By Bonnie Tynes, SED 2016
As a senior looking back on my last four years at BU, it’s very difficult to narrow down what made this time so impactful. The factors are endless- ranging from influential professors, to friends who have made me see the world in new ways, to the city of Boston itself.
During the summer of 2013, preceding my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad for six weeks in London. I chose a program through the College of Arts and Sciences, rather than the School of Education, and I pushed myself to go with no friends and live with three girls I had never met before. As someone who is intimated by change, these were all bold choices for me, but thus far in life those bold choices have worked out for the better (i.e. coming to BU in the first place!) The six weeks were a whirlwind of traveling, class time, museum visits, picture taking, laughing, and so much more.
My study abroad experience wasn’t unique for these reasons though. What I really gained from my time in London was my best friend, Robin. Lucky for me, Robin is in the School of Education at BU, and ever since our six weeks abroad we have been inseparable. We have matched our class schedules, completed co-written 100-page unit plans, studied until all hours of the night, and spent an endless number of hours laughing at anything and everything.
While in London, Robin and I took classes in law, British Literature, and British arts and media. After two years studying education and education alone, this was both an exciting and intimidating opportunity for us. We found that it was thrilling to mix up our class schedules, and the British professors that BU chooses to teach classes abroad were surprising and knowledgeable in new ways. One day, our British Literature professor took us into a small town outside of central London to look at wall murals as inspiration for poetry. She whisked us around the crowded sidewalks as if we were small children, but she had a tendency to turn down streets and disappear in the blink of an eye. Towards the end of this “field trip”, she handed us some pounds, pushed us toward a bakery for fresh pastries, and disappeared waving, yelling, “Hope you all know how to find your way home!” We most certainly did not know how to find our way home, but it was adventures like these that made my study abroad experience so memorable.
I think Robin and I will look back fondly on those six weeks for the rest of our lives. I am thankful for the time we had to explore a new part of the world, and I am positive that Robin and I found each other through that experience for a reason. I think it’s extremely important to walk away from college with friends that not only made your four years great, but friends that made you great.
Bonnie is a senior in the School of Education, majoring in Special Education