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The gastronomy program here sounds like a dreamOther
The gastronomy program here sounds like a dream come true for anyone who wants to become a restaurant owner, food business owner, food writer/editor, or media creator. Unfortunately, the support just isn't there.

This is a master's program, however there's a lot of inequality at work here. They assume that just because you're in a masters program- you know everything there is to know about getting things done within the field. If that were the case, none of us would be in the program- we'd already be out working. As undergrads, not everyone had the means to overachieve like some of the masters students in this program, either financially or privilege-wise. If students come to the administration, for guidance, they may get a one or two sentence reply without any additional assistance or information. Forget about getting a mentor. Forget about people sharing their own experiences through graduate school.

The program is open to pretty much everyone with any sort of background. There are many students who, without much or very old college experience, transfer over from the culinary program. It is assumed that they know how to write papers right out of the gate, and are already thinking about the concepts presented in the program. This is such an exclusionary practice.

Speaking of which, the program heavily teaches liberal concepts (which is fine). What happens is you have a giant group of white women talking about oppression and privilege, pointing out other people's lack of awareness on these topics, all while their parents pay their way and while they don't advocate for POC in the program or external. This program isn't very diverse, and carry's with it a large echo-chamber of out-of-touch ideas. Yelling and debating about how every single practice within the field is racist, while doing nothing to change it, is really tacky. The administration contributes and clings to those students who behave in that way, rewarding them with special attention and opportunities. I had found out from my classmate who is a WOC that she had run into some admin members after graduation and they didn't even know she had graduated. There aren't that many students to not know that one of their paying students had been out of the program for a year. I'm thankful for what I had learned, but I should have gone to NYU or Italy.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Just had a lotBrightAccounting
Just had a lot of super negative experiences. My parents went to BU and its nowhere near the quality it was at back then. BU has been going downhill the last few years and I would not recommend attending.
2nd Year Female -- Class 1922
Campus Aesthetics: A-, Scholastic Success: D
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This is school has disappointed me again andBrightChemistry
This is school has disappointed me again and again. I came here thinking everyone was quirky and cool and the academics are serious. Everyone here (mostly everyone) is rude, private and it was very hard for me to settle in here (still haven't). I grew up in a smaller town in Connecticut, and loved the idea of city life. However once i got here, the orientation was shit and didn't help me make any friends at all. BU likes to say that there are so many clubs etc. etc. but really nobody even goes to any of the clubs, they are poorly organized and rarely ever meet (i met with my pre-vet club 2 times a semester WTF?!). The whole biology and chemistry (pre-med) department is awful. They basically set you up for failure and make it "seem" like their classes are so rigorous or whatever. Faculty is unhelpful and frankly unapproachable, they say that you can meet one on one with professors, and that is the biggest lie I've ever heard, 2 of my 3 chem classes were taught by a TA. Also, all the doors are awful, except bay state.
1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Surrounding City: A, Individual Value: F
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