I had a life changing experience this weekend. Surprisingly it wasn’t a near death experience, though the idea of being murdered and thrown overboard at the Boston Harbour was never far from my mind. But no, my life changing experience was far more enjoyable than what my imagination concocted. This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Boston University for their Graduate Visiting Day and information session.
As you can imagine shoving 6 grown ass men and women into a car for what was supposed to be an 8 hour drive is never fun. Add accidental detours, a GPS taking us the scenic route and highway stops that resembled scenes from the most horrifying murder scenes you can imagine, the trip started rough.
The entire 8, 8.5, 11 hour drive I spent contemplating if this was a waste of time and money, for myself and my family. However, as soon as my stomach settled from the 2 or 3 quick u-turns we had to take to get to the Communications building at Boston University, my nerves and mind also calmed.
Boston University is probably one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen (coming from a girl who looks at herself in the mirror constantly, wink wink).
The Public Relations program at Boston University has been one of my top choices since I initially decided to pursue graduate school. I’ve done my crap load of research, as any neurotic 23 year old who stays up way too late has done. However, here are some things I didn’t know:
1) Don’t be the only table at the sports bar cheering for the Blue Jays during the Jays vs. Red Sox. Just don’t.2) In 2012 Boston University was invited to join the Association of American Universities, along with 61 of the other top universities that lead the United States and Canada in public/private research. Along side Boston University are schools such as Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
3) The residents of Boston, (or maybe just the students at Boston University) are unbelievably friendly. Getting directions and information was easy and people were glad to stop and chat for a few minutes. Nobody asked to be my new best friend though, womp womp.
4) Pedestrians seem to ALWAYS have the right away. Even if you’re in a car and its your green light, apparently they just walk anywhere and everywhere. Not a good thing for a girl like me who has the reflexes of an elderly sloth.
5) The Public Relations program holds some of the top professors worldwide. I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Cheryl Ann Lambert, Dr. Donald Wright, Professor Stephen Quigley and Professor Dustin Supa. Together they were quick to make the room of students (and dads, moms, siblings and significant others) instantly at ease with their witty remarks and detailed answers.
6) Everybody jogs. Everybody. Way to make me feel fat and lazy Boston!
I knew I wanted to go to Boston University even before I spent the weekend on campus. However, this past weekend sealed it for me.
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.