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The Rock Staff Presents: A Year-End Tribute

What a year it’s been at BC! From a winning football season to a Beanpot “five-peat”, from BC Confessions to YikYak, from sesquicentennials to , we’ve had our fair share of controversy, challenges and celebrations on the Heights. As the year comes to a close, we here at the Rock are taking some time to reflect on their fondest memories from 2013-2014 and appreciate all the little things that make Boston College such a special place. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a fantastic year at BC!

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1234908_632582373441110_1109117344_n“The best thing that happened this year was probably as simple as just getting to come to BC and adjusting to life at college. And, of course, all the silly things, like that time I had to walk back to Upper from Edmonds at 3:00 am after watching The Shining, and nearly cried when a bunny made a noise in the bushes next to me, or when a bunch of my friends and I crowd into a small room in Gonzaga to watch Game of Thrones. It’s the little things that made the year great.” —Saidhbhe Berry ‘17

Every moment spent in the company of friends has made my first year here amazing. I could never single out one moment from everything that I’ve experienced, but I know that without my close friends, those various ‘best’ moments would never have existed.” —Jack Donovan ‘17

“This year was far from perfect. Peaks and valleys like any normal year, but the valleys seemed far more frequent. To quote Bran Stark and his father Ned, ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave’. It’s in the greatest challenges that one truly finds what he can be. I think this was the year that challenged me the most so far and for that I am grateful, for it forced me to raise up and be more than I thought I could. ‘But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!'” —Jake Maestas ’16

10152469_669557876438777_9005228263243104089_n“The best thing that happened this year? “We Are One Body” at 10:15 mass every night. Group texts with my Appa posse. Dinners with my Perspectives and Creative Writing classes. Staying up late with my roommates. Dinner dates and coffee breaks. Movies when I fell asleep, jokes I’ve already forgotten. At the end of the day, realizing that no matter how stressed or sad or tired I can get, BC is making me the best version of myself. I couldn’t be more grateful for this.” —Melissa Warten ‘16

“This semester was probably my favorite at BC thus far, simply because some really awesome things happened: I was on the CCE’s Improv Beanpot Championship-winning team, I was accepted onto some student e-boards (the Dramatics Society and something called “The Rock,” though you’ve probably never heard of that one), I was in The Drowsy Chaperone, I road-tripped to Miami, and I ate too many cheesesteak quesadillas (I’m actually eating one as I write this).  But most importantly, I became so much closer to all of the incredible people I’m surrounded by here, which only makes me infinitely more excited to keep spending time with some of the best people I’ve ever met.” —Chris Pinto ‘16

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“This year was such an adventure: I spent my fall semester studying abroad at the University of Glasgow, then I came back to finish out my junior year at BC with old and new friends. I have so many fond memories of this semester: living the off-campus life, hockey games with my best friends from Conte Forum to Philadelphia, a new job with the wonderful people at Moogy’s, kicking it on Fridays with my Creative Nonfiction class, and reuniting with my one true love: the Tuscan Chicken at Eagle’s Nest. My return to BC has had its ups and downs, but I’ve been reminded so much that even when you go far away, there’s nothing like coming home.” —Kate Lewis ‘15

“I also spent my fall semester studying abroad, at Queen Mary University of London, and I’m so happy to be able to call London one of my homes along with my hometown of Burlingame, California and Boston. Like Kate, coming back to BC was crazy meeting up with my old friends as well as making new ones. While being in London was a blast, it made it that much sweeter coming back to my friends here in Boston.” —Danielle Dybbro ‘15

“Fall semester of junior year was a good one. Being in an off campus apartment was a totally new experience and it was the first year I was living with totally drama-free people whom I had developed lasting friendships with. This year has had so many crazy moments and hilarious times it’s really hard to choose. I guess my favorite moment of the year was simply hanging out in my living room surrounded by my friends. We were all dying of laughter over some random joke one of us made but it still sits in my mind as a time of utter bliss. No stress, no anger, no sadness, nothing on our minds but how happy we were to be with each other. I was elated to be there, at that exact moment, out of anywhere else in the world.” —Christian Petro ‘15

1237817_10200869077029544_313808801_n“This year has reminded me of all of the little things I love about Boston College – the people, the classes, the ‘Happy’ video, the flowers in bloom, the school spirit, and the BC pride. We stormed the field after our last home football game and cheered loudly for the runners on Marathon Monday. I cried when I got a job and my best friends got accepted into graduate school. I gave my last BC campus tour and told accepted students why BC is my favorite place in the world. Although I’m sad to graduate, I’m moving forward as a better, smarter, more confident person than I was when I first stepped foot on campus as a freshman.”Meagan McCarthy ‘14

It’s nearly impossible to single out the best moment of my senior year at BC. I’d have to say it’s a collection of small yet meaningful events–starting with an amazing birthday celebration in September thanks to my dear friends, working with brilliant and talented people on two shows in the theatre, every $3 pizza, glass of wine, fancy dinner, sports game I shared with friends–because when I look back at my overwhelmingly beautiful experience at BC, it is the people I will remember the most.” —Thais Menendez ‘14

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Thanks to all our readers who’ve made our year a wonderful one. Stay tuned for our summer content, and we can’t wait to see you all on the Heights next year!

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