational for all audiences and creative through developing new methods and approaches while still keeping traditional style. There are student rush tickets, and constant performances throughout the semester. These performances include Swan Lake and Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston http://www.lyricstage.com
The Lyric Stage Company’s mission is to present a wide variety of theatre to appeal to varying audiences in Boston. It’s the oldest professional theatre in Boston with 40 years of production. Some shows for this season, which also provide student rush ticket opportunities, are Sweeny Todd, Dear Elizabeth and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

While Boston has a great music and sports scene, I encourage you to try something new and experience a style of performance art that is different. After all, $20 tickets to a professional show that non-students pay hundreds for is an opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up!

Have a great semester ☺

Amy: A Boston Bucket List

It already feels like this fall is flying by way too fast. And I’m a sophomore?! It’s so crazy to me. My roommates and I were talking about how easy it is to get sucked into a routine, especially as classes get busier and the weather get cooler. We decided that instead of just talking about all the things we want to do in Boston this year, we’d actually make a physical BU Bucket List so we wouldn’t forget.

I could honestly go on an on about all the amazing things you can do on campus as far as clubs and student groups. It’s way too easy to forget how much you want to do something when you get caught up with classes and clubs and all the other amazing opportunities we have on campus. I think as fun as campus can be, it’s really important to get out of our little bubble as much as you can and explore this city we’re in. Our bucket list included things we wish we did last year and things we want to make sure we do again like:

- Picnic on Boston Common (totally a fall/spring only thing)

- Ice Skating on Frog Pond

- Visit the Garment District in Cambridge

- Visit the MFA

- Go to the Head of the Charles Regatta!

- Dim Sum in Chinatown

So before you forget all those fun Boston things you keep saying you have to do, write them down and make your own bucket list!

Kerri: Tips for the Fall Semester

As the second week of the semester ends, it is easy to start to slack off. You’ve set a daily routine and are finally familiar with your schedule. These are a few helpful tips to stay on the right track! Before you know it, midterms will be here!

  • Buy a calendar! It’s an easy way to keep organized. The sooner you are organized, the easier the semester will flow.
  • Write down every assignment and due date: Again, this is a way to keep organized and on top of your work.
  • Give yourself “me” time- but don’t loose sight of your other priorities! I love to set myself time for my favorite shows during the week. Every Tuesday I set time to watch Sons of Anarchy, it’s my guilty pleasure!
  • Visit your professors: If you haven’t scheduled an appointment with your professors, do it as soon as possible! It is a great way for them to match a name to a face.
  • Explore the city! Boston is beautiful during this time of year. Take advantage before it gets too cold!

 

 

 

Kevin: Tune in with WTBU

The school year is starting back up which means my favorite club, WTBU, is broadcasting once again! Over the summer some exciting things happened at the radio:

•Most importantly, for the THIRD year in a row we’ve been nominated for College Music Journal’s “Station of the Year” award! WTBU won the award the past 2 years, and we’re trying to make it a three-peat so keep your eyes peeled for voting, and make sure to support WTBU!
•Studio C got a makeover, opening up a brand new space for in-studio performances. We’ll be getting tons of bands coming in throughout the semester, stay tuned for more live performances and interviews!
•The new Howard Stern lounge is now open, named after the famous BU alum who was fired from his 1973 WTBU show, The King Schmaltz Bagel Hour. Word is the E-board wants him to come cut the ribbon at the opening, if he can find the time between judging other BU alums “Sons of Serendip” on America’s Got Talent. (shameless plug).

Make sure to tune in to WTBU on 89.3 FM, online at WTBU.org, or through our iPhone app to hear about all the new things happening! And tune in on Tuesdays 10-12pm to hear Hey Kids, Get Off My Lawn!, the best classic rock show around! (shameless plug #2)

Hanna A: Seizing the College Experience

My first blog post as a sophomore…whoa. It is crazy to think that only one short year ago, I was sitting with my COM Ambassador and wondering what exactly a COM Ambassador was. In fact, I had totally forgotten about the first COM Ambassador meeting, and if I hadn’t passed a friend from orientation on Commonwealth Avenue who reminded me to go, I probably would have missed it altogether. I was an overwhelmed freshman, just like the new students who sat in my Ambassador group a few weeks ago. And just as those freshmen will, I sure have come a long way since then!

Meeting the incoming freshmen/transfers at this year’s welcome event was a blast. I was infinitely impressed by their enthusiasm, and I loved giving them advice and simply getting to know them. It is inspiring to see newcomers embrace an opportunity so thoroughly, and I am lucky to have had a wonderful group of students who seemed to want every resource I could offer. They wanted to try anything, meet everyone, and ask everything, hoping to learn as much as they could to enhance the start of their college experience. I am a firm believer that college is simply what you make of it, and I have no doubt that the newest members of COM will make their experiences incredible.

Personally, their eager willingness to jump into all things COM sparked my own self-evaluation of what I can do to further embrace the college and university I am so fortunate to be a part of. Did I want to try a new club or activity? Did I love all of my classes? Was this still the field I wanted to study? In reassuring the new students that trying tons of things was not only possible but encouraged in COM, I reminded myself that I still have plenty of time to try new things as well! Sure, there are certain deadlines one should keep up with throughout their time in college, such as declaring their major by the time they need to or completing early requirements right away. However, that does not mean it is ever too late to expose oneself to something different. After graduation, despite the potential greatness of “the real world,” our variety of opportunities shrinks with our increasing responsibilities and decreasing amount of extra time. There is no better time to explore new things than right now, while our trials result in something positive no matter how they appear to turn out. Who cares if we try something and hate it? We learn from it and move on to something else, now with a better understanding of our desires and interests.

Aiding the new BU students in their transition to college reminded me that as a college student, there is always a potential “new kid” within me. I should never shy away from a fresh opportunity if it seems interesting, for now is the time in my life best suited for such experiments. I hope that all students, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors alike, seize the wide array of opportunities Boston University presents to us. This is the best time to explore them, and consequently, this might be the best time to explore ourselves.

Taylor: Food Truck Row

Steph: New Local Eats

If you know anything about me, you know that I’m in a long-term, emotional relationship with food. Even though I’ve definitely blogged about great places to eat around Boston before, being around this summer has exposed me to some brand-new places right here on campus! So, Aidan told you which dining halls are best, and I’m gonna tell you what near-by restaurants are best.

 

Mei-Mei

You may already know and love the Mei-Mei food truck–that “Double Awesome” though–and they just recently opened up a restaurant right on Buswell in South Campus! I expected an “order-at-the-counter-and-go” type of place, but no, no. Mei-Mei stepped up its game for the restaurant. It is a sit-down place that uses locally-grown and organic foods to inspire their constantly changing menu. You’ll still see all your favorites, but alongside them will be something new to try each time.

 

Burger-Fi

Now, I loved Burger-Fi ever since I discovered it last summer in my hometown of Miami, but I am extremely pleased to say that they have made their way up to my second home. Located literally steps from Agganis, the new Burger-Fi location is a huge–you guessed it–burger place. Their shakes and fries are to die for. Much better that Shake Shack, in my humble opinion. (I just think that if you’re gonna have “Shake” in your name, your shakes should be a bit more exciting, but thats just me.)

 

Roxy’s

Okay, I have to admit, I’m a monster who has still not tried Roxy’s Grilled Cheese. I know. I should just leave now. BUT, now that they have followed in Mei-Mei’s footsteps and turned their TV-famous food truck into a restaurant right in Allston, I have absolutely no excuse. And I cannot WAIT to try them.

 

Go forth, and feast!

Alexa: Fall in Boston is the Best

I currently just came to terms with the fact that I’m spending my last fall here in Boston. It’s depressing, it’s sad and I don’t like to think about it too much. However on the topic here are some things so fantastic about the perfect season in Boston, fall.

1. Apple picking

I have not been apple picking yet but a really fun thing to do in New England is heading just outside of Boston and picking apples with your friends. Regardless if you even like apples, it’s nice to head outside, enjoy the weather and at the very least- do it for the Instagram.

2. Foilage

The leaves changing colors is probably one of the prettiest scenery changes in New England. Being from California, I foolishly didn’t realize that leaves could be so many different colors.

3. Being able to walk around in the most walkable city

Trust me, you cannot walk around in the winter as casually as you can in the Fall. Take the opportunity to walk around the Boston Public Garden, the Commons and even the North End now, because when it’s 5 degrees out, the only thing you’ll want to be surrounded by is a heater and a copious amount of blankets.

4. Head of the Charles Regatta

This may be one of the coolest events ever. The HOCR welcomes the world’s best crew teams right in our backyard. This year it’s October 18 and 19th and its incredible event to watch in the perfect weather atmosphere.

The best thing about Boston is that even though fall weather is the best, every season is exciting and brings new things to do. For example, when the Red Sox stop playing (and the Dodgers win the World Series), the Patriots come to play and then the Celtics. I’m not sure where I’m going with this besides the fact that Dodgers will win the World Series this year but fall in Boston is incredible and you should take advantage of it while you can.