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BU seemed like the perfect fit for me.BrightArchaeology
BU seemed like the perfect fit for me. They offered me substantial scholarship/financial aid and work study. Coming from New York I was interested in a city that was not too close to home. Additionally I was entering the archaeology department, which I still believe is one of the best in this country. As some others commented, this school did leave me with some mental health issues - something which I have absolutely never had before. Going to BU made me feel more isolated and alone then ever before. As a freshman, I was living in an secluded sophomore dorm, leaving it difficult for me to branch out and meet people. I tried to join a few clubs, but they were apparently exclusive and I needed to go through several application/interview processes to get rejected from them. I eventually found a club, but there were over 100 people in it and it was very difficult to meet people through it. You may hear about grade deflation, but I believe it is a myth. I worked very hard in high school to get high grades. I continued the same work ethic at BU, if even that much. I received great grades while I noticed others around me struggling, and using this so called "grade deflation" as an excuse. The students around me were the most apathetic people I had ever met, whether it came to grades, clubs, or even going out. It just seemed like nobody cared. Although BU has a good reputation, their tours/accepted students/orientation is all very misleading. I have heard tour guides blatantly lie. With that being said, I know many people who have had a very positive experience at BU and absolutely love it. Keep in mind that my case is one where BU was not a right fit for me, but also that these things could potentially happen during your BU experience.
1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Collaboration/Competitive: B+, Individual Value: F
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The overall experience of the school has beenQuite BrightCommunications
The overall experience of the school has been terrible. The administration at BU is so awful. If you like jumping through hoops and having your wallet gouged of all money then this is the place to go. It seems the way programs are laid out are meant to road block you and screw you over every year. I repeatedly had professors vouch for me and recommend that i be able to take the next level course but the administration constantly goes out of their way to screw you over. The professors are honestly the only good thing about the school, they few goods ones that is. The school does a lot to make sure that professors aren't treated very well. All the President Brown wants is all the money your worth and after that they couldn't care less. Boston is nice at first but then you realize how much it cost. Students are only friendly on a micro level and difficult to make friends past sophomore year.
4th Year Male -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Useful Schoolwork: F
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I have met some brilliant people here, butQuite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
I have met some brilliant people here, but many waste their lives drinking on the weekends. Mostly everyone is focused on material things--how much money you have, how expensive your clothes are, getting the best job so that you can earn the most money. The people here are not friendly. I personally think that if you're a minority, it's easier to make friends because they seems to cling onto each other, even if they are the minority. The university in general is very nice. Good food. The dorms are pretty awful unless you get into one of the old hotels or one of the brownstones. Professors are usually very helpful. The class work is pretty heavy, and BU is stressing grade-deflation, but teachers are more willing to give you a better grade if you come to talk to them, get extra help, and show improvement. The one thing that I do like about the school is the Catholic Center. The campus ministers are awesome! There's a lot to do here to stay active in your faith.
1st Year Female -- Class 2008
Surrounding City: A+, Individual Value: C
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