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The general feeling seems to be that Boston College is a wonderful school and an incredible experience. However, the first few years can be tough, as you may not be prepared for the enormity of the college experience. If you’re from a very diverse high school, you will certainly be shocked at the very different atmosphere that will surround you at BC. Furthermore, so many of your peers can appear like they’re having the time of their lives, and you might feel like you’re faking it, especially at first. Yet, staying the course is absolutely worth it, as Boston College is a wonderful institution with many dynamic people who will truly challenge and amaze you. If you give the school a little time to grow on you, it certainly will and you’ll be really glad you gave it
Also keep in mind that while parties and tailgates are enjoyable, they are not the only things college life is about. Yes, you want to have fun, and you will once you get to know people a little better, but there are other reasons you came here. Remember that you are going to college to receive an exceptional college education, and Boston College will certainly deliver that and then some. Friendships flourish, enriching academics abound, and you’ll walk away a changed person.
If you live off campus, Boston College has a great bus service it provides that extends a pretty good length into the city. If you aren't living along the route, the train is also really easy to use and cabs are always quick and readily available. However both services are extremely expensive, in my opinion ($2.50 per train ride and $50+ for a cab ride to the airport).
Most of the facilities at BC are in good shape. The older buildings are in the process of being renovated or completely replaced. A brand new academic building was completed this year, and it is quite nice. However, certain aspects of BC could use some work, especially the gym. All in all, facilities at BC are top notch.
Students at BC live on campus freshman, sophomore, and senior year. Junior year is when most students live off campus. It is relatively easy to find an off-campus apartment. BC has a shuttle bus that runs from campus to Cleveland Circle, with stops where most off-campus apartments are located, making it easy to get to and from campus. Off campus housing is great because this is where many of the best parties are located. However, living off-campus can be very expensive, as the apartments are highly priced.
I am a Psychology, BS major (neuroscience, basically), which is very easy to declare. I am also pre-med, which is also easy to declare. However the hard part is not getting weeded out, or basically maintaining good grades in all the natural science classes. If you're willing to put in a lot of time and effort, you will do okay. If you are also naturally gifted, you will do even better.
The buildings on campus are beautiful, and studying in Bapst is almost intimidating for that reason. Almost every classroom is equipped with a smart board and/or projector. The Power Gym where the athletes work out is great, but everyone else has to use the Plex. The Plex is that ridiculous concrete circus tent thing that everyone asks about on tours. In fact, the building's absurd shape prevents the installation of an effective central AC system, so the climate inside is comparable to that of a tropical rainforest, especially on weekends when it's packed. It was built in the 70s, so I'm pretty sure whoever drew up the blueprints was whacked out on LSD. Waiting for a machine is all but guaranteed, and the pool is really beat up too. No one knows why it hasn't been replaced yet. BC has twice the financial endowment and half the population of BU, but their rec complex is like 3 LA Fitnesses stacked on top of each other plus a lazy river. Apparently there's a plan to build a new one, but not on Lower. Well not really a plan, just everyone agrees that we need a new one. So they're thinking of planning to build a new one. Probably. Congrats if you read all this.
This is so true, what gives??? Thecollegelife describes the "plex" extremely accurate. For such a popular school, with a student body made up of "beautiful people" you would think they'd dip into their endowment and step up the athletic/fitness recplex.
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