Taylor: Convenience Pointers

Before your departure to the wonderful Terrier Nation here are a few convenience pointers for your consideration:

1. Touch Up Your Laundry Skills:

I admit, my parents pampered me when it came to laundry. Understanding separating delicates and darks never struck my mind. I like to blame the Rugrats for this mindset. With complete honesty, it wasn’t until my week of departure that I coughed up courage and spent hours learning the ropes of the washer and dryer from my mom. I am forever grateful for that sacrifice of time. The most embarrassing thing to watch in a packed laundry room is a soap overflow, or a guy who mixes all of his white shirts with his girlfriends red socks. Learn the ropes with professionals while you are still under their wings.

2. Figure out your Banking Arrangements ahead of time:

Banks within one region of the country may lack availability in another. Unfortunately, I discovered this the hard way. But no fear! There are tons of banks within the BU parameters and they are very accessible. The following link will direct you to a list of local banking options available near/on campus http://www.bu.edu/students/finances/accounts-banking/. I would suggest selecting a banking service that is the same as a close relative – this makes transferring funds easier and less expensive.

3. Double check with your roommate on rooming necessities:

Some items such as fans, refrigerators, microwaves, televisions, etc. should not be duplicated within a small room. Share the love and save some pennies!

4. Buy an academic calendar:

From the moment your step on campus and receive your first syllabus deadlines immediately become a part of your life. Take a moment while you can to find an organizer that suits you.

5. Don’t be afraid to contact your COM Ambassador prior to school starting:

This is not a promo for the amazing Ambassador program but we are here to help. I couldn’t have made it through my freshman year without the help and humor of my COM Ambassador (shameless plug).

Looking forward to seeing you guys in a few weeks. Follow me on twitter @twalksbu.

Taylor

Dany: Things to Look Forward To

Daniela ImageFirst off, congratulations to all you new COM kiddies! I can’t tell you how excited I am to meet all of you next fall. I’ve been able to meet some of you already at our Open Houses and you are all so wonderful. I hope you’re as excited for next year as I am!

Wait what am I talking about? Of course you guys are excited. Why wouldn’t you be? You have so many fantastic things coming your way in the next few months. Prom, graduation (graduation presents!), parties, summertime, orientation, the list goes on and on. Believe me, once you come for orientation, you will never want to leave Boston. But here are some more things to look forward to once the year starts.

1. That amazing moment when you successfully do your laundry for the first time.

Now I know some of you probably do that already, but for me, this was one of the first “independent” obstacles I had to overcome. I had my mom write out on an index card the basic directions plus a few helpful tips so I wouldn’t ruin any particular items. I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I finished and nothing was ten times smaller or ten times pinker than it should be.

2. The Friday after your first full week of school.

This is a different sort of accomplishment. There is always excitement that comes with the first day of school because everything is new. In college, this excitement is magnified. That first week will make you feel like you’ve been here forever. You’ll know your professors and classmates, and most importantly, the exact time it takes to get from your dorm/dining hall to your class. Minutes are not wasted here at BU, especially when those minutes mean more food in your stomach before a lecture!

3. Your first college all-nighter.
Self-explanatory.
(ProTip: Sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Also, the buddy system.)

4. Spending an entire day sitting in the Warren dining hall because you are running out of meals and each swipe counts so you bring everything you have ever needed to work on for all eternity and leave your seat only to go to the bathroom in what I like to call the BU Hunger Games.

….No? Just me? Okay.

Anyway, I could go on forever with everything you guys are going to experience once you get here. These are just the basics, but there are so many awesome opportunities you’re going to have that you can’t even imagine! For example, this year alone I have held an Oscar that was awarded at this year’s Academy Awards, met the producer of Mad Men (she’s a COM alum!), interviewed Gym Class Heroes, and fulfilled my lifelong dream of filming the Friends theme song intro, couch and fountain and umbrellas and all (as most of you saw in our Open House video!)

I never imagined I would have the chance to do all those things, and I’m so excited for what the next few semesters have in store for me.

In short, I hope you guys are prepared to have the best four years of your life. Welcome to BU!