Notes from a sophomore

Hey everyone! I hope you guys had a fantastic holiday and are preparing to ring in 2013 soon! It’s insane how fast this year flew by. I can’t believe I’m almost halfway through my college career because I feel like I just started freshman year. I still have a lot to experience but I wanted to share the amazing things I’ve gotten to experience thus far.

Classes wise, I absolutely loved statistics (SM221) and business law (LA245).  As a sophomore in SMG, these are required classes you need to take anyways, but I never imagined enjoying them so much. Call me a nerd, but stat was definitely my favorite class by far! Professor Kean is an outstanding professor. He is probably the fairest and most patient teacher I’ve had in college yet, and he makes the subject incredibly interesting.  He encourages class participation, which helps you learn the material a lot faster. As for business law, I had Professor Powers and couldn’t imagine a better professor for the subject.  Having been a lawyer for both criminal and civil law, she has a lot of experience in the field and a great sense of humor. Even though I had to take this class at 8 am, it was the one I looked forward to the most because of how much she loves teaching the course.  It requires a lot of reading, but it’s by far the most interesting course I’ve taken so far at BU. I’ve heard you can’t go wrong in the amazing law faculty in SMG, but I would highly encourage registering in Powers’ class if you are given the chance!

Let’s move on from just classes, which is just part of the college experience.   We’re really fortunate to go to school in one of the best cities ever, because there’s just so much to do.  One of my favorite places is Quincy Market, especially near Christmastime.  The food is amazing and there’s literally something there for everyone because they have so many options. The atmosphere is always so festive the location is amazing because it’s surrounded by various stores and restaurants and it’s very close to little Italy! Speaking of Little Italy, every Boston college student knows no one serves better desserts than Mike’s Pastries, and nothing is better than their cannolis.

If you’re ever bored of studying on campus, try the Boston Public Library. Sure, it’s a bit far but it’s absolutely stunning and well worth seeing. The courtyard is a perfect place to relax and reminds me of a miniature college quad (which BU unfortunately lacks) and the reading room is gorgeous and is the perfect place to study for a day.  If you ever grow tired of studying in Pardee, I’d highly suggest grabbing your books and a few classmates to study there for a day.

My favorite thing about BU has nothing to do with location or classes though. It’s the people I’ve met and the lifelong friends I’ve made here.  BU attracts such a diverse group of students to come together and I’m so grateful to have best friends from all over the world.  It’s amazing to meet people I would’ve never had the chance to meet if I hadn’t chosen to come to BU.

Take advantage of all that BU has to offer! From the excellent faculty and wide range of classes to the amazing location and the diverse group of students, BU is an incredibly well rounded school and all the experiences are right at your fingertips, waiting for you to try out!

-Diane Liu

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