A new school year is upon us here at COM. And while that may conjure thoughts of cramming for tests, agonizing over group projects, and struggling to meet deadlines for some, for me it brings one of my favorite parts about the fall: grad events. Don’t get me wrong, I am very enthusiastic about another semester in the classroom, but to me nothing beats a good old grad event. Not only are these a chance to explore the city that makes BU so unique, but it is also a great way to get to know your classmates throughout the COM community.
I know the list of the events can be daunting to look at, and knowing which ones (if any) you should go to can keep anyone up at night. So here is a guide to this fall’s grad events from a grizzly veteran to make everyone’s decisions easier.
Tavern in the Square Reception- Monday, Sept. 2 : 6:00pm- 8:00pm : Free The Tavern in the Square event is a great way to begin the semester. First off, it’s right after orientation (which is mandatory for new students) so you might as well come by with everyone else. Second, you get a chance to get to know fellow COM students in a setting that isn’t in a classroom setting. And finally, the first drink is on COM. Even if free drinks aren’t your thing, it’s a great way to rewind after orientation and prepare for the start of classes.
The Hyatt Event- Friday, Sept. 6 : 7:00pm-11:59pm : Free (with ticket) Ah the Hyatt, so many wonderful memories. For those of you not familiar, the Hyatt is the hotel across the river from BU. At the Hyatt event, COM rents out the top floor for an evening of food, drinks, dancing and one of the best views of the city. Oh and did I mention it’s space themed? Costumes are not required (though always appreciated), but it’s a great way to relax after your first week of classes and show your moves on the dance floor.
The Maine Event- Saturday, Sept. 14 : 10:00am-7:00pm : $45 Lobster. That should be enough to get most of you to pile up for this event, but there’s more. Not only do you get to travel to Maine for delicious lobster, but there is a stop at the outlet malls as well. Shopping and shellfish?!?!?! Sign me up!
Pub Trip and Red Sox Game- Tuesday, Sept. 17 : 4:00pm-6:00pm & 6:30pm-Game end : $10 & $28 Two separate events, one great time. You can do either or both. It all starts with a trip to the BU Pub, located a block from COM. Stop by for a drink or two before heading to Fenway to watch the Red Sox take on the Orioles. Seeing a game at Fenway is a must for anyone who lives in Boston, so why not go with your fellow COM grads? Adding to the excitement of the game will be the fact that the Sox will be in the home stretch of the season looking to win the AL East. A luxury the event did not have last
Freedom Trail Pub Crawl- Saturday, Oct. 26 : 1:00pm : Free Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Rocky and Bullwinkle. Sometimes things are just destined to be together. So combining a walking tour highlighting 17 of Boston’s most significant historic sites and drinking at bars just makes sense. It’s learning about the history of the city with a few drinks, or hitting the bars while getting an education of Boston. Either way, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday in October.
Bell OUT of Hand- Wednesday, Dec. 11 : 8:00pm-11:00pm : $20 The final event of the semester is always a great one. Classes are done, and before people head away for greener pastures or just winter break, it’s always nice to be able to see everyone for a last time. It’s the perfect way to close out the semester, at America’s oldest bar.
There you have it, an easy to follow guide of the great grad event offerings this fall. If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Before you finish reading, I leave you with one final piece of advice: go to as many as possible, you won’t regret it. Take that advance from someone who knows.