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Overall Experience: To describe my overall experience is such a toughtask. I have changed into so many different people and grew into and out of so many different phases during my four years in college. I guess the final test is whether or not I like the individual that both this school and I have created together, and I do. I did enjoy my time here, and besides the administration is a very convenient scapegoat for all of your problems, just ask the student body. I definitely could not picture my college experience anywhere else. And if you really do not belong here, no one has any problem leaving. More than 50 percent of my friends dropped out or transferred freshman year.

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Overall Experience: I left Boston University during the fall semester of my junior year, but BU gave me many things I carried with me the rest of my life-a drug addiction, depression, and an overall sense of what I do not want from life. For the latter, I thank it, and for the two former, well, we all need to be challenged, right?

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Overall Experience: It was rough at first, and at the end, but the middle . . . well, it was like a sandwich, you know? Overall, I would not choose BU if I had the choice to do it over again, because I found the environment to be limiting for the type of person I have found myself to be. I did, however, make some amazing friends, and I wouldn't change them for the world.

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Overall Experience: College was amazing for me. I had a lot of positive and negative experiences, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I met some of the most amazing people on the planet at BU. I am very glad that I chose to come here. Advice: ask questions! Ask professors, advisors, upperclassmen, and kids in your classes. If you don't get answers, talk to your dean. Remember that you and your parents pay the salaries of these people, and you are entitled to know your rights as a student. Figure out all of the perks that BU life offers, like a computer lab that is open 24 hours, with $50 of printing quota per semester, and different associations that have career opportunities for your major. Think about your future, try to get involved with internships, research opportunities, or jobs that suit your interests. Remember that you are there to learn; play is secondary.

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Overall Experience: I love BU; there are great people here. Talk to the teachers; they have connections in the field, and will help you out. You will mature here. Also, Bostonians are some of the best people in the world to know, but you have to give them a chance, and they will soon warm up. However, you must venture outside of the Commonwealth Avenue area. The area is nearly exclusively comprised of college kids that don't give an accurate representation of Boston. In fact, not going outside of the area is probably the main reason that people at BU say that they don't like Boston. They don't know it.

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Academics: As a freshman, you will have huge lectures, and depending on your major, that might not change too much. The teachers are brilliant, but you might get lost in the crowd.

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Academics: Generally, I liked my teachers. The chemistry department is awesome, but I didn't like my first taste of the biology department. The lectures are large, but other classes, such as my French and writing classes, usually consisted of about 20 people.

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Academics: The teachers are there if you need them. It's what you make of it. If you go to them for help they are usually happy to talk to you. If you don't make a point of going to their office hours and allowing them the opportunity to learn your name, they might know you only as a number.

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Academics: A lot of classes are lectures, so you don't have anyone-on-one time with your professors. But if you go to their office hours, they usually love to meet with students and will help you out. Some professors aren't so much interested in teaching as in hearing themselves talk, but it's like that at all colleges, unfortunately.

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Academics: I hear that BU has some of the top professors around (Elie Wiesel, for example, teaches classes in the University Professors, theology, and Core), but the most renowned professors aren't very accessible. It's a big school, and that's just the way it is. But I have had some excellent professors who really care about their students, and they are very available. Some of the grad students aren't that bad either, and they can be very good resources.

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Academics: Freshman year, you'll have at least one class that is small-a writing class with 15-25 people in it. Other than that, most of the 100-level classes are large. The TFs (teaching fellows) are always glad to help out, but they don't teach the class, and sometimes they don't speak English very well.

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Academics: What's most important about enjoying a class and professor at BU is getting past the 101 and introductory courses (most of them are so darn broad, and they pretty much suck). Once you get more specific with regards to your personal interests, classes become much more enjoyable. I found it difficult, though, to get a good rapport with the professors I enjoyed and respected, simply because the majority of the classes were so huge. It's helpful to ask around and get some feedback before you take a potential class with a particular professor in order to see what other students had to say about him or her.

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Local Area: Boston is cool because there are somany students around, and there are a ton of schools in the area-Boston College, Emerson, Simmons, and Northeastern, to name a few.

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Local Area: Boston is much different from, say, New York,because it is very student oriented and college kid friendly. There are a lot of places to visit when you want to be a tourist, such as Quincy Market and the North End (for Italian food).

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Local Area: Boston is a college mecca. There are thousands ofcolleges in Boston alone, from BC and Emerson, toBerklee College of Music and Northeastern. There's Southie and Back Bay, and Copley is great. The Prudential and Newbury Streets are great for shopping. Chinatown is shady, but it has lots of little shops and great food.

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Local Area: There are so many other colleges around and it makes for some crazy times and lots of opportunities to meet people. Boston is definitely a college town. There are so many things to see when you're there. The historic aspect of Boston is fascinating, and it is beautiful all year round.

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Local Area: Boston is the place to be if you're a college student. There are so many things you can do and visit. There are shopping malls, nice restaurants, clubs, `Broadway' shows, sporting events, museums. Plus, the city is so rich with history. You learn a lot about the city in your first year. There are so many other colleges around BU. I'm pretty sure that according to BU, there are about 88 other colleges in the city: Harvard, Boston College, MIT, Babson, Tufts, Brandeis, Northeastern, the University of Massachusetts, and others.

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Local Area: The vibe in Boston is chill if you are in the right area; otherwise, you may find that the people are a bit on the conservative end, which is restricting at times. I advise you to search far and wide for the right atmosphere, because it can be hard to find. Don't worry, it's there, and it's waiting for you.

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Local Area: Boston's one of those cities with a lot of different aspects. First off, everybody and their mother goes to school in Boston and attends one of the colleges throughout the city and the outside suburbs. Also, BU has so many people, you meet a new friend, you see a new teacher, a new student, a new RA, and a new jerk all in one day. But like everywhere else in the world, there are some dangerous places. There are the usual petty-crime streets where you'll get robbed at knifepoint or even gunpoint. Aside from all the hostility, there are some chill spots to relax and do your thing.

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Local Area: Boston is swarming with college students. The BUatmosphere has a tendency to draw you into its big campus (a.k.a. anywhere along Commonwealth Ave.), so you should make an effort to explore other parts of the city-Copley, garment district, Allston, and one of my favorites-Cambridge.

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Local Area: As an elitist, I have had a hard time getting along with the typical university crowd (i.e.: keg parties and the like). The musical scene is pretty diverse, especially for all you hipster, indie-lovers out there. You will see many people hanging around campus grounds during the summer and people racing by during the long winter, striving to beat their frozen feet. Speaking from the perspective of a French student coming from Paris, Boston has a very homey feel, yet, on an entertainment level, it is lacking. Sad to say, everything in this city closes at two.

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Local Area: Boston is a college town. There are a million schoolsand a million students, making Boston a very young city. Stay away from the overpopulated cliché traps like Landsdowne Street. Instead, explore the city and find places like Central Square, Jamaica Plain, and the South End.

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Health & Safety: There is a ton of security at Boston University. Sometimes it causes problems, especially if you plan to have guests stay overnight.

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Health & Safety: Boston University is very strict about who can and cannot enter dorms, and this is one of the biggest issues at BU that people get upset about. There are many dorms on campus, but unless it is a mealtime, you can only get into a dorm other than your own if you are signed in by someone who lives there. After midnight, you can't sign anyone in. So, while this helps keep the dorms safe, it can also get really annoying.

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Health & Safety: I feel very safe when I'm on campus, and I personally don't feel that security is a problem at BU. Everyone knows where campus security is, and you see them around all the time.

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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.

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