Despite the summerlike heat and humidity that has been plaguing the Heights this week, the unmistakable signs of a new school year are all around: long lines at the Mac bookstore, students trawling UIS for an open spot in their dream course, festoons of maroon and gold as football season approaches. Yes, September is here and it’s time for a new school year, and we here at the Rock have put together some advice to help you make this year at BC the best yet.
“Set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t try to go to every party, sign up for every club, or take classes that you can’t handle. It’s better to focus in on what you really love, meet some great people, and enjoy yourself. Otherwise, you’ll end up burnt out, tired, and super cranky. Also, you should probably write for the Rock.” – Joey Dorion ‘17
“If something really random interests you at the activity fair (or anywhere), GO DO IT. I spontaneously joined a few clubs, and they are now some of the best parts about my experience at BC!! Just have fun, don’t take yourself too seriously, and be careful when going out at night. No one wants to be/take care of the kid that lost all control on a night out.” – Saidhbhe Berry ‘17
“Be selective at the club fair and realistic! You do not have time for 12 clubs. Find something you might really like to be involved in and committed to and then GO DO IT! Don’t just sign up for a listserve, go check it out. Even if you don’t know anyone. Especially if you don’t know anyone!” – Amanda Dames ’16
“Alright children, buckle up. I could sit here and give you Sparknotes version of my tips and tricks (befriend your professors, don’t go to Lower/Mac right after class, don’t use Sparknotes). But, I’m not supposed to tell you how to make a BC experience that’s authentic to you. The one thing I will tell you is that you cannot and should not waste time. As right now, you have roughly 1,340 days until graduation. It may look like a big number, but I can promise you that it’s going to breeze by, so make the most of it. Do what your heart wants and your time will be more than worth it. Follow my lead here; then, make sure it’s the last time you follow someone else’s lead in your time at BC.” – Chris Pinto ‘16
“Everybody is going to be giving you advice–it’s helpful, but don’t take it too seriously. Don’t worry about what you “should” be doing or what the “right way” is. Trust yourself. Follow your intuition. You’ll be good to go.” – Erin Sutton ‘16
“A couple things you newbies should think about: The B line is painful, the D line is the best option by far, and don’t take the public buses unless you know what you’re doing. White Mountain purchases should never be factored into your budget. Buy books for pleasure, even if you don’t think you’ll have time to read; it’s healthy. Invest in a good rain jacket, a Charlie card, and a reliable phone case. But the best advice I can give you is not to take my advice–go with your gut and what you want out of this time at BC, because four years goes by too quickly to let anyone but yourself have a say.” – Melissa Warten ‘16
“College should be a time of personal inquiry and discovery. While you’re at BC, I suggest trying things for the hell of it. Learn about yourself in ways you couldn’t in high school. College gives you much more freedom to search for your specific interests. Make excuses to get out of your dorm room and do things. Get to know your classmates in the first few days because it’s always helpful to see a familiar face in a crowd. Remember to find the balance between work and play. Although a 4.0 GPA is an admirable feat, don’t become too obsessed with grades and miss out on the rest of your college experience. Conversely, you might think the people partying every night and skipping classes are having a great time, but they won’t be soon. Above all, cherish your four years at BC. The people you meet will become lifelong friends and the things you do will be some of your fondest memories.” – Christian Petro ‘15
“A few nuggets of advice for the enhancement of your Boston College experience– Leave your door open. Go to football/hockey/basketball games and unabashedly embrace your general cluelessness w/r/t athletics. Eat, whatever you want and when you feel like it–you won’t have that meal plan forever. Try everything once, be it a cappella or intramurals or drinking games. Do your homework. Befriend at least one professor and at least one RA in your building. Decide what you want out of your time here and chase it relentlessly. And most importantly, find something every day to be grateful for. As my main man Ferris Bueller once said: life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you may miss it.” – Kate Lewis ‘15
To Eagles both new and returning–welcome to the Heights, and have a great year!