When I’m Not Studying, I…

Once BU students get acclimated and overcome their initial fears (and we all do), what do we do? What are BU students involved in? This might be the toughest question to answer because BU students are involved in everything!

There are nearly 500 Student Organizations on campus:

  • Nicole Sorice (COM) is in an a cappella group called The BosTones. Nicole also acts in one of BU’s theatre groups, called On Broadway, where she performed in the musical Hair.
  • Both Konstantine Mastianni (SMG) and Meg Andrews (COM) are involved in student government.
  • Emily Wienberg (CGS) has written two stories for the Daily Free Press, also known as the FREEP, the student newspaper.
  • Dexter McCoy (CFA) is a member of the Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB) and works year-round to promote diversity on campus. He is also involved in the Howard Thurman Center and says, “It is awesome because it is the one place on campus where you are guaranteed to meet someone new and feel at home.”

Including more specialized Clubs:

  • Caitlin Fairfield (CAS) is a member of BU’s Irish step dancing team, Step About Boston. She has been involved in Irish step dancing since she was five years old and thought that she was going to drop the activity once she got to college. Upon arriving at BU, she found that being a part of the team helped her remain in touch with her culture, and meet friends with similar interests.
  • Stephen Maouyo (ENG) likes to spend his free time playing ultimate Frisbee with his team the “Ozone Pilots,” that is, when New England’s crazy weather permits.

And religious or ethnic groups:

  • Jahna Barber (COM) is the president of the BU Lebanese Club. One of the highlights of this position is preparing for Lebanese Night, an event Jahna and the other club members spend most of the fall semester planning. This year, more than 500 people took part in the event, which included a live Arabic band, traditional Lebanese food, and a belly dancer. This event was a highlight for Jahna. She told me, “I look forward to the event each year. It is nice to see where all of my hard work goes.”
  • Meg Andrews (CGS) is involved with the BU Catholic Center. She especially enjoys the annual retreats, where she has a chance to escape from the hectic pace of school and “get back in touch with her faith,” and the relaxing Spaghetti Nights each Tuesday at the Catholic Center.

And many opportunities to hone your professional skills:

  • Tom Gott (COM) majors in Film and Television; in order to gain some experience in the field, he serves as the executive producer for a BU TV show called Inside Boston. Every other week, Tom receives interviews, which he edits and then airs, about topics pertinent to the student body. In the past, Tom has produced segments about BU a cappella singing groups, issues being discussed in the student union, and star BU athletes. Tom even produced a piece about the group Girl Talk when they visited campus. This hands-on training will definitely give Tom a leg up next year when he begins applying for jobs in television production.
  • Another student, Courtney LaPorte, hopes to major in human physiology at BU’s Sargent College. Courtney is part of the pre-med society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, where she goes to hear speakers from the medical field and receives help preparing for the MCAT, as well as advice regarding her resume.
  • Tunde Agboola (ENG) worked through the UROP program to perform research on mobile phone development, with a concentration in peer-to-peer network algorithms for mobile phones. Tunde recommends that students take advantage of the many research projects available at BU – “Find that one project that interests you the most, and apply to UROP!”


Author: Madeline Rubin, BU student (COM)