Dany: Things to Look Forward To

Daniela ImageFirst off, congratulations to all you new COM kiddies! I can’t tell you how excited I am to meet all of you next fall. I’ve been able to meet some of you already at our Open Houses and you are all so wonderful. I hope you’re as excited for next year as I am!

Wait what am I talking about? Of course you guys are excited. Why wouldn’t you be? You have so many fantastic things coming your way in the next few months. Prom, graduation (graduation presents!), parties, summertime, orientation, the list goes on and on. Believe me, once you come for orientation, you will never want to leave Boston. But here are some more things to look forward to once the year starts.

1. That amazing moment when you successfully do your laundry for the first time.

Now I know some of you probably do that already, but for me, this was one of the first “independent” obstacles I had to overcome. I had my mom write out on an index card the basic directions plus a few helpful tips so I wouldn’t ruin any particular items. I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I finished and nothing was ten times smaller or ten times pinker than it should be.

2. The Friday after your first full week of school.

This is a different sort of accomplishment. There is always excitement that comes with the first day of school because everything is new. In college, this excitement is magnified. That first week will make you feel like you’ve been here forever. You’ll know your professors and classmates, and most importantly, the exact time it takes to get from your dorm/dining hall to your class. Minutes are not wasted here at BU, especially when those minutes mean more food in your stomach before a lecture!

3. Your first college all-nighter.
(ProTip: Sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Also, the buddy system.)

4. Spending an entire day sitting in the Warren dining hall because you are running out of meals and each swipe counts so you bring everything you have ever needed to work on for all eternity and leave your seat only to go to the bathroom in what I like to call the BU Hunger Games.

….No? Just me? Okay.

Anyway, I could go on forever with everything you guys are going to experience once you get here. These are just the basics, but there are so many awesome opportunities you’re going to have that you can’t even imagine! For example, this year alone I have held an Oscar that was awarded at this year’s Academy Awards, met the producer of Mad Men (she’s a COM alum!), interviewed Gym Class Heroes, and fulfilled my lifelong dream of filming the Friends theme song intro, couch and fountain and umbrellas and all (as most of you saw in our Open House video!)

I never imagined I would have the chance to do all those things, and I’m so excited for what the next few semesters have in store for me.

In short, I hope you guys are prepared to have the best four years of your life. Welcome to BU!

Steph: The Power of Twitter

Steph ImageWhen I first heard about Twitter, my initial thought was, “So its just a website dedicated to Facebook status updates. That sounds really dumb.”

I was extremely skeptical about how great Twitter was. I swore I would never get one. That all changed once I got to BU. It quickly became clear to me that everyone and everything at BU had an online presence, especially on Twitter. This realization was also amplified as a COM student, where communication is everything.

So, I caved. Even though I had made one months before, I rarely went on it and never updated. I started following more and more people and things, and was introduced to the wonderful world of Twitter.

Contrary to my original belief, Twitter is not only a place for people to post pointless updates about what they were doing. There is so much information at your fingertips, including tips about all the cool things that are going on around Boston and BU.

As a prospective Film and TV major, I follow the Film and TV department on Twitter (@BUFilmTV). At one point last semester, their Twitter updated that Professor Jaramillo was going to be giving a lecture on the topic of Race in Mad Men. As an enormous fan of Mad Men, I grabbed two of my friends and headed over to the African American Studies House. The lecture was so interesting and thought provoking, and it ended up being one of my favorite things that I did last semester. Without Twitter, I never would have known about it!

Twitter is such a great resource for information. If you don’t already have an account, definitely consider getting one. You never know what you might find!

To get started, here are a few BU accounts that are extremely helpful:

Boston University: @BU_Tweets

BU COM: @comugrad

COM Ambassadors: @COM_Ambassadors

And now for some shameless self-promotion, follow me at @StephSemet!