Boston University '13
Majoring in History
Member since 6/12/2012
You Will Love Mugar Library – The History Major at BU is excellent. There are several tracks to choose from so you can specialize in a certain area if you wish. The required classes for history majors are eye-opening and really useful. Most professors want to make you a better writer so if you are a poor writer, you may want to consider a different major. But, professors are willing to work with you as long as you show effort and come to office hours. The workload gets heavier as you progress, there's a lot of reading (several books a week) and a lot of writing. Internships are available in local historical societies and museums but you have to look for them yourself.
Fine If You Grew up Fast Food – The dining halls make great food if you grew up on Burger King. If you grew up eating fresh food, you will be disgusted. Vegetarians and vegans have a rotation of about four choices and salad. For everyone else, you will want to simply eat a lot of soup, sandwiches and pizza. Others have said the food is great but I don't agree.
Best for Upperclassmen – BU has some of the best and worst housing. Freshmen and sophomores have the absolute worst pick of housing, unless they get pulled in by an older friend. Juniors and seniors get the best housing available if they're willing to pay for it. Warren Towers is wretched, most freshmen live there. It looks like a prison, but is huge. It has three towers with the usual set-up being doubles and a communal hall bathroom. The three dorms on West Campus are similar, just further away and not connected. Towers is once again, the same set-up but less gross and less freshmen filled. Shelton and Myles are suites, with some stand-alone doubles and singles, with private bathrooms. StuVi 1 and 2 are luxury apartments that only seniors have the housing numbers to get into. South Campus and Bay State feature brownstones that can either be apartment style or doubles with a hall bathroom. Brownstones are also difficult to get into.
Boston Cuisine – Boston University stretches for over two miles down Comm. Ave. so there are plenty of easily accessible off-campus dining options. Additionally, the T runs down the BU campus so it's really easy to hop on and take the T to other parts of Boston. Boston offers a lot of Italian, Thai, Indian, and Mexican food so you're sure to find something you like close-by. The prices can be outrageous or cheap depending on where you go.
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