Friday, October 3, 2014

Submissions from our previous blog!

As promised, below are all the submissions and posts from our previous blog. We will begin updating this blog with new entries in the coming weeks! Enjoy!

Media Blogs and Photos
2013

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A Day in the Life for Finals!

So I'm in the midst of finals, and it is a hectic time to say the least.  Everyone is running around, and coffee is a luxury item.  Today I woke up at around 10am, got ready for the day, and went to Lower Dining Hall to study in the middle of the Christmas decorations (for some reason they are a sort of calming reminder that home is around the corner).  I sat studying until noon, and then met someone for lunch.  The nicest thing about finals is how much free time you have.  The only things that you need to wrap your schedule around are your exams.  After grabbing lunch, I went back to my room and studied until 3pm.  My Financial Accounting test was at 4pm, so after my super secret pre-test ritual, I went over to the classroom where my test was scheduled.  The test took me 3-hours, but wasn't difficult since I studied.  I tell people all the time that as long as you study, nothing is going to be impossible.  After the test, I went back to my room and passed into a finals sleep (these are very deep sleeps, much like hibernating for bears).  A finals Thursday thus came and went.
Will Campbell

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Professor Wesner

I thought I would take one blog post to rant about how great Professor Wesner is.  He teaches my Intro to Business Law class, and I don't think that I've had a more inspiring professor.  He has a very quirky teaching style that is hilarious yet informative.  He is certainly not a guy who is afraid of laughing in the classroom.  On top of that, he is ridiculously smart.  He and I have had countless conversations about law, and, every time, he blows me away with how much he knows.  What also makes him so great is his approachability.  In college it can be hard to establish personal relationships with professors, but it has been no challenge with Professor Wesner.  He actually likes to get to know his students on a personal level.  If you have the opportunity to take him, do it!  
Will Campbell

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Boston College was not my first choice school. Weird, right? I don’t think anyone would guess it by seeing me at a hockey game, or an a cappella performance, or walking out the front doors of Bapst after a long night of studying. But back during the long process that is college applications, I never pictured myself doing any of those things. I visited BC as a high school junior and was certainly impressed, but there was something about it that kept it on the back burner through the whole process. The student body was so much bigger than the other schools I was looking at, and I couldn’t picture myself in giant lecture halls during class, or not knowing everyone in my dorm even as an upperclassman. The other schools were smaller, felt more homey already. I imagined that one of those schools was the right choice for me; I could get into BC or not, and I didn’t think I would be emotionally affected either way.
            But then March and April rolled around, and the letters started coming in. Five rejections, five acceptances, BC among the latter. Accepted Student Days and serious thought ruled out three of those five. The final week of April left me with a choice between BC and a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. I talked it out and thought it through. And I realized, more through logic than any gut reaction, that I wanted a social atmosphere and access to more friends and more opportunities – a bigger school would better offer me those criteria. So BC it was.
            It took awhile for me to really feel like it was the right choice. Through high-school graduation and the summer before move-in day, people would say things like, “Wow, what a great choice!” or “You must be so excited!” And I was happy with my choice, and it was exciting. But nerves were getting the better of me. What if I couldn’t find a place among this mass of maroon and gold? As Welcome Week revved up and wound down, what if I never reconnected with any one of those thousand handshakes or icebreaker partners? What if BC had been the wrong choice all along?
            Those worries are legitimate, and I don’t pretend to have been alone in them. But since settling into life here over the past three semesters, I’ve learned that if you seek it out, there is a place for anyone at BC. The clubs, student organizations, campus events and access to Boston feel truly unparalleled; every student has a story to share, a passion to act on, and it has been such a privilege to interact with this campus in so many ways. Whether I chose BC by logic, by necessity, or by some innate force pulling me to the Heights, I could not feel luckier to be here. I wear that Superfan shirt with pride (and usually a hoarse voice to accompany it on game days). I’m an avid follower of a cappella groups, lecturers, and campus events. And leaving Bapst will always feel like a small everyday victory. Boston College is a community all its own and I would be so proud to have YOU be part of it!
Melissa Warten, A&S 2016
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            Tuesdays during my second semester of college were by far my busiest and most eventful of the days of the week, but they were also the most fun and rewarding. Nearly every Tuesday I would wake up around 10 or 10:30. Slow to get up, I eventually moved to the shower. Following the shower I would make my bed and turn on the TV to CNN while I poured the orange juice from my fridge and went under my bed to grab a bar.  I would eat and watch CNN until around 11:45, and then I would go off to my 12:00 class, Psychology. Psychology ended at 1:15, and after this class I would head over to Fulton Hall for Business Statistics at 1:30. Once this class ended at 2:45 I would go to Eagle’s Nest and grab lunch with a few of my friends from Stats. We would be there until around 3:15 or so, and I was pretty tired as I headed back to my dorm room. The next hour and a half was usually a chill time for me. I typically watched a show on Netflix or just listened to music until I had to go. At 5:00 I met up with some of best friends in the lobby of my building and we walked down to Lower together to meet up with the rest of our leadership group. I joined the Emerging Leader Program at Boston College, and nearly every Tuesday most of us would meet as a group in Lower dining hall before heading up to our meeting in the Walsh Function room at 6:00.  Our meetings consisted of speakers and presentations from people such as the President of Boston College to the Sheriff of Boston. These meetings went until 8, and following the meeting a bunch of us would go to Bapst Library to do homework on the beautiful upper floor. I would be there until around 11 or 12 doing work, and then I would go back to my room to relax until I went to bed around 1 o’clock. This was a typical Tuesday during my second semester as a freshman at Boston College, and I enjoyed every minute of them no matter how hectic they got.
Alec Ellis
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When one of the BC splash e-board members approached me about becoming a Splash leader, I have to admit that I really didn’t want to do it.  A Sunday consisting of working with high school kids did not sound appealing to me, mostly because I normally sleep in on the weekends. Basically, the way the program works is that high school students come to BC and take classes that are interesting to them, while learning a bit more about college in the process. The reason I decided to be a Splash leader was because I really liked the idea of helping high school students learn about college academics and the freedom to find classes that are interesting to each individual person. However, I still had no idea what to expect on the day of my first Splash lesson. On that particular Sunday, my group partner and I were assigned a group of kids to play icebreakers with and help out as they went to their classes. I had so much fun holding up a sign as we welcomed all of the kids and then proceeded to learn all about them and play games with them. This fun continued throughout the entire day, and one my favorite times was lunch when all of the kids ate with the Splash leaders and asked us all about college and the college life. What I thought would be an unexciting day turned out to be a great day full of laughs and new friendships. It occurred to me that we could miss so much if we sleep in too late. I did all of these events before many college kids even woke up, and I was very glad I did so. BC Splash turned out to be one of my favorite days at Boston College, and I will almost certainly be participating next year.


Alec Ellis

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It would be trite at this point to remark that this campus is beautiful. Everyone who has ever set foot on it can tell you that. I thank God often that I have the opportunity to study at such a magnificently beautiful school, and feel so blessed to be here each day. Studying for an exam is a whole lot easier when you’re surrounded by beauty, and I find this especially rings true whenever I am in Stokes.
Stokes Hall is without a doubt my favorite place on campus. Aside from the fact that two of my four classes this semester are located inside the building, I spend more than my fair share of time in and around it getting coffee or a sweet treat at the Chocolate Bar, finding an empty classroom to just think in, lounging with my laptop in one of the chairs that overlooks the campus on the bridge between North and South, and even sitting in the McNeil Family Garden with a friend to just chat and relax. Stokes is much more to me than simply a building in which I learn each morning: it is a place I can go to for virtually any need that I may have, and find solace in the beauty, quietness, and comfort that is the building and its surroundings. I know that I’ll never get tired of being there, as I grow to love it more and more every time I step foot inside. I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to spend much of my time over the next four years in Stokes Hall, and I am certain that I will seize this chance whenever possible.
Arev Doursounian

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Last April, while I was still deciding whether or not to come to Boston College, I visited an old friend who was already a student here. She gave me an informal tour of the campus and showed me around from the perspective of a student; it was an invaluable experience because I could truly picture myself here as a student for the first time. After we parted ways (and after I had grabbed my first of many delicious frappes from the Chocolate Bar!), I took to exploring the campus on my own. It was an incredibly perfect, sunny day—and as luck would have it, it turned out to be some sort of special student activities day, because everyone was out on the quad together, talking and laughing and blasting music. It sounds like a scene right out of a movie, I know—but it’s true! This is my first recollection of the time I knew BC was the right place for me. Right then and there, on such a beautiful day when it seemed like the campus was literally alive with the energy of all of its students, I knew that I wanted to be nowhere else. Maybe I’m just overly nostalgic, but the coming spring excites me because it will constantly remind of this wonderful memory and reiterate to me how happy and lucky I am to be here.
Arev Doursounian

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I sing in the University Chorale, and this past weekend we performed a series of three Christmas concerts in conjunction with the Boston College Symphony Orchestra, who sounded absolutely beautiful. We sang sixteen Christmas classics; everything from the timeless Hark the Herald Angels Sing to a moving rendition of Ave Maria. Each night, the audience was invited to sing along. From the perspective of a singer, it was amazing to see how traditional Christmas songs could move people so strongly. Audience members became very emotional and invested in the pieces we were singing; it was clear that our music meant a lot to them, and being able to contribute to those feelings simply by singing—by doing what I love to do most—was incredible. As per usual, the concert ended with the Hallelujah chorus, and our director, John Finney, invited alumni of the Chorale to come up and sing it with us. Many audience members did indeed join us, which demonstrated the strength and timelessness of alumni’s bond to Boston College, and especially to the music program. I’m so happy to be a part of it!

P.S. I learned this weekend that Mr. Clinton Kelly, of What Not To Wear, not only graduated from BC, but was President of the Chorale during his time here! My friends and I had the pleasure of meeting him after our Friday show. He was very nice, and of course, extremely well-dressed. (That’s me on the left!)


Arev Doursounian

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On December 7th, myself and a few other Executive Board members of BC’s Bellarmine Pre-Law Society volunteered in Roslindale with Habitat For Humanity. We arrived on site to find the construction of an unfinished house, and were instructed to each grab a pair of safety glasses, a hammer, some nails, and work gloves, and to head right up to the third floor (which had no roof or walls!). The four of us got to work right away hammering nails into two-by-fours, placing individual pieces together to form the walls of the house, and filling them with foam insulation. It was remarkable how much work had to go into the creation of just one wall—our small group worked together for six hours and the fruit of our labor was only a piece of the puzzle that was the construction of the house as a whole. Yet, we did more than simply hammer away; we helped to build someone’s future home. It’s so incredible to think that one day, people will live under the roof we assisted in creating; we will have helped others in ways we cannot even imagine. I’m so grateful to have been able to participate, and encourage anyone who has the opportunity to volunteer his or her time with Habitat For Humanity; you will not regret it! It’s just another one of the ways that students here at Boston College can represent the Jesuit ideal of “men and women for others,” and to truly make a difference.

To register to volunteer, please visit http://www.habitat.org/.

Here we are in front of the house we worked on!


Arev Doursounian 

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Funny to find that some of the most beautiful places on campus weren't necessarily designed to be beautiful.  I love how the campus is beautiful wherever you go.  This is my view as I leave my dorm (66) on lower to go study in the library.  BC's campus is a comfort in itself!


Will Campbell

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Friends enjoy beautiful weather and music on the Heights at the Stokes amphitheater.  Students love this new green space, recently added to campus in 2013 as a part of the university’s master plan.

Melissa Warten

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I'm an RA for Duchesne Hall, a residence hall in the first year area here at BC. This picture was taken the night of the Class of 2017's First Year Academic Convocation, a ceremony organized by the Office of First Year Experience and “filled with ritual, ideas, and conversation that kick off the academic year.” I am so excited to see my residents start their BC journey and to go set the world aflame.


Colin Mageary 

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BC fans cheer and await a kickoff as BC faces off against ACC rival North Carolina State in November 2013.  BC won the game 38-21 and clinched bowl eligibility for the Eagles for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.



Darren Duguay
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Approximately half of the freshman class at Boston College attends a 48 Hours weekend retreat. The retreat is run by the Office of First Year Experience and revolves around conversation and reflection on freedom and responsibility, academics, extracurricular involvement, social pressures, and friends and relationships. Upperclassmen students help to facilitate the weekend, and help plan meaningful activities for the weekend, including this tradition of string bracelets and affirmations.

Josh Beauregard
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A favorite among students, the annual Christmas tree lighting is a December tradition here at Boston College. As University President Father William Leahy, SJ announces, “let there be light,” the tree shins a bright, red glow, illuminating the campus. Christmas cookies, music from several a cappella groups, and, of course, pictures with Santa himself compete the evening for hundreds of students and faculty.


Colin Mageary

Connor Desmond

Sarah Steiger

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Freshmen at Boston College take a study break and enjoy “tray sledding” after the first snow of the year.



Connor Desmond 
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Boston College has an awesome hockey team and it is so much fun to attend the games!  Every year, Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern, and Boston University compete in the Beanpot Tournament at Boston’s TD Garden. BC won this year!


Danielle LaBruzzo
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Boston College students celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, on Brighton campus.

Colin Mageary
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Here is an image of team camaraderie moments before the Boston College men’s ice hockey play with an audience of Superfans.


Colin Mageary
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Each year, the Residence Hall Association hosts a Mr. Upper competition. First year students help to plan and then love to attend this funny and popular event.


Margaret LePre 
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This is the view of Gasson Hall from the entrance to the O'Neill Library. Even a blizzard can't take away the beauty of Gasson Hall!



Bobby Looney

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Our very own Boston College Eagles hockey team celebrates its fifth consecutive Beanpot victory over Northeastern! The new banner is being raised to the rafters of the TD Garden, home of the Beanpot Championships!


Bobby Looney 
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This picture was taken during First Year Academic Convocation, a ceremony in which the entire freshman class is together for the first time! In the picture, you can see Gasson Hall from the viewpoint of Linden Lane.



Bobby Looney

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It is really fun to watch the Boston Marathon from the main gate of campus. BC students come together to support the runners and the greater city of Boston. Boston Strong!


Danielle LaBruzzo

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Friends enjoying some ice cream in Boston!
Rachel French

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Enjoying a Monopoly night in a freshman residence hall lounge!
Rachel French

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A group of first year students commemorating their weekend in Plymouth, MA on 48 Hours!

Rachel French


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