Melina N: Take care of yourself, from someone who also needs that reminder

Congratulations on making it to BU campus – and to university in general! Every single student has worked extremely hard to get here. I can only imagine the countless nights of studying, cramming and stress combined among all of us. Not only did you have to complete college applications, but that came with hours of schoolwork, extracurriculars, sports, performance arts or part-time work. 

Once you get here, there are a variety of pathways you could take. Some decide to take it easy and focus on their social life or explore the city. Some decide to stay indoors and live an independent adult life for the first time by grocery shopping and adulting

For many others (including me), I’ve kept trucking along into college. I am involved in several clubs, try to make time for friends and fit in grocery shopping and eating out when I can. I feel like I can overextend sometimes; my friends are always lecturing me about sleeping more or eating well. 

So, as someone who understands the hustle and bustle of daily life as a BU student, here are some tips and reminders for any of you that feel like you need a mental health check. 

  1. Drink your water! 

I definitely forget to drink enough water (don’t blame me … it makes my stomach feel too full). However, it is definitely a habit that needs to be a conscious effort. Healthy water intake helps wake your brain up and reduce headaches. And as someone who has had a couple of dehydration spells, that should not be a possible event in your already packed schedule. There are many water bottle refill stations around campus and even fun water flavoring mixes if you hate drinking plain water. 

  1. Take breaks. 

The clock strikes midnight. It’s down to the wire, and you have a project or midterm due the next day. You’re wavering between cramming in a bit more work or just calling it a night. Sometimes, when your brain is already fatigued, it’s best to just take a five minute break. I find the pomodoro method to be helpful – 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. This way, you can 

pace yourself and reset your train of thought before you burnout. And in the off-chance you find yourself in that “I need to study more before tomorrow’s test” loop, it’s best to put yourself first and go to bed. 

  1. Sleep enough.

This brings me to my last point. Sleep is essential! Nothing makes me happier than climbing into my cozy twin XL bed every night. Although I get six hours of sleep some nights, aiming for eight is optimal. Be realistic and prepare yourself for the days when you can’t take care of yourself fully, but your mental health (and physical health) are the most crucial aspects of college life. If you aren’t healthy, you can’t be the best student you can be!

 

Miya F: Looking for the best Boston eats?

MY FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT ON AND OFF CAMPUS 

When I first came to BU, I was overwhelmed with the amount of  food option on and around campus. There were so many dining  halls, fast food chains, and restaurants all within walking distance  and I had no idea what to do or where to go. As a senior (oh wow  that hurt to type out), I have definitely tried my fair share of  restaurants on and off campus and have strong opinions on what is  worth checking out.  

  1. GSU 

First, I am going to start with my favorite place to eat on  campus: The George Sherman Union (aka the GSU). The GSU is  where you can find pretty much everyone at BU on a school day.  Think of it as BU’s own food court. There are places to grab food  from like the Halal Guys, Panda Express, Starbucks, and Rhett’s  Diner. Just to name a few. When I come to the GSU, nine times out  of ten, I get an impossible burger and french fries from Rhett’s  Diner. The GSU is the perfect place to grab a quick bite with friends  and run into everyone you have ever met. Seriously though. You  will see everyone from your freshman year roommate, to your  orientation leader, to your class crush. Warning: Come to the GSU at  your own risk. 

  1. Nud Pob 

Freshman year, Nud Pob was THE spot. They have super delicious  and quick Thai dishes that always hit the spot. My favorite dishes  are the crab Rangoons, pad Thai, and red curry (extra spicy) with  tofu. It is located right across from the GSU in central campus so it  is super easy and convenient to pick up from. They also are  available on GrubHub so you can order ahead and then pick up! 

  1. Pho Viet 

I’m half Vietnamese and my grandmother makes the best pho  in the entire world. If you don’t know what that is it’s a traditional  Vietnamese soup dish with rice noodles, meat, vegetables, and  herbs. It is the ultimate comfort food and something I always miss  eating when I come to Boston. Luckily, I have been able to find a  place nearby school (on Comm Ave near West Campus) that has  amazing pho. I order the spicy beef pho but substitute the beef with  tofu. I swear that bowl of pho heals my soul every time. It is perfect  if you are feeling under the weather or are missing some comfort  food.  

  1. Buttermilk and Bourbon 

When my friends and I want to go to Newbury, this is where  you can find us half of the time. Buttermilk and Bourbon is known  for New Orleans style dishes and everything on their menu is 

AMAZING. I recommend getting their prime burger sliders,  Nashville hot alligator fries (I know it sounds weird but it tastes like  popcorn chicken), warm honey glazed biscuits, and fresh fried  beignets. If you want to get your steps in before this heavy meal it is  only about a mile walk from east campus! Otherwise, it is a quick 7  minute uber. Definitely recommend going for the food and funky  atmosphere! 

  1. Joe’s on Newbury 

So where do we go the other half of the time? The answer is  always: Joe’s on Newbury. Joe’s is perfect for large parties like  birthday dinners. They have a large menu with so many classics you  can literally never go wrong. I always order a crock of French onion  soup and get a side of loaded mashed potatoes (you can’t go wrong  with cheesy mashed potatoes and bacon). I am also giving a special  shoutout to their buffalo chicken dip as well. It is the perfect  appetizer. I took my family here when they came to visit for parent’s  weekend and they were also huge fans. So it is definitely a crowd  pleaser.

 

Helena B: How to get your first internship — taking advantage of BU platforms.

When I was in high school, one of the things I was most excited about for when I arrived at university was experiencing what it meant to be an intern. Regardless of how much I would get paid, if at all, or what responsibilities I would be given, I loved the idea of gaining my first experiences in the Film industry as soon as possible. 

I found that once I was actually in college and handed all these opportunities it was overwhelming to think about. Why would anyone want to hire an 18-year-old with virtually no experience? My biggest revelation was noticing how much better it is to focus on smaller, more achievable goals before getting devastated by the pressures of having to immediately get hired by big-name companies.

So that's exactly what I did, and it made the experience so much more rewarding, and a lot less stressful. I started by using the ‘BU Connects’ platform to contact any people in the film industry who went to my same university. I didn’t ask them for a job, or ask if they could help me get one, but I communicated to them my hopes and dreams for the future and listened to their advice on skills that I might need or experiences and issues they faced when they were in my same situation. 

This helped me gain confidence, and also allowed me to concentrate my resumé and cover letter on aspects that I knew would be appreciated by employers in the industry. My next step was to use another of Boston University’s helpful platforms, ‘VMock’ , and work on making my resumé as good as I could. Remember not to get too overwhelmed with making it flawless just yet. It’s a long and tedious process, but instead of striving for perfection I tried to focus on a few main achievements. I created a resumé ( and cover letter) that truly reflects my interests and skills. From here, I started searching for opportunities!

For my first internship I wanted to focus on something a bit more local, smaller, where I could really get to know the community and also have a good first experience without getting super overwhelmed. I strived away from companies I knew too well, and explored parts of the industry and types of companies that really reflected my interests. 

I searched on the last BU Platform I will mention, ‘Handshake’, for smaller scale internship opportunities, and also did my independent research in order to find opportunities in greater Boston. I applied to as many as I found. 

A helpful reminder for me was to wish for a response without expecting one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to strive to achieve great things and it is also important to be confident when applying to these opportunities, but in the end rejection is part of the process, so don’t let it beat you down! 

Remember, the right place for you will show up in unexpected ways!

 

Alice Z: 9 Must DOs and Must Visit Places on long weekends

9 Must DOs and Must Visit Places on long weekends

9: Viewing the BU campus on the 18th floor of the student village
Have you ever recognized the study lounge on the top floor in the student village at BU west campus?
Overlook the magnificent scene of the BU campus and Charles River, you can see people riding boats on
the river and cars crossing the streets.

8: Counting Stars at BU Observatory
What? Does BU have its observatory? Register at the BU Observatory website during opening event
dates, you can explore the secrets of the universe here. Finding the shiniest star from the telescope, you
make a wish under the star.

7: Feel the power of arts at Isabella Steward Gardner Museum
At Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, you will feel the voice of time viewing through Rembrandt’s self-
portrait he painted at his early age. The sunlight goes through the glass ceiling, shining on the growing
green plants in the museum. This museum is not only a place full of classical interior arts but also a
beautiful scene you don’t want to miss in Boston.

6: Feeding the sika deers at Southwick’s Zoo
Driving one hour from downtown Boston, you will go into the wonderland of sika deers. Sitting on the
cable car, you get to overview all the animals in the zoo. Feeding the sika deers with the special fodder
provided by the zoo, you even get the chance to see them super close!

5: Having Italian Cuisine at North End
Taking a 10-minute bus, you can explore the so-called “Little Italian” at North End. Walking through the
streets, you can see Italian restaurants, cafes, and bakeries. Sitting down at St Mary’s Church, enjoying
the foreign vibe, as if you are on a vacation in Europe.

4: Taking a walk at Seaport
One of the most beautiful and vibrant destinations, Seaport is one of the signs of Boston. Along Boston’s
shoreline and blue sky, the seaport connects the Harborwalk and the city’s neighborhoods. Take a walk at
Seaport, with the amazing scenery, you will never find a better place for relaxation.

3: Having a picnic at Boston Common

The weather is always comfortable and warm at the beginning of the fall semester. It’s such a nice time
for a picnic! Grabbing snacks, chocolates, and bubble tea, you can enjoy a lazy afternoon with only food,
friends, music, and green grass.

2: Waking up in a log cabin at Getaway House
Waking up in a wooden cabin in the forest is the most romantic moment I can imagine for a brilliant long
weekend or short holiday plan! Making a cup of fresh coffee, grilling for a barbecue, and taking a walk in
the forest, there is a unique experience you can only have in a getaway house.

1: Watching the sunrise at Revere Beach
What is the good thing about staying up late for a deadline? You can straightly drive to revere beach for a
morning sunset! Waiting for the sunset to rise above the sea wave and white clouds, you can never receive
such a memory in your college life.

Jazzy G: Tips, tricks, and tidbits to help you make the most out of your time at BU

So, it’s finally happening. Last week, I had my last first day of school and was forced to accept the fact that I am a senior in college. It’s true what they tell you: blink, and it’s almost over. Seriously. I can’t tell you where the time has gone or where I will end up next. But that’s okay because this blog isn’t about that. No. Instead, this blog is about the things I can tell you  — the things I’ve learned along the way. 

 

Let’s get to it. My tips, tricks, and tidbits for incoming freshmen who want to make the most of their time on COMM Ave.

 

  1. “No” is a complete sentence. It is always okay to say “no.” Your time is a gift, and you don’t have to share it with everyone who asks. You also don’t owe anyone an explanation or reason. Just a "no" should suffice in almost every situation. 
  2. Pay attention to the friends you make along the way. We always hear that networking is one of the most important things you can do to help yourself in your career and internship search. It’s never too early to start building those connections. It can be as easy as sending an email, asking for a coffee chat, or befriending your peers in COM. Check out BU COM Career Services to get more networking tips. 
  3. Don’t wait to get out of the BU Bubble. The BU bubble is a real thing! It’s so important that you don’t let it drown you. Whenever you have the chance, go off-campus and explore the city. You can study at a coffee shop in the North End, grab dinner in Seaport, or visit a bookstore in Cambridge. Boston has so much to offer, and it’s important to explore while you still can. 
  4. Always shoot your shot. It never actually hurts to just shoot your shot. Send the email; apply for that internship; volunteer even when it’s scary. Some of the best advice I ever got was from a COM professor who shared her motto with me: “If someone has to win, why can’t it be me?” That question now lives rent-free in my mind, and I’d beg you to ask yourself the same thing anytime you’re in doubt. 
  5. Do ~all~ the things you can while still taking care of yourself. I cannot emphasize enough how quickly time will go by. I beg you to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Obviously, you should prioritize your mental health and schoolwork before anything else. Beyond that, however, I would advise you to try saying “yes” to as many things as you can. College is a time to stretch yourself. So, try new things and take every mistake as a learning opportunity. Everything will be okay. 

Evan B: On Starting My Senior Year… Just A Few Things I’ve Learned During My Time In College (So Far)!

Hi everyone! It’s CA Evan, your favorite Media Science to Public Relations major who now wants to pursue… theatre management?!?!?! These past three years in Boston have been quite an adventure, and as my fourth, and sadly, final year is just beginning, I wanted to share just a few of the things I’ve learned so far!

Try new things!
There’s so much to do not only in COM, but around BU and Boston, and the world, too! Some of my favorite memories I’ve made at BU so far have been when I tried something that I never thought I’d be interested in, like joining BUTV10’s Bay State as an actor or the Dance Theatre Group. While I won’t have the time to study abroad before I graduate (I’d need an 8th or 9th
day in the week to make that happen), so many of my friends who have absolutely loved their experience! BU has so much to offer, and you may not even see it until you start looking. Nothing is ever set in stone, and there is so much time to try all of the things you love, or may not think you’ll love at first, either!

Do what you love!
Before I came to BU, I had always thought I’d pursue healthcare communications, and never pictured it any different. Well, after beginning the Media Science curriculum and soon learning that wasn’t quite what I’d wanted, I changed my major to Public Relations one day before my Sophomore spring began! And, after one more year, I changed my career focus again, this time to theatre production management, realizing theatre is really what I love and want to do in my
life. I know I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today without taking each of those steps, all of which had something to do with what I loved and what my goals are. And, I know all of those experiences have made me so happy– I don’t think I would feel the same if I hadn’t always followed my heart my entire time at BU!

Don’t be afraid to think– and step outside of– the box!
Is there a club you want to join on campus but don’t see? You can make it! Do you want to learn more about something related to your major but don’t see a class about it? You can work with a Faculty Mentor on a Directed Study, research, or even COMLab! One of the best things about going to a big school in a city is that there are always opportunities for you to explore, even if it means having to look a bit harder for them 😉

Have (so much) fun!
College is honestly such a fun experience, and these four years can go by super fast! Whether you’re exploring Boston or revisiting one of your favorite spots, or making new friends or having a movie night with some of your best friends, make the most of everything and have fun!

Leah H: Things to do in Boston in the Spring

Things to do in Boston in the Spring

Ever feeling bored in a city with plenty of things to do? As the weather warms up, try some of these ideas for your next weekend adventure!

  1. Make a pizza!

Boy, do I love pizza. At home, my family makes pizza on the grill in the summer. While I don't have a grill at school, I try to get around to making homemade pizza at least once a month in the oven. It’s cheap, easy, and I usually have leftovers for lunch. Buying fresh dough is the key to making it really shine. I usually buy mine from Trader Joe’s but want to try the dough from Clear Flour Bakery and Eataly. Going out to find the ingredients makes up some of the fun in cooking. If cooking isn’t your thing, I’ve found the best pizza places in Boston that for sure won’t disappoint: Stoked in Brookline and Locale in the North End!

  1. Paint – Indoors, outdoors, or at a studio!

After a never ending winter, I can’t wait to do things outside. Painting with friends is a great way to try something new and creative. You can bring paint and canvases to a park (like Amory or Boston Common) or stay inside if it’s a rainy day. Plus, making your painting outing into a picnic is always a good idea. Another fun idea is to head to a studio and paint pottery! The Clay Room in Brookline is a good place to explore a new area and express your creativity.

  1. Museums!

Not enough people take advantage of the free museum admission BU students get! Over the last year I’ve been to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Art, and Institute of Contemporary Art. Even if you aren’t a huge art buff like me, it’s a good (and FREE) way to spend a few hours! Some museums also offer special exhibits depending on the day or season. I definitely recommend the Isabella Stewart Gardner for its beautiful scenery, history, and art.

  1. Explore a new part of the city!

Boston has so many vibrant and different neighborhoods. Try going somewhere you’ve never been before and make a day out of it. Eat at the restaurants the locals go to and see where people hang out. You never know where your new favorite spot may be! I recently went to Beacon Hill and really enjoyed going into the little quaint shops. I ate at Cobblestones and it was delicious.

 

Sophie J: FINALS SZN COMING UP… UH-OH ?

FINALS SZN COMING UP… UH-OH ?

It’s that time of the year when you are so used to college life, living in your dorm, reminiscing the time when you first moved in, and have an idea of how things work on campus. Except this also means that it’s the end of the semester, meaning that finals are just around the corner. 

FINALS?!

First of all, woah, one year went by SO FAST.

Second, what do I do?! 

Take a deep breath and settle down. Don’t panic

For some of you, you probably already know what finals are like from experience and know-how to prepare for the exam(s), but for those that are unfamiliar with it still, no worries.

Follow these tips and I’m sure they will help you get through the season. 

  • Plan out a schedule.

I’m not sure if you’ve done the MBTI test, but I’m a very “J” person. I love to plan things accordingly, and I NEED to plan out everything for the day or even the week. Whether you’re like me or not I cannot emphasize enough that it is VERY helpful to plan out your study schedule and break your studying each day. It’s important to get prepared and know in-depth all the materials before your exam, so I highly recommend writing down the topics you need to cover for the day. Though all-nighters can work for some people, you’re still exhausted. It’s important to take a break and study little by little. I promise, all the information will just be in your brain if you follow this.

  • SLEEP

This is another key tip I want to point out. SLEEP. Literally, just sleep. It’s SO important to have a good night's rest and sleep, especially the day before your exam. Not only will information be remembered longer, but you WON’T be EXHAUSTED. When you get a good sleeping schedule, you’ll be able to focus more during the exam and won’t have to worry about your eyes slowly closing, eventually leading you to drowse off. You’ll be in a better mood, remember information better, and you’ll ace your exam.

  • Bye-bye phone.

I know this is very difficult. Even for me, it’s difficult to get off my phone and say “OK. Let’s start now.” I always procrastinate and it’s mostly because of electronic devices. Once you get on that device, you’ll be thinking “OK. Five more minutes.” It’s better to shut it off or place it somewhere else where you won’t be able to find it. Without it, you’ll be able to focus more on your work and actually get the studying that needs to be done. You’ll be concentrating in no time. 

  • Love the Vibe!

Are you into cafes? Libraries? The Dining Hall? Whatever place you’re comfortable in, it’s a good strategy to study in an area where you’re able to concentrate and get your studying in. You’re environment also affects your working habits, so it is good to have a favorite studying location. Let’s say you like studying at cafes. You can get coffee, “study” with other people that are working like you, and you won’t be tempted to go to your bed since you’re not at home. Trust me, where you’re studying is important!

  • Lastly, don’t stress!

Don’t stress about your finals! Trust me, it’s not worth it. You’ll do amazing. If you just complete the studying that you have to do little by little, you’ll be finished in no time. Studying under stress can stress you out even more, and it’s better to study without it! You’ll be focused and will retain the information longer.

I hope these tips will help you! 

Again, don’t worry. You’ll do great for your final exams and soon, the week will be flying in no time.

Have a wonderful summer and happy studying!

 

Kelly T: Some solid tips to incoming first-year students, from a current freshman’s perspective

Some solid tips to incoming first-year students, from a current freshman’s perspective
  1. Remember you just graduated high school, don’t be too hard on yourself

I’m always the one who wants to accomplish everything in a short amount of time. While it might work in high school, college can be a lot different. With all the things going on, academics, clubs, friendships, families, mental health, and personal matters, it will be so overwhelming to balance everything so well when you first enter college. Remember, don’t feel guilty for thinking you are not doing the best you can. Prioritize things, ask yourself: what matters to you most? I came from a really small high school in another country, while I was in so many clubs at the same time while balancing school work fairly well, college was a bit harder than I thought it would be. Going to such a large school, other than having so many resources, could also be a problem when you try to be committed to everything, just because there are too many people and too many things to handle at the same time.

 

  1. Seek opportunities for yourself, don’t feel ashamed to ask for help

I used to be a really shy person who always waited for others to come to me to ask me, “How is it going.” While in college, everyone is so busy with their schedule, I’m not saying it’s not possible to have people ask you about life, but it would happen a fewer times than you thought. I’m a pretty emotional person, and a little thing might affect my feeling, sometimes it might not show outside, but it definitely happens inside. Throughout this year, I’ve learned to take the initiative to ask for help, as many times as I want. Talking to friends is my first advice when you are not feeling right. I literally “spammed texting” my friends like 100+ messages a day just to tell my feelings. Some of them never replied (it’s ok tho lol). I also like to sit on the BU beach, just to look across the river and relax. Don’t feel like being physically alone is not right, it works for me so well especially when I feel exhausted mentally. And it helped a lot!

 

  1. Be friends with your professors, say the truths

Since I’m a COM student, most of the classes that I chose was small-size class, even though large lecture like CO101 has discussion session (about 20 people). When I have a concern about life or questions for class, I talked to my professors and teaching assistants. Something I have too many things to handle, I will let them know. Remember we are all human beings, and mistakes and taking breaks are inevitable. Don’t feel like you need to be perfect at all times. I always say the facts, if I don’t like a specific content of my course, if my professor asks if this helps, I will just say not really. It doesn’t mean you are not learning, and it’s so normal to have likes and don’t likes in a class.

 

Congratulations class of 2026, I was in the same shoes as you all last year around this time. Don’t be nervous, things would all come along as time goes!

 

Hannah Y: Best Places to Travel to on Massachusetts Public Transport

Best Places to Travel to on Massachusetts Public Transport 

I grew up in a place notoriously devoid of efficient public transportation (thanks for that, Southern California) — so you’ll imagine my amazement when I first learned about the vast reaches of the MBTA. 

Silly as it sounds, I couldn’t believe how many different places in the Greater Boston area I could easily take Massachusetts public transit to. Many Charlie Card refills and Commuter Rail weekend passes later, I still haven’t stopped exploring what Massachusetts public transport has to offer. 

With that said, here are a few of my favorite places to take MBTA to: 

Fresh Pond (Cambridge) 

At the far end of the northbound red line is Fresh Pond, a hidden gem of a park just 10 minutes away from the Alewife T stop. The park is oriented around a giant reservoir, with a 2.25 mile walking loop surrounding the water. Dog enthusiasts can spot pups of all shapes, sizes and colors at the pond’s dog beach and grassy lawns. There’s also a golf course adjacent to the water if you’re looking for a local spot to tee off. 

Ipswich 

There are few places more beautiful than Ipswich’s Crane Estate and Crane Beach along the North Shore, which are located a short bus ride from the Ipswich Commuter Rail station. The highlight of the estate is the 56,881-acre mansion on the property’s hill that overlooks the ocean. Visitors can take a tour of the house, peruse the estate’s rose gardens and lawns, and end the day with a trip down to Crane Beach at the far edge of the property.   

Natick Mall

The Natick Mall isn’t quite as scenic as some of the other locations on the list, but hear me out — the retail behemoth is a sight to behold for anyone unfamiliar with the area. The mall offers a wide array of shopping and dining options, including all-time mall classic California Pizza Kitchen, a personal favorite. The mall’s lineup of entertainment options isn’t lacking either, with Level99, a challenge-based recreation center, and Dave & Buster’s on the list.  

Cleveland Circle 

Cleveland Circle is the final stop on the C leg of the green line, leading riders right to the base of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. The Reservoir itself is a great place for a power walk alone or with friends, and the nearby Cafe Landwer and Eagle’s Deli are two solid spots to refuel afterward. The best part? If you head down the C line to Cleveland Circle in the fall, you’ll be treated to scenic views of colored leaves and old-timey apartment buildings for much of the ride.