Aidan: Open House Reflection

The temperature hit 70 yesterday, and COM had its first Open House for accepted students this past Saturday. All in all, a pretty stellar week. As a COM Ambassador, I sat in on many of the info sessions and talkbacks during the Open House, and got to meet a lot of excited perspective students. Perhaps I had forgotten, but I found myself reminded of all the factors that make COM an exciting and rewarding place to learn and work. I think every COM student, old and new, can be reinvigorated by some of the advice of Open House

1.     Everyone here is here to tell a story.

Whether it be through an Ad Campaign, or a short film, COM students are here because they have something they want to say to the world. We come from all walks of life, all different parts of the world, and have unique experiences that we can share with others. COM students see the value in life events, and wish to convey messages to each other to help mankind in some manner. I think that makes us the most interesting students on campus

2.     People who COM really love the field of Communication.

Pursuing any career in Communication takes guts. Some people accuse COM students of “taking the easy way out” for not majoring in some hard science or statistics. But that simply isn’t true. We all come to our respective majors because we know its what we love to do, and it is what will personally fulfill us in the end. Every COM student knows at times it will be hard, but we are ready for that. That makes us strong.

3.     You get out what you put in

Attending Open House, it is clear that opportunity is the easiest and most rewarding thing to come across in COM. BUTV10, PRSSA, WTBU, every chance to refine a certain skill is readily available in COM. Just like in the job market all COM students will go into, we are taught right off the bat that, if you put yourself forward and do the work you want to be doing, you will get better and you will find more chances to advance. All the tools are there; it is just a question of how much you are willing to give to get what you want.


BU, we have an exciting new class of Freshman coming our way. If we can remember the excitement for COM that we had back then, and use that to continue our drive, this school and its products will only grow in quality.

Hannah C: Freshman Housing

CONGRATUALTIONS if you’ve been accepted to COM, also known as the most spectacular place to receive a degree in the field of communication. In my book, that’s not an exaggeration.  One year I received my own acceptance letter, I know just how pumped you are to be one step closer to joining the next generation of film directors, PR professionals, journalists, and creative directors.  You should definitely be proud.  You might even be #proudtobu.


If you’re one of the high school seniors who received a thick envelope and are seriously thinking about attending COM, make sure to check us out at our Open Houses April 12th and April 19th.  If you’re unable to make those dates, you can take a tour of COM any weekday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.  And, if you can’t to meet us at those times, I’m writing today to answer one of the most common questions I’ve received guiding tours: Where should I choose to live as a freshman?


Once you decide to become a BU student, the next step is filling out a housing interests survey.  On it, you’ll rank your top housing choices and choose a meal plan.  But which ones should be your top choices?  Here’s a current first year’s take on some of your possible freshman residence options.


Warren Towers: Many freshmen in COM live here, since it’s right next-door to the COM building.  If you’re the type to roll out of bed and into class, this is probably the dorm for you.  There are also major-specific floors where COM students can live and learn together. It’s in the center of campus, amid Comm. Ave. excitement. There’s a Starbucks, a CityCo, and a Jamba Juice at street-level of the dorm.


West Campus: Located adjacent to Nickerson Field, the three dorms on West Campus have less of a city vibe and their own sense of community, although they are somewhat removed.  Some students in West enjoy the walk home from classes and proximity to FitRec, our gym, and restaurants such as Canes or BugerFi.


The Towers: Nothing compares to living on Bay State Road, lined with its trees and brownstones, where this residence is located.  The Towers dorm is near SMG, SED, and relatively close to CAS.  It has single-sex floors, some of which are major-specific.


Kilachand Hall: If you plan to be a freshman in the Kilachand Honors College, this is where you’ll live.  You may even have a class or two within the building. Also on Bay State Road, it is directly across the street from my personal favorite dining hall, Marciano Commons.  There is a newly renovated study lounge on the first floor, as well as a study lounge on the ninth floor with great views of the Charles River and downtown Boston.


Hope this gives a bit more insight, and I hope to meet you soon!