Steven G: If I’d Only Known…

Things I Wish I Knew As a First Year

It’s officially my Senior year at BU (AHHHHH), so I’m hoping that with one of my last COM Blogs I can impart some wisdom to the Class of 2025. I’m not the wisest admittedly, but I do know a thing or two about a thing or two, so here’s what I wish I knew as a first-year. 

Baby Steve
Here I am my first week at BU, awe baby Steve <3

1. It Goes By Fast…Too Fast! 

Right now it may feel like you’re going to be in college forever, but it goes by much sooner than you think. Throw in a global pandemic and that time goes by even faster. Don’t take this time for granted. Put yourself out there, join lots of clubs, and make lots of friends. I did, and it made my college experience all the better. 

2. Escape the BU Bubble 

BU’s campus is great, but one of the biggest resources we have as students is the City of Boston. Explore the city. There’s so many museums to visit, small businesses to support, and new places to discover. Make sure to pick up a Charlie Card and get out there! 

3. The COM Rat Race Isn’t Everything 

COM is full of talented students, and sometimes it can feel like you need to constantly be working, applying to internships, and doing your best to be successful. I’m here to tell you that that’s not the case. Yes, you should still be doing all that—but it’s not everything. It’s equally important to take time for yourself, prioritize your wellbeing, and get enough sleep!!! 

4. You Belong

When I first came to BU, I was dealing with some serious imposter syndrome. Even though I was doing well in classes, I felt like a fraud, and that I didn’t actually deserve my accomplishments. I’m here to tell you that you do deserve the opportunities you discover in COM, and you belong here. 


So there you have it! I hope some of this advice helps you as you progress through your first semester. Cheers to your first year at BU, and good luck! 


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