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Why BU COM?

I pretty much knew I was going to BU the moment I got the acceptance email. As someone who is interested in public relations, it was difficult to find many programs that actually offered it as a course of study. Boston University was among the few – and the only one I applied to that actually called it what it is: public relations (not strategic communication).

But what really stood out to me? When I came to visit, I could tell the professors actually cared. They wanted to instill knowledge in you and help you succeed. Furthermore, I knew that if I went to BU, I would have a greater chance of coming out on top with a stronger competitive edge in the job market. The community of alumni was stressed as being one of the best, and I knew that being in Boston would give me many more internship opportunities than the other colleges I applied to.

Practical Experience... and supportive, high-fiving professors

But my number one reason for applying to BU in the first place? Being able to have the opportunity to build my portfolio. The emphasis on applied work was important to me when I have had zero public relations experience. PRLab, the oldest student-run PR agency in America, would give me a chance to work with an actual client and build a media kit. Because I’m in PR I can speak wonders of the program, but I’ll also note that it’s not the only program which is applied. From the friends I’ve made in other programs, I know none of them regret coming here. And I know they’ll all come out with work they can show off to their future employers.

Meet Kendall Salter

I had never seen Boston University. Never set foot in the classroom. Never seen the city. Never met a professor or sat in on a class. I had no idea what to expect.

This is part of the reason I decided to come to the College of Communication in the first place. The adventure was too exciting to pass up. There comes a point in everyone’s life when the chance to pick up and move everything becomes extinct, and I didn’t want that to happen to me. When presented with the opportunity to pull up long-established, southern California roots, I took advantage of it, knowing full well potential complications that could ensue.

Here’s the best part: I’ve never regretted my decision. Part of the reason I took the proverbial leap is that the administration here at COM was incredible. The amount of resources at our disposal is significant, and everyone here — from faculty on down — is willing and able to help students on a daily basis. The atmosphere you will find here at COM is welcoming, exciting, creative and most importantly, challenging. There are people here to help you. Very wonderful, smart, talented people. So please do yourself a favor and take advantage of it.

Classes are taught by a faculty steeped in professionalism and hell-bent on making you a success. Nobody phones it in at COM. Every day is as tough as the next, and every day is as great of an experience. The things I learn in the classroom go far beyond any traditional tests or essays. Seriously, folks: don’t think about the grade. Learn all you can, work hard, and the rest will take care of itself. You may not always succeed, but when you don’t, it will be a learning experience you won’t forget.

I can’t speak highly enough of our professors. I’ve had long visits in office hours, spoken to some on their home phones, received emails from as far away as Iceland, and have never been turned down when asking for more advice. They are here to help you. They are the best their respective fields has to offer — prize winners and innovators held in the highest esteem. If you aren’t getting all you can from them, you’re missing out.

COM is hard. It’s supposed to be. It should be. That’s how I learn, and if you appreciate being pushed to the extreme reaches of your potential, you will flourish here at B.U. The city of Boston has so much to offer people in this field. It’s a major media market with countless job opportunities, and B.U.’s alumni base is enormous. There’s art and entertainment, culture, music, sports, plays, productions, great food, walking paths, parks, lakes, beaches, boats, trolleys, and more. You will never discover everything, but you’ll dig up plenty of hidden gems.

B.U. has lived up to almost all of my expectations. I’ll be sad to leave it, but much better for the experience. Everyone here is working to help find what it is you are best and and push you past what you thought was your creative limit. I can pay COM no higher a compliment than that.