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While BU certainly has its downfalls, most of which are due to the sheer size of the University, there are plenty of opportunities to take full advantage of all that it has to offer. For the resourceful and motivated, a little effort will go a long way. The most important thing is to utilize your professors to your advantage. It is their job to be available to their students, and while some are certainly more attentive than others, students are not turned away by a professor when they have gone looking for opportunities or support.
Keeping busy, being well-organized, and choosing a course of study that truly stimulates your intellectual interests will all be really helpful in having a successful experience at BU. Many students dread graduation day, and therefore, leaving Boston is not something they look forward to. On the flip-side, countless others would argue the opposite perspective. Accept your environment and work with it, as well as against it. Do not stay inside for too long, and do not drink away your college years. Make school a priority, and hang out with your professors (they are the best resource you have). Boston is a huge city with a really large population of young people. If you are looking for a taste of city life, and think that you would be able to establish yourself at a big university in a high-paced atmosphere, it is definitely possible to find your niche here.
Computers take a long time to log on, they don't all have the same software, but they all work reliably.
For a school that costs so much you would think they would invest more in better classroom facilities. The A/C and heating is often not working properly, floors in some buildings are uneven. However FitRec is beautiful and a great place to use.
The buses and the T are easy to use and affordable. They both allow you options of where to live off campus. The school are has a shuttle that is free to take students to different parts of the campus or to the med school campus. Many students bike. Driving is the least convenient method and it is expensive to park.
Boston is really nice during most of the year. The cold does creep up on the students, but, so long as you know how to layer correctly and own a scarf, the chill doesn't get to you. A couple of weeks out of the year are nearly unbearable if you have to trek from one side of campus to the other and you don't have the clothes to do so. Once the season turns from winter, though, the weather is almost ideal. One must always be wary of the winds, but the school i generally a rather nice place to walk around.
The freshman dorm building that I lived in lacked any luxuries—there were no kitchen appliances for use by those dorming in the building; the upper stories became way too hot in the first couple weeks the heaters were used; the elevators were clunky and one had a propensity for breaking down. However, most of the other dorms I happen to know are more comfortable. Beyond that, living in the freshman dorms is especially helpful for meeting other freshman. The Warren Towers dorm building is also placed right next to most of the classroom buildings making for an easy trip for freshman to get to their classes.
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