The first thing you notice upon arriving here is how nice people are: welcoming, polite, helpful, and very warm. The second thing you’ll find out about Bostonians (by the way, everyone here, no matter where they’re from, eventually becomes a Bostonian), is how proud they are of their city, their local teams, and even more so of their universities and, yes, their students. As soon as you’re enrolled here, whether it be for a 4-year major, as a 2-year post-graduate student, or an international student here for only 6 months, you become part of Boston, its culture, history, and local customs.
After the initial impression of Boston, it was time to meet my new home, Boston University, and boy was I shocked by what I found. First of all, BU doesn’t have a campus per se; its campus is Boston, or more specifically, Commonwealth Avenue. And no matter what Boston College says, Comm Ave (like everyone here calls it) belongs to the Terriers (more on that later). The first thing that you realize about Boston University is the diversity, particularly visible in the MET International program. In under a day I had met people from three continents and had already agreed to form a soccer team with most of them. Little did I know that we’d grow into a fantastic group, one that would care for each other, go together on our own particular adventures around Boston, and even have our own International Edition of Secret Santa. But more importantly than that, we became a group that one way or another will probably stay connected, despite the years and miles between us.
This is the end of my first post - sorry to you dear reader on the lack of details, but it was just meant to be an introduction to my first impressions of Boston (which occurred in August 2014). Most of the following posts, however, will cover my experiences in this, my second semester in Boston. I hope you enjoyed reading this - see you next time! (When I’ll explain why BU rocks and BC... not so much!)