Daily Archives: January 25, 2013

Boston winters sure are fun!

So…it’s pretty cold out guys. Like wind whipping you in the face you just want to be a turtle sort of cold. But as a long time North Easterner(ite?) I’m here to provide you with a few tips to stay warm this winter.

  • Layers. Seriously…this is key. I see you walking around in your fancy skirt with your fancy tights…but I know you’re secretly thinking “Why did I wear this today?” While you’re in your skirt, I’m wearing two pairs of pants and pretty much two coats. Plus if you get hot in your class, layers are easy to shed. First the jacket, then the sweatshirt, then the long sleeve…then your thermal…you get the deal :)
  • Warm socks. Have you ever heard that your head and your feet conduct the most heat? Well you’ll probably find me wearing grandma’s knitted socks underneath my boots until temperatures hit the mid 30s/40s (and yes after this week, that’ll probably feel like spring).
  • Hats/earmuffs (on the note of conducting heat). I’ve decided that when winter rolls along I give up on looking put together. I know my hair is doomed and my makeup smudged, but at least my ears don’t feel like they’re about to fall off.
  • Gloves. These are key if you want to be able to do things with your hands…especially while your frozen fingers are fiddling around for your Charlie Card. My favorite investment is a pair of gloves that I can actually keep on while trying to use my iPhone.
  • Warm drinks. I love hot chocolate and usually feel a little guilty when I drink it, but the brutal cold makes a great excuse to embrace my inner chocoholic.
  • Body warmth? I mean the crazy packed T has to be good for something right?
  • Hibernate. Use the cold as an excuse to sit in your apartment, save some money and throw back a few beers that don’t cost $6 a pop. Or a $10 bottle of wine. Once spring comes along you really don’t have much of an excuse to be a hermit!

Hey guys…I mean it’ll be 36 on Monday. After this past week I think we can pretty much make it through anything.

Be Well Read

As an applicant to the masters in journalism program at the BU College of Communication, one of the essays that you have to write, along with life narrative and professional experience, is called “Periodicals”.  This is the part of your application where you get to show the admissions committee how engaged you are in the current media landscape as a consumer. The thought is that folks who are interested in becoming journalists are likely inspired by professionals who they have encountered along the way. One of the defining characteristics of a great journalist is a constant thirst for news and information, and in the periodicals essay you have the chance to share with the school how you quench that thirst.

There is a major focus here at BU on electronic media and social media, so in writing your periodicals essay be sure to make it very clear that you not only frequent a variety of online news sources, but that you have at least a working knowledge of the social media scene.  If you don’t have much experience with social media, I would suggest getting a little acquainted with the ways of Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. While you may not use these tools every day while studying here at BU, you will undoubtedly need to use them from time to time.

Listed in the required reading for every jounalism course you take here at BU will be a number of daily newspapers. Being up to date with The Boston Globe, the New York Times and USA Today is expected in the courses you will be taking. Therefore in this essay the ability to demonstrate that you are already in the habit of staying up to date will bode well for your application. And much like I suggested in the social media section, if you are not in the habit of reading daily newpapers, you would help prepare yourself for life at BU by starting.

The fact is that journalism is just as much about reading and staying informed as it is about writing and reporting. In my Journalism Principals and Techniques course in the fall our professor had what he called “The 3 R’s”:  Reading, Reporting, and Writing. In order to be a better writer, it’s vital to be an avid reader. So while you are writing your periodicals essay, be sure to express just how much reading means to you.